Candidate Exposé – Janel de Boer

Janel de Boer

I am Janel de Boer, 21 years old and I am from the Netherlands. Currently I am studying International Leisure Management in Breda, the Netherlands. I had to do an internship abroad for my university and I wanted to do that outside of Europe. I couldn’t go to South Africa or Asia, so I chose to go to Canada.

I found Internex through my university since they have a partnership, so the company was mentioned between all the internship partners. So now I am doing the practicum program here and I really like it!

I am placed at Internex itself as a PR-coordinator. I organise the pub nights, weekly events and monthly events. I really like it here as I get t make friends with the candidates and create an amazing time for them here in Vancouver. I think you need to be open-minded and have some organizational-, planning-, and marketing skills for this internship. I think this internship is really useful for my career goals. I learned to be a team leader and I learned how to organize and market events and a lot more!

In Vancouver I live in an apartment downtown. I really like it as it is close to everything Janel de Boer (words)and I live with a good friend of my, which is also really nice. In the beginning I was really overwhelmed as I arrived in the evening on Granville Street. In the evening it is really busy here with a lot of lights. The next day it was raining, like usual, but I really liked the big city feeling and the feeling of being in Canada. Now at the moment I think it is too big for me. I can live here for the several months I planned to, but I would never want to actually live in such a big city.

During my stay I have been to the Rockies, Tofino, Victoria, Whistler, Kelowna, Seattle, Squamish and Wisconsin. I also went skiing a lot and hiking in the beautiful parks around Vancouver.

What I like most is that everybody is really polite in Canada, you would never see that in the Netherlands. I also really like all the parks in Canada, the nature here is so beautiful.

Being in a different country is always really difficult. It is hard to be away from your family and friends for such a long time. Also the culture is different from the Netherlands and it is not always easy to adjust to it.

The most memorable thing of my stay here is the Rockies trip. It was an amazing weekend with great friends, parties, places and nature. This experience didn’t’ t really inspire me to travel more since I already wanted to travel more before I came here. I would really love to see a lot of the world and get to see all the different cultures. Asia and Africa are definitely parts of the world I want to see.

I worked for Internex and I would definitely recommend it to others. If you are doing your internship in another country it is always hard to find friends outside your company, but with Internex you get to know a lot of people and make a lot of friends.

When I get back home I will see my family at the airport and have a really amazing Dutch dinner with them. After that the weekend starts and I will see my friends again.

– Janel

INTERNeX International Exchange
International Village,
Suite 2077, 2079 – 88 West Pender Street
Vancouver, Canada -V6B 6N9-
Web: http://www.internexcanada.com
Email: pr@internexcanada.com

New Dutchie in town

My name is Tess and I am a 20-year-old Dutch student. I am currently doing my International Event Management course within the Leisure Management study program. Since I really like to go to festivals, and always have been a bit of a planner, I figured this would be the perfect study for me, and it is!

Besides going to festivals, I also really like going on new adventures and meet new people. Well you could say this is a big one! For the 16130173_10202605388211669_2005288679_onext 7 months I will join INTERNeX as a PR-Coordinator and support the team with tasks like organizing the PuB NiGHTS, trips and other events. My group of friends always call me the tour leader, since I always book and plan our trips and even make our own travel guide, so I think we will all be fine ☺

I am a very enthusiastic person and easy to enjoy by the smallest things! Like last Thursday, when I went up to Stanley Park, I saw a raccoon for the first time since I arrived in Vancouver. It just made my day! So I am very excited to go on the big trips with you to spot some more Canadian wildlife.

Fun fact about me: I used to do lots of sports before I started studying in Breda, and one of them was belly dancing. I even participated in several competitions! I still love to dance, but don’t you dare asking me to show some moves on the PuB NiGHTS, we will just keep it to drinking then 😀

I am excited to meet all of you guys, so hopefully see you at PuB NiGHT tonight!

