Candidate Exposé – Miriam Herzog

Miriam Herzog4My name is Miriam. I’m 20 years old and I am from Germany. I’m not studying yet but I plan to start in October.

I decided to come to Canada, because I wanted to improve my business English, live abroad again and I heard Vancouver is really pretty. Plus Canada was the only English speaking country from my agency that offered an internship in business.

I really liked INTERNeX. I really felt welcome and appreciate all the work and events they did. I decided to make use of their services because my German agency cooperates with INTERNeX. I did 3 months of internship and 3 months school. I chose it to have better chances when I apply for University. I really liked both.

I didn’t start University yet but some Universities in Germany want you to have some internship experience before you even can apply. It was a useful experience for my career. It’s always good to show some experience you gained abroad.

I stayed for my entire stay at a Homestay. I really liked it. My host parents are both really miriam Herzog (words)nice and I had a lot of nice roommates. During the end I got quite tired of toast, rice, fried chicken, fish and any other kind of Asian food haha, but besides that it was great!

My first impression of Vancouver is that it is multicultural, rainy and a friendly city. Still think that way, but I also think there are lots of homeless people. Overall it is really pretty.

I attend most of the activities organized by Internex. I really liked them. They are really good to make friends, see cool places with cool people and to have lots of fun. I really appreciate all the work of the PR- Team.

During my stay I went hiking, sight seeing, to a hockey game, travelling and so on. Vancouver, Richmond, Burnaby, Surrey, Noth-Vancouver, Squamish, Whistler, Joffre Lake and Seattle are places I have been to.

Miriam Herzog3What I like most about my current city is the nature and the pretty places. Some difficulties / challenges I dealt with are the big population of Asian people and the really spreaded language (Mandarin I guess), all the rain and the many homeless people.

The most memorable experience I had here is the Joffre Lake hike and all the nights out with friends as well.

Internex was helpful for me to meet people, see places I didn’t know about and knowing what is going on in the weekend. The first thing I will do when I get back home is eating some good German bread instead of toast all day.

– Miriam

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

What to do on this (long) weekend?

When you are surrounded by awesome people, you try to search for awesome things you can do together. To help you out, I did some research to survive this very hot and long weekend.

You haven’t been to the Pacific National Exhibition (PNE) yet? You should definitely go there. It’s a Vancouver tradition to celebrate the end of the summer. You can enjoy rides, shows, farm animals, midway games, food stalls and concerts all day long. This weekend the concerts are from Rick Springfield (Friday) and The Gypsy Kings (Saturday). The concerts are included in the price. There is a beer tasting festival as well.

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On Sunday and Monday the iHeartRadio Beach Ball concerts are taking place featuring Alessia Cara, Liam Payne, The Stumbellas, Shawn Hook, Scott Helman, Virginia to Vegas, and Ralph (Sunday) and Train, Blondie, Serena Ryder, The Philosopher Kings, Ruth B and Christian Hudson (Monday). You can buy tickets online.

If you like it more multicultural this is the perfect weekend for you. In Richmond the free Richmond World Festival is taking place on 1 and 2 September. Or you can decide to go to Nikkei Matsuri, a Japanese festival in Burnaby. Polish Festival in Lynn Valley can also be an option for you on September 3. Last but not least there is also the Taiwanese Cultural Festival on Granville Street September 2 till September 4.

9068895987_0072ca91a9_zBecause Monday is a free day, you can party on Sunday as well. In Vancouver’s downtown is a small event at Victory Square. It features live music from 2 to 9 pm.

To celebrate Labour Day this Monday, we are going to the free festival in Cleveland Park called ‘Music in the park’. What is better than drinking beers and listen to music outside in the park? Exactly, nothing!

Have a good weekend and hope to see you all at ‘Music in the park’.

