Peace and understanding through travel and hosting

Welcome to Servas Australia

FAQ

Q: Can anyone join Servas?
A: Yes, Servas is open to everyone over 18 who shares Servas values. There is no upper age limit.
We also attempt to encourage contacts between young people from different countries (the Servas Youth Language Experience or SYLE)
Q: How do I become a Servas member?
A: To become a member you will be interviewed. When you are accepted as a member and pay a membership fee, you will receive an introductory email advising you how to get on-line.
You may apply to join on-line here
When you become a member you can manage your own details and choose which Servas Members you wish to share your information with.
If you are a traveller you may search for other Servas Hosts Worldwide either on the Servas International website, or requesting for the relevant countries' pdf file with their list of hosts.
If you are a traveller we will also put your details on our Australian Host List (PDF updated every year) for travellers to look up.
Q: How long does it take to become a member?
A: Typically it will take three to four weeks from your initial enquiry. If all goes smoothly with no delays it may take as little as one week.
Q: How do I visit other hosts with Servas?
A: To visit other hosts, you must be a member. If you only intend to visit hosts in Australia no further steps are necessary.
To travel worldwide you will need to complete the Letters of Introduction section after logging into the Servas International website. Our Travel Secretary will approve and electronically stamp your LOI.
You will then be able to download the LOI in pdf format which you can send to the hosts you contact and print and take with you should they request it from you.
An LOI lasts for one year and is your "passport" to visit other Servas Hosts. There is an annual fee payable (A$50) for each LOI.
Q: Is it possible to join Servas when I am already travelling?
A: In general, you should become a member of Servas before travelling. However, some countries have special arrangements, which make this possible.
Q: How long can I stay for?
A: A Servas visit is normally for two nights. Exceptionally you may stay only one night, but this should be agreed in advance with your host.
You should not ask to stay with your host for more than the two nights. The only time you may ask is where hosts state that they accept longer stays, but ask about this before you travel.
If over the course of time, you become very good friends with the hosts then of course you may discuss mutually agreeable variations.
Q: How much does it cost to stay with a Servas host?
A: There is no cost, but some travellers like to bring a small gift from their country. The main point of your visit is to spend some time together and to share ideas and experiences. Travellers have the chance to take part in the everyday life of the host’s household.
Q: Can I be a traveller without being a host as well?
A. Yes, you can be a traveller without being a host.
Q: Are Servas Members on-line?
A: All Servas Australia members are on-line. We are hoping the majority of Worldwide Members will be online shortly, but there are some countries that still are working on it.
Q: Who runs Servas Australia?
A: Servas Australia is divided into regions, each with a volunteer co-ordinator. There is a management committee of elected members. The organisation is non-profit-making, relying on an annual fee from travellers and hosts. Servas Australia is part of Servas International, which holds an international conference every three years. See our International Website for more information.
Q: How did Servas begin?
A: Servas started just after the Second World War, when a group of friends from different countries who were meeting in Denmark came up with the idea of an 'open doors' network. Their aim was to work for peace by creating a framework for like-minded people to enjoy hospitality in members' home and promote international understanding. From there, Servas has grown into an international, non-governmental peace association with consultative status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council. For more details, see a brief history of Servas on the Servas International website
To see an online video on how Servas works click here
To join Servas Click here