New ‘Kids’ on the Blog

Last week we’ve got a lot of Newbies joining our INTERNeX crew. 20 students from Bristol in the UK just arrived! Half of them study sports & fitness and the other half study travel & tourism. They are here on a four week volunteer practicum program in different, super interesting companies and organizations. Each of them will gain valuable work experience abroad while enjoying the few coming weeks of summer (hopefully). They are eager to get as much as possible out of their time here.

Friday, we went on a little hike in Pacific Spirit Regional Park, all the way down to Spanish Banks, to explore the area around UBC, because that’s where all of them are staying. Afterwards, most of the crew went Downtown to do some shopping. On Sunday almost all of them joined us to do the Grouse Grind! It was an extreme hike, but not extreme enough. I’ve heard from Luke that he wants to go either bungee jumping or skydiving while he’s here! Does anyone want to join?


The Brits were not the only newcomers! Jonas from Bayreuth in Germany joined us as well! He’ll be staying for at least 2.5 months doing a volunteer practicum, gaining experience in social media, organizing events, etc. He’s about to start his studies in Philosophy and Economics in Germany this fall. He told me that these majors open a wide range of possible careers for him. One of them could be Politics. His practicum combines fields of ethics and politics which is why he’s super excited to start and see how he likes it. I have the feeling he’s going to enjoy it.

Another reason why Jonas wanted to come to Vancouver is because he’s never been outside of Europe and he was seeking an adventure outside of his comfort zone. Plus, he heard about Vancouvers good weather ;), the vast nature, and the friendly people. In his free time he likes to do calisthenics, exercises that don’t rely on anything but a person’s own body weight, to play his guitar, and to meet up with friends. Maybe he can play us a song at pub night tonight? 😉

I’ll see you all there! 7pm at Sailor Hagar’s in North Vancouver!

Cheers,

Laura 🙂

New ‘Kid’ on the Blog

Another week another addition to our INTERNeX crew. Please welcome Anouk. She is from Germany and stays with us for 7 weeks.

As a child, when someone asked her about her dream job, she explained that she’d like to have a different job for every day of the week. It shows she has a fair amount of interests.

After finishing her high school diploma (Abitur) in Germany she’s done a lot of different practicums to figure out what she’d like to do for her career, since she realized it could be difficult with 7 different jobs during the week. 😉

One part of her journey was going to Namibia for three months and working at a wildlife rescue. In Vancouver she’ll be doing something very similar, with birds. She loves working with animals, but she figured out, that this is something she’d rather do in her free time, not as a full time job. Her other interest is something completely different: the film industry. In Germany she already had the chance to work on a project and she said that she really enjoys the diversity of the job. There’s no real routine, it changes all the time. On top of that she gets to work with creative minds on interesting projects, which creates a great environment. Before she focuses more on her career, she wanted to travel some more, that’s why we are lucky to have her here. 🙂

Canada was always on her bucket list, but over the years she kind of forgot about it. When she was deciding on where to go, her first choice was Peru, but then she remembered about Canada and changed her mind. One reason is the vast nature. Further, she loves the winter and snow. Technically wrong timing, but if one goes high enough on a mountain, one probably finds snow. 😉 I’m sure she’ll enjoy summer here just as much.

One thing on her bucket list while she’s here: Whale Watching. Who’s joining her?

I hope we all get to chat more at tonights pub night. Don’t forget, 7pm at Mahoney’s at the Convention Centre.

Cheers,

Laura 🙂

New “Kids” on the Blog – Krystelle & Gianmarco

Two new INTERNeX crew members just arrived! Please welcome Krystelle from Australia and Gianmarco from Italy! 🙂 I’ve had the pleasure to meet them already and now it’s your time to get to know them better.


First, I will introduce you to Krystelle. Some of you already know her from our Whistler trip last weekend. She’s from Brisbane and has a really cool job as a criminal lawyer. Here she’ll be gathering experience at a legal non-profit organization for the next three months. Ideally she’d like to go to the United States, since she’s been travelling there a lot already, including Hawaii, Florida and Nevada. So far California has been her favourite destination, but she also has an ambitious bucket list for the next few months with States like Texas, North Carolina and Virginia. Seems like she loves the sunny states. 🙂

When she’s not working you can find her outside, maybe on a small hike. She told me it’s probably more like a walk compared to a Canadian mountain hike. Nevertheless she wants to take on a challenge and do the Grouse Grind! INTERNeX is actually planning on doing the Grind on Saturday June 18th. We’re stronger as a group, so feel free to join this adventure! 😀 After the workout we deserve a big Burger, or Lasagna, Krystelle’s favourite food. One thing she noticed in Canada – I’m sure, a lot of people will be surprised about – is that the alcohol here is only half as expensive as it is in Australia. Crazy, right? And I thought everything in Vancouver is expensive… She has a whole list of things she wants to do while she’s here, so it definitely doesn’t get boring with her. I like that she’s done her homework 😉 and I’m sure at the end we can cross a bunch of things off that list together.

