Candidate Exposé – Kristina Roeder

Kristina RoederMy name is Kristina Roeder and I’m 20 years old. I am from Aachen in Germany and I’m also studying in Aachen. My studies include German literature, linguistics and philosophy and I’m a fourth semester student.

Exploring Canada was on my bucket list for a really long time. I saw a lot of amazing photographs of the countryside and heard just positive things about Canadians beforehand and I can say that my expectations were really not disappointing. The nature and especially the Rocky Mountains are just amazing and I’m really glad that I chose Canada and Vancouver.

A German agency gave me the INTERNeX contact information and after my first Skype meeting with Timothy I was sure that I was going to make use of the INTERNeX services. My internship company was really good and the weekend trips and Pub Nights were amazing.

I did an internship at a theatre and I enjoyed it. The team was really nice and it was good getting a look into the company and their work. I chose doing an internship, because it had to do it for my studies. I worked as a marketing intern and learned a lot about marketing strategies and public relations. I really liked the company and the people working there. It was a good experience and I’m glad that I got the chance getting to know the company and a bit about marketing.

To be successful at the company I interned, you have to work independently. The peopleKristina Roeder (words) working there don’t always have time to come to your desk and give you a new job. So you should find useful things to do on your own sometimes or go to them and ask them for a project you can help them with.

My practicum was a part of my university studies and it was really useful for that. It was useful for my career goals as well and besides that a great personal experience.

I lived in a homestay in South Vancouver with three other students and my host mum, who I liked really much. The only negative aspect was, that my room didn’t had a window, but it was still good living there. INTERNeX helped me finding the homestay.

During my first weekend in Vancouver I was a bit homesick, but after making new friends and going on weekend trips I was fine.

My first impression about Vancouver was as good as my last impression. Vancouver is a beautiful city and it was a pleasure living there, even if it was just for three months. I’m sure that it was not my last trip to Vancouver.

I joined nearly every pub night during my stay in Vancouver and each one was so much fun. I joined the Kelowna weekend trip and lots of other day trips. Each trip was amazing and I’m glad I got to see a lot of beautiful places and got to know amazing people. Iris, Tess, Danielle and Janel did a great job! I visited nearly everything you can visit in Vancouver and also Kelowna, Whistler, Banff, Jasper and Seattle.

I love the combination of living in a big city and living so close to such a stunning nature. Canadians are incredibly kind and polite, which is really strange at the beginning if you’re from Germany.

My personal highlight was my Rocky-Mountain-trip with my dad during my stay in Canada. We walked on frozen lakes, did snow walks and walked through the Rockies. We took the “Banff Gondola“ and I had the most stunning view in my life so far.

This experience definetely inspired me to travel more! After my studies I want to travel again for a longer time and I want to go to New Zealand. The first thing I did when I arrived home was visiting my family and friends and I slept a lot to conquer my jet lag…

– Kristina

INTERNeX International Exchange
International Village,
Suite 2077, 2079 – 88 West Pender Street
Vancouver, Canada -V6B 6N9-
Web: http://www.internexcanada.com
Email: pr@internexcanada.com

How was your weekend?

So you are asking me how my weekend was? Well, I would love to tell you about my weekend, because I had a great one. I spent my time well in Seattle. What Seattle? Yes, this weekend was our trip to Seattle! It was great, so sit back and read all our adventures we did over there.

It all started on Saturday early in the morning. Too early to get up. But we had to, because today was the big day. We are going to Seattle! It was 7 am and we met at Canada place. The bus was waiting to get us to the United States. There we go! We crossed the border with no problems and stopped in Bellingham to go shopping in the big outlet. Now it was even cheaper with a lot of Black Friday deals going on.

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When all the shoes, clothes, purses and gifts where loaded in the bus, we continued our way to Seattle. After a little sightseeing tour we arrived at our hotel, where we prepared ourselves for a diner and night out. Our tour guide recommended a nice place where we could eat. So we went there, a nice biker bar with good music and delicious food. After our meals it was time to have some beers together. There was this one place with over a hundred different beers. We tried some of them before we decided to continue our night in a club. We ended up in a small club with a DJ playing nice songs.

