PR-team Adventures

Since finding some sweet deals for you can be quite hard in Vancouver, we are changing our blogposts a bit. We are still aiming to find great offers for you with the Smart Saver Vancouver, but we will only post the blogposts every other week from now on. To still keep you entertained, we are going to post some of our adventures in Canada. Those can be some fun things we experience in the office, excited trips we have made, or just random but great stories we want to share with you guys! We are starting off with some pranks we pull in the office.

So Becky, our crazy English girl in the office, went on a little trip to Toronto. Although we missed her since it was so quiet without her in the office, we always like to pull a prank when people come back in the office again. Since she is so excited with geo-cashing, a sort of treasure hunt on the streets worldwide, we decided to make a Becky-cashing.
After some good stalking on Facebook, we found great faces of our lovely Becky. We made them smaller, printed them and placed them all over the office. There was a Becky in the microwave, one on the milk and a few between all the pictures on our picture wall. Yeah, good luck with finding those Becky.

For a more warming welcome, we made her a little treasure map. As soon shbeckytreasurehunte set step into the office, the hunt began. It was so funny to see how excited she was! Although she had a treasure map, she was almost too excited to see all her pretty faces and she missed some really obvious ones. But in the end she had all of them; 28 Becky faces.

We still have not removed all the faces yet, so we can still have a laugh! So if you are stopping by the office and take a look at Becky’s desk, it might be possible to see some beautiful Becky faces.

I hope to see you all tonight at PuB NiGHT to even have a bigger laugh, some drinks and chatting of course 🙂

– 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

HOW WAS YOUR WEEKEND? + FlyOver CANADA REVIEW

Yesterday we went to the pretty popular FlyOver Canada to enjoin “The Ultimate Flying Ride” across the most gorgeous places Canada has to offer.DSC00708 It was quite an amazing experience and everyone was excited!

Luckily it wasn’t raining since we met up outside at Canada Place there where you can buy the tickets. During the short time we waited for everyone to arrive we could see a lot of seaplanes landing on the water near Canada Place. Lisa, one of our interns, told us about her awesome experience flying with one of those seaplanes. Accidentally we met another intern with his girlfriend. They also planned to go to the FlyOver Canada and so they summarily decided to join us. We were a group of 8 people that heade down to the entrance of FlyOver Canada. Surprisingly there was no line up and we quickly could enter the room where you get introduced in special personal views of Canada. You got so many different impressions and actually you didn’t even know where to look at but I definitely mean it in a positive way though.FullSizeRender I guess everyone who already did the FlyOver Canada knows what I am talking about. After that kind of introduction we finally got seated in the chairs, the floor underneath the chairs was being rolled back and we could see the full size of the giant screen: We were ready to take off.

To make that experience even more realistic the chairs were moving around, a bit of wind and water was blown into our faces, and of course we could also hear the sound of the helicopter. We truly believe that this was just amazing and they really did a great job shooting all these gorgeous locations and putting together such a memorable fly.

This experience can definitively be recommended to those of you who couldn’t join yesterday. Bring a couple of friends, and for sure you won’t get bored.

After that great event we could watch how a huge cruise liner left the harbour. Since it was already quite cold yesterday evening we decided to go for having a hot chocolate/coffee at Tim Hortons at the Pacific Center. We sat there till the security staff asked us to leave considering that they wanted to finish work.

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Besides that, a friend and I went to the cinema but not for seeing the new James Bond movie, as I suggested in my last post, but rather for seeing “The intern” which was a pretty funny movie. At the beginning I was a kind of afraid of not understanding what the movie is about or what they are talking about. Therefore I was even more proud of myself that I was able to understand nearly everything. Next time I really have to see “Spectre”, maybe some of you guys would like to join me?

What to do on the weekend?

It’s already weekend again and Vancouver has, as always, great events planned for you, such as the Winter Farmer’s Market, Baker’s Dozen, Vancouver International Dance Festival and the Canadian Film Fest in Toronto.

                                                                                                                        

Vancouver


Winter Farmer’s Market

The Winter Farmer’s Market is held every Saturday from 10am to 2pm at Baily Stadium. You can find there fresh produce, locally growned veggies and fruits, seafood and other awesome delicious delights can be found at the Farmer’s Market.

                                                                                                                      

Baker’s Dozen


Baker’s Dozen is the newest baked good market here in town. It’s every Sunday in March. At the Maker’s Market are 13 local bakers with their tasty goods. The Baker’s Dozen market is from 11am till 3pm. The market is located in the River District Centre and the best thing is it’s for free.

                                                                                                                     


Vancouver International Dance Festival


The 2014 Vancouver International Dance Festival is from March 7 to 29th. The Festival presents an extraordinary roster of dance artists and creators such as Israel Galvan, Dancers Dancing, Kokoro, and more. They have also free and paid events and they performed in venues across the city. This weekend it’s time for Isarel Galvan and he will dance at the Vancouver Playhouse.

