Montpellier 2009

European Conference 2009
Montpellier, France

Program | Photo gallery | Participants and Sponsors

Thank you for coming!

It was very nice to meet chapters and members in at the European Conference in Montpellier. There were more than 120 participants for the four days. We look forward to seeing you in Pécs, Hungary.



Preliminary Shedule Event Comment
Wednesday June 3 Board of Directors Meeting in Hotel Métropole
8.00 – 17.00 Committee Meetings
Thursday June 4 Optional day - Committee Meetings continues
8.00 – 17.00 Board of Directors Meeting
9:00 - 17:00 Excursion to Saint-Guilhem-le-Désert Optional program
14:00 Youth Meeting - Intercultural learning Optional program (Corum)
Evening Dinner in Montpellier Optional program
Friday June 5 Arrival and Registration
Registration in Hotel Métropole Open all day
8:00 Meeting for European Executive Committee
10:00 - 12:00 City Walk in Montpellier
Lunch On own initiative
Afternoon City Walk 
14:00 Board of Trustees Meeting Optional program (Corum)
18:00 Welcome reception in La Grande Motte Next to the beach!
Saturday June 6 Council meeting and Chapter Fair 
Morning Registration open
9:00 Council Meeting Le Corum
Lunch  Husser Brasserie du Corum 
Afternoon  Council Meeting continues 
Chapter Fair
19:00 Conference Gala Dinner  Hotel Métropole 
Sunday June 7 Excursion
9:00 Excursion to Aigues-Mortes and Camargue
Lunch  Les Cuisiniers Vignerons
15:00  Return to Montpellier 
Departures  Homestay  Angoulême, Céret, Montpellier
Paris Program  Optional program 

Excursion to Saint-Guilhem

For this optional day, the participants will visit Saint-Guilhem-le-Désert, which is located on the Chemin de St Jacques (St James' Way) pilgrim route to Santiago de Compostella. Saint-Guilhem-le-Désert is one of the Plus Beaux Villages de France ("The most beautiful villages of France"). We will have a guided walk through the village and visit the abbey and monestary. Lunch will be at Fonzes, which is in the bottom of the village - overlooking the narrow river.

In the afternoon, the journey continues to caves of Montperyoux, where we will learn about and taste the local wines. Before they day is over, we will also make a stop at Devils Bridge.

The excursion will only take place if at least 10 people register.

Youth Meeting dedicated to Intercultural Learning

On Thursday, young people (up to 30 years old) are invited to a meeting dedicated to intercultural learning. During the afternoon, the participants will have the opportunity to get to know each other and enhance their intercultural skills.

Board of Trustees Meeting

Since 2006 there has been an opportunity for European Trustees Members to meet. So also this time. The meeting is open to any conference delegate and will take place on Friday afternoon.

Council Meeting

PTPI European Council will meet on Saturday. It is open for all conference participants.

Excursion to Aigues-Mortes and Camargue

On Sunday we leave for Aigues-Mortes, which is a unique village in Camargue. The city has an impressive city wall. The program includes a one hour tour with an English speaking guide. Camargue is an open area east of Montpellier. It is know for its wildlife and beautiful scenery: it is where the land, sea and the sky meet. Lunch, including wine tasting, will be in Les Cuisiniers Vignerons, which is located in Lattes, only 10 minutes from Montpellier center and Montpellier's airport.

Paris Program

For those, who would like to visit and experience Paris, we suggest the following program.

Day Time Location Activity
Sunday June 7 Evening Arrival in Paris Dinner
Monday June 8 9:30 Meeting in Odéon City walk in Rive Gauche
13:00 Lunch
19:00 Dinner
Tuesday June 9 9:00 City walk in Rive Droite or Day excursion to Versailles
Wednesday June 10 9:30 Meeting in Odéon Visit to Montmartre

Rive Gauche (the Left Bank) is one of the city's most romantic districts. This is the Paris of artists, writers and philosophers, for example Picasso, Rimbaud, Sartre, Hemingway...

The Left Bank's most famous places: Notre Dame de Paris, le Panthéon, la Sorbonne, les jardins du Luxembourg, Saint-Germain-des-Près, les Invalides, la Tour Eiffel...

Rive Droite (the Right Bank) refers to a level of elegance and sophistication not found in the more bohemian Left Bank.

