INTERNeX Canada: About INTERNeX

I really believe that every single thing that happens in your life changes you. All the situations that you live, all the people that you meet… They are the real motive to change ourselves and grow up.

INTERNeX offers us exactly this, the chance to live a new situation, doing new tasks, meeting different people, living and working abroad… that´s  what becomes you in  a better professional and a better person, which is even more important.

Working at the office as a part of a team and not just as an “intern” makes us feel INTERNeX like something real ours. We spent a couple of months here, but we will be always an INTERNeXer!

Lies, one of our interns that already left a couple of month ago, is still part of us! She has been attended different colleges in The Netherlands to promote our services to those students who need to do an internship in their third year. Lydia another INTERNeX PR intern that I didn´t have the pleasure to meet, helped her as well in Den Haag, one of the 3 colleges where Lies promoted.

The both of them have done a great job inside and outside the office during this time. It is a good sign that your interns help you even when they already left, isn´t it? Maybe is because INTERNeX is doing a good work inside and outside the office as well.

Thank you so much girls,

Cheers,

Irene

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

ABOUT INTERNeX: The INTERNeX Team!

What’s so special about participating in one of our programs in Canada is that you will meet people from all over the world who have had unique experiences and backgrounds! There is never a dull moment because you are constantly immersed in and learning about different cultures and ways of life.

Just like you, our INTERNeX team in Vancouver have come from various parts of the world! Most of us have fallen deeply in love with this city and have settled down here, while others are just soaking it all up for a couple of months. The differences in each person are what make us all unique, but are crucial to helping us to understand YOU- our candidates – better. We pride ourselves in having the opportunity to experience the international community, and in turn, providing this experience to our candidates.

Not sure who we are or where we are from? We took a new photo of the current INTERNeX team in Vancouver and thought it would be nice to share it with everyone!

From the left we have Mayuko – our administrator (originally from Japan), Barbara – our Placement Manager (from Canada), Mina – our Program Director (originally from Korea), Tim – the President (from Canada), Marianne (from Germany) and Queenie (originally from Hong Kong) – two of our Public Relations Coordinator and Patrick – our Volunteer Program Manager (originally from the Netherlands).

Baring in mind that Martina – our program manager (who originally from and is currently away in Germany), Simon– our IT and PR manager (also from Germany) and Irene, another one of our public relations coordinator (from Spain) is missing from this picture!

We aren’t so scary, are we now? We are more than happy to answer any questions you may have so don’t be afraid to email, call or come find us! Feeling homesick or lost? Just come for a chat! We love working with you and are looking forward to getting to know each one of you better.

Cheers,

Queenie

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: Culture shock: Hockey vs football

The most important and popular sport at Vancouver and in general in Canada is hockey…  (Remember just say hockey, you will never heard “ice hockey “from a Canadian) And here everybody loves their team, The Canucks. They feel it like something personal and it´s absolutely amazing how the people get involved in their games.

In Madrid this is quite different. First of all we are not really into hockey… the sport without any doubt which goes mad the people, is the football.  But the second big difference is that in Madrid we don´t support the same team…not at all! There are tons of different teams, but historically and still in the present the people like one of the two “main” teams, of course as you can guess they are rivals, so you just can belong to one of them; these teams are the Real Madrid and Atlético de Madrid.

Real Madrid has win in several times the national league, the Champions and all the possible competitions…they are famous everywhere, they have the most popular, expensive players and the people pay crazy amounts of money for their shirts and to see them playing… the companies all over the world want them to become their image, the teenagers get crazy with Cristiano Ronaldo and his six pack…

On the other hand we have my Atletico de Madrid, who wins some times and lose a couple of other times, but when it wins everybody celebrate it!  (yeah is not that common like with Real Madrid) It has good players as well, but not so many “football starts” like Real Madrid can have.

We have a saying in Madrid that say… “Del atletico se nace, del Real Madrid se hace” whose translation can be something like “Atletico´s fans were born to be fans, Real Madrid´s fan just become fans”. And that´s because the fans of Atletico are well-known everywhere for their fidelity and for being hopeful with the team even if the results are not as good as expected! If you support it, you will support forever!

In you are into football you will know Barcelona Football team, which is the other Spanish big team! Of course there is polemic and rivalry between Real Madrid and Barcelona as well…

I just notice how polemic the Spanish we are! Yeah another difference with Canadians for sure!

If you read the post you will know of with team I am, but you can NOT forget your values and respect the others! That´s much more important than just win! Fair play!

