Goodbye for now

All good things must come to an end they say, and that also means my wonderful journey here in Vancouver must come to an end… And that end is here.

My life changing journey started 7 months ago at the airport in Amsterdam. It was going to be the first time for me flying alone and living on my own and boy I was scared. I remember crying and being really sad to leave my friends and family even telling them that I was not sure if I could do this. I’m really happy and proud that I can tell the Mandy of 7 months ago that she had nothing to worry about and that a beautiful journey was waiting for her.

I call it a journey and not a destination or simply a stay since I have been through so much. I have learned a lot about myself and who I am all with the help of INTERNeX and without them I would not be the person I am today. IMG_0328

It all started 2 days after I arrived here in Vancouver with the amazing Rocky Mountains trip. It was so amazing to see the beautiful nature that Canada has to offer and the beautiful blue lakes. Not only the nature was amazing but all the people that I met were wonderful.

But that was not it, as a PR-Coordinator for INTERNeX I had the opportunity to travel to Whistler, Victoria, Salt Spring Island and my biggest dream Seattle. I even had the opportunity to take a trip to Los Angeles, a city I have always dreamed of visiting. We also went to amazing events like Halloween, New Year’s Eve, the Canucks games and of course all the nice and fun PuB NiGHTS. I even celebrated Thanksgiving for the first time in my life and went Black Friday Shopping in Seattle.

IMG_1119But for me it does not matter how many places I visited or how many things I did, the most important thing for me is that I was able to do that with all of you! Without any of you, my journey here in Canada would not have been the same and I want to thank you for that from the bottom of my heart.

Now that it is only days away from saying goodbye I am having mixed feelings about leaving. I am really looking forward to seeing my friends and family again and to hug my sweet Labrador dog. I am looking forward to tasting my favorite Dutch dishes again but I know that my life back home will never be the same again since a piece of my heart will always stay here in Vancouver and another piece will stay with the people I have met here.
Again I wanted to thank every single one of you that have been there for me and have made my stay here unforgettable. I would also like to thank Tim and Simon for even giving me this opportunity since without them I would not have been able to experience all of these things.
For anyone reading this who is doubting whether to go away from home for such a long time I can only give you one advice…. Just do it! Trust me it will only make your life much more richer with all the life lessons you take with you when being on your own.

This is not a goodbye but a see you later! I am looking forward to seeing some of you in Sweden later this year and for the rest, we will meet each other again somewhere in the world!

~ Mandy

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

A good bye

That’s it. It started with a simple hello but now it ends with a complicated goodbye. What a great choice I made more than a year ago to come to Vancouver. The journey started in August when I arrived in this beautiful country. It seems like a couple of weeks ago, I can’t believe it is already over. Time flies by when you are having fun. I had definitely the time of my life. That’s why I am not sad because I am leaving, but I smile because it happened. I am very thankful for the great people I could experience this adventure with. Without them it wouldn’t be the same. Now it’s already time to look back at my time in Canada. And I can tell you, it was a good one.


Thanks to INTERNeX I could already spent my first weekend in the Rocky Mountains. I met such wonderful people and many friendships were made. I knew it would be beautiful, but I never expected to see such views. Wauw! The parties, campfires, the BEAUTIFUL sunset and the swims made this trip complete. After the trip I realized Canada was not my destination, but it was just the beginning of my journey.


Besides the Rockies I did many other trips and discovered a lot of new places I never heard of before. Whistler, where I did my first bungee jump ever. Victoria, where we drove on scooters to the top of the island. Seattle, where I saw its underground world and tasted the gum wall. Christmas in the Rocky Mountains. Kelowna, where we could snowboard in the sun with blue skies. And Salt Spring Island, where we partied the weekend away in our own villa. On all these trips I made so many good memories I will never forget.

