Candidate Exposé – Roslyn Campbell

My name is Roslyn. I’m 23 years old and I’m from a small city in the heart of Scotland. I graduated from Abertay University in 2017, just before I went to Vancouver. I studied Media, Culture and Society there, a course that looks at analyzing the media and its relation to society.

Roslyn CampbellAfter visiting Vancouver in 2013 before I started university, I fell in love with this amazing, outdoor city. It had always been a dream of mine to come back. Since I wanted to expand my work experience after university, I thought this would be the perfect opportunity. In Canada, I did a volunteer program where I focused on sustainability and increasing the company’s social media presence. In order to be successful there, you need to have a strong sense of independence and be self-reliable. You also need to be a team player. I enjoyed my time there a lot.

Although I had been in Vancouver once before, my second impression was that the city was even more amazing than I remembered it. I stayed at a host family, which helped me feel at home. I also attended (almost) every pub night organized by INTERNeX and I joined many of their activities and trips. I went to Seattle, Whistler, Banff, Salt Spring Island, Bowen Island and many more beautiful places. I made a lot of friends through these events and my experience would not have been the same without them.

Roslyn Campbell (words)The nature is definitely one of the things I like most about Canada, together with White Rock, Salt Spring Island and the people. It is my goal to come back one day. However, I really want to visit other places such as Switzerland and the Scandinavian countries as well. My ultimate dream is to go on a safari and explore a rainforest in Africa. For now, I am back in Scotland, where the first thing I did was cuddle my dog, as I had not seen her in 6 months.

INTERNeX was very helpful regarding the preparation for the program, as well as providing me with advice about the city, what places to explore and introducing me to new friends. I have already recommended it to my friends! I miss Vancouver and am already thinking about when I can come back.

– Roslyn Campbell

INTERNeX International Exchange
International Village,
Suite 2077, 2079 – 88 West Pender Street
Vancouver, Canada -V6B 6N9-
Web: http://www.internexcanada.com
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How was your weekend?

There it finally was: our big camping trip to lonely Vargas Island!

Vargas BlogIt started off Friday morning at Horseshoe Bay from where we took the ferry to Vancouver Island. After a short snack (or better schnack) break, we headed to Nanaimo located on the other side of the island. Even though it rained pretty hard when we arrived in Tofino, everyone was ready and excited for the adventure. So, we packed all our gear for the next two days on a small water taxi boat and after a 15-minute ride, we reached our destination: Vargas Island!

And there we were: 11 people with a bunch of gear standing on a beach on a lonely island, in the rain, watching the water taxi driver leave. Time to get active – building up tents, setting up a tarp and collecting firewood. Well, lighting up wet wood was not that easy. But our man of fire Euler was hungry and managed to get the fire started. Yeah, our barbecue was saved! Meanwhile, a crew of architects built up a tarp, so we had a place to stay without getting soaked. We spent the night staring at the campfire, eating our hotdogs and being proud of our constructions. But before everyone could crawl into the tents, we cleaned up our campsite. All food had to be stored in a food locker some metres away from the tents. This, to make our home as less attractive to wolves as possible. To be fair, the start of our trip has been a challenge, but our teamwork made it all work perfectly. Good job, guys!

I woke up on Saturday morning with the satisfying sound of someone smashing wood like crazy. Satisfying, because that sound meant there was a chance of dry wood, which meant an easy fire start and fire meant coffee. With a great team effort, our man of fire and some patience, we managed to get hot water for coffee and ‘tea wotah’ for our English man. Even Nutella was offered on the buffet – it was actually a glamping trip! As the weather forecast predicted, it stopped raining and we could finally see the neighbour islands. Really pretty!

The guys spent the morning in the island-gym, which included smashing wood in all kinds sdrof creative ways. Good side effect of this workout was that we didn’t have to worry about firewood for the night anymore. After lunch, it was time to explore the island. We left our home beach, hoping we could find a hiking trail. What seemed like a trail, made us end up at a cabin that looked like a horror movie scene. We continued our way along some animal traps, under fallen trees and over stones and reached some beautiful spots. After all photo shoots were done, we returned to our basecamp. The sun was out, so we played some games at the beach and the bravest ones of us even went swimming! Later on, we could spot some sea lions passing by our coast. Burgers and potatoes were on the menu for dinner, so we enjoyed those and the beautiful view.

The evening passed by quickly with games, s’mores (yes, glamping) and loads of laughs. Suddenly, someone came back from the ‘washroom’ and noticed ‘wow, there are lots of stars out here.’ And yes, he was right! I think I have never seen a sky like this before. So we were just standing at the beach, looking up to the sky and getting excited for every shooting star that we could spot. That was just a perfect ending of the day.

