During the past weekend I was privileged enough to be able to take time out of the office to travel to Toronto. It was an amazing opportunity for me to not only see more of Canada, but to also connect with some prospective travellers, students and their parents at the Macleans Student Life Expo in the metro Toronto convention centre.
After landing I did what every new traveller does to the city, I went for a little explore…and of course to true Becky fashion, got lost…which is actually a good thing in a new city as you stumble across some pretty neat places; the Loose Moose bar being one, and would highly recommend for beer lovers.
The next morning I was bright eyed and bushy tailed setting up the stand (using copious amounts of duct tape, much to the amusement of Tim, the INTERNeX president, who rocked up on Sunday to find a poster vs ducttape mash of chaos after both banners had fallen and fused together) Throughout the day I talked to some really lovely people. For someone who mostly works behind a computer it was fantastic to see people so interested about some of our amazing travel opportunities. Speaking to parents and students, it was astounding to see how engaged they where with the idea of working abroad and participating in our programs; really inspirational.
Sunday was spent in the same fashion with Tim helping on the stand during a coincidental lay-over on his way to Belgium. The day did not disappoint either and again we talked to many interesting people from all walks of life that had dreams of travelling. Even though it had been two long days of standing and lots of repeating who we are from a business prospective, I packed up with a massive smile on my face, hoping that we would have inspired people to participate in our co-ops, work and travel programs and ranchstay’s, and hopefully have done a good job about spreading the INTERNeX world. I ended the day with a few cheeky beers as a well-earned reward!
A few things to take away from this trip.
1.Toronto is a really cool city and the people are very friendly.
2. Inspiring people to travel becomes inspiring in itself.
3. Don’t feel bad if you have loads of questions – it shows interest, we’d love to help, and we’re more than happy to answer!
4.Programs don’t have to be for a year, we can even match you to a suitable program lasting a few week
5. Don’t try to check-in to a flight 35 minutes before departure – you’ll definitely miss your flight!