– Tess

INTERNeX International Exchange
International Village,
Suite 2077, 2079 – 88 West Pender Street
Vancouver, Canada -V6B 6N9-
Web: http://www.internexcanada.com
Email: pr@internexcanada.com

The Dutchies are taking over

I’m Danielle, one of the newest PR-coordinators at INTERNeX. For the next 7 months I will be joining the PR team and help organize things like the PuB NiGHTS and the weekly and monthly events. I already met some of you on Saturday night, because I wouldn’t be me if my first weekend in Vancouver didn’t include going out.img_0457

Let me just tell you a little bit about myself. I’m 22 years old and from the Netherlands. I am doing this internship as part of my study program at the NHTV, where I follow the course International Event Management. I love planning and organizing events, but besides that I spend most of my free time just hanging out and doing fun things with my friends and family. Although I’m a very social person, I can also appreciate some alone time while watching Netflix in bed.

I chose to come to Vancouver because I love adventure and I am always open to trying new things, coming here is a great way to challenge myself. I’ve been here for almost a week now and everybody I’ve met seems really nice, which helps with settling in. I’m very excited to get to know everybody and explore this beautiful country.

Hopefully I will see you all at the next PuB NiGHT!

– Danielle

INTERNeX International Exchange
International Village,
Suite 2077, 2079 – 88 West Pender Street
Vancouver, Canada -V6B 6N9-
Web: http://www.internexcanada.com
Email: pr@internexcanada.com

 

 

New PR-Coordinator in Town

My name is Janel and I’m a 20-year-old Dutch student in International Leisure Management at the NHTV in Breda, the Netherlands. meI love organizing events. Which is also why I will be your new PR-Coordinator for the next 7 months. I will support INTERNeX with their PR tasks like organizing Pub Nights, weekly events, monthly events and more! You can also always come to me if you have any questions!

Another hobby of mine is playing or watching soccer games. I also really like watching and playing other sports. Meeting new people, going out with friends and do activities is also one of my main hobbies. So I’m definitely a person that always wants to be busy and do anything.

I also love travelling and exploring new things. In the beginning of this year I went to Venice, Italy, for 5 months. I was studying there at the Ca’ Foscari University. I had a great experience there and I really want to make your experience here in Canada amazing too!
Last Friday I arrived in Vancouver and I already like Canada. The people are really kind, the city is big and the nature is beautiful around here. So hopefully we will see a lot of it during the time we are here!

I am looking forward to see you all tomorrow at the next Pub Night. And I hope that we will have lots of fun together in these coming 7 months!

Hopefully see you soon!!

Janel

INTERNeX International Exchange
International Village,
Suite 2077, 2079 – 88 West Pender Street
Vancouver, Canada -V6B 6N9-
Web: http://www.internexcanada.com
Email: pr@internexcanada.com

INTERNeX Canada: Exposé Of The Week ft Ilse Hofman

This week, we are interviewing Ilse Hofman who came from The Netherlands to work in Canada. She has been in Vancouver for almost 4 months since February this year. So here is what she had to say about her experience in Canada:

Why did you go to Canada?
Most of the younger Dutch people who wants to go abroad, go to Australia or the States. Australia is really expensive and I want to be different! I choose Canada because of the beautiful nature and I definitely do not regret my choice.

How long are you staying here?
I arrived in the beginning of February in Vancouver and will stay here till October. Until that time I will be working here and go on trips to other places of course. From October till January I will go travelling to the east of Canada and some places in the United States. I will fly back home at the end of February.

What kind of work are you doing, where have you worked?
My first job was at Blenz (coffee shop). I worked there for 2,5 months as a Barista. I had to travel 1,5 hours by bus to get there so after a while I started to find another job, closer to my home. Right now I’m working as a server in a restaurant of a private tennis club next to the beach and closer to my home.

How did you get your jobs?
Internex arranged the job interviews and advised me what I should say and what not to say. Applying for a job here is very different than applying for a job in The Netherlands so all the advise and tips were really helpful.

My landlord helped me getting the job as a server in the restaurant from the private tennis club. He is a member and knew that the club was looking for servers. He told me that and I was enthusiastic right away, than he talked to the F&B manager. The next day I got the contact details and I sent an e-mail to the manager and the day after I had my job interview. 2 weeks later I started and quit the job at Blenz.

What kind of tasks are you responsible for on daily basis?
When I worked at Blenz, I advised people about the products, handled payments, made the drinks and sometimes I made latte art! Of course cleaning was one of the things we had to do as well.

