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October 6, 1999
Teachers Gavin & Suzannah Bellamy can show you how...
like to travel abroad but haven't got the cash? There is an Internet
business run by teachers to help you. Planning to stay in, say,
Copenhagen, for two weeks? There may be a home, not a hotel, already
waiting for you, complete with everything but the owners. They,
you see, might be in Chicago for two weeks, sharing someone else's
home. The Internet
Home Exchange Club is making it all happen.
of Home Exchange is a fast growing and exciting way of having a
vacation. Husband and wife team, Gavin and Suzannah Bellamy, are
both full-time teachers, and started the Internet Home Exchange
Club to put home exchange candidates together. As the couple explains,
"We formed the club because we felt that directory based services
charge a lot of money for very basic service, in our case over £130
($200). The internet offers the opportunity for a much more efficient
and descriptive approach to the concept and at very reasonable costs."
is really very simple. IHXC helps put you in touch with other people
interested in swapping homes with you. When you find someone in
the area you want to visit with the living arrangements you are
searching for, you then make arrangements to trade homes, cars,
even pets for whatever the length of your stay". Gavin explains;
"It has numerous advantages, but primarily saves a lot of money,
particularly abroad, and allows you freedom and comfort within a
family home and local community with the benefits that brings."
Exchange is particularly popular among working and retired members
of the education, financial and business sectors and large family
churches. IHXC is intended to run as a club for the benefit of its
members, and is primarily but not exclusively intended for those
groups listed above. The club nature of IHXC is clearly reflected
in its structure and costs, which are kept to a minimum.
have recently launched a new web site and they are expecting to
build a large club base. For more information on the services they
offer and what just might be your ticket to a discounted vacation,
visit their website at http://www.ihxc.com.
point to note is that as they seek to build up their database they
are currently offering FREE membership, so act fast! "We are
very surprised by the response we have received so far. As well
as the expected US, Canadian and UK responses we have also had people
from the United Arab emirates, Ireland, Belgium, Bahrain, New Zealand
and Australia. One prospective customer asked if his two-bedroom
chalet buried deep Quebec's forest would de suitable. My reply was...
Wow, I bet someone would go for that!" That is the nature of
May 24, 2000
on IHXC: The Home Exchange for Teachers
Last year we reported
on how a couple from England have combined their professional experience
as teachers with their interest in foreign travel and the internet
to form a club based on members exchanging their homes. For many it
is the best way to take a family on a vacation and experience the
excitement of exploring another culture or country. Advantages include
huge financial savings, the comfort and freedom of having a home base,
staying in a family orientated environment and the opportunity to
explore as part of a community.
has checked in with us again, and reports the project is doing well.
"We have been delighted about the response we have received
as well as the encouragement from experienced home exchanges who
have joined us. We have a world wide membership. We do not simply
enable people to find each other, but offer detailed advice on how
to arrange an exchange and what to look out for. There are often
many questions, most of which we attempt to answer on our web site.
However, we were anxious to offer more than just a home exchange
service, and as teachers felt it important to try and put teachers
in contact with each other around the world. To that end we have
developed some associations with teacher agencies whose aims we
for the prospects of home exchange is obvious - "we found that
home exchange is particularly popular amongst working and retired
members of the teaching profession. The internet offers the ideal
medium for storing information securely but also in being flexible
and able to operate in real time. The intended membership is primarily
the teaching profession or friends and families of teachers. This
has the added advantage of giving some quality control. We wanted
to foster a club feel to the whole project encouraging members to
feed back and be involved in the clubs development if they wish."
Gavin adds "we
are very keen to develop the links between teachers around the world
at a more social level. There are already a lot of good organisations
which support teachers professionally including Teachnet. Recent
developments include the addition of travel related links,the ability
to buy travel related books at discount through Amazion, and more
excitingly; gaining the interest of organisations such as the NEA.
We have come to an exciting and challenging point where to develop
the club further we will shortly need to arrange full time commitment
from one of us. This is a big step but will facilitate some of the
developments we have in mind."
The Internet Home Exchange Club (or IHXC for short) can be found
on the web at www.ihxc.com.