Client Testimonial

Timo, Germany

Well, there I was. Once again on a plane heading to Canada – Sipping my tomato juice, which is ‘plane’ better at high altitude, while gazing through the 17 1/8″ x 20 5/8″ window. Yet Canada looked like a layer of thick, dense clouds. Seriously though, I couldn’t wait to catch a first glimpse of my beautiful new home, British Columbia.

During my one-year stay in Edmonton during grade 11, I was often told to visit Vancouver. When someone would ask me about my thoughts on the city I would respond ‘If Whyte Avenue is Edmonton’s most exciting street, well then Vancouver must be Canada’s Whyte Avenue’.

I couldn’t wait to see this place!

While still in German High School I started planning my best possible way to spending time in Van City. Luckily it didn’t take me too long until I came across INTERNeX. Their help was crucial for me to say the least! Going through the whole visa/internship application process can get really exhausting. It’s great to have some professional back up, unless you like throwing pity parties due to frequent frustration.

And then…Boom!! While having a barbecue with my friends on July 11th, I received Mr. Wells’ email saying I got an internship placement with an NGO. Without trying to exaggerate and in respect of my friends hating to see me leave again – my excitement spilled over and captured everyone’s feelings.

Now, two months after being on that plane to Canada, I can say that living here In Vancouver has been an incredible experience so far. Through my internship I have networked my way around the NGO sector and I had the chance to attend enormously informative panel discussions and workshops. Above all that, it doesn’t even seem like I have arrived at the tip of the iceberg yet. There’s a lot more to come. And hey, didn’t you always want to wake up and ‘SpongeBob-Style’ walk your way to the office thinking ‘I’m ready! I’m ready!’?Well I do that five times a week. And needless to say, I even find time to explore Vancouver’s stunning surroundings.

Look at my picture from when I went zip lining in Whistler! It’s only one shot of a whole library of great experiences, at great places, with great people, and last bot not least – with InternEx. Thanks guys!

Cheers Timo

INTERNeX International Exchange
International Village,
Suite 2077, 2079 – 88 West Pender Street
Vancouver, Canada -V6B 9N9-
Web: http://www.internexcanada.com
Email: pr@internexcanada.com

Alexandra and Daniela say hello Vancouver

As you all know, our PR team has been a bit short staffed during the last few weeks. But this is about to change. In the beginning and middle of February, we will welcome Alexandra and Daniela here in Vancouver and this post will give you a bit of introductory information about both girls. Enjoy and give them a warm welcome when they arrive…

 

Alexandra, Netherlands

What’s your name, your age and where are you from?

Alexandra Dresen, 22 years old, Heerlen Netherlands

What are you doing at home at the moment?

I study Leisure management in Breda, but we only had one term this year, so now I work as a waitress.

What are your hobbies and your interests?

I used to play field hockey and golf, I like to go on hiking tours or go skiing in the winter, I love to travel and go out with friends.

Why did you choose to go to Canada?

I choose to go to Canada, because I love nature and mountains, two things which are rare in Holland. I also only heard great things about Canada, especially after my sister went to Canada. She told me right after she came back that I have to go there. So here I come!

How did you find INTERNeX International Exchange?

I found INTERNeX through my university. In my second year of university we had a presentation about INTERNeX and this year I came across INTERNeX again.

Why did you choose INTERNeX International Exchange?

I choose INTERNeX, because I do like the tasks I have to do during my internship, such as keeping you updated with news, organizing events and trips. I also like the fact that INTERNeX is not a big firm in which the employees are just employees.

Is your internship a part of your university program and is it useful for your career goals?

The internship is part of my university program and I personally think that internships help you to decide what and where you would like to work. Also internships give you the opportunity to discover new cultures and their life- and work style.

What do you hope to achieve by doing this internship?

During my internship at INTERNeX I hope to gain more knowledge about communication management, to improve my professional behavior skills and of course to learn more about Canada and their lifestyle. I also hope to gain a better understanding of what I want once I finish my studies.

I can’t wait to meet you all! We will have a great time, see you soon!

 

Daniela, Germany

What’s your name, your age and where are you from?

Daniela Orthofer, 23 years old (I´ll turn 24 in January), Munich Germany

What are you doing at home at the moment?

I study tourism management in the 4th term in Munich.

What are your hobbies and your interests?

I play volleyball in a team, love any kind of sports e.g. swimming, hiking, surfing, like to go out with friends, traveling and see new cultures/countries

Why did you choose to go to Canada?