The alarm went of at 8 am. It was time to discover Seattle a little more. Half asleep we arrived at the breakfast. After some food and a lot of coffee we sat in the bus for another sightseeing tour through Seattle. We arrived in the city center where some girls went shopping, while we went to the underground tour. A stand-up comedian guided us underneath the streets of Seattle. It was a really interesting and fun tour. The tour ended around noon, so lunch it was. The restaurant where we ate was next to the see, so we had a beautiful view while eating our great lunch.

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In Seattle is an alley where the walls are all covered in gum. It was close to the restaurant, so we decided to take a look. It was strange and beautiful at the same time. You could even smell the sweet scent of gum. We putted our gums at the wall and continued to the cupcake shop to make a plan for the rest of the day. We decided to take the monorail to a park next to the lake to see a good view. We drank some coffee in a café there, before we had to get back to the bus. On our way back we did some duty free shopping before crossing the border of Canada. At home it was time to have a good sleep.

For everybody who joined this trip, thank you! You made this trip a lot of fun! Want to hear more stories of Seattle? Come to PuB NiGHT this Wednesday and I will tell you more while playing the Bourbon Bingo.

– Bart

INTERNeX International Exchange
International Village,
Suite 2077, 2079 – 88 West Pender Street
Vancouver, Canada -V6B 6N9-
Web: http://www.internexcanada.com
Email: pr@internexcanada.com

What to do on the weekend?

It’s Friday again which means that the weekend is just around the corner! If you don’t know yet what you want to do on the weekend then keep on reading because we are going to give you some tips!

Since it is almost December, there are already a lot of Christmas events going on. Like for example you can go to the Capilano Suspension Bridge to see the Canyon Lights.

22799557324_a99330f147_zOn Saturday you can also visit the Surrey Tree Lighting Festival which include family friendly activities, holiday crafts, food trucks, live entertainment and the lightning of a 55-foot Christmas tree. Also the Vancouver Christmas market located at the Jack Pool Plaza started this week. This Christmas market is an European-style market that’s great for holiday window shopping and festive things to eat. There is on most days (especially weekends) also live music.

If you don’t feel like Christmas yet than you can also go to the Disney on Ice show or Cirque du Soleil which are both still in town.

And the INTERNeX family will go to Seattle this weekend to do some sightseeing and of course some Black Friday Shopping!

We hope you all have an amazing weekend and we’re looking forward to see all of you tomorrow for Seattle!

– Mandy

INTERNeX International Exchange
International Village,
Suite 2077, 2079 – 88 West Pender Street
Vancouver, Canada -V6B 6N9-
Web: http://www.internexcanada.com
Email: pr@internexcanada.com

INTERNeX goes Seattle!! Information

Only a few more days to go until our trip to Seattle will start! For the people who will join us, we will give some useful information about the trip in this blog post. So if you would like to know what we are going to do then keep on reading!

The trip will start on Saturday at 7:00 am and we will meet and departure from 999 Canada Place in downtown Vancouver. After we are all there we will drive to Seattle and our first stop will be at the Seattle Premium Outlets to shop for some good deals. After the shopping we will arrive in Seattle and check in to our hotel and after that you have the possibility to enjoy free time in the city or to meet our guide for dinner and experience Seattle’s nightlife but keep in mind that the drinking age is 21+!!!

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On the second day we will enjoy a breakfast at the hotel and after that we will have a guided tour of Seattle downtown. When the tour is done you will have the option to visit the Space Needle or explore the Museum of Pop Culture. After this we will have some more free time for sightseeing or shopping in downtown Seattle.

When we are all done with shopping and sightseeing we will meet up with our guide again to go back to Vancouver but the plan is to stop close to the border to do some duty free shopping as well. We will arrive back in Vancouver approximately 9:00 pm.

Please also make sure to bring the following items:
• Passport
• Your permit/visa
• US $6,- (for the Border Processing Fee, it needs to be the exact amount)
• Credit card and/or Debit Card
• Cash

We are looking forward to see all of you tonight at Malones for our weekly PuB NiGHT!

