Review of the Year: July, August, September

July

July 1st, and it was the 146th Anniversary of this amazing land. If you didn’ t know, this national day it´s a federal statutory holiday celebrating the anniversary of the July 1st, 1867 (Constitution Act, 1867, which confederated the country of Canada). You can find celebrations everywhere across the country for Canada Day, usually outdoor events, such as barbecues, parades, fireworks, free concerts, carnivals and different kind of shows.

Friday the 19th was the last day we were working in the old office. It was time to say goodbye and move to a better and nicer one. On Monday 22nd, we were moving to a new location, a better location. Our new office is very close to the old one. It’s at Tinseltown- International Village Mall (a ten minute walk from our former location). A bigger and nicer location with all the amenities of the mall including a food court, cell companies, coffee shops, clothing stores, discount stores, pharmacies, cinemas, convenience stores and much more all next to the Stadium Skytrain station and literally steps from the middle of Downtown and Gastown.

August

August started off with one of the best trips this year had to offer. Summer, sun, and one of the most beautiful landscapes of the planet. You know what I am talking about: The Rockies!

Valemount, Mt. Robson (this HUGE mountain is with 3954 meter the highest peak in the Canadian Rockies), Jasper, the Icefield Parkway, Athabasca Falls, Columbia Icefields, Peyto and Bow Lake, Banff, Moraine Lake and Lake Louise. These two lakes are absolutely stunning and one of the highlights of this weekend! The blue color, the snowy mountains and the endless trees makes these lakes one of the best in the world. We had an awesome, amazing, funny, crazy and really great weekend with everybody!

And as August comes to an end, we had to say good bye to Jelle. His 15-week internship at INTERNeX is now over. After his holidays in the USA he started his third year at Tio University. No more weekly pub nights and big trips. Instead of that he continued his international tourism education.

One of the local highlights this summer was the Stanley Park 125th Anniversary. So many activities were organized in the park! Fortunately, the weather was amazing and we could enjoy the beautiful park more than ever. The first thing that we saw was the Vintage Car Display just next to Lost Lagoon. Then we visited the Rose Garden, where we could see a group of children making a Shakespeare show. A music festival was organized in Second Beach, so we went there to have fun.

September

Summer ends and fall starts off with a public holiday. 🙂 We were celebrating the Labor Day, an annual holiday celebrated along the globe to celebrate the achievements of workers. This excellent day has its origins in the labor union movement. (Specially the “eight-hour day” movement, which defended  eight hours for work, eight hours for recreation, and eight hours for rest) For many countries, Labor Day is linked with the International Workers´ Day (May 1st). For some other countries, Labor Day is celebrated on a different date than May 1st; often one with special significance for the labor movement in that country. In Canada, this day is the first Monday of September and is considered the official end of the summer holiday for most of the country, as public school and university students return to school that week or the following week.

And right after the long weekend, our new PR intern Annika started her internship with us. For the last year, she participated in the master’s program ‘North American Studies’ in Bonn, which is located in the Rhineland and part of Germany. So being an intern in one of the supposedly most beautiful cities in North America was exactly spot on for her. And already a few weeks later, we welcomed Tobias into our team. He was a student from the South of Germany, doing a dual education course.

On the cultural side, the PR team had the chance to experience something new this September. WHY? Because we were invited to attend two very special events. The first one was – the Vancouver Fashion Week! The Vancouver Fashion week (Sept 16th to 21st) was about Spring & Summer 2014 and took place at the Chinese Cultural Centre at 50 East Pender Street, very close to the INTERNeX office. The VFW is the fastest growing fashion week in the world and every year the event is attended by over 20,000 guests! It’s a diverse and innovative fashion experience that features both emerging and established designers, e.g. international award-winning designers from very popular fashion capitals.

