INTERNeX Canada: Coping with Culture Shock!

This post is going to be a little different -we’re going to discuss about some of the ways that can help you cope with culture shock! Many of you already know what culture shock means. Basically, it means when people move to a new country or experience a new culture, a way of life, they feel very disoriented and uneasy. Many of you might feel this during the first few days of your visit here! So here are some tips:

  1. Stay active -go work out at your local gym or just go jogging around a park! Different country or not, every one exercises!
  2. Take a hobby outside of working -whether it be playing an instrument or knitting, keep yourself busy with the things you love doing!
  3. Come out to our pub nights, weekly activities and events – this is a great way to meet people who are in the same situation as you! Get some practical advice from them!
  4. Make a list of things you want to accomplish during your stay here -keeping small goals helps you stay motivated!
  5. Stay in touch with your family and friends -it’s important to know that your family or friends back home are just one phone call away, so you are not alone!
  6. Stay connected with INTERNeX -we are here to help you in any way possible, just come talk to us!
  7. Decorate your room with the things that remind you of home -on the days you are homesick, your room can give you comfort and ease since it’s familiar to you.
  8. Don’t be too hard on yourself -take things one day at a time and don’t feel the pressure to know everything. Things will slowly adjust and you’ll most definitely enjoy your time here!

Happy Sunday! 🙂

Cheers,

Flora

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

 

Smart Saver Vancouver

Today’s version of our Smart Saver Vancouver is about an online service that can help you to find an apartment based on your lifestyle. Please feel free to watch this promo video and for more information visit their website rentgeek.com

Smart Saver Vancouver

Today I would like to introduce a great new online service, called RentGeek. A service that can help you find a place to live in Vancouver. The system is easy, you provide RentGeek with some information about yourself and RentGeek will show you available accommodation possibilities, based on your preferences. If you, for example, like movies, the system will show you neighborhoods where a cinema would be close to your new apartment.

Please read here what they say about themselves.

RentGeek – Home Renting Made Simple
Moving to another city can be overwhelming. Everything becomes new to you such as culture, people, and places.  The first part of the transition is looking for a home. Being unfamiliar with the city can make finding an apartment or home for rent a challenge. Questions such as which neighborhoods are safe, closest to hotspots and the nearest public transit are difficult to know if you’re not from the city.

RentGeek is a personalized rental site that helps answer these questions. You can think of them as a local friend who knows your lifestyle and can safely recommend you areas that would fit your needs. You complete a fun and easy survey that allows RentGeek to understand your profile to recommend appropriate neighborhoods that matches your requirements. Whether it’s determining the commute times, or the areas with the best nightlife, RentGeek computes the analytics to find you the perfect area.

Recognizing that neighborhood information can be overwhelming, they display relevant information while hiding the rest.   The site provides data on demographic statistics, traveling times, local reviews and neighborhood info including safety scores.  All of the data is pulled organically through reliable government sites and sources.  The best part is that the site displays everything in a clean and slick layout. Once you’ve determined your neighborhood, you can continue searching for apartments and homes for rent. The personalized information is continued through the search and RentGeek helps you rate each listing based on your lifestyle needs for an easy comparison.

The company’s goal is to provide the best user-experience and to make renting simple.  Let’s face it, we’ve all been through the frustration of the rental process, and it shouldn’t be this hard.  RentGeek hopes to help individuals coming from around the world a simple way to understand a city without being here and make a smart moving decision.

RentGeek
#382- 440 West Hastings St.
Vancouver, BC  V6B 1L1
Web: www.rentgeek.com
Video: http://vimeo.com/25913113
Email: contact@rentgeek.com

Next Pub Night July 28, 2010 @ the Blarney!

Thattttt’s right! If you’re feeling irish next week and want to come out for some good times and cheap drinks, join us on July 28, 2010 at the Blarney Stone in Gastown!