In the restaurant I am serving the guests, take their orders, serving drinks, handling payments. At the end of the shift we are cleaning all the tables and chairs and set up the tables for the next day/evening.

What is the best thing about your work?
During this work abroad my English improved a lot. That’s mainly because I use different expressions than I learned on school. I use a broader vocabulary.

Also, I meet new people that have different cultures. All the Canadians here are really kind and helpful. Especially in the beginning it was strange that everyone says; hi, how are you doing?  In The Netherlands, people will look at you and think: why do you ask, you don’t mean a thing!

What do you like most about Canada and Vancouver?
As I was telling before the people are so nice and helpful. I meet a lot of people and whole Vancouver is kind of your friend, people will tell their whole life stories while you are sitting in the bus or sky train next to them.

There are also a lot of things to do here in the city. In the winter you can go for skiing in the surrounding mountains. In the summer you can go to the beach, if the weather is nice of course! Other things you can do in Vancouver are hiking, visiting parks, like Stanley Park and shopping of course.

What trips did you do in your free time, also organized by INTERNeX?
In my first week in Vancouver we went to Cypress Mountain for skiing. Flora and I got lost at the end of the day, we are both no pro’s and we came out at the black part. We climbed back to the junction to the other way.

With St. Patricks day we saw the Parade with a few other and after that we had lunch together and did some shopping. With Easter I went to the Rockies with INTERNeX. It was an amazing trip, one of the must do’s in Canada!

In the beginning I went to the PuB NiGHTS almost every week. It is a great way to meet new people and friends!

Do you attend the weekly Pub-Night organized by INTERNeX and do you think this is a good way to meet new people?
In the beginning I went to most of the pub-nights. We became friends with each other and shared stories. But right now I’m not going that often, because the most days I am working in the evening.

Why did you choose INTERNeX International Exchange?
Internex is the partner from the travel agency in Holland. They told what Internex could do for me while I am in Canada and everything did sound really good.

What is the best thing about INTERNeX International Exchange?
They always want to help you and they always will make time for you. Internex knows a lot about other cultures, so they can advise you very well what to say and what not to say in example a job interview.

How did you find a place to stay?
Mina, who is working for INTERNeX knew someone who knew a another person who had a basement suite available. I took a look there and after a few days the place was mine!

How did INTERNeX International Exchange help you to organize your trip to Canada?
The travel agency in The Netherlands helped me with booking my flights. Internex was already looking for job opportunities and on my second day Flora, the PR intern, told me a lot about Vancouver, the transit system and other good things to know.

Would you recommend INTERNeX International Exchange?
Yes I will! As I said they help me with everything. They make you feel comfortable in the city. I think the nicest thing about Internex that if you come to Canada by yourself, you don’t feel alone when you arrive.

Thank you Ilse for sharing your experiences in Canada with us and for all the great memories during your stay here!

Cheers,

Jelle

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: 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

INTERNeX Canada: Casual Friday

Hello everybody!

You already know INTERNeX is a really international company!

Actually our Public Relations Team is formed by 5 different nationalities! But the best of this multicultural group is that we can celebrate each national festivity together! Last Wednesday  was especially for our American intern Katie!

After a great Canada Day, 4th July arrived with such a big celebration in United States! This day commemorates the Declaration of Independence from the Kingdom of Great Britain signed on July 4 of 1776.

All the PR team attended a parade near Seattle and then the awesome fireworks in the city! You can´t imagine how crowded it was! Sometimes I looked around and it just seemed like we were in a film, with all the people on their blankets, the comets in the sky, American flags all around, carnival games…

Which will be the next festivity to celebrate?

In fact there are a couple of possibilities.

This month, the 21st of July, we can celebrate the Belgium National Day, with our Belgium intern Lies. Or maybe we will wait for Xenia until the 3rd of October to celebrate the Day of German Unity or until the 12th of October for the Spain National Day.

We also can wait a bit longer for The Liberation Day in The Netherlands on 5th of May for our Dutch intern, Petra.

No matter what nationality you are, you can celebrate them all! The more possibilities, the more fun!

When is your country´s national day? How do you celebrate it?

Just let us know and we can celebrate together!

Check our flickr page out to see more pictures

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