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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 19, 2004
Game Over

Unfortunately, today was my last day as an Intern here at the VEC. Yup, 4 weeks are already over.
I want to thank all of the VEC Staff for helping me whenever I needed it. I enjoyed my time here with you and maybe I'll see you all again. I can only encourage every student to experience what I experienced here as an Intern and as a student.

I truly appreciate the fact that the staff didn't treat me as a student but as an employee like all the others. Too bad that you weren't here today John. Thank you so much for showing me all the little details about Web Marketing. It'll definitely help me in the future. Get well soon my friend.
Also thank you Mr. Gardner for your help and advices, for being patient and explaining everything to me.
I'm still speechless and don't know what else to say. Thank you VEC for everything!

I will hopefully see you all again!


Thursday, March 18, 2004
More Translations and optimizations

It's thursday already and tomorrow is my last day. :(
I discovered some more english pages on the german VEC website so I translaed those. These are really the last pages that I translated. No more pages to translate for me. hehe.
I also optimized some of the pages that I translated a while ago.
I had a really nice lunch time with some of my co workers and I know for sure I will miss those times when I'm gone. Who knows maybe I'll be back someday ;) watch out..

That's all I've done today. This time it took me ahile to translate from english to german. I forgot my mother tongue so unbelievable but true I had to look up some german words.. ::blush::

Have a good day!


Wednesday, March 17, 2004
North Shore Orientation

I was at the North Shore Orientation today with two other Japanese students and it was fun.

Our first stop was Robson Street. An awesome shopping place, especially during the weekends at nights you can see amazingly styled men and women. Never seen so many beautiful people..hehe.

Well our next stop was Stanley Park and I want to tell students that it’s a walking distance. You can walk to Stanley Park. It’s only 30 mins and it’s worth it.
We saw the popular Totem Poles, Prospect Point, which has a beautiful view to North and West Vancouver and the Lions Gate Bridge. You can see 2 Lions “watching over” the Bridge. It was built for Queen Mom Elizabeth I. 60 years ago. Other than that we also got to see English Bay and some beaches.

Arrived in North Vancouver Jim, our guide showed us the Capilano Mall, which is one of the biggest Malls in Vancouver. Too bad we couldn’t shop or at least window shop there.
After, we drove to Lonsdale Quay where the Sea Bus Terminal is located. So it’s really easy to find especially for Students that live in North Vancouver. One of the Japanese Students lives in North Vancouver and she didn’t know that place so she was really excited to see something close to her place since it was a little Mall. ;) So Jim gave us 20 minutes to explore the Quay and walk around.

Next stop was Lynn Valley and Lynn Canyon. This is definitely my favorite place. It’s so beautiful that I can’t even describe it. It’s nature pure, I’ve never seen so many huuuuuuge and thick trees. They are gigantic. I’m sure the Students have heard of the popular Capilano Suspension Bridge in North Vancouver. Well, the one we saw was exactly the same, maybe a little bit shorter and for FREE. We had an amazing view when we were on the Bridge. We saw waterfalls and creeks.

Instead of driving to Cypress Bowl Look Out, Jim drove us to Lighthouse Park since it was raining and we wouldn’t have had a good view from Cypress Bowl Look Out. So we all agreed and visited Lighthouse Park where we again saw those gigantic trees and the Pacific Ocean.

All in all I can say it was an amazing trip and I’m so glad that I took the chance to go since I’m leaving Canada on Saturday. I saw so many beautiful places within only 3.5 hours.
I can only encourage every Student to take the opportunity they have here at school and take trips to different places in a group. It’s more fun being in a group plus you get to see so much more. Things you don’t expect to see. Until today I didn’t know that Vancouver offers so much diversity. Thanks a lot to the Activity Group for giving Students this great chance.


Tuesday, March 16, 2004
Short day
See: http://www.vec.ca/German/10/spanish_mexico.cfm

Well, I continued working on German VLC (Vancouver Language Centre) websites and optimized them for a lil bit.
Added some headers and links to it. I'll do more tomorrow.
Unfortunately, there's nothing more that I could tell you, since this is all I have done today.
I wish you all a great day even though the weather is not all that great :(


Business Internship Program
See: http://www.vec.ca/english/3/internship.cfm

I worked with Lauren, Director of Business internship, this afternoon. My job was to make phone calls to companies if they were interested in having internship. I called publishing companies and accounting firms and asked them what qualification and position were available now. (I felt I was doing some research about companies.) Although they seemed to be busy, they kindly answered my questions.

I think sometimes it is a little hard to find a company that exactly matches students request, and I feel I am lucky being a intern at VEC. I hope VEC students have good experience during their Internship Program like me!


Monday, March 15, 2004
Last few days
See: http://www.vec.ca/German/10/programs_guadalajara.cfm

Well, this is my last week here as an Intern at the VEC. Yup, 4 weeks are almost up.
I translated another page today, the last one. And the rest of the day I tried to optimize some keywords for the German site, since the popular search term didn’t match the words I had on the site. So, I updated them. Will definitely continue tomorrow.

Other than that, I tried calling this lady again to check up on references but I assume she doesn’t really care to call back. I left her *counts finger 1, 2, 3 ummm 4 messages. Oh well. I suppose there’s nothing else I can do.


"Life's up and downs provide windows of opportunity to determine your values and goals. Think of using all obstacles as stepping stones to build the life you want." - Marsha Sinetar.

Immigration Expert?
See: http://www.vec.ca/english/9/immigration-lawyer-canada.cfm

I finished translation "Immigration Lawyers in Canada" page today. Although I have been translating Visas and Immigration pages, unfortunately, I couldn't answer some of questions about Study Permit today. (It was about a student from Russia.)

I was working on "Work Permits" page the other day, and I found some information about Work Permits which was written in Japanese. I was not sure if the information was correct. Since then, Ai and I have been trying to figure it out, but we are not sure yet.

I think it is a great idea that VEC's website has information about immigration and visas, because immigration and visa process is a little complicated for students. (not only for students, for myself too)

I have been working on translation, so hopefully I have a chance to learn how to update VEC's website.



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