HIGHLIGHTS REVIEW OF THE YEAR 2015: October, November, December

OCTOBER

Last but not least the fourth quarter of 2015. I hope you guys had as much fun as I had looking back on all the awesome things we did.

October started with our amazing overnight trip to Whistler with a group of 22 people. whistlerThe trip was the perfect opportunity to get to know everyone better and I must say that those people are just amazing. Therefore it’s no surprise that we had an awesome time in Whistler with a lot of fun. Additionally we were pretty lucky with the weather.
The sun was shining the entire weekend. On Saturday and Sunday most people did zip lining, some did bungee jumping and some just explored the amazing view on top of the mountains when hiking. We also had two birthdays to celebrate that means we had a good excuse to party.

Canadian Thanksgiving, one of the most famous holidays is celebrated at the second Monday in October. It is similar to the English and European Harvest festival, symbolizing people’s gratitude for everything given by nature or God that sustains them. ThanksgivingdinnerWhile the actual Thanksgiving holiday is on a Monday, Canadians may gather for their Thanksgiving Dinner on any day during the long weekend. The traditional dish for the Thanksgiving dinner is roasted turkey, cranberries, and pumpkin pie.In celebration of the Canadian Thanksgiving the INTERNeX group certainly had a Thanksgiving Dinner. We spent a lovely evening on top of Vancouver’s roof. While enjoying our Dinner at the revolving restaurant in Robson Street we had an incredible view down on Vancouver.

 

NOVEMBER

 
In November 11 Canada  ‘celebrated’  Remembrance Day. We remember soldiers fallen in the line of duty, especially those during World War I and World War II. The date and the time on which the festivities are taking place certainly have a special meaning: The hostilities of World War I ended officially on the eleventh day of November 1918, in the eleventh minute of the eleventh hour. seattle space needleSo, every year at that time is at least one minute of silence to honor all those, we need to remember. Connected to this day is also the custom of wearing a red poppy the weeks leading up to the eleventh of November. This symbol evolved due to the popularity of a poem written by a Canadian writer and soldier John McCrae, In Flanders Fields. It is one of the most famous pieces of Canadian literature and represents the emotions connected to Remembrance Day.

 

We could also cross Seattle off our to-do list since we crossed the border to the States for a day trip to Seattle. As you can see on the photo we had amazing weather! And not only the weather was good. We had super yummy fresh fish at Pike Place Market and quite a lot to explore in downtown Seattle.

 
DECEMBER

Since a bunch of people will be here for Christmas we decided to enjoyed a nice Christmas Dinner together in association with doing Secret Santa. Besides that we also didn’t miss the chance attending at the annual Santa Claus Parade. We went to the Capilano Suspension Bridge Park seeing the hundreds of thousands of lights, the ‘German” Christmas Market and to the Bright Nights in Stanley Park23532018931_e42a616597_o

December and also 2015 are slowly coming to an end as well as my practicum here at INTERNeX. No reason for freaking out, being sad or becoming desperate though! Vivien, one of our candidates is taking over and is managing and organizing a couple of pretty cool events and trips for January and February. Of course we also won’t leave you in the lurch on New Years Eve!

For all the upcoming events check out our Facebook page and stay turned on our social media sites.

The only thing left to say is: HAPPY NEW YEAR! Hope everyone will have a good start in the New Year 2016! Wish you all the best.

 

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Vancouver, Canada -V6B 9N9-
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Email: pr@internexcanada.com

HIGHLIGHTS REVIEW OF THE YEAR 2015: July, August, September

JULY

It’s time for reviewing the third quarter of this year. There was a lot going on here in Vancouver and we organized a lot for our INTERNeX group. Here we gooo:

The very first day in July is a special day here in Canada. It’s Canada’s Birthday6003103020_914fbc43d0_oThis year Canada became 148 years old. In 1867 the British North America Act (today called Constitution Act) united the three colonies Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and the Province of Canada into a single federation. The first event of the day, called Waterfront Party, started at Canada Place and was featuring various entertainments like live music, activities for children, street hockey, an armed forces show, a circus show and lots of food carts, as well. Next up was the Canada Day Parade. To finish the day with a bang, there was a firework, which we had a great view of from Canada Place.

