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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, April 16, 2004
last day

Good morning,

today is my last day of work (at least in Vancouver - I'm not retiring or anything). I can't believe that I'll be leaving tomorrow. I guess, today I'll be doing some things for the last time: taking the bus to North Van, going to the movies, working here, ...
talking about work. Yesterday, I made a list of those articles I worked on so far. I have so say (without wanting to praise myself) that this list is quite long. I'm actually quite proud of what I achieved in such a short period of time. :o)
Even though it's only been a short internship here with the school, I really enjoyed what I was doing - really! For once, I'm not exaggerating! I really had a good time here and everybody (at the reception and everywhere else) gave me the feeling to be part of the team. That was great! Thank you!
I hope you guys will enjoy your stay in Vancouver as much as I have! Take care (and behave)!



Thursday, April 15, 2004
Good morning, Vancouver English Centre, Katharina speaking ...

Hi there,
I started my day by showing a new student around the school. Apart from the daily walk I have from the bus stop to the school, this was my first exercise for today. :o)
Today, I will focus my work on the section "courses & programs" (again). This section is one of the most popular ones and it really needs revision. It may look as if I weren't getting anywere, but there's lots to do and it just takes a while until the "public" can see good results. I'm starting to get there - step by step.
Is anyone interested in purchasing a bus ticket (2-zone) for the rest of April? Since I'll be leaving on Saturday, I don't need my ticket any longer. If anyone of you arrived just a few days ago and doesn't want to buy Faresavers all the time, I can offer you my ticket for $ 30 only. With this ticket you'll be more flexible than with the simple Faresavers. So, think about it. If you're interested, come and see me at the reception area (I'm the one with the braids ...)
Talk to you later, Katharina

Wednesday, April 14, 2004
only three days left
See: http://www.vec.ca/German/6/

Good morning (in Vancouver, Seattle and everywhere else),

yesterday evening, I started to pack one of my suitcases. Man, I can't believe I have only three days left here in Vancouver. The only thing I can think of that's good to go back home is that I don't have to take the bus every morning (I suffer from motion sickness). Well, there might be another advantage: I can practise my German. I'm not kidding. Some of you may have experienced the same with their native tongue. Sometimes, some things are easier said in English than in German. Isn't it strange that somehow your native language seems to slip way back in your brain?
Well, anyways, back to what I'm doing at work. Guess what, I'm still working on the German website. There's lots to do. It's great to see some progress. If you know German, you can check out some of the links I've worked on the last couple of days. I've worked on the section converning costs and fees for the different programs offered by the school. It's a jungle out there, but I have a big knife and am fighting my way through it. :o)
Take care, Katharina

Tuesday, April 13, 2004
Translation and Editing 2

I worked on translation of the Business Internship Program (BINT) page, and editing New Comer's Guide to Vancouver. Business Internship Program page had only two paragraph, so it was not hard to translate. However the sentences were short, it took me some time to make the sentences flow in Japanese. Also, I have been working on Newcomer's Guide to Vancouver, I would like to add more information about recycling system, consumer information, and safety and security for international students. I will be working on this tomorrow.

I also helped some students to answer their questions. I think I become confident of answering questions, and I feel really happy when they say "Thank you" to me.

Have a nice evening and see you tomorrow!


Good morning,

when I left the house this morning, I didn't think the sun would come out today. Fortunately, I can see it out there! :o)
Yesterday, I concentrated my work on the item "courses and classes" in German. I had been working on "Life in Canada", but it seemed to me that being able to present correct German on the most crucial parts of the website would be important. So, that's what I'll be working on today as well.
I can hardly believe that this is my last week in Vancouver. Time flies by so fast. To all of you who only have a short time left in the city, I can only tell you to do as much as possible while you're here. Who knows if you'll have the chance to come back someday.
Ok, folks, that's all for now!
Enjoy the day!

Monday, April 12, 2004
hi from seattle

Hi John & Co.
I just thought I would let you know how I was doing here in Seattle. I'm sill trying to find an Internship that I could start in December of this year.
Yep, I'm leaving here in almost three weeks. sigh.
So I see you have a new German intern. That's awesome. Well, Katharina I know how you feel about the German websites since I corrected 95% of them and on top of that translated some also. It's not easy but hang in there because it's worth it. Plus you will probably have more time to finish then I did.

The search engine optimization is very interesting. I assume that John has told you a lil bit about it because you mentioned it before. All I can say as a marketing researcher is that I was very impressed with the optimization tools. Anyways, I don't want to bore you. Enjoy your time as an Intern.

Well John & Co. I hope you all are doing great. Wish you all the best and I'll hopefully see and talk to you soon.


New week

Good morning everybody,

I hope you enjoyed the Easter weekend as much as I have. I had so much fun in fact that I got a very nice sunburn. I guess I should have bought some sunscreen. Oh well, there is something that will last a little longer.
We have a new week ahead of us, starting today in fact. I'm still working on the German website. I guess, I will be doing that for the whole week. I like it. What I like even more about it is reading the "old" version of the site (there are some good laughs sometimes) and turning it into something worth reading.
I will keep you informed, but now I have to continue working (I don't want my boss to get mad to me ...)!

Talk to ya later! Katharina


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