INTERNeX Canada: Culture Shock !

Hey guys,

How are u? I hope u’re doing well !! Today I’m gonna talk a little bit about my personal experience here in Vancouver.

Let’s talk about one thing that shocked me about Canada: Tipping!

tips For Canadians, it’s really natural to tip whenever they get some kind of service, and I don’t know why. Why do they tip whenever if maybe the service was not as good as it should have been?

In Spain for example, we don’t usually tip. I don’t mean we never do it, but we just tip when the service is really good. We don’t feel bad if we don’t tip and the service won’t get mad at you because you don’t do it! Simple, right? (Also if you’re a student it’s obvious you can’t afford tipping everywhere and everytime)

By the way, they usually tip between the 10-20% of the price. Isn’t that hard to believe?

I think that’s just their way to be: nice and kind people!

I don’t know if you agree with me or not, but I think it would be easier if the tip and the taxes are included in the final price, so I would’t have to use my calculator everytime I go out for dinner for example.

What do you think about this guys?

Best,

Mercedes

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

INTERNeX Canada: Exposé of the week

Today I was talking to 2 INTERNeX Candidates from Germany, Konstantin and Christian. They graduated from highschool last year  and decided to come to Canada. They live together in downtown Vancouver and arrived at the beginning of January 2012.
They will stay until the end of July and do an internship organized by INTERNeX here in Vancouver in an Association Management Company.

 
Why did you decide to go abroad?

Konstantin:
Well, our first goal was oc course to improve our English. I think that´s very important for the future career plans. Of course it´s also a different and interesting culture we were confronted with

Chris:
Futhermore the experiences we make here are amazing. We get a deep look into the life of work and get more independent.

 
Is your internship useful?

Chris:
Yes definitely. We gather new experiences we wouldn´t have got back home in Germany. We are involved into the team and are responsible for different tasks. We have to show initiative and work also on our own but that makes it so interesting because it´s rich in variety!

 

What kind of tasks are you responsible for?

Konstantin:
We are the two studio-coordinators for the brand new conference room. We are responsible for the room, have to check bookings, promote it in the internet as well as with flyer and we developed a marketing strategy how to make it even more profitable for the company

 

What do you like most about your internship?

Chris:
We have interesting tasks every day so we never get bored. Of course there are also times when we are not too busy but we got to know many people and work together with the managers. We communicate a lot with other people so our English gets better and better so it meets our expectations.

 

What do you think about Canada & Vancouver?

Konstantin:
Vancouver is a very international city, which makes it even more interesting. We meet people from all over the world and get to know their cultures. People in Canada are very friendly here and you can ask everybody for help. We found new friends very fast, for example at the PuB NiGHTs and different events organized by INTERNeX.

 

What trips did you attend so far and do you attend the weekly INTERNeX PuB Night?

Chris:
We often go to the PuB NiGHT because it´s always fun to have a few drinks and talk to other students. We also went to the Laser Tag Event which was fun. We try to attend more activities and events in the future, now that we have set up everything here in Vancouver.

Konstantin:
We also went to the St.Patricks Day Party which was awesome. Around 60 people from INTERNeX were all together in a PuB and we partied all day long! I think all these events as well as the PuB NiGHT is a great chance to meet new people and find new friends from the very beginning.

 

Why did you choose INTERNeX International Exchange?

Chris:
We cam here with Step-In, a cooperation company of INTERNeX. But of course we also informed ourselves about INTERNeX. The feedback is very positive and they do many things for their candidates. The PR-Team organizes all kind of activities and trips for us so if we want to have something going on during the weekend we can just join whenever we want. That´s great for us and we meet always new people.

 

How did INTERNeX International Exchange help you to organize your trip to Canada?

Konstantin:
They send us all kind of information which were important for us before our departure. They showed us how to apply for the right visa and of course they organized our internship here in Vancouver. After our arrival we got a welcome orientation which helped a lot. They told us how things are going here in Vancouver, what we can do in our freetime and what kind of events they are planning for the future.