15136227569_8fa90356b9_oIn July we had a couple of nice alternatives to our regular Pub NiGHTS. We went to one of Vancouver’s most beautiful places: Queen Elizabeth Park and had a picnic-dinner together with pancakes, fruits, meatballs, salad, … and the list went on! After stuffing ourselves we played ball, chatted and laughed a lot.

We also set up a Scavenger Hunt, which was extremely funny! For a little summary of what we had planned please click here.

Have you ever seen a firework competition? Well, you actually get the chance once a year at Vancouver’s English Bay. 19331623013_dbca09e7b4_oAside from the fireworks competition, called Celebration of Lights, there was a festival at Sunset Beach with various entertainment, vendor stalls and musical showcases.

Mid July we escaped the Vancouver city life for doing a camping trip to
enjoy the great outdoors. Click here to find out more about our camping trip.

 

 
AUGUST

August ended with another incredible trip to the Rockies but this time in summer. We just did and experienced so much but let me summarize our itinerary:

Our adventure started outside the Waterfront station early in the morning. We stopped in Hope, Kamloops, Valemount and the Spahats Falls. The next day our journey went on by heading to Banff. On our way we had short rests at Mount Robson, Jasper, Athabasca Falls, the Columbia Icefields and some stunning lakes. rockies conoeThe following day we had a little bit more spare time where we could decide whether we would like going up the Banff Gondola to the top of Sulphur Mountains or simply exploring Banff before heading to Golden. On the way to Golden we stopped at Lake Louise and Moraine Lake, which are regarded as two of the most famous places in the Rockies. The last day of our amazing tour we traveled back to Vancouver but not without passing Okanagan Valley to see the Last Spike and Othello Tunnels.

You can easily imagine how much fun we had. Not forgetting all the nights we partied so hard so that it was even harder to get up early in the morning. For a more detailed version of our Rockies trip, click here and here.

And for seeing some pictures, among others from our polar bear swim, click here.

The weekend before we had planned a day trip to Victoria. It felt like day of vacation because everything looked quite different compared to Vancouver. No skyscrapers far and wide. Victoria is definitely worth a visit!camping trip
Just as FlyOver Canada. We virtually flew over Canada, from East coast to West coast. It was intense!

A Whistler day trip was also on our to-do list for August. Our first destination took us to Shannon Falls, which is located right before Squamish before heading to our original goal. Arrived in Whistler some of us did zip-lining and the rest checked out the highest and longest lift in the world that took us up to Whistler Mountain from where we took the Peak 2 Peak Gondola to Blackcomb Mountain which connects and Blackcomb Mountain.

 

SEPTEMBER

After a great trip to the Rockies August came to an end and September started with the traditional Rockies Reunion at Malone’s where our tour guide from WestTrek already had some seats reserved for us. After arriving, we immediately started talking about the trip and how much fun we had. We also spoke with people from the other tour bus and compared experiences. West Trek put together a video of our whole Rocky Mountains trip in just a couple of days. And it was pretty cool to see all the fun things we did over the weekend.

Mid September was a CONCACAF game, which can be compared with Europe’s whitecapsChampions League. The CONCACAF league includes all soccer teams from North and Central America as well as the Caribbean. That means the match between the Vancouver Whitecaps against Olympia from Honduras was quite a big deal. Before we marched together with many other Whitecaps supporters to BC Place we met up with the language school students at Doolin’s Irish Pub.

In the beginning of September we had to say goodbye to our awesome PR Coordinator Natasja. But we will definitely meet again some day!

Because of Labor Da Canada had a long weekend where we took the chance to head down to Richmond to the Extreme Air Park.

 

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International Village,
Suite 2077, 2079 – 88 West Pender Street
Vancouver, Canada -V6B 9N9-
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CLIENT TESTIMONIAL – My INTERNeX Experience!

Rasmus, Sweden

So I tried to get this trip going for several years now and it wasn’t until last year I realized this was a possibility due to the fact that I finally had enough money to do it. 12358080_10153344297817794_725497767_nSo I told everyone back home that I decided go to Canada and work and after waiting what felt like forever to get the visa, I finally left Sweden this June.