                                                                                                                       

Toronto

The Canadian Film Fest celebrates Canadian cinema by with short films, features and workshops from Canadian filmmakers and artists. The Canadian Film Fest is from the 20th till the 22nd of March. It will host in the Royal Cinema and it will cost $12.50. This year’s fest includes Toronto and Canadian premieres, with six feature films and 14 short films.

We all hope you have a great weekend and we hope to see you at our next PuB NiGHT on Wednesday.

INTERNeX International Exchange
International Village,
Suite 2077, 2079 – 88 West Pender Street
Vancouver, Canada -V6B 9N9-
Web: http://www.internexcanada.com
Email: pr@internexcanada.com

What to do on the weekend?

It is weekend again, this time we have listed for you The Talking Stick Festival, Curious Flea Market, Ice Skating, Winter Farmers Market in Vancouver and The Icefest in Toronto. And of course the Brewery Tour on Saturday with afterwards a couple of sherbet dibdabs downtown, keep an eye on our Facebook page if you want to join us after the Brewery Tour.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         

VANCOUVER

13th Annual Talking Stick Festival

If you are interested in the art of Aboriginals, then you should visit this weekend the Talking Stick Festival. The Festival is held through whole Vancouver, so check the website to see if there is anything near you to do. All kind of different performing arts can found, from theatre, drumming and music to spoken word and multimedia performance. The most popular performance is the Powwow culture, it consist of traditional and contemporary dance exhibitions, such as the inter-tribal dance, which you even can join. They also sell arts, crafts and traditional foods. The Powwow culture is held in the roundhouse community arts & recreation centre at 11am on February 23rd.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      

Curious Flea Market

Flea Market just with a twist. The curious flea market invites customers to hangout, engage and explore. The market sells everyting from antique to Mid-Century to 50s kitsch and more. The market can be found a Rivers Market at Westminster Quay on February 22nd from 10am – 5pm and on the 23rd from 11am – 4pm.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   

Olympic Ice Skating

Want to win a new pair of skates, or just having fun on the ice. Then head to the ice rink at Robson square on February 23rd 5pm – 8pm, dress yourself nicely in Canadian or international themed gear; face piant, flags, etc and get a free hot chocolate and the chance to win a new pair of skates.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        

Vancouver’s Winter Farmers Market

Want to stroll around a lovely market, than you should go to the farmers market at the Nat Bailey Stadium on February 22st at 10am – 2pm. The market will be held every Saturday through April 26th.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       

TORONTO

IceFest

The IceFest is back for ninth time with ice sculpture dispalys, event and many more. Over the weekend ice artists will make a winter scene from 35 000 pounds of ice. The theme of the scene is “Heat Wave”, so expect some tropical hints in a cold winter scene. You can also be a judge and vote fro the best ice sculpture during the Sassafraz Ice Carving Competition. The event will be held at the Bloor – Yorkville B.I.A.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       

I wish you all a beautiful weekend with a lot of joy!

INTERNeX International Exchange
International Village,
Suite 2077, 2079 – 88 West Pender Street
Vancouver, Canada -V6B 9N9-
Web: http://www.internexcanada.com
Email: pr@internexcanada.com

 

INTERNeX Canada: Smart Saver

It’s Smart Saver time! This time it’s Smart Saver for all the foodies in Vancouver and Toronto, who love to go for a cheap lunch, but do not want to wander around the city half-starving to find a cheap deal.

For you I found a website called chowmenow.com, where Aden Klein wandered through tons of restaurant/trucks to find the best deal for you under $5. Who does not want to eat a lunch for under 5 bucks? So head over to the website and select your neighborhood and of you can go. Yes it is that easy.

Enjoy your $5 lunch

INTERNeX Canada: Exposé of the week ft Alexandr Tankos !

This week, we had the pleasure of interviewing the hockey coach Alexandr Tankos, who came from the Czech Republic with a Working Holiday visa and attended a city placement with INTERNeX.

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Ron Thorpe (left),President of Richmond Minor Hockey Association with Alexandr Tankos(right)

He has been in Vancouver for 1 year since he came here, and he has the chance of staying 1 year more in Canada on a Young Professional Permit.

A month ago, he won the “Excellence in Coaching Awards”, award which is given to coaches who best exemplify the essentials of coaching (communication, instruction, player development, fair play, sportsmanship, leadership and organization).

Why did you choose Canada?

Well, I finished my studies in Public Administration in Prague and I decided that I wanted to improve my English Skills and also to gain new life experiences.

I considered the USA and UK, where I studied English for a short period, but Canada has the Working Holliday Program, which was really easy to participate in, and I decided that I could experience a new culture and experiences here.

I also chose Canada because this country is very friendly and it has a strong passion for ice hockey!

And why Vancouver?

I had other options like Toronto and more places, but Vancouver is a beautiful city and the weather is really good, and not very cold (during the winter -1 C).

How did you find INTERNeX International Exchange?

When I came back from the US to Europe, I asked my agency in the Czech Republic about some international programs and they were working with INTERNeX. They introduced me to Timothy Wells, President of INTERNeX. After a couple of meetings with Tim I understood what I should do in order to: find a good job related to my major, prepare for living in Canada, meet new people and what I needed for working in Canada.