Apart from that, we went to an event organized by the Greeting Fluency initiative. This is a project, thought of and supported by the former mayor of Vancouver, Sam Sullivan. Due to Vancouver being such an intercultural city, the project aims at helping people to overcome difficulties in communication with their neighbors. Many people might be shy approaching someone from a foreign culture, because they simply do not know how to do so. And the other way around, someone new to Canada might feel a bit more welcome, if neighbors would be able to greet him or her in the native language. Making them feel a bit more at home. Besides getting  an idea about the project itself, which is a very interesting approach at how to support integration into Canadian society, we also had the chance to listen to a few very interesting short speeches. It was an imaginary journey through Germany, Asia, Egypt and several Arabian countries. The guest speakers offered everything from fun anecdotes over musical performances to actual small delicious snacks. All of us were able to actually get a feeling for the culture we were introduced to. The most practical aspect of this event was the introduction of an app for smart phones, downloadable for free, which offers users the most useful phrases, like for example hello, thank you, and good bye, in a vast amount of different languages. Including a sound sample and a phonetic description for better understanding (the name of this app is ‘Greeting Fluency’). Absolutely practical if you wanted to greet somebody in their native language. Besides, it’s fun to look up different phrases and to try them out aloud. The PR team and INTERNeX thought this was a really nice project worth supporting!

As fall proceeded, we finished the third quarter of this year with one of our monthly trips. This time we went to Victoria. And it was quite the adventure. It was a trip with many special moments and experiences. Everything was fine, but then something unexpected happened….And the trip turned into a little (but funny) mess. However, what would be some time abroad, if we would not experience a small adventure from time to time, right? So this was a good way to start into the fourth and last quarter of our INTERNeX year.

 

 

 

 

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: Vancouver Fashion Week Review

Hello­ there!

Last Friday, we (the INTERNeX PR-Team) were very excited…WHY? Because we were invited to attend a very special event – the Vancouver Fashion Week! The Vancouver Fashion week (Sept 16th to 21st) was about Spring & Summer 2014 and took place at the Chinese Cultural Centre at 50 East Pender Street, very close to the INTERNeX office.

In general, what is the Vancouver Fashion Week about?

The VFW is the fastest growing fashion week in the world and every year the event is attended by over 20,000 guests! It’s a diverse and innovative fashion experience that features both emerging and established designers, e.g. international award-winning designers from very popular fashion capitals.

I was really curious to go to the Fashion Week, because I never saw a fashion show before. So I had no expectations. What about you? What are your expectations, if you would go to a fashion week?

So now I will tell you something about the impressions we got during the show.
At first I have to say that I was wondering how small the showroom and the catwalk actually were, because on TV a fashion week usually looks way bigger. Anyway, the show started and everyone was flabbergasted! Of course many of the guests took pictures from the models – they were very pretty, but in my opinion there were too many skinny models.

But the clothes they worn were kind of pretty! Of course, many of them were very spacy and not suitable for your everyday life, but otherwise some of them were very cool!

Well, probably I’m not a fashion person, but as far as I am able to judge I would say it was very interesting to see a Fashion Week and how the models walked down the catwalk – you know what I mean?! 😉

Take care,
Tobias

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: Expose of the week

This time we choose Julia for our Expose of the week, she is from Germany and she has been here, at Vancouver, for a couple of months in order to complete a three-months internship for her studies at home.

What kind of internship are you doing?

I’m doing an internship at Vancouver Fashion Week.

Is your internship useful?

It is. I’m learning new ways of working and I get an overview of how the business is running here in Canada.

What kind of tasks are you responsible for on daily basis?

I am in the Media and Designers Team and I take care about the Designers and Media from Germany, Austria and Switzerland.  I am in charge of sending invitations, answering questions and looking after them during the show.

What do you like most about Canada and Vancouver?

The people are very friendly and open minded and I like the beautiful landscape and the mix of nature and city here in Vancouver.

What trips did you do in your free time, also organized by INTERNeX?

I did the Rocky Mountains-Tour with INTERNeX ! It was a lot of fun. I often visited the Pub Nights and the INTERNeX Summer Party because is a good way to meet new people.

Besides this I went to Seattle and I want to go to Tofino.

What’s the best thing about INTERNeX International Exchange?

You’ve got an organization besides you, who takes care about you like, who helps you to find an accommodation and internship and organize some cool events and trips. I definitely recommend it!

Thank you so much Julia for your time!

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

Thank God It’s Friday!