 

 

 

Would you recommend INTERNeX:
Chris & Konstantin:
Yes definitely. We are having a good time here in Vancouver, enjoying our internship and are glad that we did that step.

 

Thanks for taking your time, I hope you will enjoy the summer in Vancouver and we are glad that you have a good time.

 

Cheers,
Hannes

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

The INTERNeX Travel Desk

Last week we posted about our INTERNeX Hospitality Program. We try to inform you about our INTERNeX programs and services every week. This week I would like to tell you something about our Travel Desk service.

Our candidates are here for different programs:
– Internship Program
– Hospitality Program
– Work & Travel Program
– City Placement Program
– Volunteer Program
– Ranchstay Program

Everyone is here to work, live or learn in Canada and most of you would like to travel as well. INTERNeX works together with some Travel Agencies and sometimes we even arrange an INTERNeX trip. For example we went to Whistler last weekend and we would like to go to The Rocky Mountains in May 2011.

Our staff at INTERNeX has a lot of experience and knowledge about traveling through Canada. If you would like to travel through Canada but you don’t know where to go, how to go etc. You can always come into our INTERNeX office (211 Columbia Street, Gastown Vancouver) and we can provide you with information. For example information about:

– Public transportation
– Renting/buying a car
– Accommodations
– Things to do

Not only can we provide you with information, if you want we can book your trip as well. Nowadays we are working on making complete packages for you, which include all the information about weekend trips to several places. Even places where you didn’t even think of but are worth traveling to.

If you have any questions about this service or other programs and services, don’t hesitate to contact us. Did you already travel to wonderful places in Canada and you would like to share this with others? We would like to have your experience and insider tips!

Happy traveling!

Elvera

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

Canada Day

I hope everyone had a great Canada day! On Thursday, myself and some friends went to a Canada Day party (hosted by West Trek and Moose Travel Network) near Jericho beach. There was a barbecue, drinks, music and lots of games!

If you’re not already aware, Moose Travel Network is Canada’s adventure bus system for backpackers, students and “young at heart” travellers. The company was established in 1997 by two Canadian entrepreneurs who wanted to show visitors the real Canada. Inspired by the successful examples set by companies in Australia and New Zealand, they started offering trips from Vancouver and Toronto.

Since then, Moose has carried thousands of satisfied passengers many tens of thousands of kilometers throughout this beautiful country. Moose has built an excellent international reputation for quality service and memorable experiences. If you’re interested in a hop-on, hop-off adventure, we can help you book your trip! Drop by the INTERNeX office and our representatives will inform you of all of their trips and tours happening across Canada! For more information on the Moose Travel Network, visit their website.

Looking for a day trip or a weekend adventure? Well West Trek has taken tens of thousands of ESL students and international travelers on tours to some of Western Canada’s most amazing scenery and attractions.

What began as a one man show back in 1998 has now blossomed into one of Western Canada’s largest tour operations.  West Trek got it’s start running small group camping and canoeing tours.  They offer tours to the Rocky Mountains, Victoria, Whistler, Tofino, Seattle and Portland! INTERNeX can help you book white water rafting trips, wine tasting tours and whale watching tours as well! For more information on West Trek and their services, visit their website.

INTERNeX also offers a variety of events and activities, such as Paintballing and Pub Night! Take a look at our event calendar to see what’s up this month with INTERNeX!

INTERNeX International Exchange
Suite 200-211 Columbia Street
Vancouver BC
V6A 2R5 Canada
Email: info@internexcanada.com
Phone: + 1 604 662 8149
Fax: + 1 604 662 8199

www.internexcanada.com

Not Quite Ready to Say my Goodbyes…So Farewell INTERNeX!!

So I started at INTERNeX back at the end of November 2009 and I was taken on as the PR/Communications Intern. I had been looking for several months for opportunities within the work force but within my field of study, which is Communications. I was in my fourth year up at Simon Fraser University and had had little experience besides from survival jobs such as being a server at Joey’s on Broadway, cashier at Urban Outfitters, and so on. After years of working within the service industry I was ready to take on a new challenge and I had always been interested in doing an internship. After months and months of research with little to show for it I came across INTERNeX. They were offering an opportunity that just seemed to be exactly what I was looking for! After several interviews I was accepted and started work at their office the following week.