Cheers,

Irene

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: Wakeboarding Review

Hi there,

How was your weekend?

For me was a non-stop weekend, but also a non-stop fun!

Yesterday we had a great day of wakeboarding in Cultus Lake! It was pretty funny to see all our faces in the morning, because as you can imagine everybody was partying Saturday Night!

When we arrived to the incredible Cultus Lake, we divided our group in two groups of 6 people! The first group (5 boys and me, not bad for me!!) was the first in doing wakeboarding while the second stay chilling a little bit in the riverside!

The views on the boat were awesome, and the best of were driving so fast across the river with loud music! Incredible fun! In the beginning we were still tired because of the hangover but of course there is no better way to get up that practicing water sports!

Each person has like a 5 different opportunities to get up and make the real wakeboarding but the most of the people fell down in a couple of seconds! But during that seconds everybody were feeling like the king and queen of the world! It was so funny to see the faces during that moment and the pre and post fallen!

After the first shift our group enjoyed the barbeque!!! After all the efforts the burgers tasted even more delicious! We worth it! And in the meanwhile the other group were having their special wakeboarding moment!

After that, we had another shift! And I don´t know why but all my team was touched like with super powers because they all did really good! Even with just one hand! Professional team!

The weather yesterday as you could notice wasn´t as good as we wanted! But this is Vancouver and this is PR team´s curse! Every time we organize some activity outside the weather changes! But it didn´t stop us!

To sum up it was so much fun! But the feeling is like you want to repeat and repeat again! It´s addictive! No matter if you are hangover or if it is freezing if you can do wakeboarding!

Thanks to all of you guys and Easytrip Vancouver for the great and crazy Sunday we had!

Happy week for everyone!!

Cheers

Irene

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: Culture Shock

What are the differences between Canada and your own country? We tried to answer this question in the office last week. The INTERNeX staff is so international that we decided to get to take a closer look at each other’s cultures and countries. It was so interesting to listen to the different opinions in our team, especially because we work with all of you from all over the world and considering our Around the World Summer Party 2012 that just happened!

It was Petra’s goodbye get-together so she started off with the Netherlands where people don’t organize themselves in lines as much as Canadians do, she said. They wouldn’t wait for things patiently and rather continue to the next possible option; or elbow their way through into busses and trains. It’s funny because Canadians indeed wait in lines politely. Just take a look at 99 express bus stops – there are always three neat lines formed to board the three doors! Lies, who grew up in Malawi, mentioned that Malawians are happier people. In fact, Malawi was rated one of the happiest countries in the world despite being one of the poorest places on earth. But I am sure Canada is among the first in this survey as well! The Germans in our team agreed that Canadians are a friendlier crowd. The “How are you” in the supermarket here, the “Thank you” in the bus or a chat in the train, they always make my day. Germans are known to be very organized as well. But then again, who stands in neat lines all the time? I guess Canadian line-ups wouldn’t work with Germans because they are a little bit impatient, Martina thinks. But German food can definitely compete with Canada. Many people miss the German bread and some would die for all the different sausages, not to mention the beer.

Mina thought than Koreans are more emotional than Canadians. Happy or sad, they show it too. One of the ways to do it is clapping, Koreans clap their hands aaaall the time, no matter how small the occasion. Find the right address – clap your hands; meet a friend – clap your hands; if you happy and you know it – clap your hands! Our Japan representative Mayuko pointed out that Canadians don’t bow and that our sushi in Canada is all “wrong”. So expect a sushi restaurant called “Sushi the right way” to be opened soon in Vancouver! Katie though that Americans are more crazy about sports. They start to exercise as toddlers almost and continue doing and watching all kinds of sports and team games. Well, Canadians are probably right behind the US in this regard. Could you feel all the excitement about the Olympics? I won’t even start explaining the ice hockey spirit…

And of course we have Canadians at INTERNeX, too! They compared Canada with some destinations they travelled. Barbara lived in Melbourne/Australia that feels basically the same as Vancouver, she said. It’s not too small, not too big, it’s green, there are beached and even the same language ;-). It might be a couple degrees warmer sometimes though… Tim has travelled the UK and pointed out that although it’s all English, he is glad you can understand what people are saying here in Canada as opposed to Scotland. Even he gave up on listening and trying to figure out their expressions and pronunciation. You think you can speak English? Go try that in Scotland!

It’s impressive that we are so different but we all live here and share pieces of our cultures and of Canada! It’s a good thing we don’t have to decide for one or the other: be Dutch, clap your hands, have some sushi and German beer with your American friend, and watch some ice hockey in an Irish pub! What is a major difference between Canada and your country? Are you from one of the INTERNeX team’s countries? Please comment and share you opinion!

