How was your Weekend?

Even long weekends come to an end eventually. 
So I hope you made the best out of your days off. Except for Saturday, even the weather was absolutely on our side. Which is the reason why we went hiking .. yes, on Saturday! But to be fair, I actually didn’t mind the weather very much. We were able to get some nice advantages out of it.
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We met up in downtown to go all the way to the Lynn Canyon Park. After about one hour drive we finally reached our destination and started off with the most popular part of the park – the Suspension Bridge. As I mentioned – the weather was probably not the best weather to hike, however, this had a huge advantage, there weren’t loads of people around. Still – we did not manage to take pictures all alone on the Suspension Bride .. maybe next time ;-)! We actually had a beautiful walk through the forest, which seemed to be very mysterious, even magical because of the fog settling in. In fact, a beautiful view we wouldn’t have gotten on a sunny day. Inspired by the mystical environment we found ourself discussing any kind of possible movie plot, we could shoot in here. To be honest, I’d definitely love to see the movie we spoke about :-D. stones.jpg
A few hours later, all of our grumpily stomaches agreed on grabbing some food asap. 
We made our way to the sea bus station in North Vancouver, where a big food market provided the perfect choices for everyone. Our happy and exhausted group of people made their way back to Vancouver afterwards. And this time we took the Sea-bus, which was a first for some of us, including myself. 
After all, Thanks again guys I had a fantastic day! 
On Sunday I made my way to Kitsilano to visit a friend of mine. We made our way through many different cafes and pubs as the night got later. We even went to the beach to enjoy the last minutes of sun, since you never know when you’ll get to see her again. This sounds way more dramatic than I meant it to ;-D. Anyways, Sunday was also a nice shot to explore some of Vancouvers night life, since Monday was going to be a day off. And I actually had a great time out there. 
Monday was Remembrance Day, so I went out to see one of the ceremonies happening around Vancouver. It was a great experience and made me  think of how lucky we actually are. It’s always good to take a minute or two to think about the bigger things than just yourself and your very own little problems. I ended the day walking through the beautiful Stanley Park and a treat of sushi afterwards.
What a beautiful weekend. 
And even though the week just started, it’s already PuB-Night tomorrow. Isn’t that nice?! So I’ll see you all tomorrow at the Portside Pub, for further information don’t be shy to check out our Facebook Page :-). 
Please make sure to let us know if you want to join us for the hockey game (Canucks vs. Oilers) on 1st December. Tickets are only available till tomorrow. So click on “going” or send me a private message, to make sure you won’t miss out on this one! 
Can’t wait to see y’all! 
Cheers, 
—Nadja
International Village,
Suite 2077, 2079 – 88 West Pender Street
Vancouver, Canada -V6B 6N9-
Web: http://www.internexcanada.com
Email: pr@internexcanada.com

INTERNeX News – Remembrance Day

Travelling is not only about taking pretty pictures and meeting exciting new people, of course we all also want to learn something about the country and culture we stay in.

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Therefore Public Holidays are just the perfect opportunity to widen our horizon and learn about what people are actually celebrating or thinking of.

As you might know and surely must have noticed when walking through town, next Monday is Remembrance Day. This is not only a topic we should gather some information about, because we are currently staying in Canada, but also because this is a topic each and everyone should keep in mind and think about from time to time. Therefore here some helpful information about what this day is all about.

Starting from scratch, the Remembrance day, or earlier known as the Armistice Day marks the end of hostilities during First World war. It is a day remembering all the fallen soldiers, not the victory or any political and/or military events.
Nowadays it’s not only supposed to remind on First World War, but all Wars!
Because it is and always will be very important to remember all the horror and grief wars drag along. Nobody should ever forget, how hard times like these effected each and everyones life. Even though the first world is long gone, we should think about it from time to time and never get lazy speaking about it.

Most ceremonies in Canada include certain things, like two minutes of silence, the playing of the ‘Last Post’, the recitation of ‘In Flanders Fields’, and the wearing of Poppies. ‘In Flanders Fields’ is a poem written by a Canadian soldier and became one of the most famous symbols of First World War. The poem embodies the sadness, the loss of loved ones, the worries, but also the faith that needs to be kept up. Within the poem John McCrae mentioned the Poppies, which were found on most of the western front. Throughout the bombed and destroyed landscape the poppies were the only thing giving colour to this tragic scenery. Later on the blood-red poppies overgrew many mass graves and therefore they became more and more symbolic for the fallen soldiers and tragedy of First World War. 

