Time to say Goodbye

Today it is time for me to say ‘Goodbye’ to everyone. I stayed in Vancouver now for two months, at INTERNeX for one month. The time in Vancouver is gone so fast; it feels like I am just arrived. However, I had an amazing time in Vancouver, thank you all for this! I will go back home with a lot of new experiences and I am sure that I will never forget this great time in Canada, it really impressed me.

 

Of course I also want to say a big ‘Thank you’ to INTERNeX, thank you Tim, Simon, Lisa, Mina and of course the PR-Crew; Alex, Selina and Danie! Thanks for the great help and the nice days together in the office. I’m sure that this experiences which I could do because of you all will be useful in my further life.
The most impressed trip in Vancouver was definitely my trip to the Rocky Mountains for almost four days. I have never seen such an amazing nature like this before. I really hope to be able to go there again, if you did not go there before, you really shouldn’t miss it! But there were also some more trips which were really cool; of course the Grouse Mountain with the Grouse Grind, the hike on Bowen Island, to see whales in nature or just every single PuB NiGHT which was always fun. Actually every single day was an amazing day in Vancouver!

 

I hope you all will enjoy the rest of your time in Vancouver, especially the summer in this amazing city. I really hope to get the chance to come back some time.  But for now, it is time to say ‘Goodbye Canada’!

Auf Wiedersehen, goodbye,

Ole

 

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: Exposé Of The Week ft Ilse Hofman

This week, we are interviewing Ilse Hofman who came from The Netherlands to work in Canada. She has been in Vancouver for almost 4 months since February this year. So here is what she had to say about her experience in Canada:

Why did you go to Canada?
Most of the younger Dutch people who wants to go abroad, go to Australia or the States. Australia is really expensive and I want to be different! I choose Canada because of the beautiful nature and I definitely do not regret my choice.

How long are you staying here?
I arrived in the beginning of February in Vancouver and will stay here till October. Until that time I will be working here and go on trips to other places of course. From October till January I will go travelling to the east of Canada and some places in the United States. I will fly back home at the end of February.

What kind of work are you doing, where have you worked?
My first job was at Blenz (coffee shop). I worked there for 2,5 months as a Barista. I had to travel 1,5 hours by bus to get there so after a while I started to find another job, closer to my home. Right now I’m working as a server in a restaurant of a private tennis club next to the beach and closer to my home.

How did you get your jobs?
Internex arranged the job interviews and advised me what I should say and what not to say. Applying for a job here is very different than applying for a job in The Netherlands so all the advise and tips were really helpful.

My landlord helped me getting the job as a server in the restaurant from the private tennis club. He is a member and knew that the club was looking for servers. He told me that and I was enthusiastic right away, than he talked to the F&B manager. The next day I got the contact details and I sent an e-mail to the manager and the day after I had my job interview. 2 weeks later I started and quit the job at Blenz.

What kind of tasks are you responsible for on daily basis?
When I worked at Blenz, I advised people about the products, handled payments, made the drinks and sometimes I made latte art! Of course cleaning was one of the things we had to do as well.

In the restaurant I am serving the guests, take their orders, serving drinks, handling payments. At the end of the shift we are cleaning all the tables and chairs and set up the tables for the next day/evening.

What is the best thing about your work?
During this work abroad my English improved a lot. That’s mainly because I use different expressions than I learned on school. I use a broader vocabulary.

Also, I meet new people that have different cultures. All the Canadians here are really kind and helpful. Especially in the beginning it was strange that everyone says; hi, how are you doing?  In The Netherlands, people will look at you and think: why do you ask, you don’t mean a thing!

What do you like most about Canada and Vancouver?
As I was telling before the people are so nice and helpful. I meet a lot of people and whole Vancouver is kind of your friend, people will tell their whole life stories while you are sitting in the bus or sky train next to them.

There are also a lot of things to do here in the city. In the winter you can go for skiing in the surrounding mountains. In the summer you can go to the beach, if the weather is nice of course! Other things you can do in Vancouver are hiking, visiting parks, like Stanley Park and shopping of course.

What trips did you do in your free time, also organized by INTERNeX?
In my first week in Vancouver we went to Cypress Mountain for skiing. Flora and I got lost at the end of the day, we are both no pro’s and we came out at the black part. We climbed back to the junction to the other way.