Cheers,

Xenia

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

This week’s exposé is a special one – for the first time we prepared a video interview! Our star this week is Kristina who was part of the INTERNeX PR team in the last months. Check out how a real Canadian feels working with INTERNeX!

Cheers,

PR Team

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

We would like to introduce you Nicolas.
He is from Germany, 25 years old and is here already since November 2011.
Back home he is studying Engineering and decided to do an international Internship here in Vancouver, Canada.
He is an intern at a engineering Company until the mid of July.
I made a visit at his company and after he showed me his workplace and explained me parts of his job we sat down and talked about INTERNeX, Vancouver and his experiences here in Canada so far.
He told me among many other things that he really enjoys his stay here and is fascinated how friendly and helpful people here in Vancouver are. He loves the international kitchen and tried for example Sushi here for the first time in his life and loves it.


Why did you chose Canada to do your Internship there?
First of all I was interested in the North American culture and lifestyle. I have never been to a North American country before. Of course also a perfect place for my Internship was important. I will need it to do my diploma project so I came here to improve my English.
Many technical terms in the engineering industry are in English so it’s important to know them.
I’m also a person who likes the nature and Canada, especially Vancouver has the perfect mix.
You have a lot of things to do, can go out at the weekend, meet many people, visit nice places but also go for a walk at the beautiful Stanley Park or at the English Bay. 
Furthermore I am a big ski fan so the distance to the ski areas was also a criterion. I rented Ski for the whole season and have already been in all the ski-area around here: Rocky Mountains, Whistler, Grouse Mountain as well as Cypress Mountain.

Is your internship useful?
It’s definitely very useful. I can turn my theoretical knowledge from the university into praxis.
I am totally integrated in the Team here and work directly for the company.
I have important tasks to do, produce or plan things, which go directly to our clients all around the world. I don’t do anything senseless nobody needs so they really care about me and I am in charge of different projects.
They give me the chance to have a look in all kind of subject areas. Engineering is a big field so it’s great to see and work on all kind of things.

What kind of tasks are you responsible for on daily basis?
It’s really various which makes it so interesting.
I construct apparatus, analyze and test different things, build 3D models and produce different things for the company. I also already worked in the quality control- as well as for the product development department.


What’s the best thing about your internship?

The best thing is that I can do new things every day, which are all interesting. I’m an important part of the team and totally integrated.
I work together with others on new and significant projects and help my company.
 I gain a deep insight into the structure of a typical Canadian company and my co-workers are really friendly.
If I have any questions I can always talk to them and they take their time to help me.
Of course also to experience the praxis, which I don’t know from University, that’s really helpful.


What trips did you attend in your free time, also organized by INTERneX?

I went to an amazing Rockies Trip. That was one of the best trips I have ever done and I only can suggest everybody to attend the next one in April!
I arrived Thursday Night and went straight to the Rockies on Friday morning. The program was awesome, and for me was it the perfect chance to meet people right away.
I was part of the “INTERNeX Family” from the very beginning. We had a great time with terrific parties and fun people!

Do you attend the weekly PuB NiGHT organized by INTERNeX?
I attend it almost every week, so very frequently. I met many people there and it’s always fun. Especially for the people who arrived new is it a perfect opportunity to meet new people and find friends fast.
But also for everybody who has been already here for a few weeks or months is it great to talk to all the others, make plans for the weekend and just to relax with one or two drinks.

What’s the best thing about INTERNeX International Exchange?
A very important thing is that they are located directly here in Vancouver. You can go there whenever you want and if you have any questions or problems they usually can help you. Also the Staffhouse was an important factor to chose INTERNeX.
It´s the perfect location to meet new people, improve your English and have Parties. 
Another advantage is the PR-Team. These guys organize a big Trip every month, Events and Activities every weekend as well as a weekly PuB NiGHT.
INTERNeX helped me with my Visa, to find my internship as well as a place to stay. 
They gave me a Welcome orientation which was very usefull as well as the fact that they send me a list of things I have to remember and be awared of.

Would you recommend INTERneX International Exchange?
Definitely. It’s an easy way to safe time especially if you have no idea about the country as well as the city. They organize a interview at a company which fits with your ideas. You always have somebody you can go to if you have any problems or questions and it’s so much easier to find new friends and they have organized Events.


Thank you very much Nicolas, we hope you will enjoy the following months and wish you all the best for your future.

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