Gianmarco will be volunteering at the same organization as Krystelle. He’s working on his law degree in Italy which keeps him pretty occupied with studying most of the time. Now it’s time for him to gain some practical experience. Why not in Italy, you might ask? Gianmarco would like to refine his English skills and since he’s been to other English speaking countries like the UK and the USA many times before, he wanted to try something new. Canada was still on his bucket list and right away he noticed its peacefulness and its friendly people. What a great first impression. And he hasn’t even met anyone of our INTERNeX crew yet! 😉

When he’s not occupied with studying, he likes to meet his friends which he’s had since his childhood, play football (yes, I mean soccer), or go mountain biking. What he really wants to do while he’s in Vancouver is going up to Whistler to spend the day on a bike speeding down the mountain. I told him that it’s still super muddy, but apparently that’s the best part of it. I am not confident enough to ride my bike down a hill (haha), but maybe some of you would like to join him. I know we have some extreme sport enthusiasts in our crew that would love to go. Sounds like another Whistler trip to me. 😉

I’m really excited for you to meet both of them at tonights pub night.
Don’t forget to come and say Hi, 7pm at Earl’s on Robson Street. See you there!

Cheers,

Laura 🙂

New `Kids` on the Blog

I know it has been kind of quiet last week – but this week we’re back with “double-power”!
Today I’m happy to introduce you to our two amazing newbies arrived in Vancouver in the last few days. We’re glad Ina and Dennis found their way from Germany to beautiful Canada.
So let’s start with Ina. Right at the beginning of our interview we found out that we’re from the same small town close to Stuttgart in Germany – really cool! But for now a few interesting facts about her 🙂

She already finished her apprenticeship and worked for a few months in her hometown; but there’s more to it. Since one apprenticeship wasn’t enough for her she already finished two – one in the commercial department and another one as a media designer. Right now she’s looking for her dream job in the media design industry. During her 5 weeks long stay in Canada she aims to improve her professional experience with a practicum in the field of marketing /design right in Vancouver Downtown. She’s really into traveling but would love to combine getting to know a new country with useful experiences for her career as well. So she uses her time in Canada to learn a lot about the country and its people and also as a time-out before starting back into her professional life in Germany. Since she has never been to Canada before she’s really excited to see new places, meet new people, and experience everything Canada has to offer. Since Canada was one of the first countries on her bucket list opened the border, it wasn’t a difficult decision for her to choose this place for an experience abroad. Ina also really enjoys her time in the office because she’s able to achieve a lot of new tasks and as she said: “the tasks are very helpful for my career and a lot of fun”. In my opinion this is how a practicum should look like 😉

Now let’s talk a bit about Dennis. He’s 28 years old and from Stuttgart as well. He came to Canada as a part of this cooperate study program. Since his studies include a combination of studying and working he seized the opportunity and asked his workplace in Germany if there is a possibility for him to do a stay abroad – and as you can see it worked out! In Vancouver he’s participating in our practicum program in a security system company. He’s staying for 6 weeks – seems like these guys want to be back home for Christmas with their families 😉 Actually Dennis had planned to do his stay in Tokyo but something changed his mind and he chose Canada… and as he said he doesn’t regret it.
During his last vacation in Mexico he made some great friends which are now staying in Vancouver as well. So these guys are able to meet and spend some time together again – pretty cool!! With this stay abroad he aims to get an insight into an international working environment especially in comparison to the German.

I really hope they both have an amazing time in Canada with us.

Enjoy your weekend 🙂

– Tatjana


INTERNeX International Exchange
2005-689 Abbott St., Vancouver, BC, V6B 0J2
Web: http://www.internexcanada.com
Email: pr@internexcanada.com

New `Kids` on the Blog

We’re happy to announce a new member of the INTERNeX family, who arrived this week. A really warm welcome goes to Samantha. I really had a great chat with her where she told me some facts about herself. Of course I’ll share them all with you guys 🙂

Samantha is 22 years old and originally from a small village, only 90 inhabitants as she said, close to Frankfurt in Germany. I’m sure you’ve already heard of Frankfurt because of the huge international airport as well as the fact that it is an important financial centre. Just a side fact; now back to Samantha. After finishing her apprenticeship and subsequently her diploma (in Germany it’s called “Fachabitur”) she decided to become a full time traveller for the next months.
In my opinion that definitely sounds amazing. After spending a few weeks in Iceland she has now seized the opportunity to gain more experiences and grow beyond herself in Canada.

Samantha is participating in our volunteer program for 5 weeks and works in the same animal hospital as Sophie. You know? The one with the cute baby cats 😉 Seems like this is the place to be 🙂
And there’s more to it; her motto is definitely “great times ahead”. After her time in Canada she plans to travel to 7!!! more countries all around the globe.
But for now she’s really interested in spending time in the Canadian nature, get to know the Canadian way of life and experience Canadian culture herself every day.
Since right now she’s still a bit afraid of spending time alone in such an unknown city, which is understandable in any case, feel free to form a group and spend some time together. It’s so much fun getting to know new place or try unknown activities together. Such a new place can always create a strange feeling but as time goes by you’ll get used to it and in the end one don’t want to leave anymore. I can assure you from my own personal experience .

That’s it for now – I’m sure you’ll get the chance for another chat with Samantha at today’s pubnight at Malone’s Taphouse, 6pm 🙂

Have a great day:)

– Tatjana

INTERNeX International Exchange
2005-689 Abbott St., Vancouver, BC, V6B 0J2
Web: http://www.internexcanada.com
Email: pr@internexcanada.com