Christian, Germany


  1. For how long have you been here?

I´ve stayed in Vancouver for 6 months.

  1. Why did you choose Canada

I’ve been in Canada before as I went to a language school in Toronto. I experienced living in Canada and I was really impressed by the open minded and friendly Canadians and decided to go back for my practicum. Another big point why I chose Canada again is that the almost endless space this country offers and the many areas of untouched nature impresses me.

  1. How did you find INTERNeX International Exchange?

I did some research on travel agencies online and decided to get in touch with Praktikawelten that is the partner agency of INTERNeX.

  1. What did you like most about INTERNeX International Exchange? / What do you think are the advantages INTERNeX has to offer? 

I was really surprised about all the social activities INTERNeX organizes. I think especially the weekly PuB NiGHTS are a big advantage INTERNeX offers compared to other agencies or language schools. All these activities make it really easy to get to know other people. Another big advantage is the really warm and familiar atmosphere you find every time you come to the office with a problem or request. To know that you always have someone to help you with any kind of problem makes it really easy to enjoy your time abroad.

5. Did you attend the weekly Pub Nights / Events organized by INTERNeX and do you think this is a good way to meet new people?

Except my last week I went to every single Pup Night during my time in Vancouver. It is a great way to meet people and talk in an easy environment. I also attended to a lot of the other events organized and I always enjoyed spending time with everyone. I think especially for people who FB_IMG_1439422770060have difficulties to meet people on their own these events are a big advantage.


  1. Where did you stay? / How did you find a place to stay?

I stayed with two different homestay. The first family had a clean house and was located really close to a skytrain station. But unfortunately these are the only positive things I can say. The family barely had any interest in their students. The second family was much more interested and welcomed me friendly. My room was a way bigger than the room I had before and provided everything I needed. The provided food was not the European style of cooking and quite oily but it was always enough for every student in the house and we could always get some more or cooking something on our own. We also always got fruits and vegetables. All in all I was happy with the second family and would recommend them to other students. Furthermore I’m glad that INTERNeX could quickly fix that problem. Mina did a good job accommodating me in another family quickly.

  1. What did you do here?

I made an practicum at Purdys Chocolates in the purchasing department.

  1. How did you like your practicum?

I really enjoyed my time at Purdys and learned a lot about purchasing, business processes in Canada and North America and in addition to that improved my communication and working skills. But how could a practicum in a chocolate factory possibly not be awesome?Photo 9-19-15, 12 58 06 PM

  1. What kind of tasks were you responsible for?

My work was divided in the usual day-to-day work and special projects. My day-to-day work was to observe stock quantity and production schedules of certain products and place purchase orders if necessary. Another task was research to find suppliers for ingredients for new developed products or supply items. I had a lot of contact with suppliers though to discuss pricing, lead times etc. Some of my projects were for instance to develop concepts to improve the receiving processes or to collect data for packaging weights and some more.

  1. Was your practicum related to your studies back home?

Yes the practicum was related to my study program.

  1. What was your
    personal goal you wanted to reach during your time here? Did you reach it?

I had different goals for my time abroad. As it is my goal to work abroad after graduating from university I wanted to test for myself if I am able to live and work abroad. I would definitely say that I know now that I am able to do so. Another goal was to improve my communication, language and personal skills and I reached this goal as well. And of course I got the letter of reference I needed to finish my study program and have this awesome time of my life as an international work experience in my resume.

  1. How did you like Vancouver?

I really liked and enjoyed my time in Vancouver. To be in a big city that offers everything you need and makes almost everything accessible by public transport. Being at the coast and have gorgeous beaches in the city and be able to leave the city to be in the almost untouched nature in 1 hour or less by bus was really amazing. In addition to that Vancouver itself has a lot to offer. A lot of awesome places, parks, restaurants, pubs and especially people (international students and Canadians as well!).

