Intervac International

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Intervac International
OwnerJosh Jaffe[1]
ProductsHomestay
ServicesHospitality service
Home exchange
Websitewww.intervac-homeexchange.com
Alexa rank304,661 (4 February 2018)[2]
Users30,000[3]
Launched1953; 66 years ago (1953)

Intervac International is a hospitality service used to arrange home exchanges. It has over 30,000 members in 52 countries worldwide, but is most popular in Europe, particularly Spain.[4][1][2][3]

How it works[edit]

Intervac offers a free 20-day trial membership and charges an annual membership fee of US$100.[1][4]

Members create a profile with information and photos of themselves and the residence they have to swap including amenities such as automobile use, the size of their family, the dates and length desired, and the destination desired. Members can then search for houses that fit their desires or wait until they are contacted by others.[1] Like most homestays, terms of the stay are negotiated in advance.[4]

History[edit]

Intervac was the first home exchange network, founded in 1953 in Switzerland by several teachers that wanted to travel internationally with a limited budget during their summer vacations.[4][3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d ROMANO, JAY (April 11, 2004). "YOUR HOME; Smoothing Vacation Exchanges". The New York Times.
  2. ^ a b "Alexa Internet: Intervac-homeexchange.com". Alexa Internet.
  3. ^ a b c "Facts About Intervac". Intervac International.
  4. ^ a b c d Blake, Joseph (August 5, 2011). "Swap your home to see the world for less". The Globe and Mail.