Candidate Exposé – Roslyn Campbell

My name is Roslyn. I’m 23 years old and I’m from a small city in the heart of Scotland. I graduated from Abertay University in 2017, just before I went to Vancouver. I studied Media, Culture and Society there, a course that looks at analyzing the media and its relation to society.

Roslyn CampbellAfter visiting Vancouver in 2013 before I started university, I fell in love with this amazing, outdoor city. It had always been a dream of mine to come back. Since I wanted to expand my work experience after university, I thought this would be the perfect opportunity. In Canada, I did a volunteer program where I focused on sustainability and increasing the company’s social media presence. In order to be successful there, you need to have a strong sense of independence and be self-reliable. You also need to be a team player. I enjoyed my time there a lot.

Although I had been in Vancouver once before, my second impression was that the city was even more amazing than I remembered it. I stayed at a host family, which helped me feel at home. I also attended (almost) every pub night organized by INTERNeX and I joined many of their activities and trips. I went to Seattle, Whistler, Banff, Salt Spring Island, Bowen Island and many more beautiful places. I made a lot of friends through these events and my experience would not have been the same without them.

Roslyn Campbell (words)The nature is definitely one of the things I like most about Canada, together with White Rock, Salt Spring Island and the people. It is my goal to come back one day. However, I really want to visit other places such as Switzerland and the Scandinavian countries as well. My ultimate dream is to go on a safari and explore a rainforest in Africa. For now, I am back in Scotland, where the first thing I did was cuddle my dog, as I had not seen her in 6 months.

INTERNeX was very helpful regarding the preparation for the program, as well as providing me with advice about the city, what places to explore and introducing me to new friends. I have already recommended it to my friends! I miss Vancouver and am already thinking about when I can come back.

– Roslyn Campbell

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

Goodbye for now

All good things must come to an end they say, and that also means my wonderful journey here in Vancouver must come to an end… And that end is here.

My life changing journey started 7 months ago at the airport in Amsterdam. It was going to be the first time for me flying alone and living on my own and boy I was scared. I remember crying and being really sad to leave my friends and family even telling them that I was not sure if I could do this. I’m really happy and proud that I can tell the Mandy of 7 months ago that she had nothing to worry about and that a beautiful journey was waiting for her.

I call it a journey and not a destination or simply a stay since I have been through so much. I have learned a lot about myself and who I am all with the help of INTERNeX and without them I would not be the person I am today. IMG_0328

It all started 2 days after I arrived here in Vancouver with the amazing Rocky Mountains trip. It was so amazing to see the beautiful nature that Canada has to offer and the beautiful blue lakes. Not only the nature was amazing but all the people that I met were wonderful.

But that was not it, as a PR-Coordinator for INTERNeX I had the opportunity to travel to Whistler, Victoria, Salt Spring Island and my biggest dream Seattle. I even had the opportunity to take a trip to Los Angeles, a city I have always dreamed of visiting. We also went to amazing events like Halloween, New Year’s Eve, the Canucks games and of course all the nice and fun PuB NiGHTS. I even celebrated Thanksgiving for the first time in my life and went Black Friday Shopping in Seattle.

IMG_1119But for me it does not matter how many places I visited or how many things I did, the most important thing for me is that I was able to do that with all of you! Without any of you, my journey here in Canada would not have been the same and I want to thank you for that from the bottom of my heart.

Now that it is only days away from saying goodbye I am having mixed feelings about leaving. I am really looking forward to seeing my friends and family again and to hug my sweet Labrador dog. I am looking forward to tasting my favorite Dutch dishes again but I know that my life back home will never be the same again since a piece of my heart will always stay here in Vancouver and another piece will stay with the people I have met here.
Again I wanted to thank every single one of you that have been there for me and have made my stay here unforgettable. I would also like to thank Tim and Simon for even giving me this opportunity since without them I would not have been able to experience all of these things.
For anyone reading this who is doubting whether to go away from home for such a long time I can only give you one advice…. Just do it! Trust me it will only make your life much more richer with all the life lessons you take with you when being on your own.

This is not a goodbye but a see you later! I am looking forward to seeing some of you in Sweden later this year and for the rest, we will meet each other again somewhere in the world!

~ Mandy

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

Candidate Exposé – Sebastian Herzog

Sebastian Herzog1I am Sebastian and I am 20 years old. Sweet 19 when I arrived from Germany. I am planning to study economics in October 2017.

I decided to come here since Canada, and especially Vancouver seemed to have a great variety of mountains, beaches and a beautiful city itself to offer. After staying here now for quite a long time I still haven’t explored everything around the area.

Internex was introduced to me by a German agency, where I applied for my time abroad. Using Internex is great, as the agency’s office is not back in your home country but just around the corner in the city where you stay.

I decided to do an Internship at a charity company. The management at Internex offeredSebastian Herzog (words) me specific and personalized Internship positions where to apply. This was great, as you end up in the right place and you likely do what you wanted to do. Having an appropriate level of English is necessary in this company. Always stay open minded to tasks that you might never did in you live as well as not being afraid of doing responsible assignments. I would definitely stress out that you grow with your tasks at the company. The practicum was not required for my university program, but I do find it still useful.

During my time in Vancouver I stayed with a host family. Looking back I am really satisfied. We did some trips together including camping and lots of hikes, which were awesome. Staying in a home stay where a fellow Internex candidate is staying is a bonus as well. Someone can show you around and later you can introduce Vancouver to the following student.

In the beginning Vancouver seems really big but by now I would say it feels like a familiar town where you now every second corner.

