A: Yes, Servas is open to everyone age 18 and over who shares Servas' values. There is no upper age limit. Servas also has a young people's programme to encourage contacts between young people from different countries. There is a language experience programme for members aged 18 to 30.
A: You should allow three weeks from your initial enquiry.
A: To become a member you will be interviewed. When you are accepted as a member, your interviewer will advise you how to get on-line. Once you are on-line, you can manage your own details and choose which Servas Members with whom you wish to share your information. If you are a traveller you may search for other Servas Hosts Worldwide We'll also put your details on our Host List (PDF updated every year) for travellers to look up.
A: To visit other hosts, you first need to join as a traveller or a host (see previous question). If you only intend to visit hosts in Britain and Ireland you can do this as a host. To travel worldwide you will need to complete a Letters of Introduction (LOI) and send it to our National Secretary. Our National Secretary will stamp your LOI and return it to you; a photocopy is made for our records An LOI lasts for one year (365 days) and is your "passport" to visit other Servas Hosts. There is an annual fee payable for each LOI and an annual fee to be a host.
A: In general, we ask you to become a member of Servas before travelling. However, some countries have special arrangements, which make this possible.
A: A Servas visit is for two nights.
A: No, you shouldn't ask to stay with your host for more than the usual two nights. The only time you may ask is where hosts state that they accept longer stays, but ask about this before you travel.
A: There is no money involved in a visit, 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.
A: All our worldwide members are being moved to Servas Online. We hope to complete this for the majority of Worldwide Members, shortly.
A: Servas Ireland is run by volunteer members. The organisation is non-profit-making, relying on a fee from travellers and a fee from hosts. Servas Ireland is part of Servas International, which holds an international conference every three years. See our Servas International website for more information.
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