INTERNeX Canada: Highlights of the week Ep12

This week’s episode of Highlights Of The Week is going to be about a couple of smaller things, which are still exciting and not to be overlooked, even though they are more part of the daily life in Vancouver.

Me not being in town for that long yet, I found it very noticeable on how many of the bigger houses in town the people seem to have designed little parks. They planted big trees on their houses, right there. I found that very peculiar, but it also makes me realize how ‘green’ a city Vancouver is and to what great length its inhabitants are willing to be creative that it is and stays this way. So this is a little daily highlight for me, because I can see many of these ‘parks’ on my way to the office each morning.

Another thing which I found absolutely adorable and which would come in very handy as a souvenir are these Red Vancouver Mittens. For $10 each, about $4 go to the Canadian Olympic foundation and therefore support the Canadian athletes during the next Olympic games in 2014. For me, this would be a souvenir highlight, which you can actually use in your daily life. Because winter will come as sure as the sun will set down tonight.

Concerning the more active highlights this week, I shall not forget to mention our very successful PuB NiGHT on Wednesday. We went to The Warehouse downtown which was especially great for our candidates under 19. The Warehouse is primarily a restaurant and therefore you can enjoy some time there, even if you are under age. We will try to do that once in a while now, to not leave you guys behind, so to speak. Upcoming events and things to do are the first Vancouver Color Run today, where you can celebrate life and happiness while watching how others stay in shape. And of course last but not least, the Giants hockey game we will go to on Sunday. Meeting point is Waterfront Station at 12.10 pm, so don’t forget. Go Giants!!!

So I hope you will enjoy the weekend and I will see you guys at the next PuB NiGHT, right?

Best,

Annika

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

Picture of the Week

Hey Folks out there,

This weeks picture of the week was not taken by us, neither found on the Internet! It was one of our INTERNeX family who send us the Picture and we would like to thank and congratulate David for sending us this awesome picture!

It was taken in Whistler and as you can see those fellows are sitting in the Olympic Rings from 2010 as Whistler was also an Olympic City.

All of these guys in the ring are INTERNeX members so we also would like to thank the models Inga, Ann-Katrine, Frida, Ruben and of course David himself!

And David won a PRIZE! A Cycle Rental for 2 people for 2 hours!!  So we hope to see David soon in our office to pick up the prize!

We hope you will enjoy the ride and have a great day all of you!

 

Cheers,

Your PR-Team

 

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

Sleep at the Athlete’s Village in Whistler!

On our trip to Whistler  Laura, Mette and me had the change to stay in the new HI  Whistler Hostel.

Before the hostel opened its doors it was part of the athlete’s village during the 2010 Winter Olympic Games. Since the opening, on July 1, 2010, it has been attracting people from all around the world.

My first impression  was that it is a modern and clean hostel. What I particularly liked is that you share the bathroom with 2 rooms. So instead of sharing it with an entire floor (what I am used to during my time backpacking in Australia) you only have to share it with the people in your room and in the adjacent room. The TV-room is really big and has some comfortable seats; I can picture myself sitting on the couch after a long day and watch a movie. The hostel also has a event board were the hostel staff posts the events in and around Whistler for the week!

The hostel has a lounge area that is perfect for reading a book or relaxing after a long day. The dining room offers more than enough space to have a relaxed dinner and if you would like some fresh air while eating you can choose to eat you dinner out on the patio! To see some pictures of the hostel, click here

The hostel is located about a 10 minute bus ride from Whistler, but with busses stopping there every half hour you will be in Whistler Downtown within no time!

Some facts about the HI-Whister:

  • Two floors of dorms with ensuite bathrooms
  • 14 private ensuite rooms
  • Family-friendly rooms
  • On-site café with outdoor patio
  • Theatre-style meeting room (seats 60)
  • TV lounge and large games room
  • Self-catering kitchen with dining room
  • Outdoor patio and BBQ deck with mountain views
  • State-of-the-art ski/snowboard/bike storage
  • A beauty of a fireplace

Want to go check out this beautiful hostel? Moose’s Sea to Sky tour give you the perfect opportunity to see all what Whistler has to offer in just 2 days. You will sleep in the HI-Whistler hostel, so don’t wait and sign up to for an awesome tour to Whistler! You can book your trip at INTERNeX! Would rather go by yourself? Check out the HI-Whistler website to see which dates are available!

