New ‘Kids’ on the blog

This week we have some new candidates joining our INTERNeX Family! Let me introduce you to them! =)

Starting things off with Fran (short for Franziska). Fran is 24 years old, from a town near Cologne in Germany. Here in Vancouver, she’s doing her practicum for about 4 months at a company which runs its business in cultural development. Back home in Germany she’s currently studying multicultural communication at a university. After her internship she wants to go on a vacation for 1 month in Texas to meet a friend there. She chose Canada because she enjoys cold temperatures and the vibe they create. She skies since she was 3 years old and has a deep passion for the cold, plus she wanted a change of environment, which she’ll definitely have here in Vancouver. Unfortunately her first impression was influenced by a little sickness after her plane ride. It was totally different than she imagined it to be, but for the positive =). She thinks the culture and the people here are interesting. Since she loves the cold weather she really wants to go skiing. Another of her hobbies is photography which makes her want to travel around and go on adventures where she can collect memories with her camera, maybe she can start a blog with her pictures? I’d love to see that! Also on her list is watching a hockey game while she’s here. In her free time she also enjoys swimming or doing yoga, and when it comes to arts and crafts she likes to do macrame and DIY’s. The list of interests doesn’t end here, Fran also likes going to the movies. That calls for an INTERNeX movie night. When it comes to her favourite food she loves Pizza. Here in Vancouver she wants to try Beavertails and Canadian craft beer. We are happy to have Fran in our rows! =)

Moving on with Helena. Helena is 23 years old and comes from a town near Frankfurt in Germany. She’s here to do a 4 month-internship at a Hockey Club in Coquitlam. Back home she’s studying business administration online at a university in Stuttgart. After her studies and her time in Canada she wants to start working as a graphic designer. The reason she chose Canada is because Canada is the perfect fit for her: She can learn English, go skiing or watch a hockey game and also spend time in nature with super friendly people! Her first impression was that Vancouver is very big. She thinks that Vancouver is a mixture out of Germany, Austria and Italy because of the combination of things you can do here. I’ve never heard a comparison like that but I can tell it’s true! =) Except for watching an NHL game, she doesn’t really have a thing on her bucket list and just wants to go with the flow. In Germany she’s a supporter of the Ice Hockey team “Adler Mannheim”, she’s a real hockey girl, another reason Canada is the perfect country for her to visit. One of her favourite hobbies is to go to the movies once a week! For her favourite food she likes Italian food in general, what a good choice! Here she’d love to try Beavertails and some donuts. I suggested her the apple fritter from Tim Hortons, since that’s my favourite =). We are very glad we have Helena with us and that she will join our events!

Next we have Emma. She’s 19 years old from from a town in the south of Austria. Nice to see some other nationalities mixing up the Germans =)! In Vancouver she’s doing a practicum in the sports museum. Back home in Austria she graduated high school in 2021 and started studying business and economics but unfortunately it wasn’t the right decision for her and she decided to do a gap year here in Canada to gain some experience and grow beyond herself. During her time here she wants to find out which course she will be studying back home. She chose Canada as her gap year destination because the country has just so much to offer and the cultural diversity really fascinates her. Her first impression was very good since she thinks the city is very beautiful and also because it matches her imagination of the city. When it comes to her bucket list she really wants to visit Vancouver Island and experience the Vancouver lifestyle. I think Vancouver Island is a great choice! =) In her free time, Emma enjoys reading, cooking and also doing all kinds of sports. For her favourite food she likes a good Italian lasagna. We are so happy to have Emma with us and hope that she will have an amazing time in Canada!

We are very happy to have them on our events and in our INTERNeX Family! I hope that they enjoy the Tim in Vancouver but I’m pretty sure they will as everyone does!

Let’s meet them together at today’s Pubnight!

