This week I interviewed Nuria from Basel, Switzerland. Nuria started 3,5 months ago with her internship in a youth centre. Nuria will finish here internship half December and after her internship she will travel before she is going back to Switzerland.
Why did you choose Canada?
I wanted to improve my English, and I wanted to do my internship far away from my home country. Furthermore I have never been in Canada before, and I heard many good stories about the city of Vancouver. For example that there is nice climate, in the winter it is not to cold. Moreover I heard that it is good to go to Vancouver to get experience in social work since it is very multicultural, and there are big social problems such as many homeless people in and around the city.
What do you like to most about Vancouver?
I love the atmosphere over here. I like the way people in Vancouver think and act, they are so open-minded, extra ordinary friendly, very understanding, and honest.
Furthermore I like it that Vancouver offers beaches and mountains, and I like it a lot that there are so many outdoor opportunities, such as hiking and kayaking.
How do you like your internship so far?
I love it! It is really interesting and I get many opportunities, for example going to other companies so see how they work. I really learn a lot. The focus during my internship is on learning and not on working.
What kind of tasks are you responsible for on daily basis?
I do not have responsibilities, but I help and support different programs. But I am responsible for my own actions, so I always have to act professional. Furthermore I want to learn more about the social system in Vancouver, I can observe how social workers think and act.
Is it related to your study you are doing back home?
Yes of course, but I cannot adopt the things I learn here in my own country, since there is a different social system and there are different problems. But i can take with me the way people work together, find solutions, think, and act.
Where have you been in and around Vancouver?
I have been to all the beaches and most of the parks in Vancouver. Furthermore I went to Grouse Mountain, Deep Cove, UBC Campus, Surrey, and Richmond.
Moreover, I did a trip to the Rocky Mountains, Vancouver Island, Seattle, and Whistler. The scenery is amazing, but the distances are very long.
What is the most memorable thing you did in Canada?
I will never forget the day that I arrived in Vancouver. Everyone was so nice and said: Welcome to Vancouver! I immediately felt safe and welcome!
What is the first thing you will do when you return back home?
I will have a big dinner with my family and friends. And I will sleep very long in my big bed at home (in Vancouver my bed is small). Haha
What is the best thing about your internship/stay in Canada?
It is good to be away from my normal life, make new friends and experiences, and it is good that I learn more about myself.
What is the worst thing about your internship/stay in Canada?
That my camera broke, haha. No I do not know another answer to this question.
Would you recommend INTERNeX international exchange
When it is your first time when you go abroad, than I really recommend it. It is good to have an agency where you can go anytime and helps you with everything.
Thank you very much for having this interview with me, I hope you will enjoy your last months in Canada!