Canada connects for me both: the nature of one side and on the other side there are also big cities as well. I think the vast extent of this country is also really interesting. I’ve never been to Canada before and the internship is a great opportunity to learn more about the country, the people and the way of life.

How did you find INTERNeX International Exchange?

I have heard about INTERNeX from a friend. She was in Canada two years ago and INTERNeX helped her to find an internship.

Why did you choose INTERNeX International Exchange?

I choose INTERNeX because they have exciting programs such as range stay and I can work in a culturally team. Furthermore I can develop my English skills and I can adopt the theory skills from the university in the real working life. Another reason for me was that the people are really friendly at INTERNeX, so for example the Skype-interviews were worked out well. I’ve I had a question there responded really quickly via mail. That was for me the decisive points to choose INTERNeX for my internship aboard.

Is your internship a part of your university program and is it useful for your career goals?

The internship is a part of my university program and of course it´s useful for my career goals. I think doing an internship helps you to find out which work is exactly the one you want to do the next few years. It´s also a great opportunity to find out in which industry you might work later.

What do you hope to achieve by doing this internship?

I hope that I can improve my customer service skills, also the English skills and I got a lot of working experience from the internship, so I know precisely where my path will go after my university graduation.

 

Cheers Alexandra and Daniela!

 

INTERNeX International Exchange
International Village,
Suite 2077, 2079 – 88 West Pender Street
Vancouver, Canada -V6B 9N9-
Web: http://www.internexcanada.com
Email: pr@internexcanada.com

Client Testimonial

Sarah, Germany

Before I came to Vancouver on the beginning of October, everybody told me, it will be very very rainy the whole two months I will stay there. So I started my trip to Vancouver expecting a lot of rain and spending most of the time inside. Actually, I had such a great nice and sunny time in Vancouver until now and my time is almost over. I could enjoy the incredibly amazing nature in Vancouver by hiking, running and walking through the beautiful Parks in Vancouver.

My first hike was the Grouse Grind, up to Grouse Mountain, and I still don’t know what I was thinking when I decided to wear Chucks and Jeans on this day to do the Grouse Grind, that was the most stupid idea I probably ever had! I stood at the starting point and saw a lot of people in sport clothes doing some stretching and preparing for the hike. I felt a little bit afraid because of this situation but I decided to pervade this hike even if I had to do it in Chucks and Jeans. I actually arrived the peak with a good feeling because I had a lot of fun while hiking and the view on the peak was amazing!!

That was one of many exciting and awesome trips I had in Vancouver. But the very best trip was my tour through the Rocky Mountains. Although I spent much time in the bus, I had a great time with funny people. We enjoyed the amazing landscape while sitting in the bus and in the evenings we relaxed in hot tubs and hot springs before we went out for party in pubs and clubs with nice locals there. On the last day, we actually could go to Lake Louise for skiing or snowboarding. There were many people and only one run was open, but we really enjoyed the time in the snow and now I can say, I was snowboarding in the Rocky Mountains. I think that’s pretty cool :P. The whole trip was just awesome!

Of course, I didn’t spend the whole time having such nice trips, I also had to work. Work was very fun though, because I had to dress up for a Halloween event in the Stanley Park and played with really cute little kids dressed up for Halloween as well. Oh I will never forget those adorable little pumpkins, strawberries and ladybugs.

Halloween itself was crazy! It was very hard to find a costume that covered more than only the necessary parts of my body. When I finally found a costume I went to a party at the Blarney Stone with INTERNeX and had a lot of fun there with great live music and funny games. So thanks to INTERNeX I could meet a lot of other students I spent a lot of time with after I met them on the events, which INTERNeX organized.

Although I’ve been staying in Vancouver for only two months, I experienced so many things in this short time and it was an amazing time. The people are very open-minded and that makes it easy for you to find people, with who you can enjoy your time.

For me, Vancouver is one of the most beautiful cities in the world and I would recommend going there to everybody.

So I am very sad that I have to leave soon and I will never forget my time in Vancouver.

Cheers Sarah

INTERNeX International Exchange
International Village,
Suite 2077, 2079 – 88 West Pender Street
Vancouver, Canada -V6B 9N9-
Web: http://www.internexcanada.com
Email: pr@internexcanada.com

Expose of the Week

Sonja, Germany

How did you find INTERNeX international exchange?

I was looking for an organization that offers a farm stay on the Internet and found Ayusa/ INTERNeX.

Why did you choose INTERNeX international exchange?

INTERNeX to me seemed to be a serious organization and I read a lot of positive field reports.

Why did you choose to go to Canada?

