Three new INTERNeX members made their way to Vancouver this week! Well, some of them have been here for a little longer, but they are starting their volunteer practicums just now. 😉 Let me tell you more about the new trio.
I’ll start by introducing you to Sarah, who is more than thrilled that she just finished her language course. She’s a masters graduate from Germany and will do her practicum at an integrative pre school here in Vancouver. When she’s back in Germany she’ll work further on her doctor’s degree, which funny enough wasn’t even planned. Her professor liked her work so much that he asked her if she’d like to do her doctor’s degree with him and she just couldn’t say no to that. 😀 This should be a nice time out from studying then an it seems Sarah is using every single minute of it. She’s already traveled to Banff, Jasper, and to Seattle, where she cheered on a Canadian baseball team. 🙂 When I asked her about Vancouver she said that it’s pretty, but she’s also very concerned about the homelessness and people ignoring the issue rather than trying to find a solution for it. That’s a very accurate impression in my opinion. Even though she’s seen a lot of things here already, there’s something else on her bucket list. Sarah really wants to see a killer whale in the wild and she was very specific about that. 😀 I’ll keep my fingers crossed for her. 🙂
Xenia will do her practicum together with Sarah. She just graduated High School in Germany and is on her way to start university. She’d like to become a teacher for English and Nursing. Looks like she found the perfect opportunity to try and see if she really likes it. Her main goals while in Canada are improving her English and meeting new people. She’s definitely at the right place fo that. 😉 But why Canada? First of all it’s far away from home, she says, and secondly it has been one of her dream destinations for a while. Xenia is going to stay two months with us and she just arrived a few days ago, so all she can say about Vancouver is ‘big’ and ‘beautiful’. Don’t we all agree? In her free time she likes to play tennis, to play piano, to go swimming, or to go on trips to explore the world. When I told her about the upcoming Rockies trip, she was in with no hesitation. Are you?
Kim-Sarah is the third in our round. Her major in Germany was business psychology. Now she’s trying to find out what her next step will be. How to do that better than with work experience in a foreign country? In her practicum of arts counselling she’ll be practicing research, event planning, and marketing, amongst other tasks. She’s eager to try as many different things as possible. Before coming to Vancouver, Kim-Sarah already went to Toronto for five weeks of language school. She liked it so much that she would’ve stayed even longer to explore more parts of the East Coast. Even though her first impression of Vancouver was rainy, I’m sure she’s soon going to love it here, especially with the weather getting better this week. I mean, if her gut told her to come to Canada, then it was probably for a reason. 😉 Another great match with the West Coast is her plan to go hiking. In my opinion there’s no better place for it, since BC has a lot of beautiful mountains with stunning views and great hiking trails. The diversity of nature is the greatest I’ve seen so far, so I’m sure that’s another point to win over her heart. 😉
Please give them a warm welcome at tonight’s pub night, 7pm at Mango’s.
See you there!