Smart Saver Vancouver

This week’s smart saver is probably more something for the girls, but we need that once in a while, don’t we? J

From time to time we all need some girly pampering, right? However, too often going for a manicure or pedicure is way too expensive to afford, not even thinking of combining the two. And then when you go, you might end up in a place that is affordable but the service is not what you expected and also not what you want for a relaxing hour or two. I think I found something different.

Katie’s Nails is right across the street from the Tinseltown mall (INTERNeX office building) and is not one of the shiny places, but has a homey feel about it. The staff and Katie herself are very nice; you can just walk in if you like to and do not necessarily need an appointment.

The reviews this place gets are amazing and basically every woman came out of the place happy as a clam. Katie and her team pamper your hands and feet and you can watch girly movies while relaxing in a massage chair.

And the best part is, it is one of the cheapest places I have come across so far (Mini manicure & pedicure $ 35). That combined with the service you get is pretty amazing! Check out her website online and judge yourself. I will definitely be one of her next customers.

See you around,


INTERNeX International Exchange
International Village,
Suite 2077, 2079 – 88 West Pender Street
Vancouver, Canada -V6B 9N9-

INTERNeX Canada: Smart Saver Vancouver !

How many of us wanted to go for a  wonderful massage, in my opinion one of the best feelings in the world, but it was too quick and expensive here in Vancouver ?? I guess lots of us !!

If you remember, I already told you about a cheap hairdresser option before, so don’t you worry guys, for those who complain every day about back pains or simply for those who enjoy getting an amazing massage just for fun or relax here I found an affordable option !

The Vancouver School of Bodywork and Massage has a student clinic which is open to the public on most Thursdays throughout the year (from 2pm – 8pm) and every other Saturday from 2pm -8pm, October through June.

The prices are simply amazing:

Tired and need a massage ?

  • 60 minute bodywork & massage $30
  • 90 minute bodywork & massage $40
  • 60 minute ayurvedic massage $45
  • 90 minute hot stone massage $45
  • 60 minute reflexology $30
  • 60 minute shiatsu massage $30

Keep in mind, these massages are performed by students so you can’t expect perfection.

Where:  300 – 342 Water Street, Vancouver

Just check it out the website and you’ll be able to know how to book an appointment!

What do you think? Is a good deal, isn´t it ? Let us know if you find some good deals in Vancouver !



INTERNeX International Exchange
International Village,
Suite 2077, 2079 – 88 West Pender Street
Vancouver, Canada -V6B 9N9-

Get Whisked Away!

British Columbia boasts one of North America’s number one ski and snowboard resort and the host Mountain Resort of the Vancouver 2010 Olympic & Paralympic Winter Games! Whistler B.C. serves up more vertical feet, advanced lifts and various ski terrains than any other resort on the continent. In addition to that, add on three glaciers, 16 alpine bowls and North America’s longest ski season and you have yourself one epic ski vacation.

You can ski the Symphony Bowl and 7th Heaven, before having a quick lunch whilst taking in the breathtaking scenery that surrounds you. The Peak 2 Peak Gondola can whisk you 2.73 miles between Whistler Mountain and Blackcomb Mountain in a dizzying 11 minutes. This premier ski resort is a year-round playground. Once the snow begins to melt you can try out a self-guided off the road adventure over 3,937ft of park terrain at the Whistler Mountain Bike Park or learn to wakeboard on Green Lake. However, if moguls, chutes and steeps are not in your vocabulary, you can still appreciate Whistler’s après scene. You can indulge in a candlelit fondue dinner for two at a romantic chalet or rejuvenate at a day spa with a soothing hot oil, shiatsu or Swedish massage.

Browse at over 200 shops and boutiques in the pedestrian-friendly plazas of Whistler Village. And with the village boasting over 90 restaurants with some of the best dining and nightlife opportunities in BC there’s no need head down to the city. Anything ranging from funky sushi bars in the Creek or Village to restaurants serving tapas late into the night and live music that will have you dancing even after a full day of play in the outdoors, Whistler has it all! The public transit runs from 4:40am to 3:30am every day otherwise there are taxis and the free village shuttle…so need to worry club hoppers Whistler has your back!

Candidate Expose-Corinne

So when i began this mission of interviewing candidate’s in order to give you all a glimpse into our programs possibilities, one name seemed to pop up in every one of our staff meetings. Martina told me that she had the perfect candidate for me…and that once i was done talking to this person i myself would want to participate in our Ranchstay program. And i was certainly not disappointed! Corinne signed up for the Ranchstay program TWICE! Once in Spring 2007 and again from Spring to Fall 2009. She is still constantly in touch with her farm families and is actually returning to Canada AGAIN this year because she has found a job on a farm. I don’t want to tell you anymore so you will just have to read on and see for yourself…

What is your name?

Where are you originally from?
Glattbrugg, Switzerland.

What made you want to come to Canada in the first place?
Well i had been on a few holidays throughout Canada in the past and i just believed that the next step for me would be to try and find some way that i could shift from being a tourist in Canada to a resident. The experiences between these two are quite different. In order for me to achieve this i went through an agency back home known as Canada Life and they set me up with INTERNeX. Due to the fact that my English was not exactly up to par i attended a language school (known as IH) for the first 4 weeks of my stay and then from there i went to a farm and began the Ranchstay portion of my experience.

Which program did you participate in? and why?
As mentioned previously i participated in the Ranchstay program and the reason i chose this route rather then the other two is because ever since i can remember i have loved horses. Since i was 12 years old i have been an avid rider and it has been a childhood dream of mine to stay and work on a horse farm so this was the perfect opportunity for me. The reason why i chose to participate for a second time was 1) because i had such a positive and amazing experience the first time and 2) i felt that there was more to learn. So the second time around i started to really work on my education and i learnt a brand way to train horses and also managed to take my riding skills to the next level.

What kind of skills/experiences (specifically) did you  acquire due to your participation in our Ranchstay program?
Well one accomplishment that i am truly proud of is the Chris Irwin Bronze Certification that i worked hard for. This program is designed to establish competency guidelines for horse training, thereby bringing consistent results to all breeds and all disciplines. Chris Irwin’s non-resistance techniques with horses are known and respected throughout North America and i am actually the first certified trainer in Switzerland! I attended courses for acupressure and massage tailored for horses in Switzerland so I was able to help a mare after giving birth by using acupressure and so  i have become a truly skilled horse lady lol.

What kind of tasks did you do on a daily basis? both times?
Well, the first time i went i fed and gave water to the horses, cleaned the riding equipment, helped fix fences, worked with the horses from the ground and of course rode them. The second time i was able to take on more responsibilities since i had previous experience. Therefore, i helped to train young horses from the ground and in the saddle.

Would you recommend others to do the Ranchstay program?
Of course! This was a great experience for me and i am positive it will be for everyone else too who chooses to be a part of it. It really helped me to grow not only as a rider but also a person. I was pushed to my own personal limits but each and every time i came across a hurdle i was always able to overcome it. My English level was adequate when i first came to Vancouver but now i am able to hold a conversation quite easily.