I always knew that I wanted to travel abroad and I wanted it to be an Anglophone country. Canada and the US were my favorites, as I already traveled to the States several times and really enjoyed it. I finally decided to go to Canada in order to get to know a new country and new places and because I really wanted to do the farm stay, which didn’t work out for the States.

How did you find a place to stay?

The program that I chose has different farm types to offer (horse ranches, guest ranches etc). As I already had a lot of experience with horses I definitely wanted to be placed on a horse farm. I just needed to fill in some questionnaires and prove that I had experience in this sector and then INTERNeX “brought me and the “farmers” together.

What kind of program were you doing and did you find it useful?

As I already mentioned, I participated in a program called farm stay. For me, this experience definitely was useful, useful in a way that I learned a lot of things, and not only new things about training, working and living with horses, but also about the Canadian mentality and last but not least about myself. Although I’m not planning to work with horses for a living, I wouldn’t want to miss the experiences I made. Working with animals always tells you a lot about yourself, useful things for a life time.

How did you like your program?

I liked it a lot! It was one of the best times in my life and I’m really happy that I decided to do the farm stay. Although I first made some really negative experiences (I had to change the farm) everything finally turned out to be great. The people I lived with soon became a second family and I met many wonderful persons and really enjoyed my work.

What kind of tasks were you responsible for on a daily basis?

Actually every day looked really different, but what definitely was an essential part of my work was the training of young horses that had little or none experience with a rider on their back. Of course other chores like feeding and brushing horses were a part of my work as well, although not on a 100 percent daily basis.

What do you like best about Canada?

I really like the Canadian mentality, I like that everything is more relaxed than in Germany and that the great majority of people are always welcoming, friendly, helpful and generous. I like the wide spaces, the nature, the wilderness, the contrasts and the diversity that you can find everywhere…!!

Where have you been in Canada?

I lived more than two months in Valemount, a small town about an hour away from Jasper. I also spend a longer time in Vancouver and travelled to several places such as Vancouver Island, Whistler, Jasper, Edmonton, Nelson etc. And hopefully there are many more places to come!

What do you like most about Vancouver?

I really like that Vancouver is as green as it is, that you can find parks and recreations areas almost everywhere. To have the sea and Vancouver’s beaches just minutes away from the mountains is awesome. The city has lots of different faces as well, many different neighborhoods, each of them with its own character. And I really like the sea bus and the aquabuses 😀

Where have you been in and around Vancouver?

I’ve seen most of the downtown areas and hot spots and also lived a short time in Burnaby and North Vancouver.

What was the most memorable thing that you did in Canada (so far)?

I did a lot of memorable things, things that I never would have done in Germany and things that told me a lot about Canada and its people and myself. To see whales diving into sunset on Vancouver Island for example was unforgettable as well as being out in the Canadian wilderness for some days during my farm stay.

Let’s sum it up: What was the best thing about your program in Canada (so far)?

It’s hard to find one best thing, but I guess the thing is not a thing but some of the people who I met and who hopefully will stay friends for a life time. It’s also a great feeling to know that you found a second home at the other end of the world.

And what the worst thing?

The worst thing … Probably my first week where I had to learn that not everybody welcomes you with open arms and that reality most of the times doesn’t meet your expectations.

What is the first thing you will do back home in Germany?

First thing is to embrace my family and friends and then go to my favorite bakery and buy everything they have 😉 and eat it!:D

Would you recommend INTERNeX international exchange?

Yup!!

Cheers Sonja

 

INTERNeX International Exchange
International Village,
Suite 2077, 2079 – 88 West Pender Street
Vancouver, Canada -V6B 9N9-
Web: http://www.internexcanada.com
Email: pr@internexcanada.com

Expose of the Week

Jasmin, Germany

How did you find INTERNeX International Exchange?

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

Why did you choose INTERNeX International Exchange?

After I talked to Tim via Skype there was no doubt that I would like to work with INTERNeX.  I felt very comfortable during the interview, got an interesting insight in what he can offer and was impressed by the extraordinary support he provided from the very beginning.

Why did you choose to go to Canada?

I wanted to gain work experience abroad and I never considered going anywhere else than Canada.  I think I just let my guts decide…

How did you find a place to stay?

Tim helped me out to find a place within a Canadian family.  I stayed with them for three weeks before I moved to my own place.

What kind of internship are you doing and do you find it useful?

I am currently completing an internship as legal assistant in a private practice providing administrative support to the senior lawyer of the firm.  The company represents clients in the business, entertainment and corporate law.  Since I have already had some experience in corporate law I could adapt to the work very quickly and was amazed about my own development within the internship.