With St. Patricks day we saw the Parade with a few other and after that we had lunch together and did some shopping. With Easter I went to the Rockies with INTERNeX. It was an amazing trip, one of the must do’s in Canada!

In the beginning I went to the PuB NiGHTS almost every week. It is a great way to meet new people and friends!

Do you attend the weekly Pub-Night organized by INTERNeX and do you think this is a good way to meet new people?
In the beginning I went to most of the pub-nights. We became friends with each other and shared stories. But right now I’m not going that often, because the most days I am working in the evening.

Why did you choose INTERNeX International Exchange?
Internex is the partner from the travel agency in Holland. They told what Internex could do for me while I am in Canada and everything did sound really good.

What is the best thing about INTERNeX International Exchange?
They always want to help you and they always will make time for you. Internex knows a lot about other cultures, so they can advise you very well what to say and what not to say in example a job interview.

How did you find a place to stay?
Mina, who is working for INTERNeX knew someone who knew a another person who had a basement suite available. I took a look there and after a few days the place was mine!

How did INTERNeX International Exchange help you to organize your trip to Canada?
The travel agency in The Netherlands helped me with booking my flights. Internex was already looking for job opportunities and on my second day Flora, the PR intern, told me a lot about Vancouver, the transit system and other good things to know.

Would you recommend INTERNeX International Exchange?
Yes I will! As I said they help me with everything. They make you feel comfortable in the city. I think the nicest thing about Internex that if you come to Canada by yourself, you don’t feel alone when you arrive.

Thank you Ilse for sharing your experiences in Canada with us and for all the great memories during your stay here!

Cheers,

Jelle

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: Exposé of the week ft Alexandr Tankos !

This week, we had the pleasure of interviewing the hockey coach Alexandr Tankos, who came from the Czech Republic with a Working Holiday visa and attended a city placement with INTERNeX.

Tankos award

Ron Thorpe (left),President of Richmond Minor Hockey Association with Alexandr Tankos(right)

He has been in Vancouver for 1 year since he came here, and he has the chance of staying 1 year more in Canada on a Young Professional Permit.

A month ago, he won the “Excellence in Coaching Awards”, award which is given to coaches who best exemplify the essentials of coaching (communication, instruction, player development, fair play, sportsmanship, leadership and organization).

Why did you choose Canada?

Well, I finished my studies in Public Administration in Prague and I decided that I wanted to improve my English Skills and also to gain new life experiences.

I considered the USA and UK, where I studied English for a short period, but Canada has the Working Holliday Program, which was really easy to participate in, and I decided that I could experience a new culture and experiences here.

I also chose Canada because this country is very friendly and it has a strong passion for ice hockey!

And why Vancouver?

I had other options like Toronto and more places, but Vancouver is a beautiful city and the weather is really good, and not very cold (during the winter -1 C).

How did you find INTERNeX International Exchange?

When I came back from the US to Europe, I asked my agency in the Czech Republic about some international programs and they were working with INTERNeX. They introduced me to Timothy Wells, President of INTERNeX. After a couple of meetings with Tim I understood what I should do in order to: find a good job related to my major, prepare for living in Canada, meet new people and what I needed for working in Canada.

What’s your job here and what tasks are you responsible for on daily basis?

I’m a coach at “Richmond ice hockey minor association” and “Pacific elite hockey school”. Where they run a very professional program. I received high level coaching and mentoring from the “Director of Players and Coach Development”; Glenn Wheeler, who gave me the background I needed and new experiences. In general I coach players from 6 to 17 years old in the skills session or team stuff as well.

My tasks are mainly training the guys at the ice rink and also off-ice (dryland). I also have to deal with parents, coaching meetings and prepare team building.

Wow. How did you decide to coach?

When I came to Canada, I realized that it was pretty tough to obtain employment in the governmental sector (high level of English and French, citizenship, etc.).  So I asked myself “what should I do?” And that’s when I figured out that I could do something related with sports.

But why did you think about doing something related with sports?

Because before I started my University I used to play hockey in Czech Republic.  I played in the junior team during the time I was studying in the high sport school and then I had the chance to play one year in the adult team. I finished my hockey career due to a few injures and then I started to study University.

I also had a couple experiences because I used to help my father, who was a general manager of one hockey club in Czech Republic; I was helping and watching him for more than 10 years.

