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-
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Email: pr@internexcanada.com

What to do on the weekend?

Not 5 days, but just 4 days and the weekend is already here. That also means one day less to figure out what to do this weekend. No worries, I am here to help you out. On Saturday the Canucks are playing and we are watching. It will be a nice game to see. But also other activities are taking place. Find out below what is going on in and around Vancouver.

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Do you already have some Christmas feelings? Good. From this week on the INTERNeX Office Christmas Carol Tour takes place. For just 50 cents, you can watch our Christmas tree while professional karaoke singer Bart will sing you a Christmas carol with reindeer ears on his head and you can enjoy a chocolate as well. What a great deal! If you want something more professional (I can’t imagine) the first Christmas Craft Fairs are taking place this weekend. Go to the Christmas market at Hycroft, the craft market at Chiliwack, the Christmas show at West Coast or the Holiday Bazaar in North Vancouver.

If you want you can do a crawl this weekend. No, not a pub-crawl, but this time a Culture Crawl. In 80 buildings in the area over more than 500 artists will show their work. Is art not your thing? Ok, what about hiring a car and driving to the Fraser Valley for the Bald Eagle Festival? Take your camera with you on 18 or 19 November and spot some of these great eagles. You get the beautiful views for free as well. Enjoy nature walks, boat tours, wildlife and of course hundreds of bald eagles.

I will see you guys who joining the Canucks game on Saturday, and the others perhaps afterwards. Whatever you decide to do this weekend, you have to promise me one thing: have fun!

– 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

PR-team adventures

About one and a half week ago I went on a little trip together with Iris and Merle. Although it was only a two-day trip, it felt like I’ve been away for at least a week and our time there was great!

So where did we go? Well a few weeks ago I wrote how great my first surf experience was and I totally fell in love with it, so I decided to do it again: destination Tofino. I was lucky that Iris and Merle also wanted to have this experience and we were able to go together.

19642812_10203284236822460_5645433533691633944_n24th of June, 6 AM: I was standing at the bus stop with only three hours of sleep and a little hungover from my barbecue party the night before. Once I saw the girls and our tour bus from Discover Canada Tours, I felt kind of alive again and I was good to go. According to our fantastic tour guide we had a full day of planning on our way to Tofino. So we took the ferry to Nanaimo, drove to Tofino and made a few stops in between. We saw some big trees and a beautiful spot along the river.

 

Good thing; it was super warm and shiny weather, bad thing; our air-conditioning didn’t 19554676_10203284237262471_9110746863512227894_nwork. Sweaty kids in the back of the bus, but still laughing our asses of from all the stupid jokes that came from our overheated brains. Besides that I must say our tour guide did a great job with keeping us entertained by covering Lady gaga, Adele and even Queen. Along with great dance moves we were very amused.

When we arrived in Tofino, we had free time and I showed the girls around the city (actually only two streets since Tofino is not that big). Of course I ended up at a boutique buying some vintage clothes while I really promised myself I was not going to buy any clothes that month, whoops. After that we went to a sushi restaurant that had an amazing view over the inner harbour. Unfortunately the sushi was not that great, but the company and the view made it a good experience.

19554292_10203284237822485_5670989559610156534_nOur tour guide picked us up and brought us to the hotel. We took a quick shower since we were melting away in the bus the entire day, and made ourselves ready for the campfire on the beach. I still can’t really believe this since there were quite some guys on the trip, but I lit the campfire (yay me). Here we finally got the chance to meet the others from the bus and we had some really nice conversations. We enjoyed the amazing sunset and the fire went on for hours. This really is one of my favourite nights in Canada because Tofino kind of became my happy place. We had good company and a stunning sunset, what do you want more?

The next day, after three hours of sleep again, it was time for our surf lesson. Surf Sister gave 19702223_10203284239262521_6492473239970302674_nthe lesson and in my opinion they did an amazing job. First they explained a lot about the ocean and how it works with surfing and then, after some practise on the beach, we took our boards into the water. I could really feel my previous lesson helped me since standing up became easier. In the end I even did a 180!

Because it takes a lot of energy we went lunching in town afterwards, together with our new friend from the bus. With full stomachs we took the Tonquin trail to Tonquin Beach, hoping to spot wales. Unfortunately we didn’t see any, but we did see Eagles flying in a scenic view. We had a great time chilling there and before we knew, it was time to get back to the bus and head to Nanaimo.

Sweaty kids in the back of the bus again, I guess it was even worse then the day before, but we made our way to Nanaimo. On the ferry we were able to enjoy the sunset and we went on a little whale hunt again. I guess we weren’t very lucky with the whales that weekend, since we didn’t see them around. We saw a dolphin though, which was really cool too!

Back at Canada Place we said our goodbyes and we all went home. The days after were pretty hectic since I met up with people from the trip, which was really fun! Now everybody is back to their daily routine, but the trip will remain a great memory.

– 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

See ya, bye!

It’s time to say goodbye. This makes me always sad therefore I prefer to say “See ya again” one day.
I’ve had an amazing time here in Vancouver and all of you’ve had a hand in it.
Thanks to all of you for making my time in Canada just incredible.
The time went by way too fast and I’m so sad that I have to leave already. On my first weekend(three months ago) I went to the Rockies and was impressed by the stunning nature of Canada. Since that moment I’ve started to love this country.
During my stay in Vancouver I’ve seen so many beautiful places like Vancouver Island, the Rockies, Whistler, Portland and Seattle.
One of my favourite trips was the hike to the Garibaldi Lake and the Panorama Ridge (33 km) in the Garibaldi Provincial Park. I was nearly dead after this hike but I’ve never seen something which is so breathtaking and gorgeous like this!!
I’ve never enjoyed my life as much as I did here.
You can’t beat this city – it’s possible to experience the big city life and the stunning beauty of nature at the same place.
A BIG THANK YOU to Mina and Tim for offering me the opportunity to do my practicum at INTERNeX. I’ve learned so much for my studies in Germany and especially for my life.
Another thank you goes to Henrik for introducing me in my new tasks at the PR-Department and supporting me all the time.
Last but not least – thank you to Lisa and Simon for the great and fun time in this office.

