Smart Saver Vancouver

Dear ski and snowboard fans, April is just about to start which means that the winter sports season is nearly over… So, take the last chances to grab your skis or your snowboard and hit the slopes. Since a day on the mountain can be quite expensive, here are some tips and tricks to save some money.

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Before you take the gondola up the mountain, it is worth checking the website Liftopia.com. There is often a broad range of offers for discounted lift tickets, if you buy them in advance. Sometimes, there are even great discounts that include rentals already. Another website that has some good offers is Groupon.com. Currently, you can score a deal for rentals on Grouse Mountain, for example.

Mount Seymour is offering a special offer called ‘Carload Wednesday’. You can ski on Wednesday nights for only $99 per car. So, if five people fit in the car, you only pay less than $20 per person for the lift ticket. Hiring a car is not that expensive in Vancouver, so if you gather some people, it can be totally worth it! No panic for those without a driver’s license: you can check out the Facebook group ‘Seymour Mountain Rideshare’ where people are offering rides for a small fee.

If you want to head to Cypress Mountain, which is my personal favourite by the way, you can take a shuttle bus from downtown for only $20 (students) or $22 (adults) for a round trip. The bus takes you directly to the ski resort, very convenient!

A must-do trip for all skiing fans is of course the famous resort Blackcomb in Whistler. Here, it is worth it to buy a lift ticket beforehand online via their website whistlerblackcomb.com. You can save the most if you purchase the tickets more than a week in advance. So, plan ahead and score a good deal!

Last but not least, it is also worth it to check out shops that offer winter sports supply. At the end of the season, many clothes and skiing supplies are on discounted sale now. This is your chance to already get new gear for the next season!

There are many ski and snowboard fans in our INTERNeX crew, so why not team up and go on a day trip together? I hope that you can score some good deals and enjoy the beautiful mountains on your ski or snowboard!

See you at tonight’s PuB NiGHT at Malone’s!

– Kerstin

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Highlights of the Year: October, November and December

We hope you all had an amazing Christmas and since the holidays are already over that also means that we will discuss the last part of 2017 this week!

So keep on reading if you want to know what we did in the months October, November and December.

October

In October we had a very special INTERNeX Explorer because it was Halloween. In this episode we showed you how Vancouver celebrates Halloween and we also talked about the past and upcoming events. But as most of you maybe already has seen is that we used a lot of special effects in this video and even made Bart look like a ghost. If you haven’t seen our Halloween Special go check it out here. Other blogposts we would like to highlight are:

 

November

In November we created one of the last INTERNeX Explorer of this year. We talked about our upcoming and past events. We also gave you some tips on “How To Play Secret Santa”. If you haven’t seen Episode 11 of INTERNeX Explorer yet go check it out here. Other Blogposts we would like to highlight are:

 

December

In December we created the last INTERNeX Explorer which was a very special one! It was the Highlights of The Year video in which we looked back on all the amazing things we did! Go check out the video here! Other Blogposts we would like to highlight are:

Not only did we look back at 2017 the last couples of weeks through the blogposts,  we also made a highlights of the year video this month. If you haven’t checked out the video yet, than check it out here! Also check out our previous highlights of the year blogposts here:

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We all wish you an amazing 2018 and we are looking forward to all the exciting new adventurers we have planned for you. See you all at our NYE party tomorrow!

– Mandy

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

How was your weekend?

It is nearly Christmas. And the Christmas spirit is already in the air. I saw a lot of snow and dressed up nicely for Christmas. I hear you already thinking ‘Huh, what did he do?’ Well, read on and find out!

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It was an early Saturday morning when it was time to catch the bus to Whistler. We met at Canada Place, where our bus was ready to bring us to the biggest ski area in British Colombia. After two hours of barely sleeping we arrived at ‘the place to be’ for snow fans. It was huge! We went in so many lifts and we did so many slopes, but we still not saw it all in this one-day trip. After a lot of hours on the mountain, we drank some beers at the après ski before heading back to Vancouver.

