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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.

Friday, March 12, 2004
UBC Tour
See: http://www.ubc.ca/

Today, was a short day for me because I went to visit the University of British Columbia (UBC) together with the Activity group. I can't even describe it. It's huuuuuuge. The place is bigger than Vancouver Downtown. I definitely would love to study here after I saw the UBC. It sure is a beautiful place, plus you have an incredible view. So, I just got back from there.
Other than that I had to make some phone calls this morning to talk to some references our candiates gave us.
You probably noticed that there's no entry for yesterday. Well I had an appointment in Surrey and I thought it was next week until I noticed the other day that it was yesterday. SIGH! So I got here after 2pm and added this journal site to more directories so Students can find us. So much from me today.
I wish you all a good weekend.


Wednesday, March 10, 2004
Week is almost over ;)

First of all I was very disappointed that the gentleman from Germany didn't reply to my email request. (see post from yesterday)
Well, maybe he will tomorrow.
Shirley interviewed the last 2 applicants today and I think I know who the lucky winner is. I will tell you guys tomorrow.
I also worked on Ai's site. I mean I contacted more people and ESL schools in Germany and the UK to add her link to their pages. Maybe that way we can also have some more students from Europe looking at our site ;)
Yes, that's all I have done today. Sounds like I had nothing to do but email a bunch of people. It's not that easy really. Plus thinking of other ways to promote a site can be very mind consuming.


The real danger is not that computers will begin to think like men, but that men will begin to think like computers.

Chinatown tour
See: http://www.vancouverchinesegarden.com/

Alison and I took a student to Chinatown tour this afternoon. We visited Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden, Chinatown, and Gastown. Especially, I enjoyed Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden. It was very interesting for me that the garden reflects the Daoist philosophy of yin and yang. (Light is balanced by dark, rugged and hard is balanced by soft and flowing, as is small by large.)

I took some students to Vancouver Aquarium and Granville Island so far, and I realized that activities were very important for school. Some students are very shy to ask question at reception, but when they go activity, they are not afraid of asking questions. This afternoon, we could talk about classes, schools, and Vancouver!


Tuesday, March 09, 2004
See: http://vecinterns.blogspot.com/

I got to see 2 other interviews today and I'm curious who the lucky winner will be ;)
Well, I did the same what I did yesterday except for the fact that John had something else for me to do which is marketing related.
So basically, I'm trying to promote Ai's site in Europe or Germany. Ai helps students here that have questions about Vancouver or the language etc.
I emailed one of the admins in Hamburg. I went to a commercial related ESL school in Germany. So I asked him if he could add Ai's Link to their homepage. I have to see and wait :)

You all have a good day!


Getting there
See: http://www.vec.ca/Japanese/9/immigration-canada.cfm

It was another fine day today. I went out a little bit to take a break, it was windy but sky was beautiful.

I was working on translation from yesterday, I was almost done but I couldn't finish "Working Permits" page today. I have been working on translation about visas in Canada. I didn't know some of immigration and visas procedures, but now I am an expert! I can answer questions regarding visas to students now.

Also, I was sitting at reception this afternoon. Although phone didn't ring so much today, I felt I was becoming better at Reception day by day.

I will finish translation "Work Permits" page tomorrow, and I will be taking students to Chinatown tour, VEC's activity, tomorrow.


Monday, March 08, 2004
Human Resources

Today, I have worked with Shirley.
She gave me some resumes, I phoned the applicants and set up interviews. We had one interview this afternoon and it was interesting to see what questions Shirley asked.
I hope I will have such Interviews in my future because I believe that the Interview was really laid back.
I also read some of the resumes and I had to think about the classes here and what we have learned about resumes and cover letters. Some did a really good job and some were just messy. I personally wouldn't even have picked some of these resumes.
So all in all it was interesting to see these things from the other side as an all time applicant ;)


Sunny Monday!
See: http://www.vec.ca

I hope everyone had a nice weekend. I went shopping in Richmond, and I did some exercise this weekend.

Every Monday I come to school at 8 a.m. to help new student. It is really nice to meet students from different countries, also it is great that I can be the first person for new students to talk at VEC!

Same as last week, I was sitting at Reception for 2 hours today. I was a little better than last week, I tried to speak loudly and clearly and it worked! Also, it was a little strange that sometimes phone didn't ring for 30 minutes, and suddenly it started ringing one after another and another....

I finished a few pages of translation from last week, Visitor Visas and Study Permits pages. I was very careful about translation, because CIC(Citizenship and Immigration Canada), they sometimes changes information on website. I hope my translation is going to be helpful for those who are planning to study in Canada.

I will be working on translation and some activities tomorrow.



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