SERVAS'S GOALS & AIMS
Servas is an international network of hosts and travellers established to
help build world peace, goodwill and understanding by providing
opportunities for deeper, more personal contacts among people of diverse
cultures and backgrounds.
Servas Hosts invite Servas Travellers to share life in their home and their
community, while sharing views on social and international issues, their
interests in creative activity and mutual responsibility for their fellow
The Servas concept of "open doors" is an exchange ‑ Hosts get to meet people
from around the world ‑ Travellers get to meet local people in the countries
they visit. Both benefit from the chance to broaden their experience of the
world they share.
In about 100 countries on six continents, there are over 14,000 hosts –
including individuals and families, neighbourhood centres, ashrams and
Servas hosts offer travellers a stay of two nights often with meals ‑ long
enough to get to know each other and share experiences, but not so long as
to overstay the welcome. "Day Hosts" do not offer overnight accommodation,
but may help with information, offer a guided tour, provide a meal or a
chance to meet and chat.
Each Servas country publishes a list of its hosts,
including contact details and brief information about each host/host family.
These hosts lists allow the Servas Traveller to select and contact the hosts
they would like to visit.
Servas is a global network organised by volunteers and incorporated in
Switzerland as an international non‑profit association. It is a cultural,
non‑governmental, non‑partisan, interracial and interfaith organisation.
Servas has consultative status with the United Nations Economic and Social
Council. It also has links with many other international peace, human
rights, environmental and world development groups.
The work of Servas around the world is done by volunteers.