New ‘Kids’ on the Blog

To no surprise, we have some pretty interesting candidates joining our INTERNeX crew this week! ๐Ÿ˜‰

Let me introduce you to the dream team Lucas (left) and Simon (right), both from France on the finish lines of their dual BBA studies. Simon spent a chunk of time studying in Finland while Lucas was in Dortmund, Germany. Now they are looking to gain some hands-on experience in Canada to refine their knowledge in Business, Finance and Marketing. At first the two wanted to go to the USA because of the country’s strong influence in the world and they just like the States a lot, but there ain’t no INTERNeX in the US which is why ultimately they decided to come to Vancouver, with no regrets. ๐Ÿ˜‰ Their first impression was that the city is beautiful and people are amazingly nice. Plus, Vancouver has North American charm and is still close to the US so they can easily travel around in their free time. Also, the weather in Vancouver is pretty similar to the weather in France, not too cold like the rest of Canada which is another reason why they like it here. I’m sure we can convince them of how cool and underrated Canada actually is compared to the States and make their time here a great one!


While Lucas wants to explore Stanley Park with its large trees and the impressive Lions Gate Bridge, Simon can’t wait to find a place to play basketball which is one of his biggest hobbies, next to music and movies. He enjoys Comedies the most with Deadpool being his favourite movie. Lucas also enjoys watching movies, mostly Marvel and other superhero themed motion pictures. He started playing soccer when he was just 5-6 years old which makes it his main sport to play, but he also likes volleyball, badminton and more. Great that Vancouver offers lots of possibilities, especially in summer. Once back in France they’d like to finish their studies, Simon wants to spend some time with his family and Lucas is eager to find a job and place to live as soon as possible. One thing’s for sure, these guys seem to know what they want and they go for it! ๐Ÿ˜‰


Let’s get to know Mila from Berlin, Germany! While in Vancouver she’ll be volunteering at an animal rescue centre and enjoying her time exploring the city with its mountains all around. Her first thought was that she loves the landscape with city and nature combined. Makes sense since she’s a nature, as well as a city girl. ๐Ÿ˜‰ On her bucket list are seeing the city and ocean, hiking, meeting people, and watching an ice Hockey Game, I think we can arrange that! After finishing High School about half a year ago, she worked at a restaurant which she loved and a home decor store to save some money for her travels and enjoy life without school. She’s been in the US a lot already and now wanted to see Canada after hearing from a lot of people that Vancouver is really beautiful. I can sign that! Plus, the program at the rescue centre sounded very exciting to her. ๐Ÿ™‚ After her stay here she’s meeting her best friend in San Francisco for 9 days before it goes back home. In her free time Mila likes to dance, read, hike, watch movies, go horseback riding and most of all to socialize, so make sure to say hi next time you see her. ๐Ÿ™‚

I’m excited for you to meet the three at Pub Night.

See you then!

Cheers,

Laura ๐Ÿ™‚

New ‘Kids’ on the Blog

Exciting news, we have lots of New ‘Kids’ joining our crew! Let me tell you a little bit about them.

Here we have Sasha from Belgium, near Brussels. He’s already been to Toronto for a couple of months and loving his experience so far. I’d say we can make it even better! Back home he finished High School, not sure what he wanted to do after, he decided to take some time to explore Canada. Now he already knows, he wants to do something science related in the future. In Vancouver he’ll be volunteering in Stanley Park. One of his brother’s friends told him about his experience at Stanley Park and in Vancouver so Sasha thought he now has to see for himself. Another reason why he picked Canada is the vibe and mindset of the people which seems like a lot of fun. In general he wants to go with the flow, meet new individuals, learn about them, have fun and live life day to day. What a great attitude. ๐Ÿ™‚ In his free time he likes to play music on the piano, or bass guitar, learn things about science and history, and of course go out! He turns 19 on the 22nd of April, let’s make sure we throw him a great party. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Maria from Frankfurt in Germany will also celebrate her Birthday here in July. ๐Ÿ˜‰ After finishing High School she worked at her parents optician shop and discovered that she really likes it, so when she gets back home she wants to start working towards becoming one herself. For now she just wants to enjoy her time here, volunteering at a Cat Sanctuary, even though she’s more of a dog person. In fact she has her own family dog, Oscar. That doesn’t stop her from being excited to meet all the cats, taking care of them and enjoying their company, and who knows, maybe she’ll turn into a cat person afterwards? ๐Ÿ˜‰ She picked Canada because she’s never been here, and once she saw a documentary of Vancouver she thought to herself ‘wow, I have to go!’. Understandable. ๐Ÿ˜‰
While here Maria wants to take as much with her as she can. At home she’s a plant mom to many babies which she hopes survive in her absence. Other than gardening she likes to colour and meet friends.

