Monthly Archives: April 2015

INTERNeX New Zealand: Anzac Day 2015

Good evening everybody!

The weekend is over, it’s Monday again (boo!), but that means that it is time for another blog post (yaaaay!). You probably wondered why so many people are wearing poppy flowers on their jackets right now. That is because upcoming Saturday the 25th of April, it is Anzac Day, and the poppy flower is a symbol of remembrance.

Anzac day is the day that New Zealanders commemorate the day that the Australian and New Zealand army corps landed at Gallipoli, Turkey during World War I in 1915. This National Holiday remembers all the New Zealanders that served their country in wars and conflicts. This is a very big day in New Zealand, and especially this year as it is the 100 year anniversary!

The most impressive service of that day would be the Dawn Service, starting at 6AM on the Court of Honour at the Auckland War Memorial Museum, where loads of people will honour the soldiers who fought at Gallipoli and any other conflicts in which New Zealand has been involved.

Take a look at the link below to see what kinds of activities are organizes for Anzac day! http://www.aucklandmuseum.com/whats-on/war-memorial/anzac-day-commemorations

ANZAC

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INTERNeX New Zealand: Bay of Islands 2015

Kia Ora Everybody! We hope you had a great weekend, because we definitely did with an amazing Stray tour up to the Bay of Islands!

On Saturday the 11th of April, Me (Yoran), Esmerlin, Joyce and two INTERNeX Participants started our great weekend full of fun. Our stray driver Muesli picked us up in front of the Stray office in Auckland at 7:20 AM (damn that was early).

On our way to the Bay of Islands we made several stops. We stopped a few times to use the toilet of course, but we also stopped at a huge Kauri Tree to do some tree hugging. After that, we stopped at a cute little farmers market to grab some breakfast.

In the bus on our way up to the Bay of Islands, our driver was just explaining what kinds of activities we could do on Saturday and Sunday. He was explaining a Hole in the rock tour with the possibility of seeing some dolphins, another boat tour, and then he told us that we could also do a Skydive…

Of course, as badass as we are, we just decided to do it and 2 hours later we jumped out of an airplane…

Joyce Skydive

The same night we had a great BBQ for only $12, and the next day we just decided to take it easy, take a ferry to the first capital city of New Zealand (Russell), and just walk around and let the beautiful view sink in. If you want to see any more pictures, take a look on our Facebook Page! (Link at the bottom)

We want to thank Stray for this great weekend!

If you have anything that you would like to do, and you would like to do it in a group, let us know! You can send us a private message on our Facebook Page, or you can email us!

Facebook:     https://www.facebook.com/INTERNeXNZ?ref=hl

E-mail:           pr@internexnewzealand.com

INTERNeX New Zealand: The new PR team

Kia Ora Everybody!

Since a few weeks, we have a new INTERNeX PR Team, and we thought that today would be the right day to introduce ourselves to you all so that you know who you are talking to via e-mail and Facebook! This year, the PR Team does not consist of 2 interns, but 3! And we are now introducing ourselves!

Esmerlin Cepeda

Hola-Hello-Hoi,

My name is Esmerlin Cepeda and I am a 23 year young girl that was born in the Caribbean on a little Island called the Dominican Republic. Even though I have lived almost my entire live in the mostly cold but very friendly Netherlands, I enjoy going back to my motherland every year and discover the unique places.

My parents have always encouraged me to discover the world, learn more about cultures and build new friendships with people who speak different languages. They have always support me when it comes to making my own decisions and that is why I am here on the other side of the world called New Zealand.

For my studies, International Leisure Management at the NHTV university of Breda, it is a part of your Esmerlingraduation track to go on an international internship of seven months in total and work for company in your working field. I choose Internex, because it is not just making sure that our costumers are located somewhere on a farm, home stay family or New Zealand company. It is about engaging with them, learn them about the amazing culture of the inhabitants and becoming their friend. It is even more fantastic to show them what New Zealand has to offer and building memories together to take back home.

My personal goals for this journey is to learn of course more about how it is to work for a foreign company which mostly focusses on interacting with foreigners. I also want to develop my self on different aspects to become a better team player and eventually have the ability to take on the role of a great, efficient and respected project leader in the future. But overall I just go with the flow to collect awesome memories and adventures work wise and on a personal level.

Joyce de Ruiter

My name is Joyce and I am 19 years old. For the next coming months, I will call New Zealand my home. For now I am already enjoying it a lot, and I hope you will too.

I am a student in Leisure Management back in the Netherlands, and I am working for INTERNeX as part of my internship. Together with the rest of the team, we hope we can make your stay here unforgettable. We will be helping you out with booking trips, activities and any issues regarding to your stay here. I hope you learn a lot during your farmstay/internship, and that I learn a lot from working for INTERNeX .

Now a bit about myself. I live on my own now in Breda, but I am born and raised in Arnhem. A town famous for its role in world war II. I love to play field hockey with my friends, and to go out in the weekends. Besides that I am kind of a shopping addict. On sunny days I like going to festivals or the park with friends and some drinks.

I hope you will have a great time here in NZ, just like we do already. Looking forward meeting you all!

Joyce

Yoran Draër

Hi Everybody! My name is Yoran Draër, and I am an International Leisure Management student in Breda, The Netherlands. I am currently in my third year, and I am doing my internship at INTERNeX New Zealand.

One of my passions in life is to travel, which is one of the main reasons to do my Internship that far from home. The main reason for me to be here, is to keep all of you updated on Facebook and WordPress. Besides that, I am the person you will most probably be talking to if you want to book a trip of any other kind of activity.

My main goal during our Internship is to keep all of you satisfied and to help you as much as possible!

Yoran

Fun facts about the Netherlands!

Since all the interns are from the Netherlands, we thought it would be nice to have a little list with fun facts about the Netherlands so that you will get to know our culture and way of thinking!

  1. Our national dish is herring with chopped raw onions and pickles. The Dutch consume approximately 12.000.000 kilograms of herring every year, which means every person eats at least 5 fish.
  2. 70% of the world’s bacon comes from the Netherlands!
  3. The highest point in the Netherlands is only 323 meters above sea level. 25% of the Netherlands is below sea level, and 50% of the Netherlands is less than 1 meter above sea level.
  4. The Netherlands is the first country to legalise same sex marriages in 2001!
  5. 86% of the population speak English as a second language.
  6. The Netherlands is the worlds largest exporter of cheese, but secretly we prefer to eat it all by ourselves!
  7. On average, each person bikes 900KM per year, and we even have special bike paths all over the country! Besides that, we have more thatn 18.000.000 bikes in the Netherlands, which is more bikes than inhabitants!
  8. On Birthdays, we congratulate everyone at the party, not only the birthday-boy or girl.
  9. We love putting chocolate sprinkles on our toast. YUMM!
  10. The Netherlands and Holland are not the same! The Netherlands is the name of our country, but Holland is only a part of the Netherlands. Holland is the western part of the Netherlands where our capital city Amsterdam and other cities such as Rotterdam and The Hague are situated.

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