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INTERNeX New Zealand: My trip to Mt. Eden

Hi guys,

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I have been here now for three weeks and I have been loving every second of it. I have already seen a lot of Auckland and I can NOT wait to go travel some more around the country. One of the greatest things I have done these past few weeks, is climbing up to Mount Eden.

Mount Eden is a vibrant, funky suburb with a great combination of culture and nature. Iblog 1f you walk to the top of Mount Eden, you have some of the best views in Auckland. This depends on the weather,
though.

I went on Saturday and the weather wasn’t bad, but it also wasn’t clear or sunny. The walk towards the mountain took about 1 hour, but it is great to walk through Auckland and explore some streets and nice neighbourhoods. If you don’t like walking that much, or aren’t sporty AT ALL, no worries. There is a bus going there which you can take from all around the city.

Still with the weather being bad, you can take some amazing pictures, just relax, take in the moment and breathe in the fresh air. I just sat at the top, taking in the amazing view, looking out over Auckland, thinking about how crazy it was that I was sitting there, 18.115 km away from home.

blog 2The next day, Sunday, my friend, Joyce the other intern, wanted to do a workout on top of Mount Eden. So we put on our sporting clothes and there I went… AGAIN. Walked all the way to Mount Eden, climbed it. Luckily the weather was WAY better than the day before. We were on the top, first admiring the great view, then we went to do our workout. It was a crazy thought to be on top of a mountain and doing this, because back home in The Netherlands we basically only have those flat, boring parks and
the gym.
blog 3So, whenever you are in Auckland I would highly recommend going to Mount Eden. If you just arrived from your flight that day, and want to go do something to beat the jetlag, get a map, take a walk in the fresh air and enjoy a great view of Auckland. You don’t have to pay for anything, this is a free trip and a great way to get some exercise done 😉

Oh and it looks EVEN better in real life.

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INTERNeX New Zealand: New Interns

Hey guys,

There are 3 new interns working for INTERNeX and we would like to introduce ourselves to you! So here we are.

Celeste Brinkman

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My name is Celeste Brinkman and I am one of the 3 new interns of INTERNeX.
I am 18 years now, but will be 19 very, very soon!! (BIRTHDAY PARTY)

I am a Leisure Management student at the NHTV in Breda, The Netherlands and I am currently in my third year out of four. I used to live with my parents in a village near Nijmegen (the city that has the ‘vierdaagse’ where people walk 50km every day for 4 days in a row, but also comes with 7 days of parties and lots of beer!!). When I went to study in Breda, I eventually wanted to get a dorm there and live on my own because I had to travel 3 hours a day by train to get to school.

I always wanted to go travelling around the world and see as many places as I can. So when I have been told on school that I could do an internship abroad, I was going CRAZY!!!! I had to leave The Netherlands and go somewhere, ANYWHERE. Never thought I would go to basically the other side of the world but hey, here I am, writing my first blog for INTERNeX in New Zealand!

Another thing I really like is music, bands and live concerts. Music basically takes over my life and I used to go to concerts at least 10 times a year (I was always broke because of buying concert tickets). I just like the feeling when you’re at an arena and the artist comes out and singing and dancing along to the songs all night long. So basically I like expensive things, concerts and travelling.

I hope to learn as many things as possible from this internship and also meet a lot of new people from everywhere around the world. I am super excited to meet all of you. It is a crazy thought that I’m 18.115 kilometres from home, but I have been enjoying every second of it so far. When I arrived after a 35 hour plane ride, I was jetlagged for almost a week but that did not stop me from seeing Auckland. In the first week, I have been walking around a lot and get to know the place. Knowing where I am staying and how everything works, just settling in a bit. I am excited to also go travelling around the country, and I definitely will! I can’t wait to get this adventure started and hopefully help you to make sure you have an amazing adventure as well!

Mark Faes

Hello everybody! My name is Mark Faes, I am 22 years old and I am an International Leisure Management student located in Breda, The Netherlands. I am in New Zealand for my internship at INTERNeX New Zemarkaland, which is part of my third year.

I live with my parents in
a small village called Boxtel (near to Eindhoven). I love to play football and futsal and going out. Besides that I like going to festivals and other events and I got a season ticket from the football club PSV Eindhoven.
My main goal during our internship is to help you as much as possible, to learn a lot of new people, explore New Zealand and creating some memories for the rest of my life!

Hopefully you all will have a great time here in New Zealand, looking forward meeting you!!

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Joyce Hijmans

Hii guysssssssssss,

My name is Joyce Hijmans, 19 years old and come from a very, very, very little village called Hank in the Netherlands. Because people from the cities always make fun of my little village and always say ‘hey farmer’… was this MY moment to get out of that world. So from now on I can call myself ‘new intern for INTERNeX NEW ZEALAND!!!’

The reason why I’m on the other side of the world is because I want to develop myself on my independency, because in my village the food is ready on 5 ‘o clock and my laundry is always clean, thanks mom I love you. But with my age I had to do this on my own. I just had to go on an adventure just like the Hobbit. Since I’m on my third year of my study Leisure management I thought this company would fit my study well. I want to learn as much as possible about organizing trips and promoting them.

I’ve been here for two weeks now and I have to learn sooooo much. Learn everything about INTERNeX and Nomads hostel because I work there as well behind the reception. But I’m sure that I will be fine in a few weeks.