Is your internship useful for your career goals?

Absolutely.  German employers love references and are always highly impressed to see international work experience on a resume.  I am pretty confident to find a great position back in Germany.

How do you like your internship?

It is just awesome.  I really enjoy the work, I learn a lot, I have great colleagues and I think I could not have asked for more…

What kind of tasks were you responsible for on a daily basis?

I am responsible for maintaining the corporate records.  That involves keeping up with clients about their company’s corporate standing, preparing shareholders` and directors` resolutions and filing annual reports and other notifications with the BC Registrar.  Further on, I am responsible for the monthly billing process and related banking thereto as well as some legal research.

What do you like most about Vancouver?

I have never lived close to the ocean what makes Vancouver so valuable for me.  One of my highlights here in Vancouver was on July 14, 2013 when a pod of transient orcas came under Lionsgate Bridge and into Burrard Inlet to Vancouver.  That let me realize how close we live to the ocean and the fascinating nature out there.  If you have not seen it yet check out the following link: http://vimeo.com/68627867

Where have you been in and around Vancouver?

I spend the entire first week of my stay at the Waterfront, exploring Canada Place, enjoying a Harbor Cruise Tour and watching sea planes come and go.  I went several times to Stanley Park to explore the Totem Poles, the Aquarium, the Lost Lagoon, English Bay, and a lot more attractions.  I am a big fan of sports and went to a Giants game, a Lions game and of course a Canucks game!  Not to forget the Fright Nights at Playland at the PNE!

Do you attend the weekly PuB NiGHT and do you think this is a good way to meet new people?

I normally do not attend the weekly PuB NiGHT since it is usually on Wednesdays and I personally do not enjoy ‘clubbing’ or ‘pubbing’ during the week.  But every once in a while I do show up and it`s always great fun meeting new people from different countries.  I really should motivate myself to show up more often. …

What was the most memorable thing you did in Canada (so far)?

I really enjoyed the Rocky Mountains.  The landscape there is breath taking and I can only recommend joining the next trip to the Rockies.  While writing about it great pictures of turquoise lakes and huge mountains with snow covered peaks come to my mind.  You guys should really not miss the next Rockies Trip!

Let’s sum it up: What was the best thing about your internship in Canada (so far)?

I just generally enjoy being in Vancouver.  I like the freedom my boss gives me in completing my tasks independently and that he takes his time to explain things to me in detail.

I am thankful for the friends I made and the live experience I gained for my personal development.  I do not regret a thing and can only recommend taking every chance to go abroad.

And what was the worst thing?

Since I have a few months left on my visa I am looking for a full time position in another law firm to fill those.  Every now and then I gather an interview which makes me unbelievably happy only to hit rock bottom a couple of days later when I receive another rejection.  This entire application process feels like riding a rollercoaster.  Since I am not used to this kind of mood swings I would consider this part as the worst here in Canada.

What is the first thing you will do back home in ….?

Eat German food.  I am a lucky girl: My brother is a chef and he already promised to cook whatever I want when I am back home…! 🙂

Would you recommend INTERNeX International Exchange?

YES, I would!  I really appreciate their great service!  They helped me to find a great internship and regularly touch base on my development.  I feel really comfortable with INTERNeX.

Cheers Jasmin

INTERNeX International Exchange
International Village,
Suite 2077, 2079 – 88 West Pender Street
Vancouver, Canada -V6B 9N9-
Web: http://www.internexcanada.com
Email: pr@internexcanada.com

Expose of the Week

Gustav, Sweden

How did you find INTERNeX International Exchange?
I booked my trip via a Swedish travel agency called GoXplore and they cooperate with INTERNeX International Exchange. That’s how I found out.

Why did you choose INTERNeX International Exchange?

Firstly, I chose INTERNeX because I really liked the fact that you don’t only help people to come to Canada but you do also create a social network; the pub nights, the monthly trips and all other activities is what attracted me. Secondly, I chose INTERNeX to get help to get a job.

Why did you choose to go to Canada?
The main reason for me coming here is that I wanted to see the Canadian landscape and wildlife; the Rockies, the big plains, bears, whales, nice scenery etc. I’ve always wanted to go to North America and I think that Canada was the best option. Better than the States!

How did you find a place to stay?
INTERNeX helped me to get accommodation in a home stay family, where I stayed for about one month. After that I found a shared apartment on my own located in downtown, in which I lived for one month and a half. I have now moved to yet a new apartment, located on the 23rd floor in downtown. It was fairly easy to find accommodation on my own.