Hannah is form Germany as well, near Cologne and is volunteering at a pre-school here. Back home she studies to become an elementary schoolteacher while she also works at a day care and as a babysitter, quite busy! The subjects she’ll be teaching are German, English and Math (which is her favourite out of the three). She picked Canada because the landscape fascinated her and she always wanted to come. Unfortunately she’s only here for one month because it’s her vacation time. That means she wants to do as much as possible and she’s flexible about all the activities that Vancouver has to offer! A few things she loves are horseback riding, going to the gym and hiking, I’d say she’s in the perfect place for that! Vancouver has so many beautiful trails for hiking, biking or riding! I’m sure she’ll have an amazing four weeks exploring the area. ๐Ÿ™‚

Paolo from Brussels in Belgium will be gaining some work experience in Digital Marketing while he’s here. In his home country he studies for his Bachelor in Business Management with focus on Marketing which he will finish once he’s back after four months in Vancouver. He’s a nature lover which is one of the reasons he picked Canada. He told me that he’s traveled a lot in the US already where his favourite spot was Yellowstone National Park with its big variety of landscapes and wildlife. He’s already seen a black bear, but while he’s in Canada he’d love to see a Grizzly bear and he says the ones on Grouse Mountain don’t count. ๐Ÿ˜‰ Pretty adventurous if you ask me! On top of that Paul would also like to visit the Rockies with Banff and Jasper National Park, I’m sure he can spot a bear up there! Other than discovering nature he also loves to run, ski, play basketball and chess, anyone up for a match? ๐Ÿ˜‰

Helena is a Work and Traveler from Germany who is not up for boring office jobs, or customer service. She’d rather like to get her hands dirty, be active on her job, a good idea for her would be a job at a farm she says. Back home she just finished High School and once she’s back she’ll probably study to become a pharmacist. Now though, she takes the chance to travel for a whole year before focusing on a career. When will she ever be able to do that again, she’s asking herself. That’s a fair question. ๐Ÿ™‚ Canada was her top pick because of the vast nature, wildlife and many opportunities. When she first arrived she felt a little overwhelmed, but I mean who can’t relate? Taking the step to go to a foreign country by yourself not knowing what’s going to happen can be scary, but also exciting! It usually takes a few days or even weeks to adjust, that’s totally normal, but then it’ll be all worth it. ๐Ÿ™‚ In her free time Helena likes to read phantasy books and to crochet, the coolest thing she made was a mushroom for her friend, she showed me a picture and I really wish I was this handy, it looks amazing!

Next we have Lea from Godoagne in Belgium. She’ll be volunteering at a rescue centre for domestic animals. Before coming to Vancouver she lived in Miami for 6 months, going to school to improve her English. My curiosity was wondering how she liked it and not to my surprise she enjoyed her stay in Miami a lot. The people were friendly, the weather always nice with lots of beautiful beach days and nights well spent with her friends. She thought it was funny that she experienced more people speaking Spanish than English but she likes the Latin music and ambience. To be honest this is going to be hard to top since Vancouver weather is only really nice during the summer months, but I’d say we’ll do our best to make sure she has a great time. We definitely have more nature to offer with the old growth forests, mountains and the rough Pacific Ocean which technically you can still swim in if you dare. ๐Ÿ˜€ When Lea is back in Belgium she’d like to study Social Work. There’s nothing specific on her bucket list which gives her the chance to be open towards everything Vancouver has to offer and see as much as possible. ๐Ÿ™‚ Her Hobbies include going out, reading and watching Anime, her favourite at the time is Demon Slayer.

