My name is Stefania, I am quite a new Servas member with my family. We live in Sicily in a town called Misterbianco, close to Catania. Somebody asked me to share our first experience with Servas and here I am happy to do it, even if a bit late.
It was the beginning of the year 2019, my elder son Rishi (who was 16 years old at the time) wanted to study one year abroad in order to open up to the world and to come in contact with different cultures. He actually had some preferences but it was ready to go almost anywhere... The “Intercultura” association was our first attempt but it didn't work out.
We then searched for another solution almost by contacting all of our friends spread around the world. Finally, a faraway friend of us (years before, we hosted her in our house for approx. 10 days to attend a holiday camp for our kids and their friends), gave her availability to take care of Rishi for his year abroad. She is Mexican, but she’s been living in France for the past few years, and at that time she was going to move from Paris to Rennes.