I know it’s been quiet for a while, but finally we have a new candidate becoming part of our crew again! The first new ‘kid’ in 2023 is Julia from Belgium. 🙂
She’s here for Work and Travel after finishing High School in a city near Brussels, but Vancouver is not her first stop in Canada, she’s already been to Toronto for 4 months before coming to the West Coast Best Coast. 😉 Her city back home is quite small so she loved experiencing the contrast of the North American metropole. Now she can combine it with the vast nature Vancouver has to offer which is also one of the reasons why she chose Canada for her journey.
Her ideal job here would be working with children, but it’s not always easy to find a job in a specific area since there are many regulations. So, if that doesn’t work out, she’ll maybe look for something in the service industry. In Belgium she already gained some experience as a server. When she goes back home she’s thinking about studying to become a kindergarten teacher, but for now Julia is excited about exploring BC, for example she told me that she’d like to go skiing in Whistler and hike up some mountains once the snow melts in spring.
She’s also looking for opportunities to practice sports since one of her Hobbies is Triathlon, so if you have any recommendations send them her way, same as good crêpe or waffle places because she has a sweet tooth. 😉
Before going back home she might make a stop in Montreal to visit the French speaking part of the country. Of course she’ll have no issues there with French being her mother-tongue. We’re happy to have her here and I can’t wait for you to meet her.
Here’s some inspiration of what you can do on the weekend:
The Holiday Spirit continues and INTERNeX is going to The Van Dusen Festival Lights. This magical winter wonderland has more than one million lights decorating this beautiful garden. Wander around the lakeside and experience all themed areas that offer their visitors tasty treats, unique light features and holiday music. Let us know if you wanna experience this event together on Saturday evening. Price: $21 + taxes and tickets are available online only. 🙂
Then there’s The Big Elf Run at Stanley Park on Saturday, December 10th. This holiday themed run is suitable for all ages and offers a 5km, 10km, 15km run around Stanley Park. Run together with hundreds of elves, enjoy DJ, “elfie station”, prize giveaways and more. The run starts at Lumberman’s Arch and goes on a trail that passes the Vancouver Aquarium and winds its way along paths surrounded by old oak trees, the seawall with views of Coal Harbour and the Burrard Inlet. Check-in opens at 11.30 and you can read more about their timeline on their website for more details. Let’s check it out! Admission: from $35
Last but not least: Steveston Festival of Trees at the Gulf of Georgia Cannery in Richmond. This event is perfect for getting into the holiday spirit, exploring a display of illuminated holiday trees inside the historic cannery at Steveston Festival of Trees. This event is an ongoing event and runs from December 1st until the 24th. The Christmas Trees are designed and sponsored by local merchants, so let’s vote for our favourite 🙂
Hope you find it inspiring and whatever you decide to do on the weekend, we hope you will have a great weekend!
So it’s time to say goodbye as I only have a few days left of this week which happened to be my last in Canada before I fly back home to Sweden. My sixteen weeks here have been great, a time full of new impressions and experiences, laughter and adventures and not a day has passed without me singing of joy, haha. 😉 If you know, you know, I sing melodies when I’m happy. 😉 The longer I stayed in Vancouver, the more I fell in love with this city. In the beginning it was a lot to take in, I’m not going to lie, I wasn’t used to the ‘Big City’ life at all, but I’ve experienced so many new things, gone on many trips and I’ve met so many new people who’ve become my friends. I know we will meet again somewhere in the world in the near future. Thank you for making my stay in Canada the best! 🙂
The trip to the Rocky Mountains, which was also my Kick-off event with the INTERNeX-family was an awesome four-day trip with an amazing group experiencing Canada’s incredible nature together. Such a great start of my Internship as a PR-coordinator at INTERNeX and I got a lot of new experiences that turned out to be the best ones ever. Definitely one of my many highlights 🙂
Hiking the Grouse Grind, a trail that is 2,5km long and has 2830 stairs, was another of my highlight events. It was such a great day of hiking, a bit challenging but absolutely worth it. If you are looking for trails near Vancouver with a beautiful view and wildlife I highly recommend this one. Vancouver in general has it all – city-life, mountains, forests, ocean and all the activities that come with it 🙂
Last but not least I have to tell you about the four-day trip to Vancouver Island, including Tofino and Victoria. During this trip we experienced a bunch of things such as stargazing and bonfire on the beach, whale watching, we went to the Long Beach where they filmed scenes of the first movie of The Twilight Saga which was so cool!! I also got the chance to feel the sea for the first time (it was dark outside and I was a little too close to the water so the waves hit my legs, haha, me in a nutshell) but it was such a great, happy moment. 😉
I also had the chance to coordinate the last monthly trip of the year: a three-day trip to Whistler. What a challenge, but I’m so happy we managed to go there in their peak-season. I definitely gained new coordinating skills and I really love how just a few thoughts turn into reality – this ski/outdoor-trip was a great end of my stay and I will live long on this one. 🙂
I must say that there was way more that brought value to my time in Vancouver than these trips, I’ve grown both professionally and personally and I have to thank the INTERNeX- family for that. I can’t wait where the next adventure will take me. 🙂
You know what else is great? It’s Pub Night tonight, let’s party and say goodbye! 😉
The spookiest time of the year is finally here and INTERNeX is ready to dress up and celebrate Halloween!
