History, Intervac

Faces of Intervac

During the early 1950s contact was developing between Teachers Unions in Europe as they began to work together and to cooperate for the improvement of conditions but more especially to improve understanding between people from different cultures and backgrounds. Already in the early part of the 1950s, some teachers had realized that they could benefit most from the longer holidays they enjoyed if they could find a more economical way of traveling to other countries. The idea of Home Exchange Holidays was born in this realization. To exchange homes meant that they did not have any Hotel costs and could live in another home with just the normal costs of living. It would also provide the opportunity to live in a normal neighbourhood and not only in the developed tourist areas. This would provide the opportunity to learn about local culture, customs, etc. and to get to know the people.

In 1953 the leaders of the Swiss and Dutch Teacher Unions decided that a Home Exchange System for Holidays should be formally organized. Mr. A. Lehmann (1953 – 1961), Belp, Switzerland, made contact with Mr. G.J. Beltman (1953 – 1959) , Enter, Netherlands, in 1953 and the organization which would become known as Intervac International was born!

 

Mr. G.J. Beltman

Mr. G.J. Beltman,
Enter, Netherlands

Mr. A. Lehmann

Mr. A. Lehmann,
Belp, Switzerland

The Fifties

Switzerland Switzerland – 1953

Mr. A. Lehmann

Mr. A. Lehmann, Belp
(1953 – 1961)

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Louis Kessely, Heerbrugg
(1961 – 1965)

Heinrich Niedermann

Heinrich Niedermann
St. Gallen, (1965 – )

Claudia Niedermann

Claudia Niedermann
St. Gallen, ( – 2014 )

Leoni Günzler

Leoni Günzler
(2014 – Current)

Netherlands Netherlands – 1953

Mr. G.J. Beltman

Mr. G.J. Beltman, Enter
(1953 – 1959)

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Th.Thuijs, Bussum
(1959 – 1960)

Mr. Bert Vegter

Bert Vegter, Zeist
(1960 – 1977)

Roel and Willemien Eissen

Roel and Willemien Eissen, Oosterbeek
(November 1977 – Current)

The Sixties

Great Britain Great Britain – 1961

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Mrs. Ronald Gould,
National Union of Teachers(1961 – 1963)

Hazel Nayar

Hazel Nayar
(1963 – 1990)

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Rhona Nayar
(1992 – 2007)

Brian Hayes

Brian Hayes
(2007 – 2013)

Frank Kelly

Frank Kelly
(2013 – 2016)

Kristin Kelly-Abbott

Kristin Kelly-Abbott
(2016 – Current)

Germany Germany – 1965

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Hans Joachim Runge, Ahausen
(1965 – 1970)

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Bruno Schiller, Stuttgart,
(1971 – 1974)

Leoni Günzler

Leoni Günzler
(1974 – Current)

France France – 1968

Lucien Mazik

Lucien Mazik, Tours
(1968 – 2000)

Kristina Calliaud

Kristina Calliaud
(2000 – Current)

Austria Austria – 1969

Hans Winkler

Hans Winkler
(1969 – Current)

Spain Spain – 1969

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Manuel Ruiz Doña, Melilla
(1969 – 1980)

Maria Angeles-Sas

Maria Angeles-Sas
(1981 – Current)

The Seventies

Sweden Sweden – 1970

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Sten Jansson, Stockholm,
(1970 – 1971)

Margareta & Karl Eric Gemfeldt

Margareta and Karl Eric Gemfeldt,
Jönköping, (1971 – 1986)

The Gemfeldt Family

The Gemfeldt Family
(1986 – Current)

Finland Finland – 1970

Photo needed. Please contact the-board@intervac.org

Mrs. Inkari Uski, Lauritsala,
(1970 – 1972)

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Miss Saara Lahtimäki, Helsinki,
( 1972 – 1974)

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Johanna and Matti PyhäläTuusniami,
(1974 – 1978)