The trip was crazy from the get go. Arrived June 10 to Vancouver, I went to the INTERNeX office on June 11 where I met the awesome Timothy who had set me up for two job interviews that day and I got both jobs, and then June 12 I started to work as a Barista at one of the many Coffee shops here in Vancouver. I pretty much worked all summer except for going two trips, one to my friend in Seattle and the other one to go to Toronto. After this everything just went by like a blur and I am still working at there.

Now that you have read everything about my amazing life in its short version, it is time for you to know how amazing INTERNeX has been for me and hopefully for many others. I first had an interview with Timothy before I went to Canada and he pretty much told me everything I needed to know. 12348728_10153344296497794_1996805056_nThen my second experience with INTERNeX was day after I arrived and they set me up for my job interview and gave me advice on what I need to live in a city like Vancouver. After that I got to meet Amiel and Natasja who were the PR persons at the time and they put on all kinds of events but I mostly only went to the weekly pub nights which were a really fun time. All these events they put on helped me meet so many new awesome people. I also got to see Richmond night market, do Laser Tag and have barbecues and picnics.

We also went to see Celebration of Light, which is a firework competition that takes place every year.
During China’s firework Amiel had brought the classic red cups that you see in American movies and we got stopped by the police because it was so obvious that people were drinking alcohol in those cups and we got to pour it out. Anyway I was just laughing through the whole situation because I thought it was hilarious and then the police decided to ask Chris who sat next to me about who I was. So apparently if you just sit and laugh then will take notice about you even though I was only drinking mountain dew. 12346649_10153344300347794_1675551388_nThat is just one of many experience I have had so far here in Vancouver and I will have so many more because I have just been here 6 months and I still have almost 6 months to go.

This may be one those weird reads for you all because I am writing all this while being hungry and tired and also interrupted by a Skype call from my friend in Florida because it is all in a day of Rasmus. That is probably unneeded information but I will just throw it in there for added personality. #smileyface

So I can’t recommend enough for people to go to Canada to do working holiday or internship because the experience I have had is amazing and I can’t stress enough how much fun you will have with the help of the great INTERNeX.

Much love from the amazing Swede Rasmus.

HIGHLIGHTS REVIEW OF THE YEAR 2015: April, May, June

APRIL

In our first review post last week we started talking about what was going on in the first three months of the year; let’s have a look what we did in April, May and June!

April started with another new INTERNeX-PR-Coordinator-face who joined the INTERNeX community: PNNatasja, a 23-year-old student from the Netherlands, who came to Vancouver for doing a practicum as part of her Bachelor study program. As a PR Coordinator she was responsible for organizing trips in and outside Vancouver, organizing Pub NiGHTS but also the contact person when a candidate encountered difficulties.

Especially our weekly Pub NiGHTS give our interns the opportunity to meet new people and extend their social network. Pub NiGHTS at Blarney Stone, Marlone’s, The Lamplighter, Steamworks Brew Pub and The Cambie are always popular. Therefore we certainly had to show our new arrivals the ‘hottest’ pubs in town.
MAY

The long weekend in May offered our candidates the perfect opportunity to join the four-day trip to the Rockies. INTERNeX usually goes to the Rockies with West Trek twice a year; once in spring and then later in the year where we experience a part of the Canadian Rockies. rockies5The itinerary is basically the same: we first stopped in Hope, Kamloops, then Valmont, Jasper, Golden and Banff. Among others we visited Mount Robson, the Last Spike, Lake Louise and many other highlights you need to see when you are in the Rockies. To make a long story short we saw tons of gorgeous places and had an amazing time with our tour guide who we called Papa Wolf. To get more information about our Rockies trip, click here for INTERNeX goes Rockies – Part 1 and here for INTERNeX goes Rockies Part 2.

Other than going to the Rockies we also set up Pub NiGHTS every week. For instance we participated in the Trivia Night at Moose Down Under. Surprisingly, we did not know a lot of answers, but I don’t think that affected the fun we had!
JUNE

Vancouver is a very multicultural city therefore it has a lot of cultural diversity to offer. In the middle of June the annual Powel Street Festival, a special Japanese-Canadian festival, was on and exhibited Japanese art, culture and heritage. I know … doesn’t sound that interesting but you get the chance to learn something about the Asian culture in the heart of Vancouver. AND, as you probably already noticed, Vancouver has a huge Asian community that means a lot of people are proud to present a part of their history.celebrationoflight

Additionally one of Vancouver’s largest and most well known festivals called Celebration of Lights, an annual musical fireworks competition with an estimated attendance of 1.4 million people each year, started in June.

