About me

Qualified Tourist Guide

Chairman of the Alsatian Guild of Tourist Guides

I am Ivan a State-Qualified and Government-Approved Tourist Guide in Alsace region (France).

 

In love with Alsace

Alsace is my adopted region, but I love it as if I was born here. I like to promote it and share it with my guests. I have a special affection to this land because it is the birthplace of my mother, but also because of the particularities of its culture, its history and its cuisine which captured me. 

 

In my guided tours, I like to talk about history and anecdotes, but with a funny touch. I know you are not looking for a master class, neither for a comedy show. I want you to have a nice moment with me while you learn some new things! 

I love to share with my guest, although I also love when my guests participate in the tour, asking me for interesting questions or teaching me new things from their place, for example. 

 

Fan of languages

One of my hobbies, in addition to learn new info about Alsace, is learning languages. I fluently speak five languages: English, French, Castilian Spanish, European Portuguese and Catalan. Only one of them is my mother tongue. 

Formerly I also learned other languages as German, Alsatian, Italian and even Esperanto.

 

I love to adapt my vocabulary to my guests when it’s possible. For example, if my guests are British I will tend to use “pavement” instead of “sidewalk” and so on. 

Academic education

2016 - 2017

University of Strasbourg

Vocational Bachelor's Degree in "Development and Protection of the Cultural Heritage - Tourist Guide"

2015 - 2016

"Alexandre Dumas" Tourism and Hotel Vocational School, Strasbourg

Higher Technician in Tourist Guide, Information and Assistance (as a part of an Erasmus+ programme)

2014 - 2015

"Hotel Escuela" Vocational School, Madrid

Higher Technician in Tourist Guide, Information and Assistance

Professional experience

October 2017 - present

Freelancer

Local Tourist Guide and Tour Leader

May-August 2017

Belfort Tourist Information Centre

Local Tourist Guide (internship)

Voluntary work

Alsatian Guild of Tourist Guides

October 2019 - present : President of the Guild

March 2019 - October 2019 : Vice-President of the Guild

"Alexandre Dumas" Tourism and Hotel Vocational School, Strasbourg

April-May 2019 : Member of the examination board for the Technician certificate in Tourism (Multimedia field)

April-May 2018 : Member of the examination board for the Technician certificate in Tourism (Multimedia field)

Language School Students' Union, Madrid

Oct. 2014 - Sept. 2015 : President of the Union

May 2015 : Tour Leader ex gratia during a cultural trip to Alentejo region (Portugal)

April 2014 : Tour Leader ex gratia during a cultural trip to Basque Country (France)

Partners