– Mandy

INTERNeX International Exchange
International Village,
Suite 2077, 2079 – 88 West Pender Street
Vancouver, Canada -V6B 6N9-
Web: http://www.internexcanada.com
Email: pr@internexcanada.com

Smart Saver Vancouver

It’s almost the end of November, which means that Christmas is just around the corner. And while we already had our Thanksgiving here in Canada, our southern neighbours will have their Thanksgiving this Thursday. A big tradition in the U.S. that Canada also took over is the famous Black Friday weekend.

So if you have always wanted that amazing new Apple computer or that amazing designer handbag but never had enough money for it, then read this blog because Black Friday is coming!

Black Friday started in the U.S but there are many speculations on how it started. One of the most recent reason for Black Friday is in 1950s Philadelphia, The Army and Navy college football teams celebrated their fierce rivalry each year with a neutral-ground clash in Philly on the Saturday after Thanksgiving.

Shoe ShopThe day before, thousands of people from surrounding communities would flood into the city in anticipation of the big game. They’d take the opportunity to stock up on clothes, home goods, and other gift-able items at central Philly’s many retail shops and department stores.

The annual wave of shoppers and fans was enough to clog streets and strain local health and safety resources. City Police would have to work extra-long shifts dealing with the additional crowds and traffic, and Shoplifters would also take advantage of the bedlam in stores to make off with merchandise, adding to the law enforcement headache.

In the 1980s and 1990s, large-format “big box” stores like Walmart, Target, and Best Buy proliferated around and between regional and superregional malls, fleshing out the countries ever more competitive suburban retail landscape. It was during this period that Black Friday came an own term. Signs advertising blowout Black Friday deals (and insanely early opening hours) in urban and suburban shopping districts were published and for years, every Black Friday was bigger than the last.

Canada took over the Black Friday hype, but also added Cyber Monday, which is a day where all kinds of electronics are sharply discounted.

So for everybody joining us to Seattle this weekend, make sure you’ve got enough sleep, a lot of space left in your suitcase and of course have your credit card with you because it will be a shopping heaven!!

Hope to see you all at tomorrow’s PuB NiGHT!

-Mandy

INTERNeX International Exchange
International Village,
Suite 2077, 2079 – 88 West Pender Street
Vancouver, Canada -V6B 6N9-
Web: http://www.internexcanada.com
Email: pr@internexcanada.com

“Home is where the heart is” – Iris

About a year ago I decided to go abroad again and this time for 7 months. I remember being scared that I would not find my place in Vancouver and would not find friends to hang out with. Little did I know that I would find this big group of friends and that all through INTERNeX!

18527540_10208994973812535_3495909027625169577_nFor INTERNeX I organised PuB NiGHTS, weekly events and monthly trips together with the other girls. And you might ask yourself: Don’t you get sick of going to all the events? The answer to this question is really simple; NEVER! It is just so much fun to experience all these things together with you, so basically I always wanted to go because I knew that you would be there. You guys made my stay way better and I wouldn’t have been able to do this all without you, so thank you all for joining us at all our events and also for being my friend.

17425002_10208531569787724_8443143331014455956_nWhile I was working at INTERNeX I got to see so many great places. One of my most outstanding experiences is going to Seattle with Kristina. I left to Seattle on Friday and got to see one of my most favourite bands there. The band is really small, so this was probably the only chance that I had to see them. As I was not that small compared with the Americans, I even catched the drumstick!

20904129_1862323020449807_1096242011_oThe two Rockies trips were most definitely part of my best experiences here too. I got to experience both trips with an amazing group and got to see the Rockies in winter and in summer. The views at this amazing place never get old and hopefully I can come back one day. Of course this would not be the same, as I would experience it without all of you guys. Luckily, I have great memories to look back on to and to remember all of you by. I hope you are thinking the same way and will always keep a place in your heart for the INTERNeX gang, because I will certainly do.

