FAQ

Q: Can anyone join Servas?
A: Yes, Servas is open to everyone over 18 who shares Servas values.

Q: How long does it take to become a member?
A: You should allow three weeks from your initial enquiry.

Q: How do I become a Servas host?
A: To become a host you will be interviewed. When you are accepted as a member and pay a membership fee, your details go into the host list (updated every year) for travellers to look up.

Q: How do I travel with Servas?
A: To travel with Servas, you join as a member. You have an interview. When you are accepted as a member and pay your membership fee you will be sent the host lists of the countries you want to visit and you make contact with the people you want to stay with.  See the Servas International website for the Servas member countries.

Q: Is it possible to join Servas when I am already travelling?
A: In general, we ask you to become a member of Servas before travelling. However, some countries have special arrangements, which make this possible. For further information please contact Servas Britain via the online contact form..

Q: How long can I stay for?
A: A Servas visit is for two nights.

Q: Can I stay for longer than 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.

Q: How much does it cost to stay with a Servas host?
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.

Q: Are there any age limits in Servas?
A: There is no upper age limit for joining Servas. If you’re under 18 and part of a host family, you can travel with your family. You can also have your details listed separately in the Servas Britain host list. Servas has a young people’s programme to encourage contacts between young people from different countries.

Q: Are Servas host lists available on-line?
A: Currently, Servas Britain host lists are not online, but if you join Servas to travel, you will be sent the host list electronically.

Q: Who runs Servas Britain?
A: Servas Britain 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 Britain is part of Servas International, which holds an international conference every three years. See the 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 or the Servas International website