What’s your job here and what tasks are you responsible for on daily basis?

I’m a coach at “Richmond ice hockey minor association” and “Pacific elite hockey school”. Where they run a very professional program. I received high level coaching and mentoring from the “Director of Players and Coach Development”; Glenn Wheeler, who gave me the background I needed and new experiences. In general I coach players from 6 to 17 years old in the skills session or team stuff as well.

My tasks are mainly training the guys at the ice rink and also off-ice (dryland). I also have to deal with parents, coaching meetings and prepare team building.

Wow. How did you decide to coach?

When I came to Canada, I realized that it was pretty tough to obtain employment in the governmental sector (high level of English and French, citizenship, etc.).  So I asked myself “what should I do?” And that’s when I figured out that I could do something related with sports.

But why did you think about doing something related with sports?

Because before I started my University I used to play hockey in Czech Republic.  I played in the junior team during the time I was studying in the high sport school and then I had the chance to play one year in the adult team. I finished my hockey career due to a few injures and then I started to study University.

I also had a couple experiences because I used to help my father, who was a general manager of one hockey club in Czech Republic; I was helping and watching him for more than 10 years.

What’s the first thing you did when you came to Canada?

First I went to what I consider the best language school in Vancouver (International House) to improve my language skills and to meet new friends. I recommend this to everybody. That was the start of my new life here in Canada.

Then I went to INTERNeX and that’s when I started to figure out what I was looking for.

The INTERNeX’ Team helped me a lot and supported me, arranged a meeting with the company, and they prepared me for my interview (How to introduce myself, how to dress and also the mentality for the meeting).

It was tough, but finally I got it, I recognize it was a big chance.

Alexandr with his plaque in Downtown Vancouver.

Do you find big differences between the ice hockey in Canada and Czech Republic?

First of all, we have to understand that Czech Republic has probably only around the 10% of hockey players that Canada has. If we want to be competitive with, we need to spend more time on ice and off-ice as well.

Another difference is that ice hockey clubs in Czech are more connected with adult’s hockey, boys can stay in one club since they start to play in “Hockey 1” until adults as a professional level. Here in Canada are many “small associations”, where the best players play till Midget, after they go to Major Midget, then to WHL as juniors, and then, if they are very good, to NHL.

And also the differences are seen in the parents. In Canada, parents pay more money, and they are logically also more involved in what the coach does.

Now talking about ice hockey, what do you think is necessary to be a hockey player?

I think you have to have these criteria:a sense of hockey, be fit, a background in hockey and have good luck. That’s all!!

How do you like your job and why?

I’ve got a job, which I love, for sure! And I love that, because I can help to kids every day. I teach them and I enjoy doing that. For me is not actually really a job.

What’s the best thing about your stay here in Vancouver?

I think the best thing is that I got a job, which I love and I’ve met honest and friendly people that helped me a lot. I went to a very good language school, in hockey I have been professionally mentored by the best coaches in B.C. and I always had the support of INTERNeX.

And what’s the worst thing about your stay here?

The worst part is that I’m very far away from home and maybe I don’t know so many people as I know in Czech.

So what is the first thing you will do when you return back home?

I’ll hang out with my parents, my grandparents and friends….and of course I’ll drink CZECH BEER!! Hehehehe.

Finally, would you recommend INTERNeX International Exchange?

Yeah, for sure I do! They helped me a lot!

But I just want to mention than people who want to come have to think about they have to try their best effort for getting what they want and they have to understand the Canadian culture.

I wanna say thank you to INTERNeX!

 

Thank you so much Alexandr for sharing your experiences in Canada with us and best of luck in your future !

Best,

Mercedes

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: Vancouver facts!

What do you know about Vancouver?

Read further to find some more fun and interesting facts about Vancouver.

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  •  Established by Captain George Vancouver in 1886.
  • Situated at an altitude of 71m/236ft.
  • Population: 603,502 (growing at a steady rate of 3%)
  • More than 35% of the population of Vancouver is foreign born.
  • Vancouver has the highest per capita proportion of Asians of any North American city.
  • A resident of Vancouver is called a Vancouverite.
  • Ranked one of the most liveable cities in the world and one of the 10 cleanest cities on the world.
  • It is the largest city in the province of British Columbia
  • The third largest city in Canada after Toronto and Montreal.
  • Largest film production center in North America after Los Angeles and New York City.
  • Port of Vancouver is the largest in Canada (and second in North America)
  • The 2010 Winter Olympics and 2010 Winter Paralympics were also held in this beautiful city.
  • Vancouver hosts one of the country’s largest annual gay pride parades.
  • Vancouver is the birthplace of the one of the world’s largest environmental organizations, called Greenpeace.
  • There are three ski hills in Vancouver: Grouse Mountain, Mount Seymour and Cypress Mountain.

I hope you are having a great weekend.

Best,

Mercedes

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