Here is some inspiration of what you can do this weekend:
Let’s start with: ‘Pumpkins After Dark’ in Burnaby – Canada’s award-winning outdoor Halloween event featuring over +6000 hand-carved pumpkins, this one-of-a-kind walk-through experience is a must-see event of the fall season! You can expect a bunch of pumpkin sculptures & displays with music sounds & effects, Halloween characters, fall treats & sweets, and Instagram worthy photo ops!! This event sounds so cool and I am really looking forward to it.
I feel like the celebration of Halloween here in Canada is a lot bigger than in my home country, but it might just be my own experience 😉 Anyway, I can’t wait to get more Halloween vibes 😉
If you haven’t gotten enough great photo opportunities at the ‘Pumpkins After Dark’ event we have another suggestion for you to check out this weekend: the ‘Moon and Back Gallery’ in Richmond where you have one whole hour to explore the different room settings and take great photos for yourself, your family, or your social media. You should check it out!! Ticket price: around $ 30 which you can purchase through their website. Let me know if you wanna go, cause I’m looking for someone to join me. 🙂
If the weather allows it you should visit Maplewood Flats Conservation Area, also known as Maplewood Flats in North Vancouver, a beautiful 2,5km hike not too far from here. As they say, this trail is ‘a nature-lover’s dream’, especially now in the fall season. In the Convention area there’s a lot of wildlife such as birds, utters, frogs etc., so make sure not to interrupt the wildlife and do not bring dogs or a bike with you since it’s not allowed. Bring a friend with you and experience this convention area together.
Visit Maplewood farm on your way back home, the location of the farm is within walk-distance (about 1,7km) or take the bus. The Maplewood Farm is open all year-round 10am-4pm and the price to enter the farm is $ 9. October 30th they have a special Pumpkin event 10am-2pm and the price for that day will be around $ 11 with live music starting from 12pm-2pm. You can experience a pumpkin patch, face painting, games and crafts or visit the animals living on the farm: they have rabbits, sheep, donkeys, cows, horses etc. I heard it’s possible to feed them 😉
I can’t wait to hear about your weekend, I hope you’ll have a great one 🙂
Now, already one week later, we have other new kids joining our Internex Group!
Let’s start this one with Laura. She’s 19 years old from a town near Hamburg in Germany. She’ll be staying a whole year in Canada! The year consists of two parts, one with 6 months Work & Travelling which she wants to do in Whistler for some skiing or working at a clothing store. The other part is going to be a ranch stay, which she’ll be organizing in her work & travel time. 🙂 Back in Germany she just finished her finals. After Canada she wants to study something, maybe in the direction of art or architecture but she’s not sure yet. She chose Canada because she likes spending time in nature and heard that the people in Canada are very friendly. Also with Canada, a dream came true for her! We’re so glad to be part of that dream! Her first impression was that Vancouver is beautiful. She imagined the city even bigger than it actually is, but nevertheless she likes it here! (How can Vancouver not be the greatest city of all times?! :D) She definitely wants to go to the mountains and see a lot of the country. Back home she likes to ride her horse and sometimes to draw pictures. When it comes to food, she prefers Italian cuisine. Who doesn’t love some pasta, or pizza? 🙂 We’re happy to have Laura in Canada and hope she’ll have a great time here!
Next we have Nimai. He’s 21 years old and is originally from London in the UK. Right now, he’s doing an internship in Vancouver for about 2 months and wants to work in Whistler for about 6 months after. During his time here he’d also like to travel around Canada. At home, he just finished his studies in Geography & Business at the University of Nottingham (Robin Hood helped him I believe :)). After his time here in Canada, he wants to do something with real estate. As we asked, why he picked Canada, he was answering: “Why not?” – That’s the spirit! 🙂 Also he chose Canada because of its Nature, Scenery and the transition of being in the city and the mountains. His first impressions were that the people here are very friendly and caring and that he didn’t need much time to get used to the way of life here, which I can definitely support. The number one thing he wants to see while he’s here are the Rockies. Back home he likes to do any kind of sport and listen to music, as well as playing the piano and the drums. In Vancouver, he really wants to try out typical pancakes with maple syrup. I think he’ll easily find a spot e.g. at a diner to try those! =) Anyways we are very happy that he’s in Vancouver and that he can create a unique experience here.
