INTERNeX Hospitality program

Have you ever wondered which services’ INTERNeX offers? This blog post will highlight one of our four main ones; hospitality.

The hospitality program gives you the chance to gain experience in Canada’s world class resort communities. Placement opportunities are with hotels, resorts or associated companies in a tourism communities and cities in Canada. Positions and locations of placement opportunities are based on previous education, experience, English level, ability to stay a full season or longer, as well as general attitude and of course what is available at the time of your application. INTERNeX will assist you with all you need to secure your placement including in depth industry specific consultations, orientation to living and working in Canada and a placement specific orientation when you have secured your placement.

When is the best time to start? Positions in tourism locations are generally only available 2 times per year because of seasonality; Summer and Winter.

Canadian employers are looking for people who are outgoing, flexible, happy, hard-working, good at communicating with others, physically fit and willing to do physical work, as well as wanting to learn, able to adapt to a multicultural environment, and who really want to be in Canada. Some placements require a certain skill set but some do not. Our INTERNeX consultation and orientation will provide you with all the information you require to know what positions are available and how to secure the best possible placement opportunity and to be successful when you start your Canadian experience.

Will I have placement opportunities before I come to Canada? Yes.

Do I get paid? Yes.

Which permit is required? Working Holiday, Young Workers Exchange, SWAP.

Salaries generally start at $8.75 per hour and most placement opportunities are approximately 30 hours per week, sometimes more sometimes less depending on how busy the host organization is. Staff accommodation is included in tourism communities. This costs approximately $400-$550 per month, sometimes more sometimes less, and may or may not be deducted from your salary (those working in Vancouver can apply for homestay, short-term hostel or self-catered residency).

Anymore questions? Please write us an e-mail or visit our website

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

Exposé of the week – Klaas-Jan and Dennis

On Wednesday, our two Dutch candidates Klaas-Jan and Dennis had their last internship day at Richmond Yachts, where they have been working on their graduation project for the past 4,5 months. Both of them are studying Engineering in The Netherlands and had to do their graduation project together which is quite uncommon and therefore a challenge for INTERNeX. But in the end, everything turned out to be great!

Richmond Yachts is one of the world’s top custom fiberglass shipbuilders and the fact that Dennis and Klaas-Jan worked on a $30.000.000 yacht was reason enough for me to head to Richmond and ask them some questions about their experiences at the company and in Vancouver.

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How did you find INTERNeX International Exchange?

Klaas-Jan: In the first instance, we tried to find an internship ourselves but the response was disappointing, also due to the fact that the requirements from our university where pretty tough. Therefore we decided to engage somebody professional to find us the perfect company where we could work on our graduation project. We searched on the Internet and came across INTERNeX which has a lot of contacts in the engineering industry.

Why did you choose to go to Canada?

Dennis: I actually thought about going to the USA, but it is too difficult to get into the country and find an internship there, so I went for Canada since it is said to be a beautiful country.

Klaas-Jan: My sister went to Vancouver before and she strongly recommended the city. As you know it is the most livable city in the world! Besides, Australia, which I also considered, doesn’t have a strong engineering market. So I came here, also because I wanted to see bears…! 🙂

How did you like your internship?

Both: It was a great experience! We learned a lot about ship building and were able to apply our theoretical knowledge to the practical field. But not only that, we could also improve our English and meet a lot of interesting people!

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

Dennis: We did not have varying daily tasks because we were only working on our graduation project, a multipurpose door for a yacht that Richmond Yachts is building at the moment. So, every day we were designing, building, adapting and test-running our prototype.

What do you like most about Vancouver?

Klaas-Jan: We were both pretty impressed by the strength of the YVR community after the riots that happened just after the Vancouver Canucks lost the Stanley Cup Final. The city was a mess after rioters set cars on fire, smashed shop windows and destroyed other people’s property. To see all the Vancouverites clean up the city the day after was a very overwhelming feeling since you might not expect that to happen in Europe where there are also riots from time to time. But the inhabitants stood up for their city and did everything they could to whitewash their reputation. Their positive energy and love for the city is what I like very much!

Dennis: In addition to that, Vancouver just hits you with this WOW!-Effect wherever you go. You have the mountains in the North, parks and beaches in the West, Chinatown in the east and a great downtown district. Vancouver gives you everything you need, and especially in summer the city shows itself at its best so we are actually a little sad to be heading home now, that summer just started.

Where have you been in and around Vancouver?

Klaas-Jan: We went to Whistler and the Rocky Mountains, both together with INTERNeX. We could also tick Vancouver Island, Stanley Park, Grouse Mountain and other sites on our list.

What was the most memorable thing you did in Canada?

Dennis: After a party I stayed at a friend’s place. The following morning I got on the Skyrain to get back home and I fell asleep…When I woke up I found myself back at the same station where I boarded the Skytrain. So I went one whole round without waking up! Haha!

Klaas-Jan: To me, the best experience was the Rocky Mountains trip with INTERNeX. It was a lot of fun and I met so many nice new people which is something I really appreciate. INTERNeX brings people from all nationalities together! It increased my cultural awareness, I felt comfortable right away and I made a lot of friends!

Let’s sum it up: What was the best thing about your internship in Canada?

Both: That we could apply our theoretical knowledge to a tangible project which will be of value and used by Richmond Yachts.

And what was the worst thing?

Dennis: The tight budget I had to live on. Vancouver is a quite expensive city…

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What is the first thing you will do back home in The Netherlands?