I’m going to miss Vancouver, Canada and ALL OF YOU way too much. For sure I’m going to come back some day.

Take care,

Sophie

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: Trip to the Rockies – Part 1

We’re back from our great tip to the Rockies. And what an extraordinary experience it was! Amazing how much you can experience in just four days. For this reason we have found it necessary to divide this blog post into several parts.

We headed off for our adventure with our tour bus Friday, August 8, at 12:15pm. For our bus ride who gave us interesting information about the different sights that we were passing along the way. Our first stop was in Kamloops where we had a bit of time to buy some food before the arrival to Revelstoke, which was our final destination for the first day. In Revelstoke we checked in at our hotel for the night. Unfortunately bad weather conditions had caused that a couple of rooms were without electricity for some time, and there were no lights along the corridors in the hotel. Fortunately the light bulbs were replaced by candle lights in order to guide us to the different rooms. Actually this also added a bit of a cozy atmosphere to the hotel.

After having found our rooms, we headed downstairs to the hotel bar. Here we had the opportunity to get to know each other better. Some were sitting having a chat while others played pool. It was a great night but since we had a long day ahead of us and we had to get up early, most of us didn’t stay up for too long.

The next day, Saturday, the daylight uncovered the astonishing surroundings in which our hotel was situated. However, the scenery was to get even better. We started our bus drive at 7:45am. our next destination would be Lake Louise and Moraine Lake. While approaching the Rockies our guide told us that the views would change from very good to amazing. And this was certainly true. When entering the Rockies it was almost impossible to not constantly look at the natural wonders that were passing us by. Massive mountains and beautiful lakes were to be spotted everywhere. Sometimes we could also spot some of the wildlife living in the area.

Before arrival to Lake Louise and Moraine Lake we had a stopover. However, we didn’t just stop in order to stretch our legs. As you can see on the picture, We got the chance to get extra close to the wildlife of the area. The cute creatures in the picture definitely weren’t afraid of getting up close to humans, and this was to everybody’s amusement. After this stop we headed to Lake Moraine. At Lake Moraine we got some time to walk around and take pictures of the beautiful scenery before moving on to the even more impressive Lake Louise.

At lake Louise we also had some time to get some food and just walk around. The greatness of the lake is difficult to describe just in words. Just take a look at the picture… it is truly beautiful! The lake gets its turquoise colour from a glacier. Every time the glacier moves it tears off tiny bits of the rock. This rock flour goes into the lake where the turquoise colour is reflected by the sunlight.

Be on the lookout for the next part for the review of our Rockies trip.

 

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

Smart Saver

This week we’ve got several different suggestions for reasonably priced activities that will make you save money!

On Sunday nights 7:30pm at Havana Theatre you’ll be able to join a hilarious improvisation comedy for only 8$. Yes, you can actually join this comedy. Spectators will be involved while the comedians battle against each other in a fight to be the best comedian at Commercial Drive. At the end of this great show, the audience will vote for the best comedian. So bring your friends for a funny and entertaining Sunday night at 1212 Commercial Drive. Click here for more information.

At the moment the weather just keeps being superb, and this is something that you definitely should take advantage of
since you never know if it will start raining a lot like it quite often does here in Vancouver. Take the opportunity and go with some friends on a free camping trip in and around Vancouver. It isn’t always easy to find the right spot for a camping trip without having to pay or because the site is private property. However, there are a couple of sites in and around Vancouver that offers free and legal camping. These include for instance Mount Seymore, Cypress Mountain. Click here for more information. Or if you`re not so much into camping you can just go to one of the several beaches that Vancouver has to offer and enjoy the sun.

Lastly, you might want to try out a visit and private tour of one of the most expensive houses in Vancouver for free! So feel free to dream big for a moment while walking around in houses worth millions and millions of Dollars. You`ll have the chance to take a look at massive luxurious and beautiful properties that includes more rooms than you would ever imagine. Click here for more information on how to schedule a tour.

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: Trip to Deep Cove

On Sunday it was time for our trip to Deep Cove, one of the nicest places around Vancouver. Unfortunately we were not lucky with the weather, it was a really cloudy and rainy Sunday.  But in hope that the weather will change later we decided to make us on the way to Deep Cove by bus. After the 45 minutes bus drive we arrived at Deep Cove but the weather did not change but that was no reason for us to do not enjoy this Sunday at Deep Cove.

 

First we went to a small, cozy cafe where we all had some coffee, muffins and of course doughnuts. Already before we went to Deep Cove a lot of people told us, that we should try the doughnuts there, they were right. When you go to Deep Cove, you definitely should try them as well! We used this “coffee time” to talk about a lot of different things, like our next plans, what to do on a rainy day in Vancouver and gave each other some tips and helps.  It was really nice in this cafe, so we stayed a really long time in this cafe. Later we walked along the coast of Deep Cove, it was still rainy but still nice to see this nice place. We definitely will do this trip again with sun and some kayaking or paddling! Afterwards we took the bus back to Downtown, most of us used the rest of the day for some shopping or even other activities in Vancouver.

 

Hope you all had a nice weekend and a great start in this sunny week. See you at the upcoming events!

 

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