Review: PuB NiGHT at the Lamplighter

Yesterday we went to the Lamplighter for PuB NiGHT! Once again, so many people that showed up. Thank you all for coming!

18337202_10209426544842635_1581636809_nThe Lamplighter is a pub in Gastown. It is part of the Donelly group, which you immediately feel when you step into the pub. This also gave me a familiar feeling, as we have been going to pubs from the Donelly group a lot. Lamplighter might not be the most cheapest place for drinks, but the atmosphere is good for sure. The pub has a cocktail of the week. This week’s one was the Gin Tonic, which was $2 off. Besides that they have a lot of beers and ciders, so there is something for everyone.

There were several screens in the pub that showed us a game of the Stanley Cup: Edmonton Oilers vs. Anaheim Ducks. This meant that a lot of Canadians went to pubs to see the game. The Lamplighter was also very busy, but luckily we had our own spot in the corner of the pub. During the breaks the pub was playing “Bourbon Bingo”. You could get free sheets at the bar and could win bourbon shots, a $25 gift card and a beer. Almost everybody started to play bingo, as it was free anyway and we simply love bingo. One of our group won the bourbon shots and others were close to win the $25 gift card.

18336958_10208904603233327_1425945733_nAfter the bingo we ended in the Met. Everybody immediately started to write down songs that they wanted to sing. Obviously, we had to sing the INTERNeX song “We are all in this together” of High school musical too, because a night at the Met without an INTERNeX song does not exist. Others were daredevils and sang a song without the whole INTERNeX group. I am glad that I finally had my karaoke experience in Vancouver.

Overall, it was an amazing night. I hope to see you all this weekend at Lighthouse Park or at next PuB NiGHT!

– Iris

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

Review: PuB NiGHT at Lions Pub

Yesterday’s PuB NiGHT was at Lions Pub. It was great to see so many of you at the pub. Thank you all for joining us!

Lions pub is a British pub near Canada Place. When you first get in, the pub might surprise you, as it looks much smaller from the outside than it actually is. The pub has several screens to watch your favourite sports while enjoying British food and beverages such as parmesan potato fries, bangers and mash or Yorkshire pudding. In summer you can also sit outside and enjoy the sun!

17522867_10155163085437103_4618912296578746765_nWe had a cosy spot in the corner of the pub. As we were with so many people, it was not hard at all to find the INTERNeX gang in the pub. You just had to spot the big group in the pub and there you go, the INTERNeX group! People just kept showing up, so we started moving tables. As you might know, this almost cannot be avoided at INTERNeX’ PuB NiGHTs. Eventually we even ended having a U table, so that everybody could sit with us.

There were new and old faces among us, which mixed up really well. It was great seeing you get along and welcoming the new candidates like we always do. I got to exchange stories with you about your week at your internships and the plans for the weekend. As new candidates are joining us, other candidates are leaving too. So the Canadian flag showed up again and people were writing sweet messages to each other. It was great seeing you again.

See you at the Lighthouse park or at next PuB NiGHT!

– Iris

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

Our star of the exposé of the week today is Melanie. She is from Germany and currently enjoys a very exciting 9-months trip in North America. She started off with a two-month internship in Vancouver in January and continued to Hawaii to take business English in a language school. Now she travels around BC and will start volunteering at a husky farm in July. Read what her experiences were in Vancouver and Canada!

Why did you choose to go to Canada?
I wanted to go abroad and have new experiences. I did not think about Canada specifically but it is an English speaking country and I have never been here before, so I decided to go.

What kind of internship did you do and what where your daily tasks?
I interned at a recruiting company that sends English language teachers abroad. My tasks were mainly administrative work and communication with our candidates. I welcomed new teachers who wanted to go abroad and helped them to prepare their documents for the program. I also worked with private language schools, particularly in South Korea.

Is your internship a part of your university program and is it useful for your career goals?
The internship was just for my own experience, it is not required for university. I think, it will be very useful for my resume. It is always good to have work practice and experience abroad.