Almost in every part of Vancouver you will find different ceremonies, concerning this very important day. In downtown you’ll get one at the Cenotaph Victory Square (located on the corner of West Hastings Street and Cambie), starting about 9:45 am. Afterwards there will be a big parade.
Another big ceremony will take place in Stanley Park at the Japanese Canadian War Memorial, starting at 10:40 am.  

As this is a public holiday, I hope you’ll have a great day off and spent your free-time wisely, thinking about this very serious and important topic. 

Cheers, 

— Nadja

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

 

 

NEW ‘KIDS’ ON THE BLOG

We have some new members to welcome in our international traveller community! 

I’d like to introduce you to Sara, Marcel, Annina and Pia! 

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Marcel is here to participate in the Work and Travel Program and the three ladies are taking part in our Internship program, to collect some precious experiences for their further life. 

Annina isn’t new to Canada at all, she already spent a beautiful time at a horse ranch in Alberta. So now it’s just about the right time to move from the country side to the city life. I hope you like it just as much. 

Marcel, only arrived yesterday, but apparently a jet-lag isn’t a problem for this one. He’ll start his one year journey here in Vancouver, but who knows where the road will take him after that.  Loaded with all his skiing-equipment, he is ready for the snow to arrive asap. 

Next up Pia. Pia mainly wants to meet great new people, luckily that’s exactly who we are, am I right? I am sure you are going to get to know so many great people at the upcoming events, that has been prepared to fulfill your dreams, of new international friends!

Last but not least – Sara. She is from Italy, but her native language is German. Why is that? I am sure she is happy to tell you at the upcoming PuB-Night! Her plan is to find a second home here in Vancouver and I am sure that’s what a lot of you experienced already. So don’t be shy and tell her about all the tricks of living in this beautiful place. 

 We are happy to welcome you to our group! 

See you tonight! 

Cheers, 

— Nadja

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

215 days of action

215 days. That sounds like a long time. But I can tell you – my past 215 days passed by incredibly fast! Now, it is time to say goodbye to INTERNeX, Vancouver and of course, to you!

“Welcome to INTERNeX Canada!” How often did I hear this voice of our lovely orientation video? Many, many times! When I got to see the video for the first time in January, I did not know what kind of adventure was awaiting me. Every time I have seen the video from then on, I have met new people from all over the world. Some, I only saw once, but with others, I have spent so much time together. I am happy that I can call a whole bunch of them my friends now.

215 days – and I spent not one of them entirely at home. There was always something received_1908032345904902going on. At least one INTERNeX event per weekend and a long bucket list kept me busy. Skiing in winter was an absolute highlight for me. It’s awesome to leave the house in the morning in skiing clothes and just take a bus to the local mountains! Kelowna, Mount Seymour, Cypress Mountain, Whistler – all beautiful destinations to hit the slope. I am glad that I always had a cool crew with me who made these days even more fun.

IMG-20180526-WA0023.jpgBut also when the snow had already melted, I spent much time outside. Hiking, biking, kayaking, ziplining, surfing… BC offers many great opportunities to do so and I enjoyed exploring pretty parks, beaches and lakes. I also loved to spend time in the city and to scratch the typical tourist attractions from my bucket list. The weekly INTERNeX events were always a fun way to spend the weekend and discover Vancouver together.

However, Wednesday became my favourite day of the week. Chats, drinks, bingo and karaoke – I loved meeting the gang with old and new members every Wednesday night. Not only during the week, but also in the weekends there has always been a reason to go for ‘a pint’ and discover Vancouver by night.

As part of the PR-gang, I was also responsible for organizing a couple of weekend trips for you. “Back to nature” was the motto of both of my trips. The first one brought us to Salt Spring Island in March, where we spent the weekend in a huge house in the middle of nowhere. I will not forget all the laughs we had in the cozy outdoor hot tub where we squeezed in 14 people and our cider tasting in a beautiful scenery.

The other island trip just happened in July – our adventure on Vargas Island. What a IMG_20180719_105346_752journey! Struggling with lighting up the campfire, looking up into the beautiful sky full of stars, eating loads of schnäcks, cheering for everyone who was able to stand on the surfboard for a second – these are memories I will take home with me. I hope you guys are going to wear your Schnäckqueen/king shirts with pride. And don’t forget: no matter what, we will always have Vargas!

During the past 215 days, I have learned a lot: about the polite Canadians and how they say ‘thank you’ when leaving the bus; the rules of hockey and of many international card games; the three different words you can use to order a beer in Swedish; how to dance to country songs and so much more. And of course, I have learned the most important rule as a future leisure manager: Expect the unexpected!

In- and outside the office, I enjoyed the past months to the fullest. I am very glad that I had the chance to experience my Canadian adventure with the people I met here. It would not have been the same without YOU! A huge thanks also to the INTERNeX team who made me feel welcome from day one. That was easy!

