My name is Ivan C. de la Torre, I am a graduated and a accredited guide by the French government departments for Culture and for Tourism, and I work basically in Alsace region.
I am passionate about the history, the traditions and the gastronomy of the Alsace region which is the native land of my mother.
People say that I have a natural gift for languages. I speak fluently French, English, Spanish and Catalan, but I have also some basic knowledges of the German, Alsatian and Esperanto languages.
I did some volunteer guided tours to train me before to go to the university. Speak and exchange with people make me love my trade. Each guided tour is different, and I always learn new things thanks to visitors questions. I like to see its surprising faces when I tell them anecdotes or small stories.
I have a bachelor's degree in Development and Protection of the Cultural Heritage - Tourist Guide from the University of Strasbourg.
During my second year of my Professional certificate, I was studying in the Strasbourg's Tourism and Hotel High School lycée hôtelier Alexandre Dumas.
Before to get in to the University, I did some guided tours as a tour leader in organised journeys by a Spanish cultural association, but also city tours in Strasbourg in my free time to improve my skills.
In September 2016, I entered in Strasbourg University to follow the Professional certificate of Services to the public administration, development and Heritage protection - Tourist Guide. It made me improve my knowledge about Alsatian history, art and other skills but also gave me the chance to study in a magnificent building which belongs to the UNESCO Heritage since 2017.
I made my internship in the Tourist Office of Belfort, Belfort Tourisme, which allowed me to know a new city connected with Alsace region by its common history, and to improve my knowledge about the military heritage and constructions.
After graduation, I started working as independent guide to share my passion with visitors of Strasbourg and its region. Its culture, its history, its built heritage that must be known by people.