“See you somewhere in the world again” – Janel

Friday was my last day as an INTERNeX PR-Coordinator. My time here in Vancouver has been amazing. During my time here a lot of candidates left and a lot of new ones came. It is always hard to say bye to the ones that were leaving, but it was always nice to meet all the new candidates. And now it is time for me to leave beautiful Vancouver and Canada.

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When I arrived in Vancouver to start my placement I was excited and nervous at the same time. But as soon as I got to know the INTERNeX team and family I was not nervous anymore. The first candidate I met here in Vancouver was Andreas, he was the one helping me organizing my very first PuB NiGHT. It was a great PuB NiGHT and it was amazing to meet the first INTERNeX family.

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After 2 months in Vancouver the new girls of the PR-team started to arrive. It was so great to meet them and it was a pleasure to work with every single one of them. Our team dynamic was amazing and everyone knew what to do. I had lots of amazing moments with you girls, thank you for being part of the team and being my friend!

I had the opportunity to meet lots of great INTERNeX candidates during the 7 months here and had so many amazing parties with all of you. My experience here in Canada wouldn’t have been the same without all of you!

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I also had the opportunity to see so many great places. I went to the Rockies, Kelowna, Vancouver Island, Whistler, Squamish, San Francisco, Seattle and my family in Osseo. Tomorrow I will start a trip with one of my best friends here, Sam, we will cross New York and Quebec City of our bucket list.

I’m really thankful for the opportunity of doing my placement here in Vancouver. Tim, Simon and the rest of the INTERNeX team taught me so much and I will never forget our great times in and outside of the office.19030477_10209743262960390_3042787021812705458_n.jpg

It is sad to leave Vancouver, but as I always say: “See you guys somewhere in the world again!”

 

– Janel

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

PR-team adventures

As some of you may know, my parents visited me in May and we went on a road trip on Vancouver Island. Although we had many amazing moments, one stood out by far for me: surfing in Tofino.

I already wanted to go surfing for years, but the moment never came until the idea did arise on our way to Tofino, which is kind of the surfing Walhalla around here. So I called the Tofino Surf School and they were immediately able to book me in on an afternoon class. I was so stoked to do this, but once I booked it I was also kind of creeped out because I saw those massive waves earlier that day and me being a 1.65 cm girl would easily get washed away by it. But there was no turning back now, so I showed op for my surf class at 4 pm.

Once I was in the office I was provided with some boots and a wetsuit, which is the hardest thing to get on (later on I found out this was nothing compared to the wet thing I needed to get off after class, which was really the hardest thing ever). We were ready to go and drove behind our surf teacher who had all the boards with him.

When we got to the beach I chose a nice red surfboard and thought it was lighter then I surfing1imagined. Though, once I saw the long path I still needed to take to the beach while carrying my board, I was already kind off exhausted before I even got to surf. But we managed eventually and we were ready to surf! It was not that simple and after the instructions on how to stand up, we first needed to do these steps with our boards on the beach, which felt really awkward and funny. So I was paddling and paddling… through the sand and managed to get up at the first time! Just joking, that is easy with that surface of course.

But I was ready and our teacher sent us of in the ocean. I was scared it would be really surfing2cold, but once I was in I was actually sweating in the water if that is even possible. I really got to experience how high and strong those waves are and it really made me speechless how strong nature is. I was ready to roll with it with my board. So I was paddling and paddling… and got up at the first time! No joke! It was so amazing to just get along with the wave while you get to see beautiful nature surrounding it. After that I got up a few times more, which was just amazing. After that I kind of got too excited and tired, so I started making mistakes and I couldn’t stand up anymore. It came to an end and I thanked my teacher for the great lesson, while already feeling sore in my entire body. You don’t really feel it while surfing because you are just in a rush, but it is such a workout and I had sore muscles for at least three days!

Despite all that soreness it was just great and I would always remember it! I also think if surfing3you just love something and you may be able to do it, just go for it. So I just got out of the Discover Canada Tours office to book my next trip to Tofino with Iris. I am really happy I am going to improve my skills on those waves and to make new memories while surfing!

So guys little advise here; do the things you always wanted to do while you may still be able to do them! And go surfing, surfing is just great. Our PuB NiGHTS too, so I hope to see you tonight!

– Tess

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: 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: Flora says “it’s time for us to part, my friends!”

I can’t believe my internship here at INTERNeX has come to an end! Wednesday is really an odd day to end, isn’t it?

To be honest with you,  I was a complete nervous wreck when I first started way back in January. Everything was so overwhelming and every single task terrified me. As soon as I heard that I  might be the only PR intern working, I was seriously worried…had I made the right choice? But of course, the answer was yes. I don’t think I’ll ever regret this…especially because I was able to meet so many wonderful people. To everyone (including those who have already left Vancouver), although it might have been a short time, I had so much fun and thanks for being AWESOME.

I’ll always remember our hilarious pub nights, trips on the weekends, the beautiful and fun Rockies trip, and of course that amazing pub and club night last Friday. I want to let you all know that you have impacted my life in so many ways. To all the staff in the office, thank you for being so encouraging and supportive. It’s actually weird that I have to leave…I was just getting so comfortable here!

What’s next for me, you ask? Well, it’s back to being a student for the moment. Yep, that means textbooks and exams (no more pub nights for me on weekdays…no tequila shots). And after that, who knows! But I’ll still be around in Vancouver so we can hangout!

I want to leave with a quote (you might have read it on my desk frame), “Don’t cry because it’s over. Smile because it happened” -Dr. Seuss. What an incredible, amazing, lovely, humbling, fun, and most of all, learning, experience. I’ll miss everyone and not being the one in charge haha but hey, it’s my turn to sit back.

note* I think out of all my blog posts, this was the hardest to write. I just didn’t know where to begin. 

See you around,

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: Spend Easter Weekend In The Rocky Mountains!

Today is officially March 1st and yes another month closer to Spring! This means, we have just 3 more weeks or so until the Rocky Mountains trip!!!

Euro kidsWe will be going to the Rockies during the long weekend for Easter holiday, leaving on Friday March 29 and arriving Monday April 1st evening!

BUT this year’s trip will be a little different from the previous time in terms of the trip route! Which means you will get to see and do A LOT more! On the first day, we will be going from Vancouver to Valemont instead of Golden! But we will also stay in Golden during the third night! Lucky us 😉

So here are some of the key information about the trip that you might be wondering:

  •  4 days/3 nights from March 29 – April 1
  • We will be going to places like Valemont, Banff, Lake Louise, Golden, Johnston Canyon, National Parks and MORE
  • On top of every thing we get to do (all the sightseeing, activities) there will be awesome things to do at night like clubbing to campfire party!
  • Hot Springs, Gondola, cross country skiing!

INTERNeX members it is just $320 and for friends of INTERNeX  members: $330 includes DELUXE tour, ALL transportation, park fees & tips, 2 breakfasts, FREE entrance to club, and so much more. Awesome deal!IMG_6647

**DEADLINE TO SIGN UP: Monday March 18th 5:00 pm, You MUST come by the Office or give them to me personally during pub nights (cash only).

If you have more questions or concerns, ask me during pub nights or at our weekly activities. Or come by our office! Also, later this month, Westtrek will be coming out to one of our pub nights to give away discounts towards the trip, so make sure you keep an eye out!!

Hope you all can make it, it’s going to be so much fun! You won’t be regretting it 😉

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