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Journals by Interns at Vancouver English Centre, in Vancouver, Canada. The Intern's Journal

Journals by Interns at Vancouver English Centre, in Vancouver, Canada.

Saturday, February 28, 2004
Introducing Eri

Eri is currently volunteering at VEC. She has also graciously agreed to document her daily experiences on our Intern's Journal.

Eri can be found helping in many different parts of our school. She has helped with our extra-curricular Activities Department, she has answered the telephone and she has helped students who have questions or need assistance. Most recently, she has been helping us with our Japanese web site.

Thanks Eri!

Friday, February 27, 2004
More translations and tricks

Well, I continued with what I did yesterday. Edited 'english' keywords on the GERMAN sites *scratches head*. Besides, I discovered the german "student comments" page which in my eyes wasn't german. So I will have to correct that tomorrow. Whoever translated that site it wasn't a good job. You better not use Online Translation software. So to every non german student: IF YOU THINK YOU CAN GET AWAY WITH AN ONLINE TRANSLATOR SOFTWARE FORGET IT, IT'S NOT WORKING THAT WAY!

Other than that I've learned more about search engines and how to optimize the keywords today.
Thanks for installing Dreamweaver on my comp Victor. I'll forgive you after you forgot about me yesterday. hehe. Adriana showed me how to use the Software. So, now I know the basics and I must say, it's so much easier than the web wizard. Anyways, that's all for today.

I wish everyone a goooooood weekend. I'll definitely have one ;)

Thursday, February 26, 2004
The world is full of strategies

As you probably noticed already there's an entry missing. Well, I was ill yesterday and spent most of the day in my little one room studio in my bed with fever. I'm doing a lot better today.

Today, I continued working on the keywords on the german site. Whoever translated that site used english keywords. Now, who in Germany or which german speaking countries are supposed to find us???Duh!
Since the german VEC site has many linked sites it was somehow tough to edit all of them. Therefore, I'm not done yet. On top of that I tried to find out what keywords Internet users browse on the search engine sites to find what they are looking for.
There's this deepmetrix site which allows me to get all these information I need. That way I can choose the keywords on the VEC site more carefully and effectively. I guess I'll see the changes when I'm back in Germany. Mr. Gardner, you can count on me checking the sites once in a while to see if there are any changes ;)
Thanks to John who explained me the meaning and contents of the deepmetrix page plus for the book "Search Engine Visibility". I'm sure this will help me a lot. Ummm, you'll get it back someday ;)
I was supposed to work with Dreamweaver today but I assume that Victor (our tech) has forgotten about me..sigh!
I just realized that I've learned a lot today within 8 hours and it feels good to learn new things and then to utilize them right after. Thanks again John!!

Ps.:"Only those who have learned a lot are in a position to admit how little they know." L. Carte.

Tuesday, February 24, 2004
Loooooong day

I don't want to make it sound bad but time didn't seem to go by today. It was dragging.

I finished my translation from yesterday and I must say I'm satisfied with what I did to the german VEC pages. Other than that, I had to edit some key words so german students can find us easily on the Net. Oh yes, we need some more Germans or Europeans here. ;) So I will definitely work harder on it tomorrow. I want to at least contribute to VEC's success. Thanks to Mr. Gardner who showed me how that works.
He also showed me some other tricks based on their marketing management. I found it very interesting and I'm really looking forward to learning more on marketing strategies.
So, that's it for now. More from me tomorrow evening.

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.


Sunday, February 22, 2004
Introducing Sibel

Sibel comes to us from Germany. She has a background in Marketing and came across as an excellent communicator, so it seemed natural to ask her to review and update our German-language web presences.

Welcome Sibel!


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