25551453_10212692552780720_2142147714_oIn Vancouver we celebrated Christmas a little earlier this year. It all began at 6 pm with a nice diner at White Spot. After the plates where empty, everybody was ready to exchange gifts during the Secret Santa game. We saw a lot of happy faces when everybody unpacked their presents. When the game was over, it was time for the real Christmas Party. We went across the street for some line dance classes at the Yale Saloon. We already came in the cowboy mood, so some people decided to ride the bull as well. We spent some time on the dance floor and had a great night.

Thanks to everyone who joined us this Christmas Party. If you missed it this time, you have another chance at our Christmas party in the office. And we hope to see you of course at our last PuB NiGHT of the year in 131 Water this Wednesday.

– Bart

INTERNeX International Exchange
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Suite 2077, 2079 – 88 West Pender Street
Vancouver, Canada -V6B 6N9-
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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

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Vancouver, Canada -V6B 6N9-
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Highlights of the Year 2017: January, February and March

Believe it or not but we are already in the last month of the year and before you know it we are going to welcome 2018! But we are not ready yet to let go off 2017 so that is why we would like to look back with all of you on all the amazing things that happened in 2017!

The next few weeks we will post throwbacks of each quarter of the year so you can relive all of your memories again one more time before we close the 2017 chapter.

This week we will have the months January, February and March.

January

In January we started to rethink our INTERNeX Explorer and in our first Episode, which you can find here , we introduced the new PR Team, talked about upcoming events and changed the format a bit. We also started to explore Vancouver more and started off with exploring Gastown with Tess.  Other Blogpost we like to feature for January are:

 

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February

In February we produced another Highlight video and talked about the amazing events and the great trip we did. We also featured upcoming events and talked about “How To Deal with snow storms”. In this episode we explored yet another part of Vancouver and this time we explored Chinatown with Tess. To watch the INTERNeX Explorer Episode 2, just click on the link. Other Blogposts we like to highlight are:

 

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March

And also in March we made a Highlight video where we talked about the great events and trips we had. We also talked about the upcoming events and about how to deal with bear attacks! This month we explored Yaletown with Danielle. You can watch the 3rd episode of INTERNeX Explorer here. Other Blogposts we would like to look back on are:

 

A big thank you to Iris, Danielle, Tess and Janel who organized the PuB NiGHTS, events and trips in the first quarter of 2017!

Stay tuned for the Highlights of the Year: April, May and June next week!

-Mandy

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Candidate Exposé – Björn Jentschke

Bjorn jentschkeMy name is Björn Jentschke, I’m 21 years old and from southern Germany (close to Munich and Stuttgart). Right now I’m working on my Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration specialized on Finance.

I have never really thought about going to Canada until I started working with Internex, who offers internships in New Zealand and Canada. So finally I decided to go to Canada and I’ve never regretted that.

In my third semester I was constantly thinking about doing an internship abroad as part of my studies, but I didn’t know exactly how to start with that project and wasn’t sure about it at all. Then, I think back in October 2015, I heard about Timothy Wells, the owner of an international exchange agency, would give a little presentation. So I decided to join that and yes, he convinced me to do such an internship abroad. After some weeks I decided to go with Internex, the following decision that I’ve never regretted!

I’ve chosen the international coop because I wanted to gain more experiences in the financial sector besides banks and of course experience how it is to work in another country with a different language and culture. That program was perfect for that.

I am placed at a company that is situated in the wealth management sector. So it is all Björn Jentschke (words)about individual portfolio construction or analysis, a whole financial advice in the matter of tax minimization, pension and also loans. It is a really fast growing company and they just changed their head office to downtown Vancouver, where we have a great lookout over Vancouver. To be successful here you have to show great commitment and being interested in the financial sector. You need to have basic knowledge about financial instruments and Excel. People there are very nice and friendly, so it is an asset if you are also really open.

It is not required to do this international placement in my university program, so it is more like an individual gaining of experiences. As a dual student I depended on the permission of my company to do this in my practical time, but luckily that was no problem. Is it useful for my career goals? Yes of course! I just can recommend doing something like this to everyone. Of course it is good for your CV, but I also learned a lot of the investment business from a lot of different people and perspectives now. I also improved my English skills a lot, which is very important and the most important part is that you will really grow as a human; being more confident and experience how other people live. Tim told me in our chat of the beginning of my program just to be confident and trying new things, also in my job here. It is all about that.