Sebastian Herzog4I attended lots of activities organized by Internex. They where well organized and there was lots of variety. It is even more an opportunity to get to know the country and know people from all over the world. The list of places I visited will never end, so some main places are; Whistler, the Rocky Mountains and Kelowna.

I cannot tell what I enjoy the most here, but there are quite a lot little things, which makes this time special. For example getting up every morning, seeing the downtown skyline with the bay in the background and all that in front of beautiful mountains looks just great.

Running out of money is a struggle that most of us have here I guess. I’ve probably never been that broke in my life than at some points here. Sorry mum for that.

Traveling to Whistler and seeing all the waterfalls and frozen lakes on the way will always stay in my memories. Besides that I saw a wild black bear next to our tent at the camping ground, which is awesome looking back on it.

The first thing I will do when I get back home is seeing all my friends and family again.

– Sebastian

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 Ultimate Tofino Experience

Now that we are well and safe back in Vancouver it is time for another adventure. Last time we saw the beauties of the Rocky Mountains, so know it is time to discover the greatness of the ocean. From May 17th till May 19th we will enter Canada’s surf capital, Tofino.

Tofino attracts surfers, nature lovers, campers, whale watchers, fishermen, kayakers or anyone just looking to be close to the nature. The water is fairly constant at 10C year-round, which makes Tofino an all year-round place to visit. Beaches stretch over 35km having enough space for all water sport activities. Just North of Tofino the Maquinna Marine Provincial Park is located with its natural hot springs, a popular tourist destination.

We will departure Vancouver around 7:00am and make our way to the Ferry, which we take to Vancouver Island. At Vancouver Island we will make some stops, Englishman River Falls, Coombs Market, Cathedral Grove and will drive through the Pacific Rim National Park to our Hotel the Jamie’s Rainforest Inn where we will enjoy a campfire with marshmallow roast. The next day you have the time to choose between some optional activities such as, surfing, bear or whale watching, kayaking, hot springs, biking or just relaxing on the beach. For dinner we all will gather together for a nice BBQ dinner. On the third day you can enjoy your day by doing one of the previous mentioned activities or just relaxing and in the later afternoon we will make our way back to Vancouver were we will arrive approximately 10:00pm.

The price for the trip is $300 and includes everything written above, expect for the optional activities. If you want to join the tour make sure you pay (CASH) by no later than Friday 9th May 12:00pm. We will receive soon a list with the prices for the optional activities and will post them in another blog post for you. If you sign up for the trip at the office, please also tell us what you would like to do during the trip and we will arrange this for you. Click here to join the event on Facebook, so we know who is going!

We hope you are joining us to Tofino and make it another wild weekend. 

 

Are you in to experience a new adventure with your friends here in Canada? Than head over to our Facebook to join to event and come to our office before Friday 9th of May 12pm to pay

 

Rockies Trip: Hotel Series III

During the Rockies trip we will stay in three different hotels. The premier Mountain Lodge in Valemount, Mount Royal or The Banff International in Banff and the Travelodge in Golden. In the Rockies trip: Hotel series we will give you more information about every hotel. In our third episode we will take a closer look at the Travelodge in Golden  In our last episode we took a closer look into the hotels in Banff and Valemount.

Golden is a town in the southeastern part of British Columbia, 713 kilometers east from Vancouver.It is surrounded by five National Parks Yoho National Park, Banff National Park, Jasper National Park, Glacier National Park and Kootenay National Park. We will visit a couple of those parks during our trip. As Valemount and Banff, also Golden economy is based on the tourism and hospitality sector. Golden has a population of 3,701 and is the only town which as 9 automobile repair shops compared to similar sized towns.

The Travelodge is located off the Trans-Canada Highway and only 10 minutes away from all the outdoor activities. Restaurants and beer & wine stores are within walking distance. The Travelodge is the only hotel in Golden which has a saltwater pool. The pool also has a waterslide, hot tub and sauna. The rooms feature a microwave, mini-fridge, coffee-maker and hairdryer. Furthermore the Travelodge offers free wireless internet and free continental breakfast.

This will be the last hotel we stay in during our trip, but we are not done with telling you guys what to expect of this amazing trip. Stay tuned for Thursday to find out to which club we will go in Banff.

Enjoy your monday and don’t forget to pay for the Rockies!

NTERNeX 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: Mercedes says “Hola”

Hey everyone,

I’m Mercedes and I’m the new PR intern.  I was born in a Spanish city called Vigo, right in the Atlantic Coast, and that’s probably the reason why I love the sea and the beach so much.

I was really shocked when I firstly arrived to Vancouver due to the weather: foggy and rainy. I left the sunny and warm Spain, but I’ll do my best to get along with this weather. I’m sure this wonderful city has  a lot  to offer to everyone.

I’m studying Advertising and Public Relations at the University of Vigo and I want to achieve a career in International Relations and Marketing. By the way, last year I studied in Austria. So yes, I speak German, but I’m not as pretty good as I’m with English. At the moment I’m here for taking some work experience and for having a university break.

Talking a little bit about my personal hobbies, my passion is traveling and meeting new people.  I really believe that traveling makes you always seeing life in a new perspective and makes you think who and where you want to be in life.

During my free time I go shopping (as you can see in the picture taken in the Pacific Centre), I hang out with friends or I just stay at home watching a movie.

I hope this experience in Canada will fill my life with wonderful memories, a lot of good times and amazing people. I’m really looking forward to getting to know all of you really soon and please, feel free to chat with me anytime or leave a comment!

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