What’s the first thing you did when you came to Canada?

First I went to what I consider the best language school in Vancouver (International House) to improve my language skills and to meet new friends. I recommend this to everybody. That was the start of my new life here in Canada.

Then I went to INTERNeX and that’s when I started to figure out what I was looking for.

The INTERNeX’ Team helped me a lot and supported me, arranged a meeting with the company, and they prepared me for my interview (How to introduce myself, how to dress and also the mentality for the meeting).

It was tough, but finally I got it, I recognize it was a big chance.

Alexandr with his plaque in Downtown Vancouver.

Do you find big differences between the ice hockey in Canada and Czech Republic?

First of all, we have to understand that Czech Republic has probably only around the 10% of hockey players that Canada has. If we want to be competitive with, we need to spend more time on ice and off-ice as well.

Another difference is that ice hockey clubs in Czech are more connected with adult’s hockey, boys can stay in one club since they start to play in “Hockey 1” until adults as a professional level. Here in Canada are many “small associations”, where the best players play till Midget, after they go to Major Midget, then to WHL as juniors, and then, if they are very good, to NHL.

And also the differences are seen in the parents. In Canada, parents pay more money, and they are logically also more involved in what the coach does.

Now talking about ice hockey, what do you think is necessary to be a hockey player?

I think you have to have these criteria:a sense of hockey, be fit, a background in hockey and have good luck. That’s all!!

How do you like your job and why?

I’ve got a job, which I love, for sure! And I love that, because I can help to kids every day. I teach them and I enjoy doing that. For me is not actually really a job.

What’s the best thing about your stay here in Vancouver?

I think the best thing is that I got a job, which I love and I’ve met honest and friendly people that helped me a lot. I went to a very good language school, in hockey I have been professionally mentored by the best coaches in B.C. and I always had the support of INTERNeX.

And what’s the worst thing about your stay here?

The worst part is that I’m very far away from home and maybe I don’t know so many people as I know in Czech.

So what is the first thing you will do when you return back home?

I’ll hang out with my parents, my grandparents and friends….and of course I’ll drink CZECH BEER!! Hehehehe.

Finally, would you recommend INTERNeX International Exchange?

Yeah, for sure I do! They helped me a lot!

But I just want to mention than people who want to come have to think about they have to try their best effort for getting what they want and they have to understand the Canadian culture.

I wanna say thank you to INTERNeX!

 

Thank you so much Alexandr for sharing your experiences in Canada with us and best of luck in your future !

Best,

Mercedes

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: Mercedes says “Hola”

Hey everyone,

I’m Mercedes and I’m the new PR intern.  I was born in a Spanish city called Vigo, right in the Atlantic Coast, and that’s probably the reason why I love the sea and the beach so much.

I was really shocked when I firstly arrived to Vancouver due to the weather: foggy and rainy. I left the sunny and warm Spain, but I’ll do my best to get along with this weather. I’m sure this wonderful city has  a lot  to offer to everyone.

I’m studying Advertising and Public Relations at the University of Vigo and I want to achieve a career in International Relations and Marketing. By the way, last year I studied in Austria. So yes, I speak German, but I’m not as pretty good as I’m with English. At the moment I’m here for taking some work experience and for having a university break.

Talking a little bit about my personal hobbies, my passion is traveling and meeting new people.  I really believe that traveling makes you always seeing life in a new perspective and makes you think who and where you want to be in life.

During my free time I go shopping (as you can see in the picture taken in the Pacific Centre), I hang out with friends or I just stay at home watching a movie.

I hope this experience in Canada will fill my life with wonderful memories, a lot of good times and amazing people. I’m really looking forward to getting to know all of you really soon and please, feel free to chat with me anytime or leave a comment!

Best,

Mercedes

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: About INTERNeX!

Life is full of so many wonderful opportunities, don’t you think? But it’s whether or not you decide to grab hold that really counts in the end. Sometimes, we let the most important chances slip by! INTERNeX offers these chances. But possibly the greatest aspect of INTERNeX is that there are so many options!

Do you consider yourself an animal lover? Do you like working for a cause  that really matters? The volunteer program offers you an unique experience working and helping injured wildlife! If you can’t get away from the city, there are volunteer opportunities in animal rescue centres!  But let’s say you’re more interested in different cultures. There are even chances to work with First Nation’s community where you’ll get to learn and experience their culture!