Cheers,

Tino

New ‘Kids’ on the blog

We have some new ‘kids’ on the blog again! Let me introduce you to them:

Let’s start with Leo. Leo is 18 years old and from Munich in Germany. Back home he just finished his high school and A-Levels. In Canada he’ll be studying business and communication in a college for 3 or 4 months. With this he hopes to improve his English. After his time in Vancouver, he wants to study business or law in Germany, but he hasn’t quite decided yet. He chose Canada because he wanted something different and not the ‘mainstream’ countries. Also, his cousin told him good things about Vancouver and he loved the vibe of Vancouver on pictures. When he got here, he experienced that all people are very relaxed & nice. He imagined the nature exactly as it is and got a warm welcoming feeling from the city. The things he really wants to see is Wreck Beach and Whistler. Since he’s staying during the winter, he really wants to go skiing. I think Whistler would be a nice choice for him =). He also wants to go to some sports events like ice hockey, or baseball. In his free time Leo likes to play soccer and tennis and visiting different cities. He loves playing his guitar and cooking as well. When it comes to his favourite food he prefers a good old traditional German Schnitzel with fries. Nevertheless, he wants to try lots of food here, like poutine, pancakes with maple syrup and some beaver tails! How awesome is that =) We are happy to have Leo with us!

Next on our list we have Jessica from Kiel in Germany. She’s 18 years old and has just finished her high school back home. She will be in Canada for 7 weeks and already traveled around here for 2 weeks where she saw places like Banff National Park. She’s now planning to go to Vancouver Island to work for a Wildlife Project in a rehabilitation centre for 5 weeks. She chose Canada because she wanted to be far away from home and to improve her English language skills. Of course she also loves being in nature which was another reason to pick this beautiful country. Her first impression of Vancouver was that it’s beautiful and that the people here are very friendly. During her time here, she discovered that she prefers nature over than living in the city. Nevertheless she thinks the city is pretty nice. Since she already was in Banff, she crossed one thing from her bucket list: The Rockies. Besides the Rocky Mountains, she also wants to visit Stanley Park and Granville Island. After her time in Canada she doesn’t really know what to do at home. She wants to take her time here to learn something about herself and figure out what she likes. In her free time she enjoys reading books and playing badminton and basketball. One of her favourite foods are dishes with pasta or potatoes. As a dessert, she likes to have some chocolate. In Vancouver she wants to try out some poutine and pancakes with maple syrup. I’m sure she can find many places to eat these Canadian Classics. =) Anyways, we are very glad to have her in our rows!

Let’s move on with Lukas. He’s 19 years old from a small town in the north of Germany. In Canada, he’ll go to a language school for about 2 months to improve his English, but he also got a working holiday visa to work here for 4 more months. Back home in Germany he just finished high school. When it came to deciding where he wants to go the organization gave him three options to choose from: Canada, New Zealand and Australia. He chose Canada because he thought that the others are too Mainstream =). Also nobody of his family was here before, so when he comes back he can tell them all about it! His first impression was that the city is very big but also very multicultural which he likes. One big thing on his bucket list are seeing bears, especially grizzlies, but also coming in touch with the Canadian culture and nature. Other things are seeing a hockey game and going skiing and surfing. After his time in Vancouver he wants to study Business Administration. In his free time he likes to play handball, going to the gym and meeting his friends, especially going out with them. His favourite food are ‘Spätzle’ with sauce, but here in Canada he wants to try some poutine and of course pancakes with maple syrup =). We are happy to have him in our rows and are excited for the events he’s going to join!

Last but definitely not least we have our work & travellers Marie and Lucas. They are both 24 years old and come from Braunschweig in Germany. They want to work and travel around Canada to meet new people and get to know the Canadian culture. They are not quite sure how long they are staying in Canada but maybe they want to apply for the young professional program to extend their time here. Marie was working as a kindergarten teacher back home and Lucas as a ski instructor. Lucas also worked in event marketing for a hiking brand. As they met at a fireplace in 2020 they talked about work & travelling in another country and both by coincidence were thinking about Canada =). As a ski instructor Lucas obviously wanted to work in the Rocky Mountains. But not only skiing is one of his interests, he also would like to go climbing. Marie always wanted to go Canada, the country is on top of her bucket list. Speaking of bucket lists, they both want to meet many people and make new friends here, but also see some ski resorts and nice natural environments.