– Bart

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: PuB NiGHT Review

Yesterday evening, we were at the Blarney Stone, a very popular Irish pub, in Gastown! I got to say, it was a very fun night! A lot of people made it out yesterday (perhaps it was because the weather was really nice). Nevertheless, it was all great just catching up and talking to everyone. And I got to add, we were a very multicultural group yesterday -France, Germany, Holland, Sweden, Korea (myself, Represent!), and of course Denmark! I was going around trying to learn a few words from each country…but I can’t remember any of them now. Also, we actually had quite a few “new” members to our group, some who aren’t even part of INTERNeX! But we all quickly became good friends after a drink or two 😉

But I have something to confess! Last night, I opted out for a nice cup of tea instead of beer. I’m pretty sure I was embarrassing everyone at the table! Blarney Stone pub definitely does give an Irish pub feel with their banners that were hanging on the walls.  But we found it funny that there was Asian cuisine in their menu (at an Irish pub?), I guess the Asians are taking over! Overall, I thought that the Blarney stone pub was an awesome place to hangout, drink, and party with your friends! I’ll come back here for another party, and that time I will definitely be drinking!

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: Upcoming events

A new month has started once again and a lot of great events have been planned for our amazing INTERNeX group! Do you want to join us? Check out what we have in store…

WHYTECLIFF PARK – SUNDAY SEPT 2nd @10.45am

Breathe fresh air and enjoy with all the other INTERNeX People for free!

When: Sunday 2 of september at 10:45 am
Where: We will meet at Dunsmuir Street and Cambien Street to take all together the bus to go there!

WAKEBOARDING – TUESDAY SEPT 11th @3pm

Take a couple of hours off of work on Tuesday and join us for an action packed afternoon in Deep Cove.

When: Tuesday Sept 11th at 3pm
Meeting place: Burrard station
Price: $45

PUB AND CLUB NIGHT – FRIDAY 14TH SEPTEMBER

Let´s enjoy together the beginning of the weekend. Everything will be on facebook soon!

BOWEN ISLAND- SATURDAY 22nd SEPTEMBER

A Saturday relaxing in a Canadian island? It sounds perfect, isn´t it? Let´s go together to get a bus and ferry to Bowen Island! Yep!

INDIAN DAY- SUNDAY 30th SEPTEMBER

Vancouver is incredible internationally! And there are a lot of specials places to discover , enjoy and learn together!

PUB NIGHTS – EVERY WEDNESDAY!

Don’t miss out on our weekly pub nights as well of course! Keep an eye out for the facebook events and join us at one of the fun pubs in Vancouver! This month we will have 3 pub nights on 5, 19 and 26!

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

Vancouver Chinatown Spring Festival Celebration

Hi guys!

On Monday I told you something about the Chinese New Year Parade in Vancouver’s Chinatown, remember? What I did not mention so far is, that there is much more besides the fantastic parade!

There will be a cultural fair to see more Chinese New Year performances at the Chinese Cultural Centre Courtyard (50 East Pender Street) between 2 and 4 pm, this celebrative event will feature multicultural performances, special lion dance grand finale and martial arts demonstration.

Next to that, for the gourmets amongst us, the annual Chinese New year Banquet will take place at the Floata Seafood Restaurant, featuring lion dances, greetings by the fortune god and a variety show with singing, cultural dances and more. Reception starts at 6 pm in Chinese. The restaurant is located at #400, 180 Keefer Street. Tickets are $35 each.

So, get excited for Sunday, the 6th of February, when Chinatown is getting crazy! 🙂

Start of the parade: 12.00 noon sharp at the Millennium Gate on Pender Street.

 

Cheers!

Ziska

Tasty weekend in Toronto !

For three days, The Taste of the Danforth festival celebrates the multicultural diversity of Toronto. This annual summer event drives all the food junkies crazy!

So, lucky inhabitants of Toronto, this weekend, you will just have to go down the street and discover as much exotic meals as you can. From Italian food toThai, everything will be made to satisfy your appetite, giving you the chance to experience other cultures cuisines. All of the participating restaurants will be opened on the street with quick meals to discover.

