INTERNeX Canada: Exposé of the week with Maria

Today our person of the week is Maria. She is from Germany and came to Canada to attend language school and do an internship in order to gain some international experience. Her trip to Canada, which has lasted for two month, is coming to an end this week. Half of her time in Vancouver she spent as an intern right at INTERNeX being part of the PR Team!

Why did you choose Canada?
With INTERNeX I found the only organization that offered such short internships. Since I have a job at home I could go abroad for 2 month only. So I had the choice between Canada and New Zealand. I picked Canada because everybody goes to New Zealand and I wanted to do something different. That’s why I am in Canada!

What do you like most about Canada and Vancouver?
I love that Canadians are so friendly! They help you with whatever you need, for example, ask you if you need help when you are just looking on your map in the city. I think Vancouver is good place to live. I liked the mix of mountains and ocean, the nightlife was great, there are a lot of different cultures.

What trips did you do in your free time? Did you join INTERNeX trips?
Oh my god, there were so many activities. We saw the Lighthouse Park in West Vancouver, biked around Stanley Park, had a tour through Rogers Centre. I went shopping in Seattle and watch the “Dragon Ball” canoe race in Deep Cove. With INTERNeX we went to the Rockies during the Easter holidays and I joined INTERNeX ice skating and go-karting. Pub Nights were also fun, it was a different event every Wednesday. One time it is a pool game, another time you do karaoke or watch a hockey game.

What is the most memorable thing you did in Canada?
For me it was the trip to the Rocky Mountains! The whole tour was fun: the nature was impressive, my roommates were awesome on this trip and we are really close friends now, even the bus ride was a lot of fun.

Is your internship useful for your education or career at home?
Definitely. First, I improved my English, which is always useful. Especially business English is necessary for my career in Germany. Second, the work I did during the internship is beneficial for my job at home. I work in the communication sector, so PR experience is very helpful.

What kind of tasks are you responsible for on daily basis?
I helped with everything t in the INTERNeX PR department. For example, I participated in promotion and organization of events as well as in cooperation with our partners. The biggest part of the job was social media, so I wrote blogs and newsletters. I also did welcome orientations for new candidates and even designed a new presentation for specific locations in the Rocky Mountains.

What was the best think about your internship?
The best thing is that I got to go on trips that I organized. The best one was our INTERNeX Zipcar trip where we had the chance to explore Vancouver by car. We saw many interesting places – we had lunch on Granville Island and coffee and ice-cream in Ikea, Richmond, we stopped at Queen Elizabeth Park and on the beach! It was basically a day off.

Why did you choose INTERNeX International Exchange?
They work together with a German company where I booked my trip. So INTERNeX provided me with a package of language school and internship in Canada. The best thing is that they have good ideas for internships and can organize everything from job to homestay!

Would you recommend INTERNeX International Exchange?
Yes I would, everything was fun with them. I didn’t have to think about accommodation or finding a work placement on my own. You can always ask somebody if you have problems. With their help I had more time to relax and explore Vancouver.

Thanks a lot, Maria, for the interview and for being part of our INTERNeX PR Team!  It was amazing to work with you!

Xenia

INTERNeX International Exchange
Suite 200 – 211 Columbia Street
Vancouver BC -V6A 2R5-
Web: http://www.internexcanada.com
Phone: +1 (604) 662 8149
Email: pr@internexcanada.com

INTERNeX Candidate Newsletter

Check your email for the last INTERNeX candidate newsletter of this year! To be honest there’s a mistake in it, so I really want to make it right here. The picture of Mika was selected for the picture of the week. Unfortunately something went wrong and in the newsletter you see the picture from last week from Angelica. Sorry girls! The right picture that has to be in the newsletter is:

Cheers,

Elvera

Great Day at the Barbecue Kick-Off!

Wow! It was great to see so many people come out for the barbecue on Saturday! I loved seeing new faces and hope everyone had a great time. Congratulations to Kim, who won two tickets to the Vancouver International Film Centre!

I also wanted to say thanks to Johan, who helped cook all the burgers, sausages and hot dogs for everyone! They were absolutely delicious! It was too bad the weather wasn’t nice, but I think everyone had fun playing poker and card games inside! The glow sticks in the dance room were a cool effect and fun to look at!

If you didn’t get the chance to make it out, there will be plenty more events and trips coming up, so keep an eye out for those. The next INTERNeX PuB NiGHT will be June 10, at the Blarney Stone in Gastown. More information about that can be found here.

If you would like to see pictures from the barbecue, visit our Flickr account! You’re probably in some shots!

If you have any questions, or would like to be signed up for our newsletter, send your name and e-mail address to laura@internexcanada.com. We always love to hear your comments and ideas for future events, so write us on facebook!

Hope to see you out with us soon!

Cheers,

Laura

INTERNeX International Exchange
Suite 200 – 211 Columbia Street
Vancouver BC -V6A 2R5-
Web: http://www.internexcanada.com
Phone: +1 (604) 662 8149

The INTERNeX Invasion

Good afternoon! So i have some great news to share with you all…INTERNeX was recently featured in the “The Baristar” monthly company newsletter. Blenz has been the recipient of many of our wonderful candidates so it is great to hear that our positive experience is not going unnoticed.    

Have you noticed many European accents at Blenz lately? In preparation for the Olympics and to be able to serve all the extra people in Vancouver efficiently, almost all businesses in the city have been hiring and training personnel for the past couple of months. At Blenz Coffee we have been working with INTERNeX International Exchange, a work experience placement organization that works closely with Northern Europe to find job placements for young people. These exchange workers come from countries such as the Netherlands, Denmark, Sweden, Germany, and Czech Republic. It was the perfect time for Blenz to work with INTERNeX to find excellent new staff. When you go to Blenz Coffee location you may be served by the smiling face of an employee hired through INTERNeX.

Be sure to strike up conversation with an INTERNeX staff member and hear their impressions of Vancouver. Simone from Holland, working at Blenz Fairview, says she loves Vancouver coffee culture and finds it funny to hear locals call a cafe “coffee shop” because in Holland that is a place that has nothing to do with coffee (hint: Amsterdam). Emil from Denmark, working at Blenz West Hastings, says his experience as a barista at Blenz has changed him and would like to pursue being a barista when he goes back home. Moshdeh, also from Holland and working at Blenz Robson, lives in one of the INTERNeX staff houses and shared a funny story. She came walking down the stairs of her house one day to find six people (all Blenz employees) sitting around totally absorbed and entertained by the Blenz Recipe Guide Training.

I hear they throw good parties at the INTERNeX staff houses-maybe you can find a way to get invited ;)DVD.

By Layla Osberg