Joining Servas

You may become a member as either a Host or Friend.

As a Host you provide accommodation for Servas travellers or hospitality as a “Day Host”. As a Friend you have membership without the obligation of hosting. Both Hosts and Friends will receive regular newsletters.

The annual subscription to be a Member is $20.00. This covers the administration costs and the production of the annual Host booklet which lists all Hosts and Friends of Servas in New Zealand.

If and when you would like to travel, your status will then be changed to “Traveller“. As a traveller you may stay with Servas hosts all over the world.

When travelling within NZ, you just need a validation letter from your regional co-ordinator.

When travelling overseas, you will need to complete the Traveller form (Letter of Introduction) if you are going to travel within the next 4 – 6 weeks. This is because it is only valid for one year from the date of issue. If you want to travel again in the following years, then you will need to repeat the process.

The cost for an individual/single traveller is $60.00 and for a family is $80.00.

You need to:

  • Contact your nearest Regional Coordinator so they can send you the paperwork.
  • Be interviewed to ensure that you fully understand the procedures and obligations involved in being a Servas Host and/or Traveller.
  • Pay the appropriate subscription.

We consider the interview an important part of the process of joining Servas. It provides an opportunity to ensure that you fully understand the procedures and obligations involved in being a Servas Host and/or Traveller. If you are joining as a couple or family you should both attend the interview.

When approved:

The Traveller receives a Letter of Introduction which is signed, stamped and dated. This is the traveller’s ‘passport’ to travel with Servas — it is valid for one year. You can now borrow Host Lists to help you plan your Servas visits.

The Host will be included in the next NZ Host List, typically collated in September each year. You will also be sent a copy of the NZ Host List and put on our newsletter mailing list.