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Another great experience I had was Joffre Lakes. This is a pretty hard hike which I did together with Merle, Danielle, Alyn and Christina. I did not prepare myself that well and had pretty slippery shoes. It even became that bad that Merle had to slow down, so that I would not be the only one left behind. However, it was totally worth it. In the end there was this amazing view of the lake and I am so glad that I did it.

18118990_10208840900720804_2427322637916995175_nBesides all the great memories that I made outside the office, I had a great time in the office as well. I had the freedom to improve on my skills, which really felt great. I would like to thank the whole INTERNeX team including the previous interns; Danielle, Janel and Tess, for all of their support throughout my stay and for the opportunity to get to know all the candidates. This experience was life-changing and I am grateful for that.

18485828_10208994952852011_8192753097725154058_nI will certainly miss the great atmosphere among the INTERNeX group. In my opinion, what we have got is something special and I always feel welcome and at home when I am with you guys. I will also miss all the great karaoke nights and singing our song, We are all in this together of High school musical. Besides that I will miss all of you when I am back at home, but know that if you ever come to the Netherlands that you have a personal tour guide who can show you all the great places.

“Home is where the heart is” and my heart is with all the friends that I made here throughout my stay. So how lucky am I to get to call so many places my home!

I know that in order to start with my new adventure back in the Netherlands, there has to be an ending of this one. However, this will not mean that we will never see each other again! May we meet again somewhere in the world, but unfortunately for now goodbye.

– Iris

INTERNeX International Exchange
International Village,
Suite 2077, 2079 – 88 West Pender Street
Vancouver, Canada -V6B 6N9-
Web: http://www.internexcanada.com
Email: pr@internexcanada.com

Candidate Exposé – Nicholas Kesteloot

My name is Nicholas and I am from Brussels, Belgium. I am 21 years old and I am finishing my third year of my marketing bachelor. I decided to come to Canada mostly to experience a different working environment and mentality, but also because I like traveling in general. Besides that Vancouver specifically was a city I wanted to visit.

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I found INTERNeX through a man named Jacques Allemeersch. He came to my school in Belgium talking about the possibility to do an internship in Canada or New Zeeland. So through him I came in contact with INTERNeX. I was placed for a practicum at a tour company located in downtown Vancouver. They do trips to the Rockies, Seattle, Tofino and more, and also organises parties and events. I really like it there! You need to be initiative and responsible here, and being charismatic and creative also comes in quite handy. The practicum is part of my university program and will very likely be a useful asset on my resume.

During my stay in Vancouver I lived in a homestay, which INTERNeX found. My first impression of Vancouver was not that great because I really did not like my first homestay and also because there was an unusual snowstorm when I arrived. However, I really like the city now and wish I could have stayed longer.

I have attended most of the pub nights the INTERNeX PR-team organises, and I think they are great (and necessary) as they allow you to meet other people in similar situations from all around the world. If I could give one recommendation, it would be to make some kind of introductory game at pub nights for new students so they get fully integrated. I didn’t participate in any trips however, mostly because I could do trips for free through my internship.

Activities I did and places I visit are; hikes on the Grouse Grind, Lynn Canyon, Deep Cove Nicholas Kesteloot (words)and Lighthouse Park, I have been on tours to the Rockies, Seattle and Whistler. What I like most about Vancouver and Canada are the great outdoors, and the possibility to hike in the summer and ski/snowboard in the winter. The most memorable thing I’ve done here is probably playing ice hockey on Lake Louise. There were also some challenges during my stay in Canada, like understanding the prices and especially finding good food for a good price.

I have already liked travelling prior to my stay in Vancouver, so it didn’t really inspire me to travel more, but I am definitely interested in coming back to Vancouver. INTERNeX was helpful for me because they helped me find an internship and a homestay, and it allowed me to meet more people from all around the world who are also doing internships or working, so I might recommend it to others.

When I get back home I will first get back in touch with my friends and family, but I also have some administration to do to get ready for next year.

– Nicholas

INTERNeX International Exchange
International Village,
Suite 2077, 2079 – 88 West Pender Street
Vancouver, Canada -V6B 6N9-
Web: http://www.internexcanada.com
Email: pr@internexcanada.com