Une histoire qui a débuté en 1953 et qui continue encore et toujours plus ! Célébrer Intervac, c’est célébrer l’amitié, le respect et la culture du partage.
En cette occasion, nous vous invitons à partager votre témoignage. Parlez-nous de la façon dont vous avez rejoint Intervac et dont vous vivez vos échanges de maisons.Envoyez vos photos, vos vidéos et votre histoire à email@example.com
La nouvelle saison arrive
Le mois de Juin, annonciateur de l’été, est propice aux voyages. C’est aussi le mois des fêtes, des festivals et la nature comme le temps sont à leur apogée, dans de nombreuses régions du monde.
Profitez de la belle saison et partagez votre monde avec
Recevoir vos correspondants est toujours un moment spécial. C’est sûr, vous allez faire de votre mieux pour leur offrir la meilleure expérience possible !
Accordez-vous sur la question du ménage en fin de séjour : Allez-vous faire appel à un service de nettoyage pour votre maison ? Et pour celle de vos correspondants ? Prenez le temps de communiquer entre vous, utilisez le contrat d’échange pour régler ensemble les différentes modalités pratiques.
Intervac International est fier d’offrir à ses membres des représentants nationaux du monde entier prêts à les soutenir à tout moment.
“Nous sommes humains!”
Partagez votre monde avec Intervac
Notre concept s’est développé depuis 1953 principalement grâce aux références de nos membres, échangeurs de maisons satisfaits. Actuellement, INTERVAC propose ses services dans le monde entier et facilite les échanges de maisons pour 30,000 familles de tout horizon.
¡Una historia que comenzó en 1953 y mucho más por venir! Celebrar Intervac es celebrar la amistad, la tradición y la cultura del compartir. En esta ocasión especial te invitamos a compartir con nosotros un testimonio sobre cómo se unió a Intervac y qué piensa de este proyecto.
Junio es uno de los meses más populares para viajar alrededor del mundo. El mundo se llena de vida como por ejemplo se llenan de festivales de música, festivales de comida entre otros, y el clima es perfecto para excursiones y paseos.
Et si vous recherchez pour votre adolescent un séjour linguistique en immersion totale, organisez-lui un échange d’hospitalité avec un autre adolescent d’un autre pays : ce sera une grande réussite linguistique et une belle expérience de vie pour les deux adolescents.
Sommer…die ideale Jahreszeit zu Reisen und Erkunden!
Wenn nicht jetzt, wann dann….die Gelegenheit mit unseren Familien oder Freunden zu genießen ist unglaublich? Die Erinnerungen, die Sie mitnehmen, sind unbezahlbar und die Geschichten, sind es wert, erzählt zu werden – besten Dank im Voraus für I h r e Geschichte!
Starten Sie jetzt Ihre Vorbereitungen für den Sommer!
Once upon a time there were two ladies. They were both INTERVAC members. One, her name is France, lived in Kehl, the other, Dagmar, in Berlin. One day France asked Dagmar if she was interested in an exchange.
Since Dagmar and her partner love travelling she agreed right away. At the same time she found out that France had two daughters. The youngest, Claire, wanted to move to Berlin. She had just finished her studies. She was looking for a job as medical doctor and needed a place to live. Now it happened that a friend of a friend of Dagmar had an apartment that was available. And sure enough Claire got the apartment. Not only was it newly renovated and affordable but also in a beautiful neighborhood in the center of the city. How fortunate she was and how happy!
Meanwhile France and Dagmar became good friends…and this is not the end of the story!
It was already in the early 1990’s that I learned, through a magazine, that a group of French and Dutch teachers (it seems that they were actually Swiss) had created an organization to allow the exchange of houses. I, who was already passionate with travels, found the idea extraordinary, once, besides allowing to save on stays and meals, gave us above all the opportunity to know the country, the city or the region like a local inhabitant. So I joined quickly. At the time, new entries were published in booklets and we received them with updates twice a year. The booklet contained an identifying photo and a short description. The real proposals arrived by regular mail, inside an envelope, with detailed and appealing descriptions and more photos of the house and region. Sometimes the interested partner called to shorten the process.