The question for the upcoming Wednesdays will be: What should I do? I will definitely miss the great evenings we had every week at PuB NiGHTs. Of course the fun stories and the laughs, but what I will miss the most is the karaoke bar. I don’t know when it started, but ‘Bart’s surprise act’ was becoming a thing. You didn’t think I choose to sing Scatman, the guacamole song and Celine Dion myself, did you?

I am very happy I could work for a company like INTERNeX. Besides all the fun we had in the office, they always supported and helped me. I’ve learned a lot and my network is way bigger than 7 months ago. The best part of the job was not the part where you organize these activities, but the faces and grateful responses you get back. These activities were not so great because of the things we did, but because of the people you did those things with.derde

And now the time has come to say goodbye and go back to the Netherlands. I am looking forward to see my family and friends again after such a long time. But that would also mean I have to say bye to the friends (that also became family) I met here. Luckily, I don’t have to say goodbye to everyone, a simple ‘see you later’ is enough for now. Thanks to everybody who made this adventure as good as it was, Tim, Simon, the PR-guys, candidates and friends. I am very lucky I got to know people to who saying goodbye to now is so hard. I will miss all of you and I promise I will remember all the fun things we did here together. See you somewhere else in the world!

– Bart

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

INTERNeX Through the Looking Glass -Practicum Program

Amiel here again!
Missed my first post about INTERNeX? Check it out: INTERNeX Through the Looking Glass – Intro

The other day I found this quote by David Mitchell who wrote Cloud Atlas (some of you might have seen the movie) “travel far enough, you meet yourself”. I think this statement holds a lot of truth. When you travel you leave behind your old environment to step into a new one to broaden your horizons. You accumulate experiences you never could have if you had stayed at home.What’s on the menu today? Earlier this week I gave you an introduction of INTERNeX and what they’re all about. This time we’ll be checking out one of the INTERNeX programs you can sign up for: the Practicum Program.

What is it and how does it work?

First of all, most placements INTERNeX facilitates in and outside of Canada are unpaid. Does that seem shocking to you? Well, there is a deeper meaning to it. If you want to know what it is check out the Blog next week, when I’ll have a post about the differences between paid and unpaid internships.

INTERNeX is able to facilitate placements in almost any industry. So, it pretty much comes down to what you want to do and learn, be it for your post-secondary education or voluntary/personal reasons. That’s because a practicum is supposed to help you gain practical experience in the industry of your placement and ideally assist you in finding an environment you could see yourself working in in the future.
Before you can begin your journey though, there are several steps you’ll have to take first. The early stages are for discussing what your goals are and what you want to achieve. After which, you will be introduced to potential organizations that also demonstrate interest in you. Next, is the completion of the visa process and only once INTERNeX is sure you’re all set will you take off on your adventure.

The difference in how INTERNeX works compared to other international exchange agencies is the close contact they have with their candidates by accompanying and supporting them every step of the way. By doing it like this they help taking away a lot of that anxiousness you feel when you take your first jump into a different world.

With this we’ve reached the end for today but the next blog post is not so far off explaining the advantages of an unpaid internship over a paid one.


INTERNeX International Exchange – PR Coordinator

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INTERNeX Canada: What to do on the weekend!

Middle of August and we have to make the most of the summer and Vancouver !

If you don’t know what to do during the weekend here I give you some ideas.

Big Bus Route Map

On Saturday, we  go to the Big Bus Tour around Vancouver (Remember that the 3 winners of the “Best Rockies Trip picture” win a 2 day pass for free).

This hop-on, hop-off bus offers you the opportunity to go all over the wonderful and most important places in Vancouver and the best part of it is that you can hop on, hop off as often as you want to take pictures, to enjoy the views or just simply to drink a coffee.

Meeting point:  Gastown Big Bus Welcome. Stop #1  (On Water Street just 20 steps from the Steam Clock )

When:  Saturday 17th August, at 1.30 p.m.