Their first impression of Vancouver was that for a big city it’s quite clean and not too crowded. Also they mentioned that the people here are very nice. Since they want to work and travel they just want to go with the flow and didn’t make specific plans. When they eventually come back from Canada Marie wants to study film production and Lucas wants to become a teacher for sport and math. He also thinks about doing an apprenticeship to become a climbing instructor. In her free time Marie likes to hike on Sundays with her friends, seeing new places, and on top of that she also started to play soccer. Lucas just likes all kinds of sports like soccer, skiing, climbing, trail running and more. When it comes to their favourite food Marie likes rice pudding and for Lucas, since he’s vegetarian, Chili sin carne. 😉 In Canada they want to try out some poutine and beaver tails. We are very happy to have Marie & Lucas with us and wish them all the best for their journey!

These are our new kids on the blog! Be sure to meet them at the next Pubnight!

See you there!

Cheers,

Tino =)

New ‘Kids’ on the Blog

Let me present to you this week’s new ‘kids’ on the blog:

Elina is a Work and Traveler from near Frankfurt in Germany. She’s planning on staying till mid December and then going home to have a bunch of smaller trips with her friends, and eventually study. She’s interested in Business Psychology, but not a hundred percent sure yet if that’s what she’d like to do. It’s her first time here and the mix of nature and big cities, combined with friendly and welcoming people made her choose to go to Canada. She just arrived, but her fist impression is that Vancouver is a relaxed city. I can see that. 🙂 In her short time she has a lot of places on her bucket list that she’d like to see, like the Rockies, Niagara Falls, Toronto, Montreal, and more! Hopefully she’ll be able to travel more than she has to work. 😉 Other than traveling Elina enjoys spending time with her friends or going to the gym.

Isabel will also do Work and Travel here in Canada. She’s from a village near Freiburg in Germany and plans on staying a full year. After that, she might study Fitness and Dietary in Berlin which seems to be very fitting, considering that she works out five times a week, preferably at a gym. Other than that she loves to listen to music, hang out at a park with friends, or also just by herself. Another hobby she discovered is skating, maybe she can practice a little more while she’s here. 🙂 This is actually not her first time in Canada, Isabel came here once in 2016 and enjoyed it a lot, so that she decided to come back. Her parents used to live in Seattle, so she feels kind of connected to this part of the world. While she’s here she’d like to work in the Hospitality industry and visit places like the Rockies, Niagara Falls and Toronto. Looks like those two could go on adventures together! 🙂

Lina is from near Vienna in Austria and will do her volunteer practicum in management, marketing and customer service. She just finished High School and will be doing half a year of college in Santa Barbara, California after her time here. So exciting! 🙂 She’s actually been to Canada before a few years ago for a High School Exchange year in Nanaimo on Vancouver Island. Her return shows how much she loved it! Especially the people are reason for her to come back to Canada: “They are friendlier than Austrians”, she says. 😉 In her free time she likes to play handball, or to go snowboarding. While she’s here Lina would like to go to Seattle to visit her brother who’s studying in the sleepless city. Pretty cool to have your family close by. 🙂

Marie from near Dortmund in Germany will have her internship together with Lina at the same organization, but she hopes to get a little more in the area of curation. In Germany she studies History and English. Lately she had to study a lot and now she’s taking a well deserved break, even though her studies require her to spend some time in an English speaking country, she’s doing it more for herself. She always wanted to go to Canada and her she is. 🙂 From above the clouds Vancouver reminded her of the Nordic countries in Europe with all its surrounding nature. She loves it, and to be honest, how couldn’t you? While she’s here Marie would love to see an Ice Hockey Game. Good thing the season starts again soon! When she has a little free time from studying she likes to play Volleyball. I know a lot of you love to go to Kits Beach to play, maybe next time she can be on your team? 😉

I hope to see you all at tonights Pub Night. 7pm at the Beaver Taphouse! It’s 18+, make sure to bring two pieces of ID!

Cheers,

Laura 🙂

New ‘Kids’ on the Blog

Yay, it’s time to introduce you to more new ‘kids’!