The weekend is almost there! Do you already have plans for this weekend? If not, here are some activities you may want to join. Are you an INTERNeX candidate in Vancouver? Join us for a real Canadian experience! 🙂

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VANCOUVER

Cherry Blossom Festival (March 26 – April 22, 2011)

The annual Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival is a popular tradition in Vancouver, bringing people of all ages and backgrounds together to celebrate the quintessential symbol of spring.

There are a lot events going on, for example Saturday the 16th of April you can join the free, fun, guided and designated blossom route. This is just one of the activities they have, for other activites and more information go to the
Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival website.


Vancouver Fashion Week
(April 12 – April 17, 2011)


Are you a Fashion lover? Then visit this international event! One of Canada’s premier destinations for fashion industry insiders, designers, buyers, and editors. Vancouver Fashion week is exceptional, exquisite, and unforgettable.

Everything will take place in the Empire Landmark Hotel (1400 Robson Street). For more information, to buy tickets or to see the schedule, go to the Vancouver Fashion Week website.

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TORONTO

Diddy Dirty Money (Sunday the 17th of April)


Diddy Dirty Money is doing his coming home tour and this Sunday he will perform in Toronto (Ontario,Canada). Not only he will be there but also Tyga and Lloyd will do a performance. It will start 8pm at the Kool Haus (132 Queens Quay East). The cost for  tickets will start around $50.

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WHISTLER

TELUS World Ski & Snowboard Festival (April 15- April 24, 2011)

Because this is such a great and big event and we have several INTERNeX Candidates in Whistler, we made a separate blog post for this event. You can read it here for more information about this event.
Please leave a comment if you have any great ideas for this weekend! 🙂

Have a nice weekend!

Cheers,

Your PR-team

The INTERNeX 2010 Blog Preview – 4.Quarter

The last highlights of this year! Of course we have to mention the Vancouver Fashion Week. In October 2010 the Vancouver Fashion Week was almost there and INTERNeX gave a VIP-ticktet away!!! Get you golden ticket was the name of the blogpost! Melissa won the ticket and went to the event together with Tracy. Unfortunately I wasn’t here yet so I missed this great event but I’m glad that Melissa and Tracy had a great time.

And of course there was Halloween!  INTERNeX went to Fright Night. They went to some different scary places and they took some rides that were included. I think I’m too chicken for this kind of activities haha..

At the end of the year there was the Westcoast Christmas Show at the end of November 2010. With 1 month remaining before Christmas, the Westcoast Christmas Show’s timing was perfect for me (and maybe also for you) to experience the Christmas atmosphere.

December, the last month of the year, with a lot of Christmas activities. Check out the Lighting Winter Events in Vancouver ,the Capilano Suspension Bridge Xmas Light Tour or the Ice Magic Festival in Lake Loise. I tried to go to all of the events to get the Christmas feeling. Believe me, all the events were worth it!

And December was also the month that some INTERNeX candidates went to Whistler for a weekend. We had a great time. Curious? You can read here how it was.

The last quarter of the year we also introduced the picture of the week. See here wich INTERNeX candidates were selected. So take a lot of beautiful pictures and maybe you will be selected for picture of the week in 2011!

Last but not least, our interns! The persons who wrote all these blogs!

Marine, She finished her internship and after that the office seemed so empty!

Tiffany, With exams coming up, to her dismay, She was unable to continue her position as a PR Intern at INTERNeX.

Lauren, who helped allot to get the Blog to the next level.

Laura, Who moved from Ontario to Vancouver and did an awesome job at INTERNeX

Mette, Of course I’ve seen some work of her and I think she’s great and I think she did a lot for the company.

Manouk, The girl from The Netherlands who did a great job.

Hopefully, you all enjoyed our summary of the year 2010. I hope you all had a great year with a lot of memories! Have a great New Years Eve and I wish you a Happy New Year! I hope to see you all again in 2011. The next year will be of course also filled with a lot of events, trips and PuB NiGHTs!

Love,

Elvera

INTERNeX International Exchange
Suite 200-211 Columbia Street
Vancouver BC -V6A 2R5-
Web: http://www.internexcanada.com
Phone: +1 (604) 662 8149