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Hleena Huhtela, Kilmininki,
(1978 – 1995 )

Mervi Loustarinen

Mervi Luostarinen, Helsinki,
(1996 – Current)

Denmark Denmark – 1971

Margareta & Karl Eric Gemfeldt

Margareta and Karl Eric Gemfeldt,
Jönköping (1971 – 1972)

Photo needed. Please contact the-board@intervac.org

Jens & Lone Lauritzen, Espergærde,
(1973 – 2001)assisted by Grethe Lauritzen, Espergærde, (1975 – 1986 )

Michael Støvelbæk

Michael Støvelbæk
(2001 – Current)

 Norway – 1971

Margareta & Karl Eric Gemfeldt

Margareta and Karl Eric Gemfeldt,
Jönköping(1971 – 1973 )

Ivar Solli

Ivar Solli
(1973 – 2000)

Photo needed. Please contact the-board@intervac.org

Jostein and Nina Solli
(2000 – 2006)

H.J. Kjell Kristiansen

H.J. Kjell Kristiansen
(2007 – 2010)

Trude Hoel

Trude Hoel
(2011 – Current)

Ireland Ireland – 1973

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Mrs. Colette O’Broin, Dublin
(1973 – 1977)

Frank Kelly

Frank and Hilary Kelly, Drogheda
(1977 – Current)

Belgium Belgium – 1973

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Roland Layder
(1973 – 1976)

Pascale de Baer de Leer, Ternat

Pascale & Maxim de Baer de Leer, Ternat
(1978 – 1988)

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Paul Sion
(1988 – 1989)

Yolande % Jempi de Cooman

Yolande & Jempi de Cooman
(1988 – Current)

USA USA – 1973

David & Mary Ostroff,
founders of Vacation Exchange Clubestablished a link with Intervac International
(1976 – 1984)

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Ted Kobrin (East Coast)
(1984 – 1988)

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Jennifer Haines and Sarah Morissette (West Coast)
(1984 – 1988)

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Lori Horne and Paula Jaffe, San Francisco
(1988 – 2003)

Josh and Jessica Jaffe
(2003 – Current)

Iceland Iceland – 1974

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board@intervac.org

Rafn Arild Jonsson, Reykjavik,
(1974 – 1975).

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Elisa Kwaszenko
(1975 – 2009)

Sesselja Traustadóttir

Sesselja Traustadóttir
(2009 – Current )

Luxembourg Luxembourg – 1975

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Jens & Lone Lauritzen
(1975 – 2007)

Marie Lechner & Robert Klopp

Marie Lechner & Robert Klopp
(2007 – 2011)

Are you interested in becoming our agent in Luxembourg? We’d love to hear from you.
Contact Lucien Mazik.

The Eighties

Israel Israel – 1980

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Dan Arbel, Herzliya
(1980 – 2010)

Shira Abel

Shira Abel, Yaakov
(2010 – 2014)

Are you interested in becoming our agent in Israel? We’d love to hear from you.
Contact Lucien Mazik.

Italy Italy – 1980

Gaby Zanobetti

Gaby Zanobetti, Bologna
(1980 – 2016)

Emanuela Zara

Emanuela Zara
(2016 – Current)

Canada Canada – 1986

Photo needed. Please contact the-board@intervac.org

Paula Carey
(1986 – 1987)

Suzanne Rysak

Suzanne Rysak
(1987 – Current)

The Ninties

 Brazil – 1994

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Virgilio de Almeida
(1994 – 1997)

Ana Neto

Ana Neto
(2006 – 2009)

Carlos Gerent

Carlos Gerent
(2010 – 2015)

Andrea Aguiar de Brito

Andrea Aguiar de Brito
(2015 – 2016)

Ary de Paiva Ferreira

Ary de Paiva Ferreira
(2016 – Current)