Price: Student pass for 1 day: $37. Student pass for 2 days: $42

For those who prefer a frenetic journey, I have another idea, but this one crazier. The annual Zombie Walk is here. This walk has going for years, and each one is getting bigger and bigger.

Please, do not vandalize anything and obey the police. That’s very important !

If you want to survive to the Zombie Walk, check it out this map, which will tell you where to go to get the supplies necessary to battle the brain eating zombies.

Survival Map Downtown

Date: August 17, 2013 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. (assemble around 3 p.m.)

Where: Starts at the Vancouver Art Gallery and the walking dead then proceed to roam the streets of downtown. The zombie infestation travels up Robson towards Denman Street. It continues to English Bay and ends at the laughing men statues.



INTERNeX International Exchange
International Village,
Suite 2077, 2079 – 88 West Pender Street
Vancouver, Canada -V6B 9N9-

INTERNeX Canada: Casual Friday

And we are off! The journey through the Canadian Rockies has begun! We left this morning at 7.30am from Waterfront station with 5 Westtrek buses and we will eventually split up to go on two separate routes. There are INTERNeX Candidates in the party bus and in the regular bus as well, and we will be taking the North route. We expect to get no sleep on the party bus!

Would you like to follow our journey online and find out what we are up to? The three PR interns who are on the trip (Hannes, Petra & Lies) will keep you up to date on their current location via foursquare whenever they have access to wifi. Their check-ins will automatically show up on your Facebook and Twitter feed if you have liked our page on Facebook and/or are following us on Twitter. To like us on Facebook please click here.

We will be taking beautiful pictures of the locations so that you can share the experience too, in a way 🙂

Sad that you missed the INTERNeX trip of the month? Don’t worry we will be organizing another great trip for the month of May. Read our UPCOMING INTERNeX EVENTS blog post next Wednesday to find out where we will be going!

We hope you have a lovely weekend!



INTERNeX International Exchange
Suite 200-211 Columbia Street
Vancouver BC -V6A 2R5-
Phone: +1 (604) 662 8149

Closing Interview with Mette



Mette at our INTERNeX Office


It is now time for an update on one of our INTERNeX members.  As we say goodbye to one of our interns, Mette, I sat her down to a closing interview so she can impart some of what she’s learned along the way with our fellow INTERNeX community. 

Here is the interview in a Q&A format:

1) Today is your last day at INTERNeX, how are you feeling today?

Feels happy and sad at the same time.  Happy about the good experience.

2) What was your first impression of INTERNeX when you first stepped into the office?

It felt like a laid back and welcoming place.

3) In your opinion, what differentiates INTERNeX from all the other companies offering individual services, such as internship placement?

There is no other company doing the same thing as we do.  We have knowledge and compassion for each candidate.

4) What is your position at INTERNeX?

Public Relations and Hospitality Intern

5) What have you learned in this position and what skills will you take with you in your future jobs?

I have learned to manage a lot of different things at the same time and to be creative.  I have become able in taking on new challenges without problems, and have gained a lot of confidence from my experience that I can use in my future career.

6) What wisdom would you impart on future interns of INTERNeX?

Take initiative and be positive.  Have fun, enjoy every minute and see the opportunities for learning in each day.

7) What do you wish you had learned during your position?

I’ve learned more than I’ve wished for.

8) Are there any last comments you would like to leave for people?

Just to work, live, and learn…and make sure to laugh and have fun the whole way. 😉

And that’s all folks! As you can see Mette had a very fulfilling experience at INTERNeX! If you too would like to embark on an amazing and enriching journey, come to INTERNeX and check us out.  Our door is always open.




INTERNeX International Exchange

Suite 200-211 Columbia Street

Vancouver BC – V6A 2R5-


Phone: +1 (604) 662 8149



Rip Roarin’ Rockies Adventure!

If you haven’t been to the Rockies – you haven’t been to Canada! Get the most out of your summer and experience one of the most spectacular places on earth!