– Manouk

Meet a New Staff Member

So it has been a few weeks since we had our last INTERNeX staff member introduction. Life here in the office has been pretty crazy and I’ve had a few bumps along the rode so i hope you enjoy one of the few remaining expose’s. This week you will gain a glimpse into Marien one of our lovely staff members who has a lot to offer to both INTERNeX and you…

What is your first name?
Marien

Where are you from?
Mexico City

What languages do you speak fluently other than English?
Spanish and I used to be fluent in Italian because I used to live there back in 1991-1992, but not anymore

What position do you hold at INTERNeX? And for how long have you been working here?
I am the program manager for hospitality and I have been working in/at INTERNeX for the past two years and a half

What made you want to become involved with INTERNeX in the first place?
Years ago I was working in an international programs office at one of the main private universities in Mexico City. I was primarily responsible for student placements within their field of study and INTERNeX was actually one of our partners and that is how I came to meet Tim.

In what ways do you think INTERNeX is unique from other international placement agencies? What does INTERNeX specifically offer that no other company can?
First and foremost our tailor made placements. In this process we are focusing primarily on the participants and their personal goals and from there we find a suitable position for them. Another important and unique aspect of our company is our international team and work environment. We are all highly committed to this companies missions and values and we appreciate the fact that even though we have a substantial amount of systems and procedures in place, we are granted a considerable amount of freedom in which we can truly flourish. Given this room for innovation INTERNeX can always be one step ahead

What changes within INTERNeX have you personally witnessed since you have joined the team?
The city placement program has grown and developed on an exponential level. And we now have INTERNeX New Zealand

Where would you like to see INTERNeX in the next 10 years? Do you have any New Year’s goals for the company?
As other staff members have mentioned previously, I too would like to see at least one INTERNeX office, both for in and outbound, in each continent all around the world. Now what I mean by in and out bound is that we will cater to both international clients wanting to come into Canada and Canadians interested in travelling/working abroad

Tell us one interesting thing about yourself that not a lot of people know?
As most of my candidates I took a gap year myself back in high school. I lived, worked and traveled in Europe for a year and a half. I studied English, worked as an au-pair and even as a cleaner so I can truly relate with all of the participants of our hospitality program.

Oh and another thing is that when I was young I wanted to be an Olympic gymnast. At age 6 I was already training 4 hrs a day, but then my family and I moved to a smaller city where there were no Olympic trainers so I unfortunately had to find a new dream.

If you could live anywhere in the world where would it be and why?
Well surprise surprise I have to say Vancouver. Coming from Mexico, which is a highly commercialized area with lots of, Vancouver just seems like this evergreen oasis in comparison. It is by far one of the most beautiful cities in the world and everyday I continue to be taken aback by all that is has to offer. But open to new cities and experiences.

If you have any more questions or queries about our programs please do not hesitate to contact us at the office:

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

New PuB NiGHT Location

So thank you again to all those that managed to make it out to the PuB NiGHT last Monday, since i know everyone was pretty tired from all the Olympic celebrations that had been going on for two weeks straight! Everywhere was pretty quiet and it seemed like the whole city was taking a night off but i guarantee you next week Vancouver will get right back up on its feet. And do you know why? Because it’s St. Patrick’s day next week!! Woohoo get ready for some green beers, rainbows, pots of gold, and leprechauns? haha sorry that’s all that seemed to pop up in my head when i thought of St Patties. So INTERNeX will be having it’s PuB NiGHT as usual this upcoming Monday so why not start the week off right with a little celebration. The Blarney Stone is a fun student hangout and since it is an Irish PuB it will be the perfect spot for us to settle in to.Voted the best Irish PuB in Vancouver for the past two years running it will not disappoint you and the food and drinks are cheap too…can’t get much better then that! This will also be the last PuB NiGHT for one of our long time staffhousers, Anandita. I’m sure you have all met her once before but if you haven’t come down and meet her this Monday and buy her a few drinks and bid her farewell because this little party animal will surely be missed.We will be meeting up at the PuB at 8pm and there will be a new INTERNeX face coming too since we have hired a new PR intern….exciting! So don’t miss out on an opportunity to join us and eat, drink and party like the Irish! For more information on The Blarney Stone check out their website

If you have any more questions or queries about our weekly PuB NiGHT and other events that INTERNeX offers please do not hesitate to contact us at the office:

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

Farewell World

After seventeen glorious days of top athletic competition, Canada says congratulations and goodbye to the world’s top winter athletes and what better way then through a light-hearted Closing Ceremony that poked fun at all of the Canadian stereotypes. The spectacular ceremony full of pomp and circumstance and a tongue-in-cheek homage to Canadiana featured giant inflatable moose, dancing maple leafs and countless other amusing content.
The Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics, which featured more then 2,600 Olympians was filled with thrilling athletic achievements and rousing displays of patriotism never seen before in such huge masses. The Canadian ‘own the podium’ program has been rightly justified as the country ended with the most gold medals EVER WON at an Olympic Winter Games. With an astonishing total of 14 GOLD MEDALS, ranking us as 3rd in the total medal count. There is no denying that Canadian athletes have achieved an entirely new level of excellence so we will now take the time to honor all those that made it to the podium…

1) GOLD to the Canadian men’s ice hockey team… Way to go Crosby!
2) GOLD to the men’s curling team
3) GOLD for Jay Anderson in the men’s parallel giant slalom
4) GOLD for the men’s team speed skating pursuit
5) GOLD to the men’s short track 500m speed skate relay
6) GOLD for Charles Hamelin in his 500m short track speed skating race
7) GOLD to the women’s ice hockey team
8 ) GOLD to the women’s pair bobsleigh team
9) GOLD for Ashleigh McIVOR in the ladies freestyle skiing event
10) Solid GOLD for the ice dance couple, Scott Moir & Tessa Virtue, for their majestic figure skating performance
11) GOLD for the men’s skeleton champ, John Montgomery and his infamous pitcher of beer…you deserve it buddy!
12) GOLD for Christine Nesbitt who dominated the ladies’ 1000m speed skating event beating her Annette from the Netherlands by just 200hundredths of a second!
13) GOLD for Ricker Maelle in the ladies’ snowboard cross
14) and last but not least GOLD for Alexandre Bilodeau in the men’s moguls…way to go for winning us our first gold medal…you set the tone for the rest of the games!

15) SILVER for the women’s curling team!
16) SILVER to the women’s bobsleigh pair
17) SILVER to Kristina Groves in the ladies’ 1500m speed skating event
18) SILVER for the ladies’ 30o0m short track speed skating relay team
19) SILVER for Marianne St. Gelais in the ladies’ 500m short track speed skating event
20) SILVER for Jennifer Heil in the ladies’ moguls!
21) SILVER for Mike Robertson in the nail biting men’s snowboard cross event

22) BRONZE for the four man bobsleigh team
23) another medal (BRONZE) for Kristina Groves in the ladies’ 3000m speed skating
24) BRONZE for Francois-Louis Tremblay in the men’s 500m short track speed skating event
25) BRONZE for Olympic champion, Clara Hughes. After winning her sixth Olympic medal Hughes says goodbye from the podium and she will be missed!
26) And last but not least one of the most memorable moments out of the 2010 Winter Games is the BRONZE medal for Joannie Rochette who managed to pull through one of the most devastating losses and still stand strong on the podium at the end…Congratulations!

Now even though these winter games featured an unimaginable tragedy on the first day and some bumps along the way, it was the wonderful moments such as those mentioned above that shined above the rest.

Do you believe? Hell yeah CANADA, you made a believer out of us!

Women’s Gold Medal Game

Canada captured a third consecutive Olympic women’s ice hockey title on Thursday, defeating arch-rival United States 2-0 in an emotional championship match on home ice. Marie-Philip Poulin scored twice in the first period and goaltender Shannon Szabados made 28 saves to bring Canada the victory and bragging rights in a border war arch-rivalry between the sport’s only two women’s powers. The Americans, two-time reigning world champions, settled for a silver medal while Finland took bronze with an earlier 3-2 overtime triumph over Sweden.

“We have no excuses. They played well,” US coach Mark Johnson said. “Their young goaltender played well. She didn’t give us many second opportunities. She came in with the pressure of a nation on her and she never cracked. Szabados surrendered only one goal while making 50 saves in Canada’s undefeated run to gold. “She was awesome,” Canada’s Gillian Apps said. “She was amazing – no other words to describe it.”

The Americans had hoped to spoil Canada’s party on home ice as the Canadians had done to them in Salt Lake City in 2002, but now they must wait until Sochi for another chance at Olympic revenge. Better luck next time US!