Let me start with Clara from Berlin, Germany. In Vancouver she will do her volunteer practicum at an Art Gallery, gaining some experience in event planning and organization, before she goes back to Germany to study Psychology. She says she’d love to learn more about arts, culture and community in Canada and is very excited to start her practicum. She picked Canada amongst all the countries because she wants to improve her English, she like the combination of nature and city, plus it’s nicer here than in the USA she heard from a few friends. 😉 Her first impression of Vancouver was ‘big’. While Clara is here she’d love to meet lots of people, explore the nature and maybe go to the Rockies. In her free time she likes to dance (street jazz) and read. Did you notice we’ve got a lot of dancers here at the moment? Maybe we can start an INTERNeX Flash Mob? 😀

Our next candidate is Benjamin from Frankfurt, Germany. He’ll be doing a volunteer practicum in event planning and administrative work. In Germany he graduated High School and now he’s not quite sure what his plan will be, maybe studying? He’s here to figure it out, I think the practicum is definitely useful to get one step closer. 🙂 His parents told him about Vancouver, since they loved it he decided to give it a try. I’m sure it was the right decision. 😉 The city is bigger than he expected, but very beautiful, he says. In his free time he likes to go to the gym and meet his friends, hopefully he can make some new friends to meet here as well. 🙂

Finally, another non-german (no offence, I’m German myself :D) to bring a little diversity to our INTERNeX crew! Martin from Västerås in Sweden will be doing some work and travel in Canada and he’s starting here in Vancouver, so we’ll have lots of time to get to know him more. After that he might go to Whistler for the ski season, since he really likes winter sports. He started ice skating and ice hockey last winter and enjoyed it very much. He also plays the piano in his free time. Martin has actually been to Vancouver before when his brother did the same thing 5 years ago, he loved it so much that he wanted to come back. 🙂 His first impression was that Vancouver is really big and smells like Cannabis. 😀 I can’t blame him. While he’s here he wants to go to Tofino and try out surfing. Who else is in?

Fourth in our round is Luisa. She lives near Munich in Germany and already has a job she loves with children and teenagers. She’s here during her three week vacation break to gain some international work experience at Stanley Park. So far she thinks Vancouver is a cool city and she really likes it. 🙂 When I asked her why she picked Canada she said that she’s never been here so she wanted to go to try something new. Luisa doesn’t have a bucket list, she will just go with the flow while she’s here which I think is a good idea. In her free time she plays the flute in an orchestra, she loves sports, especially gymnastics and hiking. Good thing we’re going on a hike this weekend!

So excited for you to meet them at tonight’s Pub Night at The Ballyhoo, 7pm! It’s 18+ till 10pm, so I’m expecting a lot of people. 😉

See you all there!

Cheers,

Laura 🙂

New ‘Kids’ on the Blog

Another week with a growing INTERNeX family, yay! Again, we have many new people joining us (10!!!), so to introduce them all to you in this blog post, I will use bullet points instead of paragraphs (like a German ‘Steckbrief’), that way you have the chance to get to know them all. 🙂

Name: Miriam
Age: 18
Home: Munich, Germany
What are you doing in Canada?
-> Practicum at an orchestra
Why Canada?
-> To improve English skills; Canadas diversity
First impression of Vancouver?
-> Big and hot (lucky she just came in time for summer) 😉
Future Plans?
-> Study anything with music
Bucket list while here?
-> Leaves the planning to Hannah and will join her on her bucket list
Hobbies: Playing the piano and the violin, Dancing, e.g. Modern and Contemporary

Name: Hannah
Age: 18
Home: Dortmund, Germany
What are you doing in Canada?
-> Practicum at a radio station/ journalism
Why Canada?
-> Been in Canada (Quebec) before and liked it a lot
First impression of Vancouver?
-> Likes the city and the mountains
Future Plans?
-> University for social studies/ politics & society
Bucket list while here?
-> Vancouver Island including Victoria; Seattle
Hobbies: Wants to play field hockey again (maybe her and Paula can set up a match?) 😉