The Right Bank's most famous places: l'Arc-de-Triomphe, les Champs Elysées, la Place du Concorde, la Place Vendôme, le Palais Royal, l'Opéra Garnier, le Marais, la Place des Vosges...

Versaille, formerly de facto capital of the kingdom of France, is now a wealthy suburb of Paris and is still an important administrative and judicial centre.

Montmartre is a hill (the butte Montmartre) which is 130 meters high, giving its name to the surrounding district, in the north of Paris in the 18th arrondissement, a part of the Right Bank. Montmartre is primarily known for the white-domed Basilica of the Sacré Cœur on its summit and as a nightclub district.

Participants and Sponsors

125 Participants

Enisa Bajrami
Teuta Dyla
Blerina Gjonaj
Arbi Mucaj
Genci Mucaj
Ervis Sela

Decoster Blanche
Daniel Schaubacher
Myriam Schaubacher-Taes

Antoaneta Pophlebarova

Czech Republic
Jirina Vejdelkova

Gunild Bogdahn
Karen Margerethe Kristensen
Svenn Erik Kristensen
Peter Tage
Ulla Tage

Mahmound Ward

Heather Exell
Stuart Exell

Liina Karusoo

Séverine Andreu
Jean-Christophe Bonnet
Monique Bonnet
Alexandra Botta
Clarisse Botta
Laetitia Botta
Anais Cortes
Dominique Courtot
Annick Debien
Martine Devey
Sarah Esteves
Chantal Fletcher
Patrick Fletcher
Cécilia Fréaud
Mélissa Hattabi
Anne Hawksworth
Fatiha Largo
Chantal Legrand

Tam Lormier
Manuel Magdaleno
Emmanuelle Moreno
Amandine Nadal
Lucienne Ngo Ngang
Andrea Parra
Emile Perez
Sabrine Perier
Bernard Person
Dany Person
Tressy Pitoz
Olivier Potin
Therese Poulain
Annelise Ranc
Maité Recasens
Cyrielle Rouand
Cécile Spring
Muriel Tabet
Camille Tabet
Delphine Tabet
Jean-Pierre Tabet
Sylvestre Thubert
Claire Vernine
Anissa Zerrouki

Kurt Buchholz
Hannelore Büchler
Peter Büchler
Maria Chimirri
Verena Denk
Luise Denk
Hans Denk
Jürgen Goldau
Arik Komets
Astrid Langner-Buchholz
Lars Poignant
Hans-Dieter Robel
Christiane Schadow
Dagmar Schönbeck

Valeria Magistrelli
Chiara Pedretti

Ruriko Nakajima

Alexandru Buzdugan
Olga Sirbu

Aneta Munnerlyn
Ewa Salkiewicz-Munnerlyn

Rolf Dahlberg

Veronika Aebi
Marie-Anne Aebi
Thomas Ammann
Ruth Engler
Denise Girard Ammann
Isabel Hänni
Martine Honegger
Ernst Honegger
Ulrich Krebs
Sybille Krebs
Simon Krebs
Claudia Krebs
Helga Milou Obrecht
Cornelia Siegenthaler
Ernest Wälti
Regina Wälti
Ida Weyermann

Charlie C.Cheng

Kateryna Romanova

Barbara Capozzi
Wanita DeToma
Steve DiGiacinto
Mary Eisenhower
Ron Hicks
Janie Hsieh
Brian Hueben
Bill Jarvis
Carol Jarvis
Micah Kubic
Gordon Lindeen
Ann Lindeen
Anita Manuel
Arielle Nash
Troy Nash
Joe Patterson
Rosanne Rosen
Dean Runkle
La Vicie Runkle
Mark Stansberry
Michael Zanders


We thank the following conference sponsors for supporting the event:

Hannelore Buechler
Peter Buechler
Barbara Capozzi
Charlie C. Cheng
Rolf Dahlberg
Mary Eisenhower
Heather Exell
Stuart Exell
Martine Honegger
Ernst Honegger
Arik Komets
Valeria Magistrelli
Anita Manuel
Lars Poignant
La Vicie Runkle
Dagmar Schönbeck
Mark Stansberry
Ulrich KrebsGenci Mucaj
Isabelle Hänni
Regina Wälti
Ernest Wälti
Sorina Danciu
People to People International
People to People Europe
PTPI' Brussels, Belgium Chapter