What was the best think about your internship?
The best thing was that I improved my English and got used to communication in a foreign language. For example, making telephone calls in English is a challenging thing at first. My colleagues were also very friendly and helpful; it was fun working with them.

What do you like most about Canada and Vancouver?
The best thing for me about Canada is the beautiful nature. Vancouver is so nice because it is close to both mountains and the ocean. And I like all the beautiful parks here in the city!

What trips did you do in your free time, were some organized by INTERNeX?
I have been to Seattle and Whistler and did many small trips such as Capilano Suspension Bridge or Stanley and Lighthouse Park. With INTERNeX I went to the Rockies, which was a very memorable trip! We had so much fun and I got to know a lot of nice people. I especially enjoyed the campfire we had, the Banff gondola and the Columbia Icefields! The nature is just stunning.

How did INTERNeX International Exchange help you organize your trip?
INTERNeX is a partner of the German organization I used to come to Canada. They helped me to find the internship and prepared me for interviews. My homestay was also organized by INTERNeX and I had a good time with the family. The help was is very useful in the first weeks abroad.

Would you recommend INTERNeX International Exchange?
Yes, I would. It is so much easier to adopt and find your way in a new country if you have help. I found it was very useful to have INTERNeX because it’s very difficult to find an internship on your own in a country you don’t know. INTERNeX also offers good possibilities to get to know people.

Thank you, Melanie, for sharing your international experience with us.

Cheers,

Xenia

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

INTERNeX Canada: How was your weekend?

It’s a new week again! I hope everybody of you guys had an amazing weekend with this fantastic weather!

Saturday was a perfect day to go Go-karting outdoors. The INTERNeX people gathered on the Richmond Go-kart track to test our racing skills without any rules or restrictions! Well, there were some… no bumping, no swerving. It was so great to go into curves full speed trying to get ahead of everybody. On top of the fun our tickets included tokens for the arcade – an entire room of gaming machines! Some of us successfully tried the DDR (Dance Dance Revolution), others continued to break speed limits in the racing games.

Check out the pictures of this event on Flickr.

After this day of fun and speed I went out for dinner and drinks with friends. Nice weather and a burger outdoors, Granville Street and drinks in several pubs – this made a perfect evening!

On Sunday, the lovely weather lured us to the Lighthouse Park on Vancouver’s West shore. There are many hiking trails but you also can take it easy and relax on the beach as we did. On a clear day like this Sunday we had a stunning view of Vancouver. I think it’s one of Vancouver’s most beautiful parks, you should definitely take a look at it someday!

How did you enjoy your weekend and this amazing weather? Tell us your story, send us pictures and win prizes!

Cheers,
Maria and 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

INTERNeX Canada: Expose of the week

This week’s expose of the week is about our two new IT interns from the Netherlands. Janus and Rick will be working closely with Simon, for the next 4 months, on creating new websites and web designs for INTERNeX. Janus and Rick are both 20 years old and study ICT in Eindhoven. This week I had a bit of a chat with both of them about their experience so far at INTERNeX and of Vancouver.

Why INTERNeX and why in Vancouver?

Janus: I really like Canada, but I don’t speak French so Vancouver seemed like the ideal place to be. I had originally sent out a couple of emails to companies in Vancouver asking them for any openings; one of them was INTERNeX and they were the only ones that sent me a response.

Rick: I’ve always wanted to come to this part of the world and when Janus told me about the option to come work for INTERNeX in Vancouver I was very interested.

How did you find out about INTERNeX?

Janus: I was looking for an internship and I found an email linked to INTERNeX on a website, so I decided to send them an email.

Rick: I heard about it through Janus. The university insisted that Janus take an extra person with him if he wanted to take part in this internship due to safety reasons and he chose to ask me to come along with him.

Are you happy with your choice to work for INTERNeX? Why?

