Journals by Interns at Vancouver English Centre, in Vancouver, Canada.
Monday, February 23, 2004
My first day as an Intern at VEC
To get started my name is Sibel I'm from Hamburg/Germany and 22 years old.
The day has finally arrived that I was waiting for so long. To be specific I was waiting for this day almost a year. Today was my first day as an Intern at the Vancouver English Centre. And I must say I had a good time so far. My main responsibility was to read through the german VEC sites and "detect" mistakes. Although I worked for a Market Research company in Germany as a translator it wasn't that easy to correct all the mistakes on the VEC sites. I've never thought that I would actually forget my mother tongue. Sometimes I can't even explain myself in german. Well, that's very embarrassing for me as a German. The last time I spoke in german was 2 months ago when my sister called me from Germany. But then again that's a really positive sign because it's a proof that I'm learning english in a canadian or american environnment very quickly. So far to my person and back to my first day.
I started at 9:30am and finished my work at 5:30pm. I learned how to use the VEC Web Wizard and I find it interesting since I'm into web design. This seems to be an easy way to create a homepage.
So, what I was doing the whole day besides feeding my brain with useful information was translating some of the VLC (Vancouver Language Centre in Mexico) sites. Translating might be boring to some students but for me it's a challenge.
Well, that's all I have done today so far. I will hopefully get more into the marketing field here at school and maybe also snake a peek to the HR.
This is a chance for me to gain experience abroad and I will definitely take it and make something out of it later in my future. I'm glad the VEC gives international students the opportunity to work here.
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