Let’s move on with Seb. Seb is 24 years old and is also originally from the UK. Let’s try to pronounce his city correctly: Worcestershire. So how’d you do? =) Just kidding. Seb is also doing an internship here and wants to have a paid-job after. He’s staying until December and then from February until July. He just finished his studies in Politics & Spanish at the University of Warwick. After his time here, he wants to do something in Consulting. He chose Canada because he never was in North America and also the Visa here is pretty nice. Of course, he wants to explore, travel and meet new people. His first impression was that all the people here are very friendly and he also got a good and safe vibe from the city. One thing he really wants to do is to go to Vancouver Island and to see the nature of British Columbia. I think he must join us on our trip this weekend :D. In his free time he likes playing hockey and lots of other sports. He’s also going to the gym and he likes listening to music. In Canada, he really wants to try some pancakes with maple syrup and poutine! We’re very happy we got Seb in our rows.
Next we have Anna. She is 18 years old and originally from Hamburg in Germany. She just graduated high school and while she’s here in Vancouver she will take a two week language course before her work starts in Stanley Park. She’s been to Vancouver Island before and has always wanted to know what life is like on the mainland. She also tells me that her first impression of Vancouver is great with the beautiful nature surrounding this big city and the friendly people that are living here. Her hobbies are horseback riding and she’d like to go to Whistler to ski. We are glad she is here with us!
Next up we got Sydney. She’s 20 years old and lives in Germany, more specifically in Mainz. She wants to do some work & travel here in Canada. At home she just finished the theoretical part of her finals and wants to work maybe with kids or at a medicine company to complete the practical part of her finals. She picked Canada because she loves being in the snow. She’s a great winter fan, with the romantic and cozy vibe, hot chocolate and the freezing cold outside. Her first impression was very good, because she could see some wildlife, forests and some parts of the city outside her airplane window. Sydney doesn’t really have anything on her bucket list, because she wants to stay spontaneous and goes with the flow. I think that’s also a nice way to experience Canada =). Back home she loves listening to the music of Billie Eilish, to dance and do some sports like fitness or handball. In her free time, she enjoys making some music like EDM or Techno. When it comes to food, she likes vegetarian and vegan food. I think she will surely find some nice food places here in Vancouver. We are happy to have her here, and that she can experience Canada with us together! 🙂
Let me introduce you to Steffi. Steffi is a 20 year old living between Hamburg and Bremen. She’s going to do some work & travel in Canada and currently lives at a homestay. Back home, she just finished her finals and wants to study German & French or English at the University in Göttingen to become a teacher one day. Steffi wanted to go to a summer camp before deciding to come to Canada because she wanted to celebrate finishing her finals back in Germany next year, but we’re glad she made the decision to come to Vancouver instead! Her first impression of the city was that it wasn’t quite big in the beginning. When she took the Expo Line of the Skytrain for the first time she really felt included into the Canadian community. Nevertheless, she has some things on her bucket list which she really wants to see, for example she wants to see some Grizzly Bears and meet as many people as possible. Also she wants to go to 7 Eleven, and try some pancakes with maple syrup somewhere. I hope she can fulfill all the points on her bucket list! In her free time she enjoys going on hikes, on vacation, watching a series, and she likes to read all kinds of books. She really enjoys vegetarian food and more specific pasta. I believe there are some spots that can fulfill her taste =). Anyways, we are glad to have Steffi here in Vancouver and that she can join us on our events.
Here we have Lena. She’s 19 years old from Munster in Germany. She recently finished high school and is here in Vancouver for three months to gain practical experience within the International Film Festival. She tells me that she’d always wanted to go to Canada to see some sights, the nature, the mountains but also the city. The things on her bucket list while she’s here are to see the nature of Canada, go hiking, see grizzly bears and to eat traditional Canadian pancakes with maple syrup. In her free time she enjoys horseback riding, playing the piano, hanging out and meeting friends. After Canada she is thinking of studying to become an architect. So cool in my opinion! She loves eating pizza and pasta and also to try some new food :). We are excited to have Lena on our events and to share some time with her here in Canada =)
We are happy to introduce these new Kids to you and hopefully you’ll get the chance to meet them at todays PubNight!