INTERNeX Canada: Expose of the week

This week’s expose of the week is about David. He is 25 years old and from Germany. He originally came to Vancouver to improve his English and in the 6 months he has been here he has improved it a lot. During these 6 months he was also an intern at a construction company to gain more practical experience in the world of civil engineering. Additionally, David is also the house manager at the INTERNeX staffhouse on 34th avenue. Unfortunately, David will be leaving us soon so I sat down with him to talk about his experience here in Vancouver and with INTERNeX.

Was your internship useful?

Yes it was very useful. I had the chance to work at the office and at the construction sites. Working there was very fun, the colleagues were friendly and welcoming and there was not a lot of pressure on me which was comforting. I was given the opportunity to take a close look at several blueprints and compare them to others and eventually realize them. I also learnt a lot about the different things that can go wrong within this kind of industry and I learnt how to deal with the problems in an effective way.

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

I was given quite a lot of responsibility. The more experience I gained the more I could take on. Eventually they let be in command of a group of construction workers, it was very educational.

What was the best thing about your internship?

The best thing about my internship was definitely the colleagues. They were so nice to me and treated me as if I was like a member of their family. One of my most memorable experiences was when we hired a limo for the night; that was great. On my last day they made a speech on my behalf; that was a nice way to end things.

What do you like most about Canada and Vancouver?

I really love the landscape and the nature; there’s the Rocky’s and Whistler. You can also see dolphins, raccoons and whales. It is also amazing how there’s the combination of beaches, big city and mountains; I don’t think there’s anything else like it in the world.

What trips did you do in your free time that were organised by INTERNeX?

I attended the rafting trip, the trip to the Rocky Mountains and the Halloween party. All trips and events were great fun.

Did you attend the weekly pub nights organized by INTERNeX? Do you think this was a good way to meet new people?

Yes, I’ve attended most pub nights. When I first arrived it was definitely a great way to meet new people. It’s also a nice thing to do in the middle of the week because it gives you a chance to socialise with others after work.

Why did you choose INTERNeX International Exchange to help you with your experience?

I chose INTERNeX because it offered an easy way for me to organize a job and a place to live and also created a lot more opportunities to meet new people. They also ensured that I would feel welcome on my first day in a country that I wasn’t familiar with.

What’s the best thing about INTERNeX International Exchange?

As well as it making things a lot easier for me, I also really liked the fact that they offered me the house manager position at the staffhouse. I was given a discount on my rent and I learnt more responsibility since I had to be in charge of a large group of people. I also gained more confidence from this.

How did you find a place to stay?

I received an email from INTERNeX telling me about the staffhouse and I decided to take their offer for the room they had available for me. I really like the staffhouse; I’ve always had really nice roommates and it’s great that there are so many people living there.

Would you recommend INTERNeX International Exchange to other potential candidates?

Yes I would. They always give a very fun and welcoming first day; they help you out a lot and it’s the best way to meet a lot of new friends.

INTERNeX hopes you enjoy your last few days here in Vancouver and we wish you all the best for the future!

Cheers,

Your PR Team

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

Time to say goodbye to Matt!

Matthias Wiegel has lived in, and managed the INTERNeX Staff house for one year and 9 months. Now it is time for Matt to move on and say goodbye!

Matt started as an INTERNeX candidate, he participated in the city placement program and worked at Blenz Coffee Shop.
Last year we did an expose with Matt an asked him what he likes the most about Canada;

Well it’s hard just to choose one thing so i’m not even going to try lol. I have been to so many incredible places in Canada some of my favorite places were Victoria where I went whale watching and that was breathtaking and really reminded me of the movie Free Willy. I also went to Whistler and did some snowboarding and then last but not least I loved Tofino where I went surfing. Everywhere I’ve been has truly been magnificent because i’ve been exposed to so many of the beautiful sites in Canada and i love all the nature I’ve been blessed to see.

Click here to read the rest of Matts expose.

After being the INTERNeX staff house manager for 1 year and 9 months Matt passed it on to Kathryn Campbell, who for sure will do a great job as well!
Matt wrote the following letter to thank everyone and tell how he experienced his time in the house;

I. Matthias Wiegel have lived in, and managed the INTERNeX staff house for one year and 9 month, and it was the experience of a life time.
The idea behind the staff house is to create an atmosphere, which gives young people a chance to meet new people, and exchange and learn together. The majority of tenants coming to our house are young and eager for an adventure. The house surely is not perfect or spotless, bit it has a character, like no other. People in the house are all fun loving people that like to party hard and have a good time. You never get bored, and especially for a house manager, like me, there is always something to do. Due to the fact, that the staff house is a very old house, I spend some fun times unclogging drains and toilets, as well as getting electrocuted by the stove. What did I learn from it? I know now, how to solve all these issues in less than 5 min without ruining my hair!

I hereby would like to thank everybody at INTERNeX, for this great time and opportunity!
You guys ROCK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Cheers,
Mathias Weigel

Matt, thank you for everything and the best of luck in the future! INTERNeX will miss you!

Cheers,

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

This Saturday: LUCKY KARAOKE NIGHT!

