“I will never be completely home again” – Tess

I left the Netherlands the 11th of Januari 2017. A date I was freaking out, and a date that was going to change my life forever. I didn’t realize this really around that time, but I do now, and I am truly grateful that I had the opportunity to come to Vancouver to flip my life around.

A few days before that exact date I threw a party, to say goodbye to everybody. My friends gave me a book then, full of stories about our friendships and me. A book I was going to take a look at a lot during my time in Vancouver. A book that gave me two guidelines for my time here, and maybe for the rest of my life:

“ Fill your life with adventures, not things. Have stories to tell, not stuff to show.”

“ Life is 10% what happens to us and 90% how we react to it”

And although my suitcases are packed full of new clothes since shopping is just cheaper for me here, I do really think life is all about adventures and taking risks. Doubting? Just do it! This international experience has only done me good and it would not have been the same without Internex and what Internex brought me.

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I learned so much in the office and it is all because the people there are always very supportive and gave me the opportunity to reach goals I didn’t even dream of yet. Together with the team I organised many PuB NiGHTS, weekly events and monthly trips for you! Some of them were really good, and some of them were just great! The success of our events is all because of you, our candidates, who always make it even more eventful for us. I really want to thank all of you for always being there, showing up and even do stuff together aside of Internex events. In the end that is all we want, for you to make friendships and to have an awesome time here together.

20170430_170549Me myself made friends for life here as well, friends who made my time a blast here! I can’t believe what activities and weird stuff I all did with you. Like the time Nicola and me thought it was a great idea to go snowboarding while being hungover. I laughed so much that day and in the end I was going down the hill circling around, which was pretty cool since I’ve never done that before. I also think we went on like 3 goodbye dinners, since we were not that good in leaving each other! I’m sure I will see this girl very soon again.

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One of my other best memories is a surfing trip I made with Iris and Merle to Tofino.Catching those waves all together on a lovely Sunday morning was one of the best feelings I ever experienced, and I am happy they were part of that. Or just always having lovely Miriam and Sebastian around, who were here almost my entire stay. I adored the time I spend with you! And our lovely Mexican girl Blanca, who made everybody tostada’s on Danielles birthday party. It is really those little things I appreciate the most and you all contributed making my adventure so remarkable.

“Havo stories to tell, not stuff to show”

20479642_10203416092358766_5913697107759519650_nI had the honour to catch al our candidates stories and experiences through my project: the Candidate Exposé, which you might already have seen popping up on this blog. I am thankful that I was able to build this project and to execute it, and to always read your kind words about the work Internex is doing. Our stories together are captured in a few yearbooks, which you can find on the tables at Internex. I hope the book and the blogs make people decide to come to Canada for an experience similar like ours, since I am convinced it will be really good for everybody to have an international experience.
Vancouver and mostly you stole a piece of my heart. It’ s so hard for me to put my experiences on paper since it is just beyond words. I have a hard time saying goodbye to all of you, and unfortunately I already had to say goodbye a lot of times over the past months, which is also a part of this adventure. I do know though it is not going to be a goodbye for a long time. I will see some of you soon, and some later, but I am convinced our journeys will cross again some time. Life is 10% what happens to us and 90% how we react to it, so always go for it and get the best out of everything! I am curious what life is going to bring you, and me, because what the hell are we going to do when we are back home?

I am sure everything will fall into place very soon and I can look forward to my next adventure, meet even more people and create new experiences, but I always have a big one to look back to.

I will never be completely home again, because part of my heart will always be elsewhere. That is the price I paid for the richness of loving and knowing people in more than one place. Thank you lovely candidates, Internex, Vancouver and Canada for stealing a piece of my heart.

– 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

Review: Kingsnight PuB NiGHT at the Bimini

Yesterday’s PuB NiGHT was amazing!! Thank you all so much for celebrating our Kingsnight with us, we had a great time!

18198084_10209369193888897_856724913_n.jpgAs the entire PR-team exists of Dutch people, we wanted to celebrate Kingsnight together with you. On Kingsday we celebrate our King’s birthday, but also celebrate being Dutch. It is the day when the whole Netherlands turns crazy (and orange) and it is therefore not strange that most people refer to “Dutch madness” when they are talking about Kingsday or Kingsnight. A lot of people go out on the night before Kingsday, as Kingsday is a national holiday, which means that people don’t have to deal with their hangover at work or at school.

The Bimini is a pub in Kitsilano and part of the Donelly Group. Every Wednesday it has a College Night with cheap prices on beers and a DJ. It also has pool tables, pinball and table football. Because of the College Night we thought it would be a great place to celebrate Kingsnight with some drinks and dances!

18198009_10208840573952635_1195962131_n.jpgIn the beginning of the night we started to just have a few drinks and talk with everyone. Some of you guys were dressed in orange, which was amazing! We also had the Dutch flag in face paint and it didn’t take long before almost everybody had a flag on their face. Around 10 the DJ started and we started dancing, like you should on Kingsnight.