The first time I stepped into the office I was super nervous and everybody seemed to be quite involved in their own work. Tempted to just sit in front of my computer and get down to it, I recognized how important it was for me to get to know my coworkers because we would be working together for close to 6 months. So I realized how important it was for me to take myself out of my comfort zone and show the INTERNeX staff that I was there to be a part of their team. The first week was quite overwhelming because I had to get acquainted with all of systems and procedures in place within their social media networking tools and the company in general. But as the weeks went by i began to feel more and more comfortable in the office setting and actually started to feel like a member of the INTERNeX family.

(me sitting in the office @ my desk)

Everyday at the office was something new… and this aspect of my placement was very exciting for me and i welcomed this new change. Throughout a significant portion of my placement i was attending school as well, so i had to juggle a heavy course load and three days a week at the office. I was unsure as to whether i would be able to handle everything on my plate, but i actually began to look forward to my days at the office because it broke up my same old boring school schedule that i was getting tired of. I was learning about all these new social networking tools, such as twitter, facebook, twaitter, wordpress, flickr, etc and part of my job was planning events and trips! Cannot get much better than that!

(me at PuB NiGHT with some of the candidates)

As my placement progressed i was given more responsibility and was able to take on bigger projects. My placement lasted for a total of 6 months and in such a short amount of time i was able to learn so much from each and everyone in the office. Tomorrow is my last day and i can honestly say that i will miss INTERNeX terribly! I cannot begin to express how lucky i feel to have been given the chance to become  part of this company and meet such an amazing group of people from all over the world. Thank god i’ll still be able to drop by the office whenever i want and hopefully i can organize a great relationship between the cellar and INTERNeX so then i’ll never really have to say goodbye.

I just want to personally thank all of the members of the INTERNeX family; Patrick, Laura, Tim, Mina, Marien, Mayuko, Martina and of course Simon (the dungeon troll) and all the others who i never got the chance to meet, for making this an unforgettably life changing experience! So now its time to say ciao for now/L-boogie

For more information about all of the programs offered by INTERNeX please do not hesitate to 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

Blenz Coffee Tradeshow 03-30-2010

On Tuesday, March 30th, I had the honor of accompanying one of the placement managers at INTERNeX to a Blenz Coffee Tradeshow at Hyatt Regency Hotel in Downtown Vancouver. It was definitely an eye opener and an amazing experience. As one of the suppliers for Blenz Coffee, it was important for us to prepare informative materials to these franchise owners such as preparing and designing brochures, contacting sponsors for prizes and creating slide show presentations. Definitely, a lot of prep work involved prior to the event, but it was so worth it.

Not only did I meet Blenz Coffee franchise owners, I witnessed a Blenz Coffee Iron Barista Competition and networked with a lot of other suppliers there. I also met a few Blenz Coffee employees that night. Near the end of the event, prizes were given out to franchise owners. INTERNeX submitted three prizes to this draw:

2 NIGHTS ACCOMODATION AT BANFF ROCKY MOUTAIN RESORT
Sponsored by Banff Rocky Mountain Resort

2 TICKETS TO CAPILANO SUSPENSION BRIDGE
Sponsored by Capilano Suspension Bridge

2 COMPLIMENTARY 1-DAY WHISTLER OR SEATTLE SHOPPING TOUR
Sponsored by West Trek Tours

This is the first tradeshow event I’ve ever been to and I must say, I absolutely loved the atmosphere and the environment.

I really enjoyed being able to tell the franchise owners about what INTERNeX is and how they can benefit from the use of our service. I had a great time meeting such fabulous people and can’t wait to go, “Hi, remember me!” the next time I walk into their coffee shop.

The event was a huge success with complimentary cocktails and appetizers. Oh, the perks of being an PR intern.