Czech Republic Czech Republic – 1995

A. Machacek & Lenka Machàckovi

A. Machacek & Lenka Machàckovi
(1995 – Current)

Greece Greece – 1997

Photo needed. Please contact the-board@intervac.org

Despina Agnostopoulos
(1996 – 2000)

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Stathis Mihos & Maria Karakiza
(2001 – 2011)

Maria Marianthie Katouna Petrof

Maria Marianthie Katouna Petrof Attica, Saronic Islands, Peloponeese, Ionian Islands
(2011 – 2013)

Christina Mitropoulou

Christina Mitropoulou Attica, Saronic Islands, Peloponeese, Ionian Islands
(2013)

Apostolos Kanarakis - Elena Petaloti

Apostolos Kanarakis – Elena Petaloti Macedonia, Thrace, Crete
(2011 – 2013)

Giannis Krikis - Maria Theofanous

Giannis Krikis – Maria Theofanous
(2011 – Current)

Poland Poland – 1996

Barbara Zakrzewska

Barbara Zakrzewska
(1996 – 1997)

Ewa Krupscy

Ewa i Stanislaw Krupscy
(1998 – Current)

Belize Belize – 1997

Photo needed. Please contact the-board@intervac.org

Dr. Azzo Ghindelli
(1997 – 1999)

If you would like to be our agent in the Belize, please contact Lucien Mazik

El Salvador El Salvador – 1997

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Dr. Azzo Ghindelli
(1997 – 1999)

If you would like to be our agent in the El Salvador, please contact Lucien Mazik

Guatemala Guatamala – 1997

Photo needed. Please contact the-board@intervac.org

Dr. Azzo Ghindelli
(1997 – 1999)

If you would like to be our agent in the Guatamala, please contact Lucien Mazik

Honduras Honduras – 1997

Photo needed. Please contact the-board@intervac.org

Dr. Azzo Ghindelli
(1997 – 1999)

If you would like to be our agent in the Honduras, please contact Lucien Mazik

Portugal Portugal – 1997

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board@intervac.org

António St. Aubyn
(1997 – )

Ana Neto

Ana Neto
(2006 – Current)

Hungary Hungary – 1998

Photo needed. Please contact the-board@intervac.org

Janos Rusz
( – 1998)

Pál Turcsán

Pál Turcsán
(2004 – 2010)

Mrs Borbala Reka Kiss

Mrs Borbala Reka Kiss
(2010 – 2011)

Alistair Binks

Alistair Binks
(2015 – 2016)

If you would like to be our agent in the Hungary, please contact Lucien Mazik

New Zealand New Zealand – 1999

Ketty (Catherine) Philips

Ketty (Catherine) and David Philips
(1999 – Current)

The Two-Thousands

The Rest of the World

Lucien Mazik

Lucien Mazik
Honarary President Intervac International (2000 – Current)

Argentina Argentina – 2001

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Roberto Popper
(2001 – 2005)

Claudio Adrian Polito

Claudio Adrian Polito
(2005 – Current)

Australia Australia – 2001

Photo needed. Please contact the-board@intervac.org

Vereena Olisch
(2001 – 2004)

Brian Wilder

Brian & Helen Wilder
(2004 – 2010)

Ketty (Catherine) and David Philips
(2010 – Current)

 Barbados – 2004

Brian Barnes

Brian Barnes
(2004 – 2010)

If you are thinking about becoming our agent in Barbados, Lucien Mazikwants to hear from you.

India India

Photo needed. Please contact the-board@intervac.org

Walid Bei Hadj Amor
( – )

Photo needed. Please contact the-board@intervac.org

Prem Kumar Shersia
( – 2005)

Sanjeev MAHAJAN

Sanjeev MAHAJAN
(2005 – 2012)

Neelkamal Soni

Neelkamal Soni
(2015 – 2016)

If you are thinking about becoming our agent in India, Lucien Mazik wants to hear from you.

