Expose of the Week

Sonja, Germany

How did you find INTERNeX international exchange?

I was looking for an organization that offers a farm stay on the Internet and found Ayusa/ INTERNeX.

Why did you choose INTERNeX international exchange?

INTERNeX to me seemed to be a serious organization and I read a lot of positive field reports.

Why did you choose to go to Canada?

I always knew that I wanted to travel abroad and I wanted it to be an Anglophone country. Canada and the US were my favorites, as I already traveled to the States several times and really enjoyed it. I finally decided to go to Canada in order to get to know a new country and new places and because I really wanted to do the farm stay, which didn’t work out for the States.

How did you find a place to stay?

The program that I chose has different farm types to offer (horse ranches, guest ranches etc). As I already had a lot of experience with horses I definitely wanted to be placed on a horse farm. I just needed to fill in some questionnaires and prove that I had experience in this sector and then INTERNeX “brought me and the “farmers” together.

What kind of program were you doing and did you find it useful?

As I already mentioned, I participated in a program called farm stay. For me, this experience definitely was useful, useful in a way that I learned a lot of things, and not only new things about training, working and living with horses, but also about the Canadian mentality and last but not least about myself. Although I’m not planning to work with horses for a living, I wouldn’t want to miss the experiences I made. Working with animals always tells you a lot about yourself, useful things for a life time.

How did you like your program?

I liked it a lot! It was one of the best times in my life and I’m really happy that I decided to do the farm stay. Although I first made some really negative experiences (I had to change the farm) everything finally turned out to be great. The people I lived with soon became a second family and I met many wonderful persons and really enjoyed my work.

What kind of tasks were you responsible for on a daily basis?

Actually every day looked really different, but what definitely was an essential part of my work was the training of young horses that had little or none experience with a rider on their back. Of course other chores like feeding and brushing horses were a part of my work as well, although not on a 100 percent daily basis.

What do you like best about Canada?

I really like the Canadian mentality, I like that everything is more relaxed than in Germany and that the great majority of people are always welcoming, friendly, helpful and generous. I like the wide spaces, the nature, the wilderness, the contrasts and the diversity that you can find everywhere…!!

Where have you been in Canada?

I lived more than two months in Valemount, a small town about an hour away from Jasper. I also spend a longer time in Vancouver and travelled to several places such as Vancouver Island, Whistler, Jasper, Edmonton, Nelson etc. And hopefully there are many more places to come!

What do you like most about Vancouver?

I really like that Vancouver is as green as it is, that you can find parks and recreations areas almost everywhere. To have the sea and Vancouver’s beaches just minutes away from the mountains is awesome. The city has lots of different faces as well, many different neighborhoods, each of them with its own character. And I really like the sea bus and the aquabuses 😀

Where have you been in and around Vancouver?

I’ve seen most of the downtown areas and hot spots and also lived a short time in Burnaby and North Vancouver.

What was the most memorable thing that you did in Canada (so far)?

I did a lot of memorable things, things that I never would have done in Germany and things that told me a lot about Canada and its people and myself. To see whales diving into sunset on Vancouver Island for example was unforgettable as well as being out in the Canadian wilderness for some days during my farm stay.

Let’s sum it up: What was the best thing about your program in Canada (so far)?

It’s hard to find one best thing, but I guess the thing is not a thing but some of the people who I met and who hopefully will stay friends for a life time. It’s also a great feeling to know that you found a second home at the other end of the world.

And what the worst thing?

The worst thing … Probably my first week where I had to learn that not everybody welcomes you with open arms and that reality most of the times doesn’t meet your expectations.

What is the first thing you will do back home in Germany?

First thing is to embrace my family and friends and then go to my favorite bakery and buy everything they have 😉 and eat it!:D

Would you recommend INTERNeX international exchange?


Cheers Sonja


INTERNeX International Exchange
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Suite 2077, 2079 – 88 West Pender Street
Vancouver, Canada -V6B 9N9-
Web: http://www.internexcanada.com
Email: pr@internexcanada.com

The INTERNeX 2010 Blog review – 3. Quarter

Today I proudly want to present the INTERNeX blog post highlights of the months July, August and September. A lot of awesome stuff happened in these lovely summer months. Everybody will find something interesting for himself. I bet!! :).

This week is Pride Week – Pride festival in Vancouver
In the end of July in this year, the Pride Parade again took place in Vancouver and attracted more than 600.000 people. It is a gay and lesbian parade which originally started in New York in the year of 1969. During the Pride week many other events also took place.
Are you curious and want to know more about this colorful festival? Check out our previous blog post from July. Click here.

Howdy Partner!! The INTERNeX Ranch Stay Experience
Do you love the wide open spaces, having beautiful sunsets each day, no city noise, and do you love the nature and fresh air?
If that is the case you should check out our previous blog about one of our candidates who spend her time on a ranch somewhere in the quite, beautiful nature of Canada.
A lot of representative pictures of the everyday farm life are shown in the previous blog post also. I would love to work on such a farm in the future if I find some time. 🙂
Follow this link for further information.

INTERNeX has a variety of great, different working programs in Canada as well as in New Zealand which provides you with the opportunity of a great international working experience. Furthermore these opportunities will widen your horizons and additionally will be very helpful for your future life and career.

The INTERNeX Ranch Stay Program
INTERNeX can provide YOU with a lot of opportunities to participate in our exceptional Ranch Stay Program. To read more about it and get more information click here.

The INTERNeX Hospitality Program
INTERNeX is also able to find you a job in the hospitably industry. You will mainly work in Hotels and Resorts in Whistler and in the Rocky Mountains. Wouldn’t it be awesome to work in one of the world’s greatest winter sports regions and enjoy the great ski runs after work? Go and live your dreams! Check out the program here.

The INTERNeX Volunteer Program
Ever wanted to help, rescue and rehabilitate orphaned and injured animals? Through our Volunteer Program you can take part and help provide a second chance to orphaned wildlife in Canada. Interested in immersing yourself into an amazing and historical culture? Then maybe you would like to help out a local first nation’s community!
If that’s the case click here.

The INTERNeX Internship Program
Are you interested in gaining some priceless experience in your industry of choice? Our Internship program can provide you with everything that you might want or need. You can gain real practical experience that will provide you with invaluable skills that can later be applied to your future career. INTERNeX will provide you with a path towards specialized, professional tailor made opportunities.
Check out this link for more details.

Go Camping at an AMAZING location!
Do you love the wild life and the nature outside the busy city life? Do you want to escape the loud and noisy city life for a weekend?
Go and check out the large camping report from our previous interns. They provided us with several pictures of their trip to a destination not too far from Vancouver and additionally stated various tips of how to get to their final destination, how to travel with a small budget, what kind of things you should take with you and much more!! When it will get a bit warmer here in Vancouver I am going to pack my backpack and maybe take the same route they choose in the summer.
The extensive report can be found here.

Have Fun with INTERNeX in Canada!
Our INTERNeX team always offers a ranch of different activities to do for our candidates. In this summer our Interns were particularly diligent like some little bees always organizing social events to make our big INTERNeX family happy. If you are interested read further on our previous blog post from September.

These were the INTERNeX 2010 blog post highlights for the months July, August and September. I hope you enjoyed them. Tomorrow we will continue our INTERNeX 2010 Blog review with the final 4th quarter of the year 2010.
In case you have any suggestions or questions do not hesitate to send an e-mail to pr@internexcanada.com.

Your PR intern George (for the people who do not know yet, YES my last name is Hendrix..) 🙂

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