Hello Party people!
How is everyone doing? Are you guys excited for the LUCKY KARAOKE NIGHT this Saturday at the INTERNeX Staff House? It will be a night full of fun with karaoke and some amazing food from all over the world, because of the Pot Luck we will be having. So, just as a reminder, we would like everyone to bring one dish as a pair. It would be amazing if you could bring something that is from your own country, but you don’t have to, of course.
We will take care of the karaoke machine, but to cover all the expenses we would like to ask you to bring just $ 2 to the staff house! That would be awesome!!
It will be a great party this Saturday and I heard that a lot of people are coming!! The parties in the Staff House are legendary, so you don’t want to miss this! The Karaoke night will start at 7pm and don’t forget to bring your own booze!

If you would like to join this LUCKY KARAOKE NIGHT, please send an email with your name to pr@internexcanada.com before 4pm on Thursday 10th of February. Feel free to bring some friends, but just let us know with whom and with how many you are coming. If you send us an email we will send you the exact address of the Staff House.

Here are the facts again:
When: Feb 12, 2011 at 7pm
Where: INTERNeX staff house
What: Lucky Karaoke – a mix of Pot Luck and Karaoke
Dress Code: Dress like a star!

Hope to see you there!

Cheers,
Claudia, Ziska, Elvera and George

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

INTERNeX LUCKY KARAOKE Night!!

Hello PartyPeople!

Are you sick of this depressing weather? Do you want to bring some joy into your everyday life at Vancouver? And, most of all, are you in for an awesome party with your friends, good food and great music?

Then there is something that you should not miss: the LUCKY KARAOKE Night at the INTERNeX staff house!

Lucky Karaoke? Yes. This party will be a mix of the famous Pot Luck and Karaoke!

If you want to join the party, you should bring as a pair one dish with you so we can set up a huge buffet for everybody! We have many people here from a great variety of nationalities, so imagine how many different dishes there will be to bewitch your palate! Yummi!

We will rent a Karaoke machine for you so you can show off your qualities as a superstar! If you are not into singing, then just come around for watching others performing, having some drinks and good food and getting to know new interesting people. Feel free to bring your friends as well!

The party will take place on the 12th of February 2011 so make sure you get a day off because you don’t want to miss this! Staff house parties are legendary! The event will start at 7pm!

Please send an e-mail to pr@internexcanada.com with a number of people you want to bring, so we get an overview and can send you the exact address!

You can also find an invitation on famous Facebook. Please post comments and let everybody know what delicious dish you would like to bring, so a variety of food can be provided.

Here are the facts again:

When: Feb 12, 2011 at 7pm
Where: INTERNeX staff house
What: Lucky Karaoke – a mix of Pot Luck and Karaoke
Dress Code: Dress like a star!

Be there or be square!

Ziska, Elvera and George

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

The INTERNeX Staffhouse

You may have seen one of our latest Blog Posts about our INTERNeX Staffhouse written by Anandita, who has lived in the house for quite a while. Maybe you have seen as well a Blog Post about the “INTERNeX Invasion“, you can find as well in “The Baristar”, a monthly newsletter from BLENZ.  But did you know that you could become part of that wonderful Staffhouse family?

Yes it is true, there are some spots coming available soon. So if you became interested by reading the article about the INTERNeX Staff House Party and thought that would be soo cool to be a part of the crazy and wonderful house inmates, just call our office and ask Mayuko when you can move in. You can contact her as well via Email.

Contact Details:
Phone: +1 (604) 662 8149 (Mo-Fr 9:30am until 5:00pm)
Our website: http://www.internexcanada.com
Email for question about the House: mayuko@internexcanada.com

INTERNeX Staff House Party 2010-01-30

Hey, how are you doing??

Vancouver is ready for 2010 Winter Olympic. And as you have already noticed, a lot of the Olympic staff is wearing clear blue uniforms and is working all over the Vancouver area. Besides, most of stores in downtown will be open till midnight or 24 hours during the Olympics. I can not wait to be a part of 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympic and share such a nice time with you. These days, many people go out for parties in order to pump themselves up for such a great event.
I went to the INTERNeX Staff House Party last Saturday. It was so much fun!!! A lot of people who do not live in the Staff House showed up. I really enjoyed drinking and dancing with them and was really that I could expand my network of friends. I really do appreciate them for giving us such a good memory, thanks to the organizer of the party “Anandita” who lives in INTERNeX Staff House. Here is her comment below:

“It’s always fun when friends get together. But when they get together with a theme, now that’s madness. I enjoyed the INTERNeX staff house party this Saturday. The theme was Hippy, so everywhere you saw there were flowers, colours, and oversized accessories. I caught up with some old faces and met some new people, all in the name of peace. It was a great way to let myself loose and enjoy a great time. Everyone was welcomed with beads, colour, music, a drinking game and open arms. Over 30 people attended this awesome blast where friends made more friends. The party started about at 9pm and run on through till 3:30am in the morning. It was just a great experience”

Please check out pictures on our flicker page and face book. You can see how much fun it was.

Thank you!!!

The Vancouver Staffhouse

We have a very nice staff house in Vancouver. The house is full right now but please contact mayuko@internexcanada.com if you are interested to move in later on. There are around 11 people living in the house from all over the world. There is always something fun going on but the house is big enough if you want to have some time to relax on your own.

Everyone helps out with the cleaning and you buy your own food.

It’s a good location. Just a few minutes on the bus away from busy Broadway with shops and coffee places.