South Africa South Africa – 2006

Photo needed. Please contact the-board@intervac.org

Jürgen Tschepen
( – 2006)

Paula Crawford Brunt
(2006 – 2014)

Jaco van Wyk
(2015 – current)

Indonesia Indonesia – 2007

Photo needed. Please contact the-board@intervac.org

Lisa Michelle Crosby
(2007 – 2008)

If you are thinking about becoming our agent in the Dominican Republic, please contact Lucien Mazik

Costa Rica Costa Rica – 2008

Susan Herrera Jara

Susan Herrera Jara
(2008 – Current)

Russia Russia – 2009

Alexey Eirich

Alexey Eirich
(2009 – 2012)

Samson Simonyan

Samson Simonyan
(2016 – Current)

The Two-Thousand Tens

 Ecuador – 2010

Kenneth Farr

Kenneth Farr
(2010 – Current)

 Romania – 2010

Carmen Duta

Carmen Duta
(2010 – Current)

Japan Japan – 2011

Alain Kregine & Kimiyo Murata

Alain Kregine & Kimiyo Murata
(2003 – 2012)

If you are interested in becoming our agent in Japan, we’d love to hear from you. Contact Lucien Mazik

 China – 2013

Jacob Jiankeng

Jacob Jiankeng
(2013 – Current)

Slovakia Slovakia – 2013

Jana Olejarova & Viera van Heiningen

Jana Olejarova & Viera van Heiningen
(2013 – Current)

 Lithuania – 2013

Renaldas Vaisbrodas

Renaldas Vaisbrodas
(2013 – Current)

Mexico Mexico – 2014

Hans Brouwers & Angie Wegkamp

Hans Brouwers & Angie Wegkamp
(2014 – 2017)

If you are interested in becoming our agent in Mexico, we’d love to hear from you. Contact Lucien Mazik

 Bulgaria – 2015

Niko & Lina Georgieva

Niko & Lina Georgieva
(2015 – Current)

Thailand Thailand – 2015

Philippe Volkaerts

Philippe Volkaerts
(2015 – Current)

 Republic of Macedonia – 2016

Frosina Lazova

Frosina Lazova
(2016 – Current)

Slovenia Slovenia – 2016

Uroš Kristan

Uroš Kristan
(2016 – Current)

Dates, Lost In The Mists Of Time

Please contact Lucien Mazik or the editor if you can help us correct these entries. We’d really appreciate it.

 Chile

Photo needed. Please contact the-board@intervac.org

Sophie Rouchon
( – )

If you are thinking about becoming our agent in Chile, Lucien Mazik wants to hear from you.

Dominican Republic Dominican Republic

Rita Paiewonsky

Rita Paiewonsky
( – )

If you are thinking about becoming our agent in the Dominican Republic, please contact Lucien Mazik

History, Intervac

Intervac’s Pioneers

History, Intervac

Intervac through the years… from 1953 until today

During the early 1950s contact was developing between Teachers Unions in Europe as they began to work together and to cooperate for the improvement of conditions but more especially to improve understanding between people from different cultures and backgrounds. Already in the early part of the 1950s some teachers had realized that they could benefit most form the longer holidays they enjoyed if they could find a more economical way of traveling to other countries. The idea of Home Exchange Holidays was born in this realization. To exchange homes meant that they did not have any Hotel costs and could live in another home with just the normal costs of living. It would also provide the opportunity to live in a normal neighbourhood and not only in the developed tourist areas. This would provide the opportunity to learn about local culture, customs, etc. and to get to know the people.

In 1953 the leaders of the Swiss and Dutch Teacher Unions decided that a Home Exchange System for Holidays should be formally organized. Mr. A. Lehmann (1953 – 1961), Belp, Switzerland, made contact with Mr. G.J. Beltman (1953 – 1959) , Enter, Netherlands, in 1953 and the organization which would become known as Intervac International was born!

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Blue marks the sixties. Red marks the seventies. Green marks the eighties. Pink marks the nineties. Yellow marks the two thousands.

