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!
Your PR Team