Thank you all so much for coming! You guys made our night amazing and we celebrated it properly even when we were 8000 kilometres from the Netherlands!

– 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

How was your weekend?

There was quite a lot going on these past few days.
First, we had to say goodbye to one of our most awesome PR Coordinators Natasja. We met up at Waterfront Station and accompanied her to the airport. There we had some breakfast and then it was already time to send her off! There were lots of hugs and couple of tears. Eventually, we managed to let her go back to the Netherlands though. But we will definitely meet again!

Sunday many of us went hiking up Black Mountain. It was an event planned and organized by Chris one of our INTERNeXers.
It was pretty exhausting! And I’m sure some didn’t quite expect what hiking really means in Canada since it was their first time trying it after arriving in Vancouver. Regarding the weather it was extremely cloudy at first but luckily the sun came out when we reached the summit and were rewarded by an incredible view at Eagle Bluffs.

It was a long weekend! So, naturally we also had to do something on Labor Day. We would have been bored otherwise. In that case, what better place to go than the Extreme Air Park in Richmond?
We signed up for 2 hours of jumping fun. However, we quickly realized this is super exhausting as well!
Either way we constantly alternated between recklessly jumping into the Foam Pit while trying to do cool flips, doing dunks in the Zero Gravity Basketball area and playing 3-D Dodgeball. We had an insane amount of fun!

What did everyone else do on the weekend?

 

Cheers

INTERNeX International Exchange – PR Coordinator
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What to do on the weekend?

It’s Friday what means that it is again time for our favourite time in the week, the weekend is coming up. Of course also this Friday we have a short overview about that, what you can do on this probably really sunny weekend in Vancouver.

Khatsahlano Street Party
The Khatsahlano Street Party is Vancouver’s biggest Music and Arts Festival completely for free on this Saturday! This festival offers you about 40 food trucks, 50 live bands and hundreds of merchants and vendors across 10 blocks (about 1 mile). For more information and the schedule just have a look here.
As you may know, we are going to this festival together as well. We will meet us at 12:30 pm at the Esso Gas Station at Burrad Street / W 4th Avenue. We will be happy to see you there!

 

Theatre Under the Stars
Theatre Under the Stars is located at one of the most beautiful places in Vancouver, this theatre is located in the Stanley Park. The summer shows are starting this Friday till the 23th of August. This year they perform the two musicals ‘Shrek’ and ‘Legally Blonde’, one musical a day starting at 8 pm. Complete Schedule.

 

Food Cart Fest
The Food Cart Fest is a perfect way for you to try every different kind of Vancouver’s street food. Try what ever you like at one of over 20 different food carts located at the Olympic Village every Sunday in the summer.  The entrance fee will be $2. If you like to go but you are not able to  go an Sunday’s or to the Olympic Village; the Food Cart Fest is also in Surrey on Saturday’s at the City Hall Plaza.

 

Beaches
The weather forecast for this weekend is making us very happy, it is supposed to be very warm in Vancouver, up to 27 degrees! So it will be perfect days for enjoying these days at one of Vancouver’s beautiful beaches. Mostly all of them are perfect for nearly everything you like: sports, just relaxing or tanning, swimming in the water or even a picnic at the beach. Vancouver has eight beaches which are directly at the open water: English Bay Beach, Jericho Beach, Kitsilano Beach, Locarno Beach, Second Beach, Spanish Banks Beach, Sunset Beach, Third Beach. We hope you enjoy the weather!

 

Soccer World Cup in Brazil
It is still world cup time! This weekend will be the last but also the most important and exciting weekend in the world cup! It time for the final on Sunday, 12 pm! Germany and Argentina will fight in the last match for the world cup trophy. Of course the INTERNeX PR-Crew is cheering for Germany, for which team are you cheering for? You should not miss the final, enjoy an exciting match and cheer for your favorite team. There are many spots where you can watch the final, it will be a great end of the world cup, even when you watch it in a city with so many nationalities like Vancouver.

 

We hope you will have a great and enjoyable weekend and may see you at the Khatsahlano Street Party or to watch the soccer world cup final on Sunday! Just have an amazing time while you are in Vancouver!

 

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

International Dinner Review

The international dinner took place on Saturday the 5th of April in the INTERNeX office. We had people from Sweden, the Netherlands, Australia and of course Germany at the international dinner. We had a lot of food from different countries such as cinnamon rolls, Kaisarschmarn, Spaetzle and much more tasty food.

 

Thanks again guys for getting such a great dinner together. We all were eating a lot but we couldn’t eat all of the tasty food, because is was just to much for all of us. After we had enough food we went to the Cambie’s for a couple of after-dinner-beers and stayed there till around 2:00am and had an awesome night out.

If you want to see more pictures, please click here.

 

Please keep in mind that the deadline to sign up for the amazing Rockies trip ends on 11th of April at 3pm and for the FlyOver Canada on the 9th of April (you can pay for the FlyOver Canada at the PuB NiGHT).