Maybe our internship program might interest some of you. This program gives you the chance to gain practical work experience in an international company! Not only will you get to learn about the skills in that specific work industry, but you get to see new things and live an exciting new life abroad!

Not looking for anything specific but working in a new country? Hospitality program invites you to do just that! Work in the hospitality sector and become a tourist in a new city!

All of the opportunities here at INTERNeX are unique and tailored to meet your needs and wants. But each opportunity always has one thing in common…an amazing and valuable experience. 

 

So I urge you to take chances, and make the most of your life! Don’t waste it, just by sitting in front of your computer! Check out our website here for more information on different programs we offer!

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: PuB NiGHT Review!

Yesterday, we went to Steamworks for our weekly pub night! It was great because so many people came out (especially some who never have before). I guess they finally decided to join the dark side. But I’m sure it was also because of the Rockies trip! We were all so excited that we couldn’t stop talking about it. We discussed what to pack, what to bring, and how much were are going to enjoy the beautiful weather this weekend.

Life is so much better when you go out to drink during the week, isn’t it? Just wait until the Summer finally starts rolling in…with hot weather and gorgeous sunsets in Vancouver, you’ll be dying to come out to our pub nights every day! 

Actually, there is another reason why I love our weekly pub nights. You get to know everyone a lot better at these events. The more time you share with that person, the more you’ll know about them.  These nights are for  personal stories, laughing together at funny jokes, and sharing great memories. It’s always a good time at INTERNeX pub nights and I also get learn so much about every one.  Who doesn’t want to be around these bunch of lovely people?

Thank you all for coming 😉

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: Exposé of the week ft Maike

This week, we are interviewing Maike Lied who came from Germany to do an internship in Canada. She has been in Vancouver for 5 months since last year October 2012 and will be leaving in just a few short days at the end of February! So here is what she had to say about her experience in Canada:

Why did you choose Canada?

I didn’t want to go somewhere that was really overrated, like New York City for example. But I still wanted to go to a place that was city-like so I wouldn’t feel completely isolated. Another reason I chose Canada was because I heard from a friend of mine that it was such a beautiful place with nice people…so you could say I was pretty much convinced!

What do you like most about Vancouver?

I like the fact that you can pretty much do EVERYTHING here. Whether it’s hiking, skiing, going to the beach, or just wanting to enjoy a city life, Vancouver has it all! I thought that the people here are also so relaxed, friendly, and patient!

How did you like your internship and what kind of tasks were you responsible for on a daily basis?

The internship was great, I  loved it! I loved the people that I got to work with at my internship. When I first started working, I did a bit of everything like working with Photoshop  Adobe, and other designing tasks. Near the end of the internship, I got to work on WordPress and building websites! I really enjoyed that I got to work on a lot of different things and not just one task, and I learned a lot!

Is it related to your study you did back home? 

In a way yes, because although I have a BA in business administration, I also majored in marketing and my internship was similar to that. When David would talk to clients, I got to learn about how to get business’s started and how to get their websites up and running.

Where have you been in and around Vancouver?

Well I honestly have been to so many places around Vancouver but I have been to Coquitlam to North Vancouver to Whistler!

What is the most memorable thing you did in Canada?

This is tough because I have so many amazing memories here. One memorable thing I did in Canada was spending the Christmas holidays with my Vancouver friends, baking and eating lot’s of delicious food! Another lasting memory of Canada is from my internship because I’ve met so many great people there and I’ll miss them a lot.

What is the first thing you’ll do when you return home?

SLEEP. I’ll be so jet-lagged which is why I’d love to just spend my days sleeping! Also, I would definitely spend a lot of time with family, my boyfriend, and everyone I have missed back home.

What is the worst thing bout your internship/stay in Canada?

The worst thing for me was having to share my living space with other people. Sometimes, I come home from a long day at work and I’d just want to be alone…but I couldn’t!

Would you recommend INTERNeX international exchange? 

Yes, definitely! In the beginning when I first arrived, INTERNeX really helped me out and put so much effort into helping me find an internship job and a place to stay. Also, there  are so many fun and awesome things I got to do through INTERNeX, such as their weekly pub nights where I got to meet a lot of people, and weekend activities!

Thank you so much Maike for sharing your experiences in Canada with us and for all the great memories during your stay here!

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