Last but not least there’s Manon from Liege in Belgium. She already went to school in Vancouver and now it’s time for her to volunteer at a cat sanctuary until she goes back home to study law. What better way to spend time until university starts than hanging out with cats everyday? I guess there’s not much that can top it. She came to Canada because the organization she’s with offered a program in Vancouver and she really liked it. ๐Ÿ™‚ She’s already been to Quebec on the East Coast of Canada and mentioned how different the West Coast is. I agree, I think Quebec seems way more European whereas Vancouver has North American charm. Her favourite place to party here is the Cambie on Tuesdays for Latin Night and the Library Square on Thursdays. Looks like she’s been here long enough to know how the Vancouver party scene works. ๐Ÿ˜‰ Since she’s been here for a while she’s already crossed off many things on her bucket list but she still wants to visit quite a few places like Whistler, Grouse Mountain, or Vancouver Island. In her free time as you can tell she likes to party, but she’s also interested in reading, sports, cooking and of course eating the food after. ๐Ÿ˜€

I’m so excited for you to meet them all at our Pub Night!

Make sure you introduce yourself and see you there. ๐Ÿ™‚

Cheers,

Laura

New ‘Kid’ on the Blog

I know, I know, it’s Friday already, but better introduce our candidate late than never, right? ๐Ÿ˜‰

Please welcome this Work and Traveler from Schweinfurt in Germany to our INTERNeX fam. Her name is Viktoria and she plans on exploring Canada for a whole year! Let’s see if she wants to leave again after that ๐Ÿ˜‰ It’s a great way of getting to know people, culture and landscapes. Back home she just finished High School and when she gets back she’d like to study, but she’s not sure what to study yet. Originally she planned something very different, a High School Exchange year in Canada, but Covid got in the way which is why she’s with us now. ๐Ÿ™‚ Honestly I feel this is a better way to experience a country anyways, now she can be more flexible, independent and has more freedom than if she was to pick the High School Exchange Year, what do you think? On her Bucket List are the Rockies and lots of arts and music festivals around Vancouver which makes sense as she loves art and plays the piano since she’s five years old. Further, Viktoria loves to read on her e-book reader and to be active outside exploring, just sitting at home is not an option for her! I love that and hope we’ll see her at many of our events. ๐Ÿ™‚

I can’t wait for you all to meet her and I’ll see you next Pub Night!

Have a great weekend.

Cheers,

Laura ๐Ÿ™‚

New ‘Kids’ on the Blog

Who wants to meet our new INTERNeX crew members?

Let me introduce you to Lia. She’s from Herten in Germany and here with us for six weeks to volunteer at an animal resource centre. Back home she studies English and Geography to become a teacher. Vancouver wasn’t her first stop, she’s already been to Alaska for two weeks prior to coming here. There, she went on an expedition with her university, how cool is that? Her experience however was rather shocking. While the landscape was stunning it was the culture that gave her an uncomfortable feeling with easy accessible guns that made it possible to have shootings for fun in the backyard. The happier she was to finally come to Canada where she so far experienced that people are really nice. Her best friend who stayed a year in Winnipeg told Lia about her great time here and convinced her to see for herself. On her bucket list are Lake Louise, Capilano Suspension Bridge and other hiking trails around Vancouver. She loves exploring, hiking, playing volleyball, sports in general, cooking (especially pasta bolognese) and reading. Let’s make the six weeks count and show her how great Vancouver can be. ๐Ÿ™‚

I’d also love for you to meet Isabel. She’s from Germany, near Munich and staying with us for two months to volunteer at a pre-school. Back home she’s studying to become a teacher in English and Arts. It’s her first time in North America and she picked Canada for various reasons, e.g. she likes the accent, plus she heard many good things about this country, that people are friendly, it’s safe with a high educational standard and there’s stunning nature around. I would say she isn’t wrong. ๐Ÿ˜‰ Her first impressions confirm her expectations, she thinks Vancouver is beautiful with a mix of modern and historic buildings, the surrounding water and mountains almost everywhere you look. On her bucket list are visits to museums (especially arts) and parks, so if you have any recommendations send them her way! In her free time Isabel plays the piano and e-guitar. Additionally, she loves to paint and watch fantasy movies. Seems like we have a specialist with us, maybe she can be a great help on one of our trivia nights. ๐Ÿ˜‰

We’re excited for the two to join our INTERNeX family! Make sure you say hello at our Whistler trip or next Pub Night!

