Candidate Exposé – Anni Volder

My name is Anni Volder, I’m 27 years old, from Denmark and study to be a kindergarden teacher.

DSC_0556 - Anni VolderI decided to go to Canada, because I like nature and have family there. My first impression was the people, who were very kind, helpful and polite. The things I liked about Vancouver were the opportunities to get around, I felt safe in the city and around people. I am very satisfied with my stay, thank you.

I was volunteering at a preschool for my studies in Denmark. It was very useful and instructive as I am doing a Bachelor project. I worked at a Developmental Disabilities Association. I had many options for how I wanted and needed to work related to my project. For this job it is important to be responsibly, patient and open minded. As volunteer in practicum it was very useful for my subject. The staff and children were very kind to me when I arrived. When I was asking questions they responded to their knowledge and helped if I needed it.

The trips that were organized were very good and I enjoyed them. For longer trips, I suggest better communication between those who arrange the trips. I went to Whistler and one or two pub nights. The trip to Seattle, I think could have been arranged cheaper.

AnniI will remember the experience how to live there and to go to work. The nature and kind people. When I come home I will try to get over my jetlag and get my arms down from the experience. In the future I want to travel more, don’t know where yet, other than to come back.

I felt safe knowing I could contact INTERNeX anytime if I needed it. We met up with people all the time and had the opportunities to meet other people doing the same as you; being a stranger in another country.

– Anni Volder

INTERNeX International Exchange
International Village,
Suite 2077, 2079 – 88 West Pender Street
Vancouver, Canada -V6B 6N9-

INTERNeX Canada: Culture Shock

Why are the Canadians so friendly and polite? I can’t understand!

I already knew before arrive in Canada that they are kind people, but, when the first day I arrived at the airport, and there wasn’t any barrier to enter into the skytrain… I was surprised that everybody paid for their ticket and there wasn’t people trying to pass for free…

Well, they have a strong sense of citizenship but they have a strong sense of punishment too. The police can fine you for crossing the street in red or eating inside the skytrain. So, be careful!

Other thing that suprised me is the fact that all the sellers smile to you and say:”How are you?” and “Have a nice day” all the time! And no one gets off the bus without saying first to the driver “Thank you so much”. And they are SO comprehensive if you don’t understand something… Vancouver have a lot of diferents cultures, so they are very accustomed to listen diferent accents.

Of course, you can also find some rude people, specially in big cities like Vancouver but…  not in general, so smile and reply: “fine, thank you, and you?”


INTERNeX International Exchange
Suite 200 – 211 Columbia Street
Vancouver BC -V6A 2R5-
Phone: +1 (604) 662 8149

Watch a Movie under the Stars!

Imagine sitting in Stanley Park on a warm summer night after a long day at work with a mild breeze drifting through the trees and people gathering beneath the starts to watch a great movie in a outdoor setting! Outdoor movies are a fun, unique way to enjoy a movie under the stars! It is like a drive-in movie, only without a car! You can bring your own folding chair or blanket to sit on.

Every Wednesday Night FreshAir Cinema shows a different movie in Vancouver’s beautiful Stanley Park. This week they are showing The Goonies. The Goonies is a 1985 American adventure-comedy film directed by Richard Donner. It’s about a band of kids from the “Goon Docks” neighborhood of Astoria, Oregon – hoping to save their homes from demolition – who go on an adventure to find the buried treasure of One-Eyed Willy, a legendary 17th-century pirate. For more information about the movie, click here

Join other INTERNeX candidates this Wednesday for a great movie under the stars! The outdoor theater is set up at Ceperley Field in Stanley Park. This is a big open field by Second beach! The movie starts at 9 pm, if you bring your own chair please be polite and sit in the back so people sitting on a blanket can see the movie as well.

Let us know if you are coming to the movie, so we can meet up . Simply email us at and meet us at 9 pm at the movies!!

– Manouk