 

We hope you enjoyed the international dinner and we will see you all @the Blarney Stone for our weekly PuB NiGHT on Wednesday.

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

Alexandra – The new PR Coordinator at INTERNeX Canada

My name is Alexandra and I’m the new PR Coordinator at INTERNeX for the following seven months, so you will hear a lot from me. I am born in Germany, but lived since 21 years in The Netherlands where I also study International Leisure Management.

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Over the past years, whenever I had the time and money, I traveled through Europe, met new people and new cultures, made unforgettable experiences and grew as a person. However the chance to travel outside of Europe never really came up, so when I got the chance to go to Vancouver for my placement there was no way that I wasn’t going.

Here at INTERNeX I will be working in the PR Department which means I will be planning events, such as the weekly PuB NiGHTS, trips and other events. I will keep you updated on our social media, so don’t forget to follow, subscribe or like us. If you have any questions, I will be happy to answer them.

I’m looking forward to the next couple of months here in Vancouver and to meet you all on Wednesday at our PuB NiGHT!

Cheers,

Alexandra

INTERNeX International Exchange
International Village,
Suite 2077, 2079 – 88 West Pender Street
Vancouver, Canada -V6B 9N9-
Web: http://www.internexcanada.com
Email: pr@internexcanada.com

Alexandra and Daniela say hello Vancouver

As you all know, our PR team has been a bit short staffed during the last few weeks. But this is about to change. In the beginning and middle of February, we will welcome Alexandra and Daniela here in Vancouver and this post will give you a bit of introductory information about both girls. Enjoy and give them a warm welcome when they arrive…

 

Alexandra, Netherlands

What’s your name, your age and where are you from?

Alexandra Dresen, 22 years old, Heerlen Netherlands

What are you doing at home at the moment?

I study Leisure management in Breda, but we only had one term this year, so now I work as a waitress.

What are your hobbies and your interests?

I used to play field hockey and golf, I like to go on hiking tours or go skiing in the winter, I love to travel and go out with friends.

Why did you choose to go to Canada?

I choose to go to Canada, because I love nature and mountains, two things which are rare in Holland. I also only heard great things about Canada, especially after my sister went to Canada. She told me right after she came back that I have to go there. So here I come!

How did you find INTERNeX International Exchange?

I found INTERNeX through my university. In my second year of university we had a presentation about INTERNeX and this year I came across INTERNeX again.

Why did you choose INTERNeX International Exchange?

I choose INTERNeX, because I do like the tasks I have to do during my internship, such as keeping you updated with news, organizing events and trips. I also like the fact that INTERNeX is not a big firm in which the employees are just employees.

Is your internship a part of your university program and is it useful for your career goals?

The internship is part of my university program and I personally think that internships help you to decide what and where you would like to work. Also internships give you the opportunity to discover new cultures and their life- and work style.

What do you hope to achieve by doing this internship?

During my internship at INTERNeX I hope to gain more knowledge about communication management, to improve my professional behavior skills and of course to learn more about Canada and their lifestyle. I also hope to gain a better understanding of what I want once I finish my studies.

I can’t wait to meet you all! We will have a great time, see you soon!

 

Daniela, Germany

What’s your name, your age and where are you from?

Daniela Orthofer, 23 years old (I´ll turn 24 in January), Munich Germany

What are you doing at home at the moment?

I study tourism management in the 4th term in Munich.

What are your hobbies and your interests?

I play volleyball in a team, love any kind of sports e.g. swimming, hiking, surfing, like to go out with friends, traveling and see new cultures/countries

Why did you choose to go to Canada?

Canada connects for me both: the nature of one side and on the other side there are also big cities as well. I think the vast extent of this country is also really interesting. I’ve never been to Canada before and the internship is a great opportunity to learn more about the country, the people and the way of life.

How did you find INTERNeX International Exchange?

I have heard about INTERNeX from a friend. She was in Canada two years ago and INTERNeX helped her to find an internship.

Why did you choose INTERNeX International Exchange?

I choose INTERNeX because they have exciting programs such as range stay and I can work in a culturally team. Furthermore I can develop my English skills and I can adopt the theory skills from the university in the real working life. Another reason for me was that the people are really friendly at INTERNeX, so for example the Skype-interviews were worked out well. I’ve I had a question there responded really quickly via mail. That was for me the decisive points to choose INTERNeX for my internship aboard.

Is your internship a part of your university program and is it useful for your career goals?

The internship is a part of my university program and of course it´s useful for my career goals. I think doing an internship helps you to find out which work is exactly the one you want to do the next few years. It´s also a great opportunity to find out in which industry you might work later.

What do you hope to achieve by doing this internship?

I hope that I can improve my customer service skills, also the English skills and I got a lot of working experience from the internship, so I know precisely where my path will go after my university graduation.

 

Cheers Alexandra and Daniela!

 

INTERNeX International Exchange
International Village,
Suite 2077, 2079 – 88 West Pender Street
Vancouver, Canada -V6B 9N9-
Web: http://www.internexcanada.com
Email: pr@internexcanada.com