The forecast for the last weekend in June promised good weather. And there we go! We had sun, blue sky and around 30°C the entire weekend. That called for a BBQ! second beach BBQ1Everyone brought food, drinks and snacks. Chris brought a volleyball and Laura a Frisbee so we could throw around. Proudly I can say that we enjoyed the summer to the fullest!

Another highlight in June was the appearance of Amiel, a 24-year-old student from Germany in his senior year working on his Bachelor in International Business Administration, who supported Natasja with the different tasks a PR Coordinator has to face. Hey Amiel!

REVIEW: PUB NiGHT XXL

AMAZING how many people showed up for last night’s PUB NIGHT and turned it into a real XXL PUB NiGHT! Thank you guys.6218233822_8203e53227_o

First of all, back to the beginning: On Monday a bunch of candidates arrived here in Vancouver. Most of them are from Sweden; some are from Norway and Finland. Unfortunately they won’t stay in Vancouver that long (just for a couple of days) because they are heading to several ski resorts where they are starting to work during the winter season.

For that reason we had a XXL PUB NiGHT last night. We went to the Cinema Public House, located on Granville and just a block away from the hostel they stayed. 23 of our interns showed up to give the Scandinavians a warm welcome here in Canada. That means we were around 35 people in total which is truly amazing. We had a lot to talk and funny conversations about so many different topics.

The Cinema Public House provides pretty cool beer specials on Tuesdays so you could get a beer for just $2 dollars and a burger plus a beer for just $16. 6218311182_e86360c333_o

Sadly we had to say goodbye not only to the Scandinavians but also to Tobi. He stayed here for 4 month and now it’s time for him to go back home. As he told me he really enjoyed his stay here and for him Vancouver already started feeling like home.

Thank you all for coming!

CLIENT TESTIMONIAL

Christian, Germany

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  1. For how long have you been here?

I´ve stayed in Vancouver for 6 months.

  1. Why did you choose Canada

I’ve been in Canada before as I went to a language school in Toronto. I experienced living in Canada and I was really impressed by the open minded and friendly Canadians and decided to go back for my practicum. Another big point why I chose Canada again is that the almost endless space this country offers and the many areas of untouched nature impresses me.

  1. How did you find INTERNeX International Exchange?

I did some research on travel agencies online and decided to get in touch with Praktikawelten that is the partner agency of INTERNeX.

  1. What did you like most about INTERNeX International Exchange? / What do you think are the advantages INTERNeX has to offer? 

I was really surprised about all the social activities INTERNeX organizes. I think especially the weekly PuB NiGHTS are a big advantage INTERNeX offers compared to other agencies or language schools. All these activities make it really easy to get to know other people. Another big advantage is the really warm and familiar atmosphere you find every time you come to the office with a problem or request. To know that you always have someone to help you with any kind of problem makes it really easy to enjoy your time abroad.

5. Did you attend the weekly Pub Nights / Events organized by INTERNeX and do you think this is a good way to meet new people?

Except my last week I went to every single Pup Night during my time in Vancouver. It is a great way to meet people and talk in an easy environment. I also attended to a lot of the other events organized and I always enjoyed spending time with everyone. I think especially for people who FB_IMG_1439422770060have difficulties to meet people on their own these events are a big advantage.

 

  1. Where did you stay? / How did you find a place to stay?

I stayed with two different homestay. The first family had a clean house and was located really close to a skytrain station. But unfortunately these are the only positive things I can say. The family barely had any interest in their students. The second family was much more interested and welcomed me friendly. My room was a way bigger than the room I had before and provided everything I needed. The provided food was not the European style of cooking and quite oily but it was always enough for every student in the house and we could always get some more or cooking something on our own. We also always got fruits and vegetables. All in all I was happy with the second family and would recommend them to other students. Furthermore I’m glad that INTERNeX could quickly fix that problem. Mina did a good job accommodating me in another family quickly.