Dennis: Drive a car, meet up with my friends and drink some cheep beer!

Klaas-Jan: I am looking forward to see my family, my friends and my girlfriend again.

Would you recommend INTERNeX International Exchange?

Both: YES!

We wish both of you good luck in the future and hope to see you back in Vancouver one day! 🙂

If you would like to share your INTERNeX experience with us, please feel free to contact us at pr@internexcanada.com!

Cheers,

Ziska

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

Testimonial from our own staff: Marien

The testimonial this week is  from Marien who works at INTERNeX. She is talking about herself and about her work at INTERNeX! Here is a little piece of the whole testimonial:

‘’I have worked for INTERNeX for three and a half years now!  Originally I am from Mexico and my last job was working in an international programs office at one of the main private universities in Mexico City. I was primarily responsible for student placements within their field of study and INTERNeX was actually one of our partners and that is how I came to meet Tim.  I started working for INTERNeX in August 2007 and my position here at INTERNeX has been the Hospitality Program Manager.


The INTERNeX staff is so amazing, because we are all so passionate about our work, the company and our candidates. This really sets us apart from all the others. Also, first and foremost our tailor-made placements. In this process we are focusing primarily on the participants and their personal goals and from there we find a suitable position for them. Another important and unique aspect of our company is our international team and relaxed work environment. We are all highly committed to this companies missions and values and we appreciate the fact that even though we have a substantial amount of systems and procedure in place, we are granted a considerable amount of freedom in which we can truly flourish. Given this room for innovation INTERNeX can always be one step ahead…”

If you are curious for her whole story, please go to our website to check it out.  Would like to have your testimonial online? Please write a story about your time in Canada and send your it to: pr@internexcanada.com

Cheers,
Claudia

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

A testimonial from Sabrina!

This week we have a new testimonial from Sabrina, and she also made the ‘picture of the week’ this week! Sabrina is originally from Germany and she came to Canada for our hospitality program. She’s been having an amazing time in Lake Louise where she works in a high class hotel. She already spent her summer in Lake Louise and she’s very excited to spend another half year there! Here is a little preview of her testimonial:

‘Hello Everybody,
My name is Sabrina and I spent my summer in Lake Louise. INTERNeX helped me to get a position at the front desk in a fabulous high class hotel in one of the most gorgeous places on earth, Lake Louise, in the heart of the Canadian Rockies. For those who looked up Lake Louise on Google Earth and think that it is just a small village in the middle of nowhere with nothing going on are totally wrong...’

If you are curious for her whole story about the beautiful nature, Lake Louise and about the wild animals she has seen, please check out our website! You can read all the other testimonials from other candidates too.

Cheers,
Claudia

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

To all INTERNeX candidates…Your support is needed!

Hi everybody!

I hope you are all enjoying your time in Canada!

We are really impressed by your great input, such as the report about the last Canucks game that Florian sent to us (thanks, Florian!). It is a pleasure for us to be part of your experience in Canada and we are glad that you also want to share it with the rest of the world!

As you might remember, INTERNeX recently uploaded a video of the Snowtubing event on youtube. We received a lot of positive feedback and want to continue shooting short clips about INTERNeX events and more importantly your experiences.

The INTERNeX family of candidates is continuously growing. Therefore we want to provide potential candidates with your opinion on INTERNeX, the program you are on and your time in Canada. The idea is basically to film testimonials of YOU! Our INTERNeX family. If you would like to share your experiences, be on camera and on our YouTube channel, please don’t hesitate to contact us at pr@internexcanada.com! It will help folks just like you who are interested in coming to Canada and following one of our programs to get a better understanding of what the internship, hospitality, volunteer or city placement program is about.

It will be a lot of fun to film the clips since the set will not be in the office. We will go outside and visit some nice locations of Vancouver. Maybe you have an idea where to go? What is your favorite place in this beautiful city? Maybe we can drop by your placement company and do the interview!

 

Let me know!

Cheers,

Ziska

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 on Youtube!

As from today on, the video from the snowtubing event that took place last Saturday can be seen on youtube aswell! It was a great day! INTERNeX has its own channel with a lot of video testimonials, so you can check out what others think about their time in Vancouver. From now on, INTERNeX will do its best to shoot more videos, not only about our fun trips and events but also of our dear candidates who would like to share their experiences with others! So if you would like to have a word and be on camera for talking about your time in Canada, send a mail to pr@internexcanada.com.

Cheers,
Ziska

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

A new testimonial!

Most of you know that I’m living at the INTERNeX Staffhouse. This is a great experience, especially because I meet so many people from all over the world! The only sad thing is that sometimes I have to say goodbye to them as well. Last week 4 people left, because they all finished their internship. Fortunately they usually leave a testimonial behind! Today I have a testimonial from Bas (The Netherlands) for you.

My time here in Vancouver was fantastic! I’ve been here for 5 months to do my graduation internship. To do my internship in Canada was one of my dreams actually and it came true! I worked in a clothing company where I worked as a International sales assistant, to help out where I can. I got the chance to work at a trade fair in Las Vegas with some staff members and meet lots of old and new clients. That was the highlight of my Internship to be honest, it was so much fun! The atmosphere was really relaxed at my internship and I helped the manager with lots of new things. In that way he could have more stuff done, when I was helping him.

To read his whole testimonial (he will tell more about Vancouver and the staffhouse) or to read testimonial from other INTERNeX candidates, go to our website!

See you tonight @ the INTERNeX PuB NiGHT!!

Cheers,

Elvera

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