See you there!

Cheers,

Laura ๐Ÿ™‚

New ‘Kids’ on the Blog

Missed us? I know, we haven’t been around for a while, but let me tell you we’re back! And we’re back with a lot of new candidates who joined our crew over the last few weeks, so without further ado, let me introduce them to you in an easy-to-digest manner:


Name: Ricky
Home: Bruges, Belgium
What are you doing in Canada?
-> I’m doing a 3 month practicum at a Boutique Marketing and Communications company. I create mainly content for the company, but also for their clients, mostly in the form of video content.
What did you do before coming to Canada?
-> I’m graduating this year with my Bachelor in Digital Marketing.
Future plans?
-> Right now I’d like to use this opportunity to really see what I want to do and like, not just what schools tell me to do. After my internship and graduation I would like to study one more year, maybe in sales or video editing, like a year of specializing, then I’d like to start working.
Why Canada?
-> Canada has always attracted me for different reasons, like the culture, the people who are way way nicer than in Belgium. I think in Belgium everyone is kind, but not if you’re not white or aren’t born in Belgium. Also, the nature of Canada is so vast! I feel like in Vancouver you can easily move between different activities in the summer because you have mountains, rivers, lakes, and the downtown area, that way there is something fun to do for everyone.
First impression?
-> To say I really like it would be an understatement, I haven’t seen everything yet (far from) but what I’ve learned here is incredible, so far it was worth every penny and I’m so so glad I took the leap. People are very nice and open. I would say the people’s mindset and how they think about life and work is what really blew me away. I’m gobsmacked.
Bucket list?
-> I’d like to visit Whistler to ride a snowmobile or a buggy. Other than that I’d like to just explore Vancouver, BC, and the most important thing is learning a lot about other cultures.
Hobbies?
-> Calisthenics, socializing, racing, watching formula 1. I love spending time with friends learning new things about people. I also love to be creative with text and video content.


Name: Anna
Home: Berlin, Germany
What do you do in Canada?
-> I volunteer at a Preschool. I help out in a class that is part of their half-day program. The school is part of an organization that advocates for inclusion of children with disabilities.
What did you do before Canada?
-> Back home I am currently studying to become a secondary school teacher for German and English.
Future Plans?
-> When I go back I will write my bachelor thesis before hopefully starting my master studies.
Why Canada?
-> I wanted to go abroad to advance my English language skills. For me, Canada is a good mix between nature, city life and opportunities for great adventures.
First impression?
-> Vancouver is surprisingly versatile. There are so many different facets and the people are multicultural.
Bucket list while here?
-> Vancouver Island, the Rocky Mountains and explore the area around Vancouver itself.
Hobbies?
-> I love to read and watch movies/shows. In a new place, I enjoy taking walks and casually experience my surroundings while listening to music.


Name: Alessia
Home: Germany
What do you do in Canada?
-> Iโ€˜m doing Work and Travel for a year ๐Ÿ™‚ I will work in an office in Edmonton next month but at the moment I am focusing on travelling!
What did you do before coming to Canada?
-> Iโ€˜ve done an apprenticeship as an industrial management assistant and worked at a big company for a year.
Future plans?
I will study Sport and nutrition in prevention.
Why Canada?
-> I really love the combination of the big green landscape and various nature and the opposite city life.
First impression?
-> Itโ€™s a really nice city for the start of a Work and Travel. You get to know sooo many people in a really short time.
Bucket list while here?
-> I would love to see the northern lights, going to a concert and see the Niagara Falls.
Hobbies?
-> I love to play the guitar and piano. I used to do gymnastics and love going to the gym.