The Sixties

1969 – Paris, France – 1st INTERNATIONAL MEETING

  • Date: 2nd August 1969
  • Host: Lucien Mazik, French Organiser
  • Attended: France. Switzerland, Netherlands, Germany and Great Britain
  • Member Count: 869

The Seventies

1972 – London, England – 2nd INTERNATIONAL MEETING

  • Date: 1st August 1972
  • Hosted by: Hazel & Michale Nayar, GB Organisers.
  • Attended by Switzerland, Netherlands, Austria, Great Britain
  • Member Count: 780

1973 – Völkermarkt, Austria – 3rd INTERNATIONAL MEETING

  • Date: 31st July and 1st August 1973
  • Hosted by: Hans and Inge Winkler, AT Organisers
  • Attended by: Switzerland, Netherlands, France, Great Britain, Sweden, Finland
  • Member Count: 1127

A major decision at this AGM was to produce more formal catalogues in three languages rather than the photocopied lists that had been used until now. These catalogues would be issued 3 times per year.

1974 – Zeist, Netherlands – 4th INTERNATIONAL MEETING

    • Date: 6/7/8th August 1974
    • Hosted by Bert Vegter, Intervac NL.
    • Attended by: Austria, Switzerland, Germany, Denmark, Great Britain, Sweden
    • Member Count: 1022

Intervac Organisers in Zeist

Intervac Organisers in Zeist.

1975 – Jönköping, Sweden – 5th INTERNATIONAL MEETING

  • Date: 6th August 1975
  • Hosted by Margareta and Karl Erik Gemfeldt – Intervac Sweden, .
  • At: Esso Hotel, Elmia in Jönköping
  • Attended by: Great Britain, Germany, Switzerland, Denmark, France, Netherlands, Austria.
  • Member Count: 1287

In order to assist the development of the Intervac ideal, it was decided to establish the Intervac International Fund.

1976 – St. Gallen, Switzerland – 6th INTERNATIONAL MEETING

  • Date: 3/4th August 1976
  • Hosted by: Heinrich Niedermann – Intervac CH.
  • Attended by: Austria, Germany, Denmark, Great Britain, Norway, Netherlands and the United States.
  • Member Count: 1439 members worldwide.

This year marked the beginning of our cooperation with David Ostroff of Vacation Exchange Club USA and with Hawaii Home Exchange Service.

1977 – Espergærde, Denmark – 7th INTERNATIONAL MEETING

  • Hosted by: Jens C.H. and Lone Lauritzen – Intervac DK.
  • Attended by: Austria, Great Britain, Sweden, Germany, France and the United States.

This year we were in contact with Mrs. Suzanne Barnard of HIL, another UK based Home Exchange organisation with a view to collaboration. It was agreed that Intervac International was no longer just a Home Exchange Service for teachers but must be open to all and catalogues would state the occupation of each member. It was also agreed that there would be two printing centers: in Stuttgart for Europe and in New York for the US and Canada.

1978 – Tours, France – 8th INTERNATIONAL MEETING

  • Date: 2/3/4th August 1978
  • Hosted by Lucien Mazik – Intervac FR.
  • Attended by: Belgium, Switzerland, Germany, Denmark, Great Britain, Ireland, Netherlands, Sweden, the United States and a representative from Hawaii Home Exchange Service

This meeting represents an important event in the history of Intervac since it saw the development of Intervac on a worldwide basis to be achievable. Decisions made included direct mailing of catalogues in Europe from Germany, two catalogues instead of three would be printed and photographs would be included in catalogues, unlisted membership possible.

1979: Brussels, Belgium – 9th INTERNATIONAL MEETING

  • Date: 24/25th July, 1979
  • Hosted by: Intervac Belgium
  • Attended by: Denmark, Luxembourg, Germany, France, Switzerland, Great Britain, Netherlands, and the United States.

Agreement was reached on standardization of codes to be used in the catalogues.