  1. What did you do here?

I made an practicum at Purdys Chocolates in the purchasing department.

  1. How did you like your practicum?

I really enjoyed my time at Purdys and learned a lot about purchasing, business processes in Canada and North America and in addition to that improved my communication and working skills. But how could a practicum in a chocolate factory possibly not be awesome?Photo 9-19-15, 12 58 06 PM

  1. What kind of tasks were you responsible for?

My work was divided in the usual day-to-day work and special projects. My day-to-day work was to observe stock quantity and production schedules of certain products and place purchase orders if necessary. Another task was research to find suppliers for ingredients for new developed products or supply items. I had a lot of contact with suppliers though to discuss pricing, lead times etc. Some of my projects were for instance to develop concepts to improve the receiving processes or to collect data for packaging weights and some more.

  1. Was your practicum related to your studies back home?

Yes the practicum was related to my study program.

  1. What was your
    personal goal you wanted to reach during your time here? Did you reach it?

I had different goals for my time abroad. As it is my goal to work abroad after graduating from university I wanted to test for myself if I am able to live and work abroad. I would definitely say that I know now that I am able to do so. Another goal was to improve my communication, language and personal skills and I reached this goal as well. And of course I got the letter of reference I needed to finish my study program and have this awesome time of my life as an international work experience in my resume.

  1. How did you like Vancouver?

I really liked and enjoyed my time in Vancouver. To be in a big city that offers everything you need and makes almost everything accessible by public transport. Being at the coast and have gorgeous beaches in the city and be able to leave the city to be in the almost untouched nature in 1 hour or less by bus was really amazing. In addition to that Vancouver itself has a lot to offer. A lot of awesome places, parks, restaurants, pubs and especially people (international students and Canadians as well!).

  1. What did you like most about your stay? / What were your highlights?

I made a lot of hikes around Vancouver and really enjoyed the breathtaking views everywhere. But if I have to pick there would choose 4 highlights: Trip to the Rocky Mountains, Roadtrip on Vancouver Islands, Hike to The Lions and Unnecessary Mountain and last but not least Whale Watching!

  1. Where have you been in and around Vancouver?

Rocky Mountains (Hope, Banff, Columbia Ice Fields, Lake Louise, etc.); Vancouver Island (Victoria, Nanaimo, Torfino, etc.); Seattle; Whistler; Squamish; Lynn Canyon Park, Lighthouse Park, Unnecessary Mountain, Shannon Falls;Black Mountain, Grouse Mountain, Queen Elizabeth Park, Stanley Park, etc.

  1. Would you recommend INTERNeX International Exchange for other students?

I would definitely recommend INTERNeX to other students or my friends at all if they think about going to Canada.

 

WHAT’S UP ON THE WEEKEND?

Thanksgiving is just around the corner associated with a long weekend. Tonight INTERNeX is celebrating this traditional holiday in the highest restaurant in the city. That means we can enjoy our Thanksgiving Dinner with an amazing panoramic view on the 42nd floor. 20842642862_a0b1884807_bUnfortunately the weather isn’t that good, actually it’s pretty bad. Therefore we are not able to see the gorgeous sunset. Nevertheless I’m pretty sure when the lights turn on in the whole city it’ll be awesome.
On Saturday I’m going to Victoria to explore a part of the beautiful Vancouver Island. Have you been there before? I’m looking forward to go there.
As I’ve heard it’s an amazing city where you can experience a lot. Especially the nightlife is known for the enviable cocktail and beer scene. If you’ve never been to Victoria before I guess it would definitely be worth it. On Monday I’ll have Thanksgiving Dinner with my homestay family. Most of you will certainly celebrate Thanksgiving with their homestay family as well.

But what else could you do on the weekend?
For those of you who love to celebrate one of the most famous German events Harvest House is organizing an Oktoberfest on the Queen Elizabeth Theatre Plaza. It’s the last weekend so don’t miss your chance.
If you are interested in history you shouldn’t miss the Walking Tours hosted by Forbidden Vancouver. “The lost souls of Gastown” is a kind of Halloween adventure so it’s not just for those who are interested in history. Feel the creepy spirit even now.

Have a nice weekend!