Janus: Yes, very happy. We are working on a very cool project at the moment and it’s a challenge at the same time.

Rick: Yes, I really like the atmosphere here. It’s less formal than I am used to, but it’s a very cool project.

What have you seen in Vancouver already?

Janus: We’ve been sightseeing around Vancouver together and we’ve gone to see Stanley Park and Lighthouse Park. We’ve also seen a lot of Downtown already and the waterfront airport.

What is your first impression of Vancouver?

Janus: My first impression of Vancouver is that it’s a very cool place. I really like Downtown, but once you start to enter the suburbs I’m not as impressed; Downtown is definitely a lot nicer from my perspective.

Rick: The people here are so friendly; the nature is beautiful and abundant, with the beautiful mountains surrounding the city. I really like it.

How did you find a place to stay/are you happy with what you have?

Janus: I found a place to stay on Craigslist. I actually experienced some problems when I arrived because the place I had moved into had a cat and I’m very allergic to cats so I had to find a new place as soon as possible. I found an alternative place through Rick’s landlord and I am very happy with this one.

Rick: I found a place through www.easyroomate.com . Unfortunately I’m not too happy with the place I’m living at right now because there are 7 people living there so it gets very noisy and I have trouble sleeping. It’s also quite expensive. I hope to find a new place to live by the end of the month.

Any upcoming plans, with INTERNeX, for in and around Vancouver?

Janus: No not yet, but I hope to take part in the trips that the PR team organize so that I can see more of Vancouver and the rest of British Columbia. Additionally, Rick and I were thinking of going up Grouse Mountain this weekend.

Rick: I’m hoping to attend the Seattle trip that the PR team are organizing and of course I will be joining Janus on our trip to Grouse Mountain.

Will you be attending the weekly pub nights that the PR team organize?

Janus: I won’t be attending them very often, maybe once or twice.

Rick: I am looking forward to attending another great pub night tonight.

Would you recommend INTERNeX International Exchange?

Janus: Yes, definitely. They are very friendly; they arrange everything for you and help you out a lot if you’re looking for a great experience in either Vancouver, Toronto or Auckland.

Rick: Yes. Pretty much for the same reasons that Janus has mentioned. It’s a very safe way to organize an internship in a new and unfamiliar place; there’s usually not a lot that can go wrong with this method.

Thank you Janus and Rick for your time! The INTERNeX team wish you all the best and hope you enjoy this amazing experience!

Cheers,

The 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

Picture of the week – Lighthouse Park

It’s time for the picture of the week! A couple of weeks ago I went to the Lighthouse Park (West Vancouver) together with our former candidate Regula. It was one of the first warm days and an incredible sunset was awaiting us as we climbed over the rocks to get to the shore.

We had a beautiful view over the ocean up until Vancouver Island.

And believe it or not…We even spotted a group of whales and seals! Something we did not expect at all!

by Regula, edit by Franziska

If you would also like to experience the great view from the rocks, the silence and the wildlife, take bus #250 Horseshoe Bay!

And don’t forget to send us your picture of the week! 😉

 

Cheers,

Ziska

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

Things to do on a rainy day

Today was a beautiful day with a lot of sunshine but as you know most of the time it’s raining. I hope you all enjoyed this sunny day and I have some tips what to do on a rainy day (source: Vancouver Metro, 16-10-2010)

– Take a culinary tour of Granville Island Public Market. Learn about local ingredients and what to do with them. Info: edible-britishcolumbia.com

– Recharge in the tropical heat of the Bloedel Floral Conservatory at Queen Elizabeth Park. Info: vancouverparks.ca

– Embrace the rain with a guided rainforest tour and gourmet lunch in Lighthouse Park. Info: rockwoodadventures.com

– Duck out of the rain at the Vancouver Art Gallery or Museum of Anthropology, or catch a show at one of Vancouver’s live theatres.

Have a nice (hopefully sunny) weekend!

Cheers,

Elvera