Journals by Interns at Vancouver English Centre, in Vancouver, Canada.
Friday, July 23, 2004
Long time no blog, it's Eri
Hi it's Eri, I was a volunteer at VEC until end of June.
It's been almost three weeks since I left VEC. I am still in Vancouver and enjoying traveling and working on some research.
I visited VEC to pick up my letter yesterday.
I had a little time to chat with Mr. Gardner, Ai, Naoko, Inga, Vivian, Jae, Adreana, John, and Carol.
It was really nice to see them and I felt I really miss working at VEC.
I am leaving Vancouver in two weeks, so I really wish I could stay in Vancouver much longer.
I will write every once in a while. Keep in touch everyone!
Thursday, July 22, 2004
Oh so tired..
Well it's the end of another week, and I'm very tired. Yesterday, Brennan and I were cleaning out the storage room, which had a surprising about of things contained in it for just a small room. In it, we found two christmas trees, a pair of ski boot, two coffee machines, four fans (two wall fans, two standing fans), two old scanners, a fax machine, two soccer balls, four poles for a volley ball net, the rest of the volleyball net equipment, and approx. 1000 pounds of brochures, which needed to he moved into the mail room. And there was more. There was also a plastic rat from Halloween decorations, which Brennan delighted in scaring me with.
But we found ways to make it more fun. We have yet to clear everything out of the room, vacuum and paint the floor. I would have like to paint it a bright red, but Mr. Gardner said no bright colours, so then Brennan and I thought it would be better to go with grey.
Until next time, and please reply to my comments if you have anything to say! Thank! :)
Wednesday, July 21, 2004
My Feet Hurt
Thinking for titles of your blog every day is hard. Especially when the days are basically the same.
Before I left work last night, Mr. Gardner asked Tam and I to clean out and organize the storage room. A seemingly easy task took us all day and we still haven't finished. We had to take everything out of the room so we could vaccuum it and then paint the floors. Afterwards, we would need to install some shelving and put everything we took out, back in. One thing let to another and eventually Tam and I were repacking all of the boxes as nothing was where it should be.
Since all of the holiday decorations were in the storage room, a fake rat (for Halloween) happened to be laying in between piles of boxes. Of course at the time Tame and I didn't know it was fake. She screamed - I laughed. It inspired me to put it under Sharlene's desk since she wasn't here this morning. By the way, for those of you that don't know, she is one of the Director of Studies. I think I pushed it too far back under her desk so that it will be hard to find. I may have to go in there tomorrow while she's out and put it in her desk drawer instead. SHHHH!!
AAAAAANNYWAYS... I have to take tomorrow off (which I don't want to do) and leave early on Friday. I'm not looking forward to Friday though. Some students that I have gotten to know will be leaving..
Tuesday, July 20, 2004
I think it's far to say that today can be summed up with two words; Data Entry. It was a dull day today, as I did little more than data entry. And I got a lot of files done, approx. 122, but it felt very sluggish for some reason. Even pool didn't have it's usual appeal. The chalk for the cues has vanished, and with outr lack of skill, one bad hit sends the balls flying dangerously. However, tomorrow should be more active, we'll be cleaning various places, such as the storage room. I think I might enjoy that. Well, more later.
There isn't much I can say about today. I did data entry for all but one hour of the day besides the few minutes it took to deliver the cards and notices that Akshay gave me. Other than that, Mr. Gardner introduced me to a new data entry project. It's really nice considering I get to look around on the internet to find the information that I need to enter as opposed to pushing the same keys over and over again.
This pay period I have worked a total of twelve and a half hours overtime, so I need to take time off to make up for it ...which I really don't want to do. I like coming in every day. I am going to take Thursday off and leave work early on Friday which is probably for the best anyways, as I should be enjoying every spare moment I can with my friends before the Summer break is over.
One thing that I have noticed about VEC is that everybody is really friendly. I can help a student out once and he or she will always talk to me in the hallways or at the very least say, "Hi." Even the students that I have never spoken to will say greet me...which I can't say about the rest of the world, or at least Vancouver.