Join other travelers on a 4-day (3 night) tour to the heart of the Canadian Rockies and travel through some of the most awe inspiring scenery to be found anywhere in the world! Embark on a journey from Vancouver to Alberta to see towering peaks, frigid glaciers, and stunning lakes. Four days of breath taking scenery will give you memories to last a lifetime. Don’t have a friend? No problem – you’ll meet tons of people on this trip! For only $340.00 (taxes in!), you won’t find a trip like this anywhere else! This trip begins July 30 and ends August 2, 2010.

Whether you’re just out for an incredible sightseeing journey or you want to try your hand at a variety of fun activities, this tour has something to suit every taste.

This Classic Canadian  Rockies Adventure by West Trek includes:

  • The PERFECT MIX of amazing adventures and stunning sightseeing!
  • Three nights hotel – 1 night right in the centre of Banff! ( Price is based on 4 people sharing one room with 2 Queen beds. Upgrades available. )
  • The hotel in Banff is The Mount Royal.  It’s right in the centre of this beautiful mountain village.  Step out the front doors of the hotel and you’re in the heart of the party – only seconds from the ragin’ nightclubs and pubs!
  • Two of the three hotels have indoor pools with water slides and hot tubs.  The fun is just starting when we arrive at our hotels!
  • Free entrance to Banff’s best nightclubs!
  • Learn to Line Dance.
  • All tips and taxes included
  • All park fees
  • Daily guided sightseeing through some of the most incredible scenery in the world!
  • End of tour PARTY at our Partner Camp! Marshmallow roast, songs, a roaring campfire and dozens of new friends. It just doesn’t get any better!
  • Have a great time with your cool Canadian guide.
  • Getting there is half the fun on the deluxe highway coach with games and movies while you make new friends.
  • Hockey tournament in Valemount – Let the games begin as teams face off for a game of ball hockey!


  • 3 nights of accommodation in Valemount, Banff  and Golden.
  • LAKE LOUISE.  Visit the most famous lake in Canada and marvel at the unreal colour of the water framed by a stunning mountain backdrop!
  • BANFF.   The most famous, and popular, town in the Canadian Rockies.  Take a boat cruise, soar to mountain peaks on a gondola, or just explore – Banff has so much to offer!
  • MORAINE LAKE.  One of the most stunning lakes you will ever see.  (Seasonal.)
  • The ICEFIELDS PARKWAY.  This highway has often been described as the most beautiful highway in the world and it is a very fitting description!  Glaciers, mountains, and pristine lakes are found all along this amazing stretch of unbelievable road!
  • BOW LAKE.  A beautiful mountain lake not to be missed.
  • PEYTO LAKE.  A stunning jewel hidden out of sight of the highway.  (Seasonal.)
  • THE COLUMBIA ICEFIELDS.  No trip to the Rockies is complete without taking a Snowcoach Ice Explorer tour out on to the glacier.  Definitely a once in a lifetime thrill!
  • ATHABASCA FALLS.  Witness the thundering roar as the Athabasca River drops 23 m through layers of limestone!
  • JASPER.  Visit Banff’s little sister.  Quieter and not as busy as Banff, Jasper is a gem waiting to be discovered.
  • THOMPSON RIVER VIEWPOINT – Great views of the North Thompson River.
  • LAC LE JEUNE PROVINCIAL PARK – We stop for a quick dip in this beautiful mountain lake or you have time to explore the beaches.  A great place for a picnic lunch!
  • MT. ROBSON.  This is the highest mountain in the Canadian Rockies and offers stunning views on clear days.
  • SPAHATS FALLS.  One of the most dramatic falls in Western Canada!
  • 5 NATIONAL PARKS, 1 PROVINCIAL PARK, 3 UNESCO World Heritage sights.  These include Banff National Park, Jasper National Park, Yoho National Park, Glacier National Park, Mt. Revelstoke National Park, and Mt. Robson Provincial Park.
  • HOCKEY NIGHT IN VALEMOUNT – Can you get a more Canadian activity than having a game of pick up hockey surrounded by stunning mountains?!
  • Super Discount at The Paddock  –  This trip includes an awesome menu with The Paddock Bar & Grill in the heart of Banff.  Now THAT’S Canadian!
  • MALIGNE CANYON TREK – Explore this amazing canyon as you cross narrow bridges suspended above the roaring chasm.
  • MOUNT ROYAL HOTEL – A hotel is not a highlight you may say.  Wrong!  This awesome beauty is right in the centre of Banff with our favourite nightclubs and party spots just a few short steps away.  You won’t believe that you are on a budget tour when you check in!
  • AWESOME ACTIVITY PASS – What can we say?  It’s awesome!  This is the BEST deal going and can say that this deal isn’t offered by anyone else!

