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

INTERNeX Canada: From Sea to Sea

https://i0.wp.com/farm9.staticflickr.com/8021/7177916065_afe6b93cbf_m.jpgDid you know the Canadian motto is “From Sea to Sea”? I think that is so perfect because Canada is surrounded by three oceans. The Pacific Ocean is right next to us on the west coast, the Atlantic Ocean is on the opposite end on the east coast and the Arctic Ocean is in the north surrounding the North West Territories and Nunavut.

We have the world’s longest coastline at 202 080 km and at 9 984 670 sq km, Canada is pretty darn big! The beautiful and diverse landscape includes mountains, lakes, glaciers and vast prairie lands allow the opportunities to experience many different outdoor activities and wildlife that cannot be found anywhere else.

More than just geography, it is really the people that make Canada as special as it is. Our Canadian identity has been shaped by the British, French and the First Nations people. More and more, our pop culture is heavily influenced by the Americans.

Canada is known for their multiculturalism, especially in the metropolitan cities like Toronto and Vancouver. Where else can you find people from all over the world with different backgrounds and stories to tell?

This video inspired my passion for Canada, once again. Watch it!

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: What to do on the weekend?

Is there any way to vote for a four-day workweek and a three-day weekend? I could get used to this for sure! A third day would be just perfect to recover from the previous days’ exertions and get physically and mentally ready to work at full power the next day.  Hmm for now let’s face merciless reality though and make the most out of this Saturday and Sunday, ok? 🙂

Here are some cool suggestions for you guys:

Eastside Culture Crawl | Nov 16-18th 2012

Great for everyone who is culturally interested in any kind of way. “The Eastside Culture Crawl is a free annual 3-day November event that involves artists on Vancouver’s Eastside opening their studio to the public. The event is focused on the area bounded by Main St., 1st Ave., Victoria Drive, and the Waterfront and involves painters, jewelers, sculptors, furniture makers, musicians, weavers, potters, writers, printmakers, photographers, glassblowers; from emerging artists to those internationally established.”

  • Where? Vancouver Eastside (surprisingly enough ;)) Check out the MAP
  • When? Nov 16-18th;   Fri 5pm-10pm, Sat and Sun 10am-6pm
  • How much? FREE

INTERNeX Hockey Day – Vancouver Giants vs. Saskatoon Blades | Nov 18th

If there was something more Canadian than maple syrup, it would have to be HOCKEY!! I am not the biggest fan of sports in general but a hockey game is a unique experience, that’s a fact. Join INTERNeX for the game on Sunday and save a couple of dollars on your ticket as we get the group discount. Make sure you click “attend” on the facebook event page by Saturday 1pm as we have to order the tickets in advance. The special ticket price for you is $18, make sure you bring cash please! Everyone who shows up spontaneously will unfortunately have to pay the full price.

  • Where? Pacific Coliseum, 100N Renfrew Street (main entrance)
  • When? 3:15pm (the game starts at 4pm)
  • How much? $18 if you sign up with INTERNeX

 

TORONTO:   Swap – Don’t Shop! Clothing Swap Party | Nov 17th

Get rid of your old stuff and trade it for cool clothes someone else doesn’t want anymore! I would totally go if I was in Toronto right now – especially as a traveler (and even more as a girl), it’s hard to live up to one’s fashion ideal for the simple reason that a suitcase doesn’t usually fit more than 23 kilos. This is a great opportunity to find new clothes without wasting your money and space in your travel luggage. All clothing, shoes, and other accessories (with the exception of socks & undies) that are clean and in good condition are welcome. Leftovers will be donated to local charities.

  • Where? Beaver Hall Gallery, 29 McCaul Street (Queen Street West and McCaul Street)
  • When? 12pm to 4pm
  • How much? $8 with at least 5 items to swap, $13 without

Have a great weekend!

Cheers

Marianne

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