  1. What did you like most about your stay? / What were your highlights?

I made a lot of hikes around Vancouver and really enjoyed the breathtaking views everywhere. But if I have to pick there would choose 4 highlights: Trip to the Rocky Mountains, Roadtrip on Vancouver Islands, Hike to The Lions and Unnecessary Mountain and last but not least Whale Watching!

  1. Where have you been in and around Vancouver?

Rocky Mountains (Hope, Banff, Columbia Ice Fields, Lake Louise, etc.); Vancouver Island (Victoria, Nanaimo, Torfino, etc.); Seattle; Whistler; Squamish; Lynn Canyon Park, Lighthouse Park, Unnecessary Mountain, Shannon Falls;Black Mountain, Grouse Mountain, Queen Elizabeth Park, Stanley Park, etc.

  1. Would you recommend INTERNeX International Exchange for other students?

I would definitely recommend INTERNeX to other students or my friends at all if they think about going to Canada.


INTERNeX Canada: Expose of the Week

Our expose of the week today features Marten from The Netherlands. He worked in the finance industry and finished his 5-months internship two weeks ago. After the awesome INTERNeX trips to Seattle and the Rockies, and his car tour on Vancouver Island he is getting ready to see much more of Canada by taking a train from Vancouver to Toronto. Read our interview to learn more about his time in Vancouver.

Why did you choose to go to Canada?

I had two options to choose from for my time abroad, either Canada or Australia. I heard a lot of good things about Canada from people back home, so I decided to go to Canada. Although Toronto is the financial centre of the country, I was offered an internship in finance in Vancouver. It was the perfect place for me because it is exactly my area of study.

What kind of internship were you doing?

I worked in finance industry in the area of private wealth management. The company deals with private capital of people, for instance, invests it and manages different accounts. They also take care of the will of their clients.

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

I helped with opening accounts for our clients, prepared paperwork and assisted with other administrative tasks. I also had to contact financial companies and institutions that we work with or invest in, gather information depending on the issue and the clients. At the end of my internship my task was to teach the next intern and hand over the responsibilities I had.

Is your internship useful for your education and career goals?

Yes, the internship was required for my school and job training at home. It counts for my program and I had to write an evaluation, a report on my improvements. It will definitely be helpful because I got to know so many different and new things. For example, Canada’s financial system is very different to the European; I had to learn a lot of new English words from the finance area, which will be very useful for my career.

What do you like most about Canada and Vancouver?

I like the people in Vancouver; they are very open-minded and talkative. I also love the open spaces in the city, there is a lot of green and parks, and it’s not crowded. It is interesting to experience a rather new city, compared to Europe. There is not a lot of history and I like to see this difference to home.

What is the most memorable thing you did in Canada?

The most memorable thing for me was the whole experience of being abroad, this huge step of going to a foreign country, dealing with new challenges and experiences, and at the end managing to succeed.

Did you attend the weekly Pub-Night organized by INTERNeX and do you think this is a good way to meet new people?

I attended a lot of pub nights at first, but the job took a lot of time in my schedule. In the beginning it was definitely a good way to meet people. I think INTERNeX does a good job by arranging social activities like pub nights, it helps people to connect.

Why did you choose INTERNeX International Exchange?

INTERNeX was recommended to me by two people at the same bank I worked for at home. I did research and it seemed to be a good advice. I liked that there are additional social activities alongside with the internship assistance. INTERNeX takes the service one step further.

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

INTERNeX got me started in Vancouver, gave me an overview of what I have to do. They helped with the visa and set up the contact to the company where I got my internship. They also arranged my first accommodation in Vancouver, which was very helpful.

Would you recommend INTERNeX International Exchange?

Yes, I already told my supervisor about my experience with INTERNeX in Canada. I would definitely recommend going with INTERNeX. They help to arrive and settle abroad and they connect people!

Thank you, Marten, for sharing your Vancouver experiences with us. Have a good trip through Canada and keep in touch with INTERNeX!



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