How do you like your job?
I like it a lot! I get to meet a lot of new people and a lot of colleagues.

What kind of tasks am I responsible for on a daily basis?
I work at a coffee shop so I make drinks, serve foods, take orders, handle the till, clean the store, take care of customers, etc.

What do you like most about Vancouver?
I love the fact that the people here are so pleasant and open-minded! In that regard it’s so different compared to Europe. I also like the fact that Vancouver is a big city but you can still walk to all the major attractions.

Where have you been in and around Vancouver?
I have been to all the neighborhoods of Van City, Deep Cove, Victoria, Whistler, Horseshoe Bay and there is more to come.

Do you attend the weekly PuB NiGHTS and do you think this is a good way to meet people?

I try to attend as often as I can, but it’s hard to match these occasions with my work schedule. But I have been to some, and I will try to attend even more soon.

What was the most memorable thing you did in Canada (so far)?
The most memorable thing was absolutely when I saw a bear in Whistler, at the peak of the Blackcomb Mountain. Awesome!

Let’s sum it up: What was the best thing about your job in Canada?
The best thing is definitely to meet all the customers. It is so nice to establish a good relation to the regular customers and have a chat with them when they enter our store. You meet new customers every day, which makes the days more varied.

And what’s the worst thing?
Cleaning the washroom after customers having vomited etc.

What is the first thing you will do back home in Sweden?

Meet my girlfriend!

Would you recommend INTERNeX International Exchange?
Of course! It’s a great agency that has made this adventure possible for me. Without INTERNeX my trip wouldn’t have been as good as it is.

Cheers Gustav

INTERNeX International Exchange
International Village,
Suite 2077, 2079 – 88 West Pender Street
Vancouver, Canada -V6B 9N9-
Web: http://www.internexcanada.com
Email: pr@internexcanada.com

Expose of the Week

Julia, Germany

How did you find INTERNeX International Exchange?

Through a German partner organization.

Why did you choose INTERNeX International Exchange?

Because that German organization cooperates with Internex.

Why did you choose to go to Canada?

First of all, I wanted to improve my English. So I was looking for an English speaking country. I was torn between Australia, Scotland and Canada. I decided against Scotland and Australia, because Scotland is too close and half of the German population seems to have emigrated to Australia.

I haven’t regretted my choice so far.

How did you find a place to stay?

Through Internex!

What kind of internship are you doing and do you find it useful?

I am doing an events, marketing and finance internship at SSU. I get to meet many interesting people and I have learnt a lot about SSU, what my coworkers do and how all the different departments work together. I think it really helps me to figure out what I want to do later.

Is your internship a part of your university program and is it useful for your career goals?

Yes, it is part of my university program and I believe it will be very helpful for me! My English has improved a lot, I feel very comfortable speaking English …

How do you like your internship?

I love going to the events! It is great to leave the desk for a change and to meet so many friendly people. My coworkers are super nice.

What kind of tasks were you responsible for on a daily basis?

As I am working in finance, marketing and events, I am responsible for a lot of different tasks. I send invoices to clients, processpayments, go to events and write articles about these events, I answer questions about events and sponsorship etc.

What do you like most about Vancouver?

What’s not to like? In the last months, Vancouver has become my favourite city! I love it that there is so much fun stuff you can do here. And the scenery is awesome!

Where have you been in and around Vancouver?

I went to Seattle, Whistler, Victoria, Kamloops, Kelowna, Chilliwack etc.

Do you attend the weekly PuBNiGHT and do you think this is a good way to meet new people?

Yes, I think it’s great! Really helps to great through stressful weeks and a fantastic way to get to know people.

What was the most memorable thing you did in Canada (so far)?

Wow, I spent five minutes thinking about this and so many things popped up in my mind, it is simply impossible to decide. I really loved the White River Rafting, my Seattle trip was also fantastic (does that even count?) and I really love spending time outdoors, the forests and wildlife are so impressive.

Let’s sum it up: What was the best thing about your internship in Canada (so far)?

The Events!

And what was the worst thing?

Pretty sure I should not mention this 😉

What is the first thing you will do back home in Germany?

I will have a homemade cappuccino. The only place with great cappuccino here is the Fairmont Waterfront Hotel and I find it a bit pricy to go there all the time.

Would you recommend INTERNeX International Exchange?

Of course! Mainly because of the fantastic interns! 🙂

Cheers Julia

 

INTERNeX International Exchange
International Village,
Suite 2077, 2079 – 88 West Pender Street
Vancouver, Canada -V6B 9N9-
Web: http://www.internexcanada.com
Email: pr@internexcanada.com