The first reunions are already planned and I am excited to meet you again somewhere in the Netherlands, Belgium, the UK, Sweden, Finland, Germany, Brazil or maybe even back in Vancouver. Until then, make the most out of your time in this beautiful country.

See you soon!

– 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

 

Candidate Exposé – Chris Jason Wakely

Hi, I’m Chris and I’m 24 years old from New Zealand. Since returning to New Zealand, I’ve decided to take up some study.

20170813_094539I guess I’ve always wanted to come to Canada, so doing the practicum helped me come across. I went through a practicum program and website, they set me up with the experience and they put me through to Tim. I chose the practicum to gain some further experience and have the opportunity to see how Canadians are first hand.

I was working at the film festival. VIFF is kind of self-explanatory. It’s a great place to see how movie festivals are made behind the scenes. For this job you need to be flexible and have a willingness to learn new things. It is quite useful for my career aspirations, as it shows I can mingle into different crowds and become a fully integrated part of the team.

The services of INTERNeX really helped me solidify my knowledge and meet some great people. I have many connections throughout the world that I can turn to whenever. I sure did attend the several activities, pub nights, trips and events INTERNeX was organizing! These activities were great to get to know the other interns and to see the greater areas that Canada has to offer. I went to the Rockies, mountaineering, hiking, surfing, beer drinking, quite a bit of Greater Vancouver and BC.

ChrisVancouver is great as there is always something to do, whether it is a trampoline park or simply cycling around Stanley Park. The difficult part of Canada was the return home, and having to say goodbye to so many people. Vancouver felt like a metropolis. It’s really busy but a part of me feels at home there. I also found my former place of residence through the Internex team. They placed me in contact with my Landlady and she was able to set me up in her property.

By far the most memorable thing is my trip to Vancouver Island. The first thing I did when I came home was getting some sleep and see what has changed (not much has changed tbh). This trip had really inspired me to travel more. I wish to travel to visit those I connected with in their home locations.

– Chris

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

INTERNeX Canada: New Intern

My name is Daniela but everybody calls me Danie. I am the new PR Coordinator at INTE

RNeX for the next 4,5 months. I am born in Munich (Germany) where I also study Tourism Management. I always love to be aboard for example I lived one year in Australia and I really enjoyed it. When I have time during my term breaks I also travel to different places and learn something about new cultures. I never been to Canada before so the internship at INTERNeX is a great opportunity to connect for me both: to learn about a new culture and to engross my knowledge by practical application.

Here at INTERNeX I will be working in the PR Department which means I will be planning events, such as the weekly PuB NiGHTS, trips and other events. I will keep you updated on our social media, so don’t forget to follow, subscribe or like us. If you have any questions, I will be happy to answer them.

I am looking forward to meet all you guys on our events.

Cheers

Danie

 

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

INTERNeX Canada: Ranchstay program

Hi guys!!

Did you know you could also do a ranchstay with INTERNeX?!
Would you like to experience a totally different lifestyle? Do you like horses, cattles and tractors?
In that case this might be an awesome programme for you!

Experience the vast openness of Canadian Marlboro country and be part of a local farming family. This program is ideal for the cowboy/cowgirl at heart looking to spend some time on a ranch or farm away from all the bright lights of the big city. Ranchstay is for people looking to learn something about the community where they are placed and farming in general.

Ranchstay gives you the chance to become involved with family activities. You can use all the facilities of the farm, i.e. riding horses, driving the tractor etc. Although the program is not only about farming; it is a cultural exchange program where you gain real insight into the Canadian culture, mentality etc. The family may take you along when they visit neighbors, when they do their grocery shopping or when they go to events like rodeos or community festivals.

Ranchstay focuses on your objectives as opposed to the needs of the farm so placements are tailor built. We not only take your requirements into consideration but also try to match your personality with the personality of the farm family. Usually we can get a good grasp of a candidate’s personality by paying attention to how they write their letter of motivation, their pictures and work background. Since you are involved with the family 24/7 it is important that you both get along. Due to the personal relationships that we maintain with the farms we have a greater degree of control over your placement and thus the ultimate successful pairing between you and your host.

INTERNeX provides ongoing support.  We act as a mediator between you and the farm.  INTERNeX provides security; everything is pre-arranged prior to departure. You know where you will be staying.

Ranchstay will allow you to get in touch with your inner cowboy whilst still enjoying the comforts of living with a local farming family. Come and explore Canada’s great wide open and it will be a memory that will last you a lifetime.

In case you are interested in our INTERNeX Ranch Stay program visit our homepage for more information.

Cheers,

Your PR-Team

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