Name: Ida
Home: Emsdetten near Mรผnster, Germany
What are you doing in Canada?
-> I volunteer at a not-for-profit film festival. I work in the office and do part of the accounting, Every two weeks I have to schedule the shifts for the staff at the cinema.
What did you do before Canada?
-> I did my training and worked as a wholesale and foreign trade clerk at a small company
Future Plans?
-> I want to work more in the sector foreign trade.
Why Canada?
-> Canada is a really great country, my parents went to Vancouver and Canada 25 years ago and they told me a lot of nice things about it.
First impression?
-> I like Vancouver, it’s a great city with a lot of different, friendly people.
Bucket list while here?
-> Rockies and Vancouver Island.
Hobbies?
-> I love dancing Zumba and meeting my friends to go out shopping or go to pubs.


Name: Marion
Home: Belgium
What are you doing in Canada?
-> Volunteering in Stanley Park with the main focus on observation of wildlife like eagles, orcas and waterbirds and hosting in the nature house of the park.
What did you do before coming to Canada?
-> Graduated High school
Future Plans?
-> Study Business in Brussels.
Why Canada?
-> Because the nature is incredible, you have the mountains and the sea. People are also very friendly. Finally itโ€™s an English speaking country.
First impression?
-> Beautiful landscapes and friendly people.
Bucket list while here?
-> I want to go skiing and go to Tofino
Hobbies?
-> Listen to music, do sports (especially tennis), travel, paint. I am also a big food lover.


Name: Luisa
Home: Berlin, Germany
What are you doing in Canada?
-> I volunteer at a not-for-profit film festival. I’m in charge of the on-boarding process of volunteers: interviewing them, working with a website to keep track of the on boarding process, scheduling orientation days for them, etc.
What did you do before coming to Canada?
-> I graduated high school last year, doing a gap year right now.
Future plans?
-> Studying Psychology
Why Canada?
-> I wanted to come to Canada during high school already but it didnโ€™t work out because of Covid.
First impression?
-> Itโ€™s a beautiful city with the perfect location between the mountains and the sea, very multicultural too.
Bucket list while here?
-> Whistler, Vancouver Island, Seattle, Whale watching.
Hobbies?
-> Skiing, spending time with friends.


Name: Hannah
Home: Germany 
What are you doing in Canada?
-> Iโ€™m volunteering in Stanley Park. My work includes monitoring birds and animals, for example coyotes, hosting in the nature house, digging invasive plants and mapping.
What did you do before coming to Canada?
-> I graduated high school and traveled trough Thailand and Europe.
Future Plans?
-> I would like to study Business Economics with a focus on Management and Marketing.
Why Canada?
-> Because of the nature and culture.
First impression?
Iโ€™m in love. I was really surprised (in a very good way) by this multicultural city.
Bucket list while here?
-> A lot of skiing, sea wall walk, Lynn Canyon, take the train to Seattle, meeting new people and get to know the culture.
Hobbies?
-> Skiing, meeting friends, listening to music, reading, going out, cooking and eating, swimming, traveling.

Name: Giulia
Home: Germany
What do you do in Canada?
I volunteer at an animal rescue charity. My primary task is assisting with the rehabilitation and
rescue of injured animals (for me mostly cats).
What did you do before coming to Canada?
-> I finished school and did my โ€˜Abiturโ€™
Future plans?
-> I’m not sure yet
Why Canada?
-> Ever since I was a little kid I wanted to go to Canada
First impression?
Beautiful, particularly at night!
Bucket list while here?
Visit Vancouver Island and go to an ice hockey game.
Hobbies?
-> Mainly reading and going to bookstores and libraries

Name: Jan
Home: Cloppenburg, Germany
What are you doing in Canada?
-> I have a placement in the area of marketing, so most of the time I’m in the office.
What did you do before coming to Canada?
-> I just graduated high school
Future plans?
-> I don’t really know yet. This internship hopefully helps me to find out.
Why Canada?
-> I wanted to go abroad to an english speaking country, but Great Britain was a bit too close for my taste and I really like the Canadian nature.
First impression?
-> I really like how there are so many facets to this city, you have the mountains really nearby, but also some beaches and the sea while still being in a pretty big city.
Bucket list while here?
-> Hopefully visit the Rocky Mountains and visit Seattle maybe. Theres no real strict bucket list that I have, just some places that would be nice to see.
Hobbies?
-> I love to photograph, to read or to workout.


Make sure to come and talk at tonights pub night! ๐Ÿ™‚

Cheers,

Laura ๐Ÿ™‚