On Sunday, we woke up early to get our breakfast out of the food locker and to break
down our camp. Everything was packed just before the water taxi came to pick us up again. We enjoyed the sunny ride back to Tofino, where we packed all our stuff in the cars again. Then, we headed to the beach. Our instructors were already waiting for us, NOVATEK CAMERAready to introduce us to the world of surfing! During a three-hour lesson, we learned how to get on the board and catch the best waves. At the end, some even managed to stand on the board like they never did anything else before. It was really fun! After this exhausting morning, we enjoyed lunch in Tofino and evaluated the weekend. Everyone’s favorite moment? Difficult to say, because there were so many good ones. Then, it was already time to head back to Nanaimo, where we took the ferry back to Vancouver.

It was a great weekend – I enjoyed this adventure with an amazing group to the fullest! A big thanks to all of you who joined and especially to our drivers Rick and Matt.

Catch up on some sleep guys and I will see you on Wednesday at Malone’s!

– Kerstin

INTERNeX International Exchange
International Village,
Suite 2077, 2079 – 88 West Pender Street
Vancouver, Canada -V6B 6N9-
Web: http://www.internexcanada.com
Email: pr@internexcanada.com

PuB NiGHT Review: Dublin Calling Rooftop

‘Come sit on the roof with me – the drinks are cold and the friends are free’. Those words are written on a sign at Dublin Calling Rooftop, the location of yesterday’s pub night.

Dublin Calling Rooftop is definitely the place to be for a sunny night like yesterday. What a cozy atmosphere and lovely decoration in this pub located in the middle of busy Granville Street! Soon after our official start at 8pm, more and more of you found their way to our tables. Main topic of the night – next to the world cup, of course – was the upcoming camping trip. Everybody is excited for the big adventure on Vargas Island this weekend.

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For some it was the first, for others the last pub night. So, we signed some Canadian flags with lovely goodbye words and talked about all the Canadian adventures of the past months. Good chance for all newcomers to get some ideas for the upcoming weeks.

Signing Canadian flags is one tradition. The other one is called karaoke. So, after the glasses were emptied, some of us got on their way to Gastown. The (leftover) INTERNeX gang performed ‘500 miles’, Samuel finally got introduced to our way of karaoke and Rebecka said goodbye to the Met. That was another great Wednesday.

I hope you had a fun night as well and that you will join us again next week at Malone’s.

Enjoy your weekend!

– Kerstin

INTERNeX International Exchange
International Village,
Suite 2077, 2079 – 88 West Pender Street
Vancouver, Canada -V6B 6N9-
Web: http://www.internexcanada.com
Email: pr@internexcanada.com

Are you ready for Vargas Island?

It is time to prepare for our big adventure! We will spend the weekend on the uninhabited Vargas Island. I am sure we will have a lot of fun with 11 great people at this amazing place. Here is some important information for you.

We will meet on Friday at 10.15am at Horseshoe Bay. Keep in mind that this ferry terminal is located in North Vancouver, so you need to plan in some time to get there. From there, we will take the ferry to Vancouver Island. After we arrive in Nanaimo, we will pick up our car and drive to the other side of the island. In Tofino, you have some time to get a snack, grab a coffee and say bye to proper toilets. A water taxi will get us to Vargas Island where we will build up our tents at the beach. A barbecue and campfire are on the program for the night, before we crawl in our sleeping bags.7252613406_2295c51950_n

Let’s hope that the sun will wake us up on Saturday morning, so we can enjoy our breakfast outside. Mission of the day: exploring the island and surviving. So, we can go for a hike and a swim, meet some wildlife on land and underwater, play fun games and just enjoy the beautiful nature. At night, we will warm up at the campfire and prepare ourselves some real Canadian s‘mores.

Sunday morning, we will already leave Vargas Island again. But before heading back to Vancouver, we will spend some time in Tofino. Known as the paradise for any water sport, we will try our luck on a board during a surfing lesson. In the afternoon, we are heading back to Nanaimo and from there we will go to Vancouver. We will be back around 10pm.

You might be wondering what to bring on this Robinson Crusoe trip. Make sure you do not carry too much stuff with you, since we have to change our way of transportation a few times. Here is what you should definitely pack:

  • ID
  • Water (bottles or containers, at least 2 liters)
  • Flashlight
  • Rain jacket
  • Sun cream
  • Good footwear (hiking shoes or similar)
  • For those who go surfing: Bathing suit and towel
  • Sleeping bag (if you took it home before)

I can’t wait to spend the nights at the campfire with you! See you tomorrow at our PuB NiGHT or Friday at Horseshoe Bay.

– Kerstin

INTERNeX International Exchange
International Village,
Suite 2077, 2079 – 88 West Pender Street
Vancouver, Canada -V6B 6N9-
Web: http://www.internexcanada.com
Email: pr@internexcanada.com

PuB NiGHT Review: The Beaver Bar

As always, Wednesday nights are PuB NiGHTs with INTERNeX. And as always, we had a good time with our candidates. But, what exactly were we up to? Well, we went to the Beaver Bar at Granville once more.