Monday, July 19, 2004
Monday Equals Fun-Day
I started off the day doing none other than data entry. I was working really quickly and I wasn't getting bored of it so I had to keep fighting off Tam's idea of playing pool. It's something that is better to do once you're bored with data entry. But unfortunatly, we never did got to play pool today..(unfortunatly- ha!), because I was asked to take a group of 35 students to Fort Langley and then to a berry picking farm. It was really nice considering I've lived in Fort Langley all of my life and had that home advantage that Amberly had in Whistler yesterday. I was able to show all of the students around and tell them some interesting facts.
I was anticipating rain today so i wore pants, a long sleeved shirt, and a sweater. I definetly regret that bad, bad choice! Picking berries in a field dressed like that while the sun is as hot and bright as it was, is not a good idea...we'll leave it at that. The raspberries and blueberries sure were delicious though. I picked some for Tam's older sister, Peggy, who works in payments, but knowing my family, they probably won't make it to VEC tomorrow.
Not that it has anything to do with my day today, but I was too tired to mention it in my blog last night..I have met Amberly and Carly, the two new activity coordinators and they are both really kind, outgoing, responsible, and organized people. Mr. Gardner, expect great things to come from them!
It's been a while...
Sorry it's been a while since I've posted but I just haven't been able to write anything. Anyways, I'm going to tell you what I've been up to for the last little while.
Let me start off by thanking whoever thought of the pool table, becuase it is such a lifesaver when data entry gets really, really boring. I'm happy to say that my game is improving. It's not good yet, but it's getting better. But enough about what I do on my break.
Over the past two weeks or so, I've done a lot of different things. And I mean a lot. I have: updated and cleaned computers; faxed advertisments to potential costumers; transported money to the bank; gone on an activity to Storyeum; bought office supplies; and last but not least, called homes to see if they would like to be a host family.
I have to say that calling people was one of my favorites things to do. Brennan on the other hand hated it. I don't know why he would hate it, I much preferred it to data entry. He even gave me a page of his numbers to call that he was assigned, while he did data entry. It was a good arrangement. It occured to me as I was doing all these phone calls that I should have gotten a job as a telemarketer istead. But as I was speaking mostly to answering machines, I don't think I would have fared well with people.
I also like going to the bank in the afternoons. It gives me a break from not moving most of the day, and I enjoy walking around. I also don't mind running errands. Of course I never forget that data entry is my first priority, but I still like doing other things.
I haven't played a single game of pool today, as Brennan is currently In Fort Langley, most likely picking berries at the moment. It'd be nice to go on other activities. Or even just play some pool...
A New Week
Monday. The beginning of a new week. Most regard this day with a sort of mild dread, and that was the atmosphere amongst many students in the VEC today. Many a time has this phenomenon been referred to as the 'Monday Blues'. Well, soon to follow after Monday is Tuesday, so by tomorrow, the students should be more excited.
Today has been a relatively slow day, without much activity from the students. So today I caught up on my database entry, where I lagging far, far, far behind Brennan and Tam who seem to be some kind of Database Entry machines. I've been busy with some other work as well, I made some calls, and tried to create an Emergency Host List for the weekend of July the 24th and 25th, and so far have found 3 takers. I hope to finish the list by Thursday.
Well, hopefully by tomorrow the students will be a little more buzzed and awake, and perhaps more lively! I've never heard of the Tuesday Blues... yet.
My Comment box is feeling lonely! =( comments anyone?
Sunday, July 18, 2004
Whistler Day Trip
So today one of the new activity coordinators, Amberly, and I, took a group of Chinese students and a few Mexican students to Whistler. Whistler was a lot of fun, as it always is! We went sightseeing at Shannon Falls, on top of Whistler mountain, and all around the village, we went to Lost Lake, and we went shopping as well. It was painfully hot outside today as you can probably tell if you see my burnt face around VEC, but I wouldn't have it any other way.
I'm struggling to keep my eyes open right now, so I'm going to cut this entry short. Besides, it's not like anybody actually needs me to talk about why I think Whistler is the best place in all of BC. Majority probably feels the same! How could you not?