The Eighties

1980 – Stuttgart, Germany – 10th INTERNATIONAL WORLD WIDE AGM

  • Hosted by: Dieter and Helge Günzler – Intervac Germany
  • Dates: 29/30th July 1980.
  • Attended by: Belgium, Switzerland, Denmark, France, Great Britain, Netherlands, Luxembourg, Sweden and the United States.

A decision was taken to cooperate with HIL (GB) Mrs. Suzanne Barnard. Also present at the meeting were new contacts from Italy: Gaby Zabobetti, Bologna, and Dan Arbel, Herzliya, Israel, current Organiser in Israel.

1981 – New York, USA

  • Hosted by: David Ostroff
  • Attended by: Sweden, Denmark, Great Britain, Ireland, Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, and France.

Present also was Maria Angeles SAS, the current Intervac Organiser for Spain.

Intervac International was restructured at this meeting creating a Board of Directors (BD) which would meet between AGMs to manage the affairs of Intervac. The first BD elected was composed of the Organisers for the Netherlands, France, and Denmark. Maria Angeles SAS was elected as Organiser for Spain.

1982 – Gjøvik, Norway

  • Hosted by: Intervac Norway
  • Attended by: Belgium, Germany, Denmark, Switzerland, France, the Netherlands, Ireland, Luxembourg, Great Britain, the United States and Sweden

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Intervac Organisers in Norway at the meeting.

1983 – Drogheda, Ireland

  • Hosted by: Frank and Hilary Kelly, Intervac Ireland.
  • Attended by: Germany, Belgium, Switzerland, Denmark, Luxembourg, Sweden, the Netherlands, France, the United States and Norway.

Additionally, a prospective Organiser from Costa Rica also attended the meeting.

In 1983 we celebrated the 30th Anniversary of Intervac.

Cutting

The 2 most senior Organisers: Hazel Nayer (RIP) GB and Heinrich Niedermann CH with Frank Kelly – IRL – getting ready to cut the anniversary cake.

The

30th Anniversary cake!!

The Eighties Continued

  • 1984 – Spain
  • 1985 – Italy
  • 1986 – Völkermarkt, Austria
  • 1987 – Derby, United Kingdom
  • 1988 – Yngsjö-Kristianstad, Sweden
  • 1989 – Athens Greece

The Nineties

1990 – Tiburon, California, USA

  • Hosted by: Intervac US
  • Attended by:

Intervac

Intervac Organisers in Tiburon at the Annual General Meeting.

The Nineties Continued

  • 1991 – Brûgge, Belgium
  • 1992 – Switzerland

1993 – Lisbon, Portugal: 40th Anniversary!

  • Date: 25 – 27 of July 1993
  • Hosted by: Intervac Portugal
  • At: Hotel Alif

1994 – Reykavik, Iceland

  • Hosted by: Elisa Kwaszenko – Intervac IS

1995 – Tours France

  • Hosted by: Lucien Mazik – Intervac FR

1996 – Calgary, Canada

  • Hosted by: Richard Rysak and Suzanne Cassin – Intervac CA

1997 – Oosterbeck, Netherlands

  • Hosted by: Roel and Willemien Eissen – Intervac NL

1998 – Copenhagen, Denmark

  • Hosted by: Intervac Denmark

1999 – Prague, Czech Republic

  • Hosted by: Intervac Czech Republic

The Two-Thousands

2000 – Helsinki, Finland

  • Hosted by: Mervi Luostarinen – Intervac FI

Intervac

Intervac Organisers in Helsinki at the Annual General Meeting.

2001 – Madrid, Spain

  • Hosted by: Maria Angeles-Sas – Intervac Spain

Meeting

Meeting room in Madrid at the Annual General Meeting.

2002 – Krakow, Poland

  • Hosted by Ewa & Stanislaw Krupscy – Intervac Poland

2003 – Pontresina, Switzerland: 50th Anniversary!

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  • Hosted by: Claudia and Iso Niedermann – Intervac Switzerland

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Meeting room in Pontresina at the Annual General Meeting.