If you have never been to the Beaver Bar, here are some basic facts:

  • It’s part of the Samesun Hostel
  • It has cheap beers and good food
  • The service is great
  • Wednesday night = Bingo night!

So yes, we played Bingo once more! And the Beaver Bar does not just have the basic and normal Bingo with numbers. No. They have music Bingo! From Darude’s Sandstorm to Jason Derulo’s Whatcha Say, we heard it all. It’s quite a nice mix of old and new songs. But sometimes, 99% of the candidates didn’t know a song at all. In those moments, we looked at Matt with big eyes, the candidate who never left Vancouver. He’s a big music fan, so he knows all of the songs. And so, we played several round of this music Bingo. And people, you won’t believe this, BUT: the INTERNeX crew won 3 times! Yes, you read that right! After all the PuB NiGHTs with not a single Bingo winner, we can proudly name 3 candidates as winners. So, congratulations Liam, Samuel and Antonia! I hope you enjoyed your shot and pitchers of beer.

Around 11:30pm, most candidates decided it’s best to go home. They are responsible young adults that need a good rest in order to work well the next day. How I admire that, especially since I was in bed at 2am.

It was great to see you all there! I’m looking forward to see some of you again this Friday at the baseball game!

– Nadine

INTERNeX International Exchange
International Village,
Suite 2077, 2079 – 88 West Pender Street
Vancouver, Canada -V6B 6N9-
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Candidate Exposé – Anni Volder

My name is Anni Volder, I’m 27 years old, from Denmark and study to be a kindergarden teacher.

DSC_0556 - Anni VolderI decided to go to Canada, because I like nature and have family there. My first impression was the people, who were very kind, helpful and polite. The things I liked about Vancouver were the opportunities to get around, I felt safe in the city and around people. I am very satisfied with my stay, thank you.

I was volunteering at a preschool for my studies in Denmark. It was very useful and instructive as I am doing a Bachelor project. I worked at a Developmental Disabilities Association. I had many options for how I wanted and needed to work related to my project. For this job it is important to be responsibly, patient and open minded. As volunteer in practicum it was very useful for my subject. The staff and children were very kind to me when I arrived. When I was asking questions they responded to their knowledge and helped if I needed it.

The trips that were organized were very good and I enjoyed them. For longer trips, I suggest better communication between those who arrange the trips. I went to Whistler and one or two pub nights. The trip to Seattle, I think could have been arranged cheaper.

AnniI will remember the experience how to live there and to go to work. The nature and kind people. When I come home I will try to get over my jetlag and get my arms down from the experience. In the future I want to travel more, don’t know where yet, other than to come back.

I felt safe knowing I could contact INTERNeX anytime if I needed it. We met up with people all the time and had the opportunities to meet other people doing the same as you; being a stranger in another country.

– Anni Volder

INTERNeX International Exchange
International Village,
Suite 2077, 2079 – 88 West Pender Street
Vancouver, Canada -V6B 6N9-
Web: http://www.internexcanada.com
Email: pr@internexcanada.com

PuB NiGHT Review: Mahony & Sons

Yesterday, it was time to cross a new pub off of our list: Mahony & Sons! Although the location was pretty difficult to find, the view on the water was breathtaking. When we went inside, we saw four tables with ‘reserved’ signs on them. That’s us! We sat down and ordered our first beers; we were ready for another great PuB NiGHT.

27932182587_2aaab1d4e6_nThis time, no bingo or trivia was involved (so no free drinks, unfortunately), but this left plenty of room for us to talk to one another. Since we just returned from a great weekend in Portland, our impressions and experiences of the city were highly discussed. One of our favorite memories: the food. We had amazing lunches at ‘Stretch the Noodle’ and ‘the Whole Bowl,’ two of the many food carts in town. However, the food highlight was undoubtedly the waffle-maker in the hotel.

After reminiscing about our trip, we talked about the biggest sports event that is currently taking place: the FIFA World Cup. Sorry to all you soccer fans, but soccer is not on my list of interests. But hey, my country did not even make it to the World Cup, so I think you would understand why I would rather watch Netflix. A couple of drinks and rounds of storytelling later, it was almost midnight already. Since I did not get that much sleep the last few days, I decided to head home.

I had a great evening and I think Mahony & Sons is definitely a place to revisit some other time.

I hope you all enjoyed PuB NiGHT! See you on Saturday for the hike at Lynn Canyon Park!

– Angy

INTERNeX International Exchange
International Village,
Suite 2077, 2079 – 88 West Pender Street
Vancouver, Canada -V6B 6N9-
Web: http://www.internexcanada.com
Email: pr@internexcanada.com