This successful festival has been happening for 17 years. You will find there: divers attractions, concerts, and this year, Greek food is honored! The GreekTown on the Danforth presents the festival. There will be Greek music, dance and food until late in the  night.

This is the largest festival of this kind in North America and it brings thousand of tourists every year. My stomach would definitely like to be a Torontonian this weekend!

To get more information about the festival, click on the day you would like to go there:

Friday 6pm-12pm; Saturday 12am-12pm; Sunday 12am-8pm

Enjoy the tasty weekend and καλή όρεξη*!

*Enjoy your meal in greek

INTERNeX Family Interview#5

So i realize that it has been a while since you last were introduced to another one of our staff members but don’t worry they are all coming. The next one we have for you is an interview with Mina who has been with the company for the longest out of anyone. So hope you all enjoy it she has a lot of great things to say!

What is your first name?
Mina.

Where are you from?
Originally I am from Seoul, South Korea.

What languages do you speak fluently other than English?
Korean.

What position do you hold at INTERNeX? And for how long have you been working here?
I am the program director and I am responsible for training new partners and running the entire Internship program, which is no easy feat. I began at INTERNeX back in March of 2004, so by next month I will have been here for six years.

What made you want to become involved with INTERNeX in the first place?
Well I was initially hired by INTERNeX back in 2004 on the basis of an extremely specific project where I was responsible for working with the Korean Government. Throughout this project I worked to forge links between INTERNeX and the Korean Government in order to satisfy a need this country had for sending their university students and recent graduates to Canada. They wholeheartedly believed that Korean students would have a greater chance of getting employed in the future if they gained some international work experience and our Internship program fit perfectly into their long term goals. Then in 2005 I was able to branch out further within the company and my scope of reach was considerably widened. I was now responsible for interacting with potential and current partners and doing Internship placements for all nationalities.

In what ways do you think INTERNeX is unique from other international placement agencies? What does INTERNeX specifically offer that no other company can?
First and foremost INTERNeX is all about the team. We are a multicultural and passionate set of people who can not only bring an invaluable amount of knowledge to this industry and our clients but also to each other. Each and every team member see this as more than just a job but rather an opportunity that we can provide to our clients that can truly be rewarding for both them and us.

What changes within INTERNeX have you personally witnessed since you have joined the team?
We have grown on an exponential level from what we were back in 2004 in terms of our general company size and the amount of systems and procedures in place. Now we also have an extremely active online community which is constantly fed by our PR interns who can dedicate themselves solely to interacting with our clients in a successful manner. And last but certainly not least our team; I have seen various changes in human resources at INTERNeX but I wholeheartedly believe that we now have a cohesive team that shares a common goal and this is an essential element for the ultimate success of our company.

Where would you like to see INTERNeX in the next 10 years? Do you have any New Year’s goals for the company?
I would like to see INTERNeX offices in all the major cities of the world. But personally what I think is most important is recognition from the Canadian Government and receive special visas especially designed for INTERNeX participants. Now the reasoning behind this is that our government provides different countries with certain quota of visas that can be made available. So even if we want to increase the number of opportunities we provide, our ability to do this is hindered by this quota and therefore we need to have the government see that what we do is beneficial to Canada.

Tell us one interesting thing about yourself that not a lot of people know?
For fours years I practiced a traditional Korean martial arts known as Kook Sul. This martial arts system taught me things such as self defense and sword fighting and I even participated in demonstrations in front of hundreds of people.

If you could live anywhere in the world where would it be and why?
Honestly I couldn’t imagine living anywhere but in Vancouver permanently; however, if I have to choose anywhere else I would say the Netherlands. This is because that is where my in-laws are living and I always like to be close to my family.

If you would like to know more about INTERNeX as a company and all the programs and possibilities it has to offer please do not hesitate to contact us at the office:

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