INTERNeX Canada: PuB NiGHT Review

Yesterday evening, we were at the Blarney Stone, a very popular Irish pub, in Gastown! I got to say, it was a very fun night! A lot of people made it out yesterday (perhaps it was because the weather was really nice). Nevertheless, it was all great just catching up and talking to everyone. And I got to add, we were a very multicultural group yesterday -France, Germany, Holland, Sweden, Korea (myself, Represent!), and of course Denmark! I was going around trying to learn a few words from each country…but I can’t remember any of them now. Also, we actually had quite a few “new” members to our group, some who aren’t even part of INTERNeX! But we all quickly became good friends after a drink or two 😉

But I have something to confess! Last night, I opted out for a nice cup of tea instead of beer. I’m pretty sure I was embarrassing everyone at the table! Blarney Stone pub definitely does give an Irish pub feel with their banners that were hanging on the walls.  But we found it funny that there was Asian cuisine in their menu (at an Irish pub?), I guess the Asians are taking over! Overall, I thought that the Blarney stone pub was an awesome place to hangout, drink, and party with your friends! I’ll come back here for another party, and that time I will definitely be drinking!

Cheers,

Flora

INTERNeX International Exchange
Suite 200 – 211 Columbia Street
Vancouver BC -V6A 2R5-
Web: http://www.internexcanada.com
Phone: +1 (604) 662 8149
Email: pr@internexcanada.com

INTERNeX Canada: Culture Shock

What are the differences between Canada and your own country? We tried to answer this question in the office last week. The INTERNeX staff is so international that we decided to get to take a closer look at each other’s cultures and countries. It was so interesting to listen to the different opinions in our team, especially because we work with all of you from all over the world and considering our Around the World Summer Party 2012 that just happened!

It was Petra’s goodbye get-together so she started off with the Netherlands where people don’t organize themselves in lines as much as Canadians do, she said. They wouldn’t wait for things patiently and rather continue to the next possible option; or elbow their way through into busses and trains. It’s funny because Canadians indeed wait in lines politely. Just take a look at 99 express bus stops – there are always three neat lines formed to board the three doors! Lies, who grew up in Malawi, mentioned that Malawians are happier people. In fact, Malawi was rated one of the happiest countries in the world despite being one of the poorest places on earth. But I am sure Canada is among the first in this survey as well! The Germans in our team agreed that Canadians are a friendlier crowd. The “How are you” in the supermarket here, the “Thank you” in the bus or a chat in the train, they always make my day. Germans are known to be very organized as well. But then again, who stands in neat lines all the time? I guess Canadian line-ups wouldn’t work with Germans because they are a little bit impatient, Martina thinks. But German food can definitely compete with Canada. Many people miss the German bread and some would die for all the different sausages, not to mention the beer.

Mina thought than Koreans are more emotional than Canadians. Happy or sad, they show it too. One of the ways to do it is clapping, Koreans clap their hands aaaall the time, no matter how small the occasion. Find the right address – clap your hands; meet a friend – clap your hands; if you happy and you know it – clap your hands! Our Japan representative Mayuko pointed out that Canadians don’t bow and that our sushi in Canada is all “wrong”. So expect a sushi restaurant called “Sushi the right way” to be opened soon in Vancouver! Katie though that Americans are more crazy about sports. They start to exercise as toddlers almost and continue doing and watching all kinds of sports and team games. Well, Canadians are probably right behind the US in this regard. Could you feel all the excitement about the Olympics? I won’t even start explaining the ice hockey spirit…

And of course we have Canadians at INTERNeX, too! They compared Canada with some destinations they travelled. Barbara lived in Melbourne/Australia that feels basically the same as Vancouver, she said. It’s not too small, not too big, it’s green, there are beached and even the same language ;-). It might be a couple degrees warmer sometimes though… Tim has travelled the UK and pointed out that although it’s all English, he is glad you can understand what people are saying here in Canada as opposed to Scotland. Even he gave up on listening and trying to figure out their expressions and pronunciation. You think you can speak English? Go try that in Scotland!

It’s impressive that we are so different but we all live here and share pieces of our cultures and of Canada! It’s a good thing we don’t have to decide for one or the other: be Dutch, clap your hands, have some sushi and German beer with your American friend, and watch some ice hockey in an Irish pub! What is a major difference between Canada and your country? Are you from one of the INTERNeX team’s countries? Please comment and share you opinion!

Cheers,

Xenia

INTERNeX International Exchange
Suite 200 – 211 Columbia Street
Vancouver BC -V6A 2R5-
Web: http://www.internexcanada.com
Phone: +1 (604) 662 8149
Email: pr@internexcanada.com

Thank You INTERNeX!

Hi Folks! It’s Tiffany here. So what’s new today?

Well, it’s sad to say that today is going to be my last day at INTERNeX. As most of you are or have been a student once in the past, the calling duties of school is always an issue. With exams coming up, to my dismay, I will be unable to continue my position as a PR Intern at INTERNeX. So, you won’t be seeing me around the office- but perhaps on the street or up at UBC (say hi if you do!)

It truly has been an interesting experience with many memorable memories and rewards. There is no other place I know of with such a diverse working team. From the moment we enter high school, teachers, mentors and our parents have driven the phrase “to be able to work with a diverse group of people” into our minds. It is not until now that I understand what that phrase means. Having worked in several Canadian cultured companies, I find that the work ethics and cultures of these companies are all very similar although diverse in terms of the work you do. At INTERNeX, I was exposed to so many people from different cultures it was a little overwhelming at times. I was given a glimpse of what the working ethics of people from German, Japan, Korea, Netherlands, Mexico and France were like. And I can tell you, it’s definitely an eye-opener.

Personally, after this experience, when my friends say “I worked in a diverse team environment”, I can proudly say, “Well, me too, I worked with people from around the world, literally”. The staff at INTERNeX has all treated me very well especially when it came to my difficult school schedule. They have been very accommodating, flexible and excruciatingly welcoming.

Being given the opportunity to intern at INTERNeX, I was able to learn about how this agency operates and all the efforts that go into placing a candidate. My knowledge of IT management was strengthened tremendously due to spending hours in the “dungeon” discussing the evolution of IT and its position in society today. I further developed my social media marketing and promotional skills through preparing promotional design materials and updating our social media networks.

The role of PR Intern at INTERNeX is one that can be very fulfilling. Having been here for one month, I’ve seen improvements in myself in terms of communications skills and confidence level. It’s unfortunate that during my time here, I was unable to plan a couple out of the city trips, but am very glad to have made some amazing friendships with those who came out to Cheesecake Night.

If you have any questions or are very interested in applying into a Public Relations position at INTERNeX and would like some feedback, let the office know and they can pass you my contact.

As for now, thank you INTERNeX for all your gracious help and best of luck to the next intern!