The other thing I definitely want to do is TRAVEL. I want to see as much as possible while I’m here in New Zealand. I already made some trips here in Auckland. I’ve already seen joyce 1every shopping street

there is, visit some amazing parks, walked to the museum and already visit Mount Eden which was AMAZING. The view is so good up there. I also made some really long walks because I get lost all the time. Last Friday I had my first trip to Waiheke Island. I went there to do a zipline and that was awesome too. So I did a few things already in my first two weeks. I’ve made a to-do list too and I’m not leaving this country before I did all these things. I want to visit: Rotorua, Hobbiton, Bay of Islands, Waitomo, Cathedral Love, Rangitoto and Maori village. It’s a very long list but I’m definitely going to do all these thing.

Meanwhile this blog is way too long already which describes what kind of person I am. Always talking too much!! Anyways now you all know a bit more about me and I’m looking forward to meeting you. See youuuu xoxo

INTERNeX New Zealand: Event in Auckland July 2015

Hello Guys and Girls!

Everyone here in New Zealand is getting cold as ice, which means that we need to plan some fun activities to get ourselves motivated and prevent ourselves from getting depressed! 😥 Therefore I have made a small list of things to do in Auckland in July 🙂

World Press Photo Exhibition

A lot of you guys probably heard of this exhibition before! It is in the news almost every year because of the impressive pictures, and this year the exhibition comes to Auckland!

For more information about this amazing Exhibition, take a look here!

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Disney on Ice – Dare to Dream

Okay, now be completely honest. Who didn’t get even a little excited when you saw this?! DISNEY ON ICE. I don’t think it gets any better. This amazing show will be performing in Auckland from Friday the 24th of July until the 26th in the Vector Arena.

For ticketing and the correct dates and times, take a look here!

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Scrapbooking & Crafting Expo

Yaaay it’s time to get creativeee!! This weekend the Scapbooking & Crafting Expo will be on! They have classes, seminars and workshops that you can book yourself into free demos, competitions, displays, ideas etc. So basically this will be a whole weekend full of creativity!

Wanna get creative? Take a look here!

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NZIFF New Zealand International Film Festival

The NZIFF is an annually returning festival in the winter. They bring all different kinds of movies from all over the world to Auckland to show to you! You can watch the movies on 6 different locations and is definitely worth a visit if you are a big fan of movies!

Want to watch a nice movie? Take a look here for more information!

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Aotea Square Ice Rank

Are there any ice skating lovers on here? Because now is your chance to enjoy some ice skating right in the city centre of Auckland. The Ice Rink is open from 10am in school holidays and 12pm on any other day until 10pm for 7 days a week! At night the lighting gives you a warm feeling as if you are in winter wonderland!

Get Frozen, Let it go, and build a snowman! For more information look here!

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INTERNeX New Zealand: Fun, Fright, Flight/Fight, Fit

Those are the 4 different stages that everyone goes through when settling in a new country 🙂 Moving to another country is a big step and will always involve a lot of adjustments. This usually almost results in a culture shock, even though you will not be expecting this when you move to such a modernized country such as New Zealand. 

1. FUN

This is the first stage that someone will go through. In this stage everything is a lot of fun because you are meeting new people, you are seeing new places and this will carry you through the first few weeks that you will be here.

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2.FRIGHT

This is the point where you realize that you are in a different country, all by yourself without your family and friends from back home. It might feel like everything back home is going on as usual, and that you are missing out on a lot of things. 😥

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3.FLIGHT/FIGHT

This is where you get unsure about your decision to move to New Zealand. You are thinking about going home (flight) or about just staying here and fight for it.

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4.FIT

This is the final stage where you are feeling at home in New Zealand, everything is going the way that you want it to go and everything is AMAZING!

We are sure that you are just gonna skip the second and third phase because New Zealand is just an amazing place, the people are extremely nice and welcoming and you are never gonna wanna leave! 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀

INTERNeX New Zealand: Annual American Express Queenstown Winter Festival

Hello Guys and Girls,

Just letting you know that if you are a big ski or snowboard fan, this winter in New Zealand is     going to be perfect for you!! For the past 2 days there has been a huge snow storm in the South Island which caused around a metre to a metre and a half of snow!

Not only is this great for the ski-season, but it is also a big bonus for the annual American       Express Queenstown Winter Festival that kicked of yesterday! As you probably already know, the Kiwis are always looking for reasons to make a party, and that is exactly how this Festival      started!

Back in 1975 a couple of locals from Queenstown basically decided that the Winter is super amazing and that the start of it needs to be celebrated! Since then, the Festival grew to be one of the biggest celebrations of Winter! The Queenstown Winter Festival is a 10-day celebration including street parties, fireworks, local ánd international acts, comedy, family fun and heaps of more fun stuff!

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INTERNeX New Zealand: Opening of the Ski-season

Kia Ora guys and girls!

As you all do or do not know, the ski season is about to be opened in the South Island. The first ski area to be opened will be Mt Hutt in Canterbury on the 12th of June, followed by Coronet Peak and Cardrona in the Queenstown and Wanaka areas. This seems like an amazing opportunity for you guys who are located in the south island or for the ones that are going to travel there!

Don’t worry if you are not going there anytime soon, because the ski-season last year lasted 128 days! And for you guys who are not going to the south island at all: INTERNeX is organizing a ski-trip in the North Island. More information about that will follow soon!!

Don’t forget that if you have ANY questions (also those not related to skiing) you can contact us via Facebook or via e-mail (pr@internexnewzealand.com).

We hope you are enjoying your time in New Zealand and we would love to receive some updates about how your stay is so far!

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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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