I made my first exchange in 1991 with a family from Saint-Ismier, a French village just outside Grenoble for Geneve, Switzerland. From the balcony, where we sometimes ate, we could see the snowy peaks of Mont Blanc on the horizon. I went with my wife and a couple of friends, whom we travelled on other trips, and we visited several interesting cities in ancient Savoy, Geneve and of course the Alps, especially Mont Blanc. My daughter was two years old and we thought it was too early to travel with us, at the time a car trip. She stayed with grandparents and almost every day we called her and sometimes she couldn’t stop sobbing and cried with longing. I promised myself that she would go on the next trips. So it was, when two years later we made another exchange to the south of England, in Rye, near Hastings. With this family we established a special friendship and we visited them when two years later we made another exchange to the city of London and several years later, on a visit to Portugal, they called me, we met and they slept one night in my house. On the trip to London we also take my son, who was 3 or 4 years old at the time. When I got divorced years later, my children became my favourite companions on the trips I made through Intervac exchanges, but sometimes friends or family travelled with me too. Of course I looked for specific attractions for them, such as Disneyland, PortAventura and others, but I also tried to teach them the local culture and what motivated me to travel. That’s why they fell in love with Florence or Rome like I did. It was a suffocating heat in Rome in August when we went for the first time, but there are sources of fresh water everywhere. But my children, still kids in 2001, preferred ice cream, so we became customers of an ice cream shop on the corner of Piazza Navona. That’s why every day, on our daily trips, we had to go through Piazza Navona. When the employees saw us arriving, they said: “arrivanno i portoghesi!” Five years later, on an exchange to Florence, we went to Rome and at the ice cream shop they still remembered us.
I usually say that I’m not a tourist, I’m a traveller. That’s why Intervac met my preferences, because I like to choose the attractions I want to see, how long and how often I want to see them. This makes me to prepare the trip very well and while I am preparing it, I am already enjoying it, even before it begins. And in order to get to know a city or region we need to know a little about its history, its culture, habits and a little bit of its language. So besides the languages I speak, I always learn the basic sentences of the language of the country to where I travel. Gastronomy is part of the culture. We can also try local products at our Intervac partner’s house, but a typical restaurant is always advisable. In Iceland, Lára (read Laura) left us a decent amount of fish, especially fresh cod, all very tasty. We tried other local specialties at restaurants, but I just didn’t have the courage to try the most famous one – Hákarl. They are cubes of shark meat that are buried for 2 to 4 months to “ferment” (understand: rot) and those cubes have a very strong smell and taste. In a restaurant near the port of Reykjavik, the delicacy was advertised and added: “eat first and ask later”. But I already knew and I didn’t need to ask.
My Intervac partners always leave tourist information, more or less detailed, and a list with practical information about the house and the area. I also leave detailed information, but I have always enjoyed meeting them whenever possible. That’s why, even in the simultaneous exchanges, I try to delay our journey in order to receive the Intervac partners, show them the house and the area and often take a short tour of the most important spots of Porto (the city and the surroundings where I live) and we ended up having lunch. This gives them important help and establishes bonds of friendship and trust. We have already found partners that when they receive us, also did the same. Once in a while I even took a full day trip to show them the wonders of the Douro landscape and the best places to admire it. After a new affective relationship, in which we both live in our own house, it’s easy to delay the date of our departure. But before, I tried to sleep at a relative’s house and I even went to sleep in a hotel twice. I strongly advise you to do this, because it strengthens the bonds of friendship and trust with those with whom we are exchanging.
I don’t have pets and I rarely find exchange partners with animals. But the ones we found with animals (usually cats) were very independent and lived outside the house. I remember an exchange we made to a mI don’t have pets and I rarely find exchange partners with animals. But the ones we found with animals (usually cats) were very independent and lived outside the house. I remember an exchange we made to a mountain village of Brengenz (near Lake Constance). They had a cat that lived outside the house, but every morning he came to show what he had hunted – a mouse or a sparrow. I am pleased with Intervac. I even joined two other services of the same kind. In one of them I still made two or three exchanges, but I just gave up, because it’s at Intervac I find almost everything I want.