Name: Fee
Age: 18
Home: Düsseldorf, Germany
What are you doing in Canada?
-> Finished language school; now 6 months practicum in Stanley Park
Why Canada?
-> Didn’t really know where to go at first, Canada was the only available option at the time, but doesn’t regret it, thinks Vancouver is amazing 🙂
First impression of Vancouver?
-> Breathtaking
Future Plans?
-> Home for Christmas, then travel to Bali and visit her best friend in Australia; study, but not sure what
Bucket list while here?
-> Hawaii; Rocky Mountains
Hobbys: Tennis, Piano

Name: Larissa
Age: 25
Home: Stuttgart, Germany
What are you doing in Canada?
-> Semester abroad for her co-op studies; her German company sent her for a practicum/ International Business/ Development/ Marketing
Why Canada?
-> Australia and New Zealand wasn’t possible, so she chose Canada
First impression of Vancouver?
-> Big!
Bucket list while here?
-> Nothing specific, goes with the flow
Hobbies: Loves action, hikes in nature, any kind of sports, riding motorcycles
Random fact: Larissa speaks Spanish

Name: Kathi
Age: 20
Home: Münster, Germany
What are you doing in Canada?
-> Practicum in law
Why Canada?
-> Nature; not as mainstream as the USA or Australia
First impression of Vancouver?
-> Beautiful city with kind people, but sad about the homelessness and drug issues
Future Plans?
-> Finish law degree
Bucket list while here?
-> Explore nature; take it as it comes
Hobbies: Horseback riding, Gym, Hiking

Name: Hanna
Age: 25
Home: Near Stuttgart, Germany
What are you doing in Canada?
-> Language school and Ranch Stay
Why Canada?
-> Since she was a kid she told her mom that she needed to come to Canada, it was always a dream
First impression of Vancouver?
-> Big; lots of different cultures
Bucket list while here?
-> Nothing specific, just going with the flow 🙂
Hobbies: Saxophone, Horseback riding
Random fact: Her grandpa had a farm

Name: Sebatian Upegui
Age: 18
Home: Munich, Germany
What are you doing in Canada?
-> Practicum wildlife rescue
Why Canada?
-> English, nature, people, outside of Europe
First impression of Vancouver?
-> Beautiful mountains and nature around city
Future Plans?
-> Travel to Thailand, travel around Europe; study, maybe Biology, Medicine, or Geography
Bucket list while here?
-> Vancouver Island
Hobbies: Parkour, Basketball, Paint (mostly sketches)
Random Facts: His parents are from Colombia, so he speaks fluent Spanish; he’s been travelling to the Rockies already, Moraine Lake was his favourite

Name: Marie
Age: 18
Home: Near Heidelberg, Germany
What are you doing in Canada?
-> Practicums at the Cat Sanctuary and Stanley Park
Why Canada?
-> Nature and wildlife
First impression of Vancouver?
-> Beautiful city with nature around
Future Plans?
-> Travel to Singapore; study, maybe Economics and Sustainability
Bucket list while here?
-> Whale watching, Victoria, Seattle, explore nature
Hobbies: Piano, Athletics, Climbing

Name: Merle
Age: 19
Home: Flensburg, Germany
What are you doing in Canada?
-> Work and Holiday/ Hostel or coffee shop
Why Canada?
-> Nature, friendly people, English
First impression of Vancouver?
-> Surprisingly peaceful
Bucket list while here?
-> Skiing, travel East Coast, visit National Parks
Hobbies: Volleyball, Handball
Random fact: Her and Levke came here together 🙂

Name: Levke
Age: 19
Home: Flensburg, Germany
What are you doing in Canada?
-> Work and Holiday/ Coffee shop/ Service industry
Why Canada?
-> Mix between big cities and nature; improve English and French
First impression of Vancouver?
-> Not as busy as expected; nice and calm
Bucket list while here?
-> Seeing a Grizzly; getting to know Canadian people and culture
Hobbies: Handball, spending time with friends and family


If you want to know more join us for our next Pub Night and get to know them better. 🙂

See you there!

Cheers,

Laura 🙂