What you should bring:

  • Swimming suit and towel (hot tub or swimming pool in the hotels + you have 2 chances to go for a swim in a refreshing mountain lake – seasonal)
  • Government photo ID (passport) & Student ID (if applicable)
  • Proof of Medical Insurance
  • Good walking shoes/boots
  • Warm jacket, hat, gloves (you’ll need these on the Ice Explorer Snowcoach tour.

To sign-up for this amazing trip, drop by the INTERNeX Office with your payment of $320.00 (cash only, Canadian dollars).

Last day for registration is Friday, July 23, so sign-up quick before all seats are taken!


Make the most of your time in the Rockies by participating in some incredible optional activities.   Some activities are seasonal and not available on all dates.

  • AWESOME ACTIVITY PASSBook the Ice Explorer Snowcoach Tour + the Lake Minnewanka Boat Cruise and West Trekl will give you back $3 PLUS throw in the Banff Gondola for FREE! That’s a savings of $32!
  • The Cruise and Snowcoach normally cost $93. BUT, with the West Trek AWESOME ACTIVITY PASS you get The Big Three (The Ice Explorer Snowcoach Tour + the Banff Gondola + the Lake Minnewanka Boat Cruise) all for $90!  (That’s like getting PAID $3 to do the Gondola!) – BEST VALUE – STRONGLY RECOMMENDED!
  • Banff Gondola – Soar to the top of Sulphur Mountain for incredible 360-degree views.  The gondola climbs 698m (2,292 ft) to the 2,281m (7,486 ft) summit of Sulphur Mountain. Fantastic views of the town of Banff, Mt. Rundle, the Bow Valley, you can even see all the way to Lake Minnewanka on a clear day.  ONLY $29
  • Lake Minnewanka Cruise – Relax on board one of the lake cruisers for a stunning tour on the biggest lake in Banff National Park.  The cruise offers some of the most interesting and spectacular scenery found anywhere in the Canadian Rockies.  ONLY  $44
  • Ice Explorer Snowcoach ride – A customer favourite for the past 10 years, this tour takes you right on to the Athabasca Glacier aboard massive, specially designed Ice Explorers.  You have time to make a snowman, have a snowball fight, fill a water bottle with “glacier fresh” water or just revel in the amazing scenery.  Not to be missed!  ONLY $49
  • Canoeing on the Bow River in Banff or at Lake Louise
  • Relax in the Banff hot springs – a beautiful outdoor pool heated naturally with the hot springs.  $7.50

To sign- up for this ONCE-IN-A-LIFETIME trip, please drop by the INTERNeX office with your payment in cash. Please bring your passport and contact information with you. For any further information, please contact Laura at

Terms and Conditions:

  • We recommend paying at least 10 days before departure to avoid disappointment
  • The tour is NON-REFUNDABLE within 10 days of departure
  • NO REFUND if you fail to show up at the meeting spot on time.
  • A small bus may be used for smaller groups

INTERNeX International Exchange
Suite 200 – 211 Columbia Street
Vancouver BC -V6A 2R5-
Phone: +1 (604) 662 8149