Wednesday night this bar has some great specials going on, like $4 pints, $4 highballs and 50 cent wings! Drink, eat, dance, sing – whatever! Do it with INTERNeX Wednesday night! No cover so come on out around 8:30 p.m.! If you haven’t been to the Blarney Stone before, this bar has a great atmosphere, and it’s really big! This means there’s tons of room to walk around, chat and practice those cheesy pick-up lines!

Look forward to seeing everyone there!

Cheers,

The INTERNeX Girls

The Blarney Stone
216 Carrall Street, Gastown
Vancouver, British Columbia

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

Great Food At INTERNeX Pot Luck

Yesterday’s Pot luck at the INTERNeX Staff House was a huge success!  A Pot Luck Party consists of everyone preparing a dish and bringing it with them.  Because there are many people living in the house, this meant that the kitchen was very busy all day with people preparing their dish.

We arranged the dining room with one long table so everybody could sit together. Because we started out a bit later than planned, everybody was very hungry. As soon as the meals were put on the table, everyone started eating!

You would have thought the house was a five star restaurant. Each dish was amazing! In total there were about 12 to choose from. The homemade Goulash in particular was a huge hit with everyone. Goulash is a Hungarian stew with beef, onions, vegetables, spices and paprika powder. Another dish everyone couldn’t wait to try was the camel and kangaroo meat. Some of the other dishes that were prepared were: spaghetti with meat sauce, pasta salad, roasted potatoes with rosemary and Frittata – an egg-based dish with ingredients such as cheese, spinach, and vegetables.

In addition to all of these wonderful dishes, we also had people who cooked something popular to their country. There was paella from Spain and a German dish called Kaese Spatzle, which is similar to Canadian macaroni and cheese.

Even though everyone was pretty full from all the delicious meals, no one wanted to miss out on dessert. With desserts such as red fruit crumble and pancakes, everyone could really enjoy themselves. But perhaps the biggest hit of the evening was the homemade chocolate chip ice cream! For the people who wanted a healthier dessert there was also a delicious homemade fruit salad.

It was the first time that we organized a Pot Luck but I certainly hope it won’t be the last one! The evening was filled with fun conversation and good food!  We got to know some new people, which is always good.  Of course we made lots of pictures during the evening. Click here to check out the pictures!

Missed out on the Potluck?  Not to worry, INTERNeX organizes lots of events were you can meet new people. On Thursday June 10th we will be holding a PuB NiGHT at the Blarney Stone. Hope to see you there!

Manouk and Laura

Vancouver Welcomes CLUB 560

I’ve been in Vancouver for over 8years now so I think I know Vancouver’s nightscene quite well. Vancouver nightclubs tend to be one-trick ponies, as so cleverly quoted by one of my friends. They all seem to have one room/space, one DJ and one theme that runs throughout. So my friends I are looking for something new, something that’ll liven up Vancouver’s scene a little and I think I might have found it…

A friend of mine, on her way home from work, came across “Five Sixty” located at 560 Seymour Street. Previously home to the old A&B Sound Store this place is much MUCH larger then most local nightclubs-it 28,000 sq. ft spread out over 4 FLOORS! This is something that reminds me of the clubs I used to visit back in Europe. This space can allow up to 500 people to walk around freely and choose between THREE DIFFERENT & SEPARATE mini-clubs each with its own DJ. I mean what more could you ask for?! It took over a year and close to $4million to convert this retail building to a nightclub and the end result will not disappoint.

One of the most amazing parts of this spot is the basement, which has been turned into a unisex bathroom with its own bar, DJ and dance floor. So when you are taking your timeout on the loo you can still enjoy yourself and not miss out on any of the action! Haha I love the sound of this place already. If you would rather chill there is a long thin lounge on the main floor just off the main dance room. So really there is something for EVERYONE!

So you can be sure that I will be checking this place out with all my friends…come join us! Maybe next INTERNeX PuB & CLUB NiGHT location?! Let me know what you think, 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: pr@internexcanada.com