Here I live in a homestay with three other students and interns. I really enjoyed it. Also the owner of the homestay was fantastic so it was just perfect.

The first impression I got from Vancouver is that it looked beautiful between the pacific and the mountains and people were very friendly. Right now I feel very comfortable in this town.

The Internex PR-team organises several activities but it’s no duty to attend those, so I wasn’t at every event. But I really think that these events were always very good organized. They are a very good opportunity to meet very quickly some new people, especially in the beginning of your stay in Vancouver, and of course to have a lot of fun. On the weekend events you really have the chance to see the environment of Vancouver and a lot of nice places. Also, the PR-team always keeps you updated about changes in the planning or other things.

Activities I did and places I visited are: Zip-lining and bungee jumping in Whistler, kayaking in Deep Cove, visiting the VERY BUSY Capilano Suspension Bridge. I went to beautiful Bowen Island, did a weekend trip to Portland and Seattle. I went hiking to Lake Garibaldi and on the Howe Sound Crest Trail. I visited Vancouver Island, went to a country festival in Surrey, walked through Stanley Park and much more!

What I like most about Vancouver is of course the location between the mountains in the north and the pacific in the west. Also downtown is a very nice place to be and the environment is beautiful with great nature.

In the beginning it was a bit difficult to get used to the language, but after two weeks it wasn’t a problem anymore. With some help I’ve never experienced problems with the public transportation, but you have to be aware of spending every day at least more than one hour just to get from your homestay to work and back.

Internex was helpful for me for just organizing everything. From the homestay, to the visa, till the job. Everything worked very well and you can always call them if you have any questions or problems. They always replied within 24 hours and it is very personal and they have the know how. And it is also nice that they are just there if something goes wrong with your job or homestay, cause you will never know. I will definitely recommend Internex.

This experience definitely inspired me to travel more, to as many places as possible! But when I do get home, the first thing I will do is eating some Non-Asian food. Although I think I will miss the rice…

– Björn

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How was your weekend?

My weekend was great! Thanks to you! You made this weekend a weekend I will remember. Everyone survived, except our new friend Bob. Are you curious what we all did in Whistler? Good! Keep reading and you will find out.

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It was an early Saturday morning. Time to get up and prepare myself for a fun weekend. We took the bus and drove a beautiful road all the way up to Whistler. Right after check-in it was already time to go to the bungee jump office. We drove with a van into the mountains where we stopped at a bridge. This is it, there is no way back now. We nervously waited on the bridge till it was our turn to jump from it. I got even more nervous when it was my turn to jump. I still remember the instructor saying: “Just look at the treetops and try to catch them”. So I did. Without thinking I jumped and a second later my view went from the treetops to the river underneath me. At that time I realized how high this was. Those were the most terrifying seconds of my life. Then I felt the rope that broke my fall and I felt so relieved and free. I did it! After everybody jumped and saw their pictures we went back to the apartments.

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We decided to do a more relaxing thing now, so we decided to go in the hot tub. While the rest of the group was in a minus 32 degrees room to taste some vodka, we were swimming in a 32 degrees hot tub. There have to be some difference. When we went back to the apartments, we made some delicious spaghetti and did some fun games. When the time was ready, we decided to explore Whistler village to check out the clubs. We went to Tommy Africa’s, a small but fun club were we enjoyed ourselves on the dance floor, in the pole or at the bar.

IMG-20171029-WA0019_previewNext day, everybody woke up happy and full of energy. Maxine and Marvin made us some really tasty eggs. After breakfast we went to the Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre to learn all about these two different cultures. We watched a movie, did the tour and made a bracelet out of wood. When the tour was finished we went to the village to get some lunch. The last few hours in Whistler we played the Scavenger Hunt Game. Besides people proposing strangers, doing a dramatic earthquake scene, dancing the Macarena, earning money as a street musician and doing a breakdance on the street, nothing weird happened. Unfortunately, time was already there to go back to the bus.

I hope you enjoyed the Whistler trip as much as I did. Thanks again for being part of this experience, it wouldn’t be that fun without you. You all get the greetings from Bob as well. There will be no pub night at Wednesday, but I hope to see you all tomorrow at the Halloween party!

– Bart

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