2004 – Catolica, Italy

  • Hosted by: Gaby Zanobetti – Intervac Italy

2005 – Drogheda, Ireland

  • Hosted by: Frank and Hilary Kelly – Intervac Ireland

2006 – Rhodos, Greece

  • Hosted by: Stathis Mihos & Maria Karakiza – Intervac Greece

2007 – Ahus, Sweden

  • Hosted by The Family Gemfeldt – Intervac Sweden

2007

Intervac Organizers in Ahus at the Annual General Meeting.

2008 – Great Britain

  • Hosted by: Brian and Leslie Hayes – Intervac Great Britain

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2009 – Sarpsborg, Norway

  • Hosted by: H.J. Kjell Kristiansen – Intervac Norway

The Two-Thousand Tens

2010 – Lisbon, Portugal

  • Hosted by: Ana Neto – Intervac Portugal

2011 – Leuven, Belgium

  • Hosted by: Jempi and Yolande de Cooman – Intervac Belgium

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2012 – Bologna, Italy

  • Hosted by: Gaby Zanobetti – Intervac Italy

Intervac

2013 – Berlin, Germany: 60th Anniversary!

  • Hosted by: Leoni Günzler – Intervac Germany

Intervac

To Sixty Years of Home Exchange! Cheers, Intervac!

Intervac

2014 – La Rochelle, France

  • Hosted by: Kristina and Olivier Caillaud – Intervac France
  • Date: 24-27 April, 2014

Welcome

Welcome to La Rochelle. More photos at {:href => “https://www.facebook.com/IntervacHomeexchange/photos/a.791995410840290.1073741850.180133322026505/792042870835544/?type=3&theater”, :title => “Link to Facebook slideshow”} our Facebook slideshow.

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Intervac organizers annual group photo.

2015 – Copenhagen, Denmark

  • Hosted by: Michael Støvelbæk – Intervac Denmark
  • Date: 23-25 April, 2015

Intervac

A General Meeting to remember!

2016 – Amsterdam, Netherlands

  • Hosted by: Roel and Willemien Eissen – Intervac Netherlands
  • Date: April, 2016

Intervac

Busy in the meeting room

2017 – Corfu, Greece

  • Hosted by: Giannis Krikis – Maria Theofanous – Intervac Greece
  • Date: 28-30 April, 2017

Intervac

Beautiful Corfu in April. Nearly everyone was present.

History, Home exchange stories, Intervac

Third generation exchangers

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Beltman the Founder to Beltman the Grandson

We owe a lot to our organisers who have long been a devoted part of Intervac, Roel and Willemien Eissen among them. They have been responsible for excellent membership development in the Netherlands since 1978. Recently Roel, writing about our history, said:

You can read on our Faces of Intervac page, in 1953, there began formal contact between the Dutch National Teachers Union (NOV) and the Swiss Teachers Union (SLV). At various Congress-Meetings, Mr. Gerrit Beltman for the Netherlands (NL) and Mr. Lehmann for Switzerland, go to know each other well and privately started to make home-exchange holidays.

This idea of home-exchange worked so well, they extended and developed it further to benefit the members of their Unions. Many successful holidays later this is the seed that has developed into our worldwide Intervac organisation.

All this has struck my mind again, after I had not thought about our history it for some time. However, it suddenly hit my attention when I had a pleasant telephone-conversation some weeks ago with one of our NL-members. The lady just told me, that her husband is a grandson of Mr. Beltman.

Home Exchange – A Family Way of Life

Not only has home exchange really enriched our lives with many nice contacts and stories of holidays, friendships, but I am also very pleased to know that the name Beltman is still enthusiastically being used inside Intervac.

If you are interested in exchanging with our now-famous first-family in the Netherlands, here is a link to their listing.

This is part of the Intervac Home exchange stories series. Do you have a story yourself? We would love to hear about it! Tell us your story.