Servas Membership

Servas International is an international, non-governmental, multicultural hospitality association present in over 100 countries and run by volunteers. It was founded in 1949 by Bob Luitweiler and his friends as a peace movement. Servas International promotes world-peace by encouraging individual person-to-person contacts. Servas means 'to serve', in the sense of 'serve peace', in the language Esperanto. The organization was originally called Peacebuilders. More background information can be found on Wikipedia.

How do I begin?

To begin the process, go to the website of Servas International www.servas.org and click on "How to join Servas"

How to join?

It is possible to join Servas Ireland as a Servas Traveller, as a Servas Host (who offers overnight accommodation) or a Day Host (offers only to meet during daytime but no overnight hosting). You can also be a Servas Host/Day Host and a Servas Traveller.

Joining Servas in Ireland requires an interview with a regional co-ordinator or committee member. The purpose of the interview is to determine that you understand the purposes of Servas and agree to promote them. It is informal and usually done over a meal or cuppa!

If I join as a Host, what then?

A host makes the application using the host application form which is forwarded to the National Secretary who will then organize a meeting with a co-ordinator to go through the purposes etc., of Servas. The basic information is put on the Servas Ireland Directory, you are then given a password which you can update or change your host information as you like. This is the information that potential travellers to you will see when they get the Servas Ireland Host list. There is a small annual fee of €15 per person, or €20 per family, to help pay for printing and mailing of Servas Host lists and other administrative expenses. One of the great advantages of being a Servas Host is that you have the pleasure of meeting people from all over the world in your home. You can clearly outline on your host entry if you require help around your home/farm/business in lieu of the stay or if you require the travellers to contribute to meals/ etc. Travellers are expected to stay two nights and remember, it’s not a B & B service, so important for travellers to understand this. There is also an option to have long term stay travellers.

If I join as a Traveller – what then?

You can join Servas to travel to another country or around Ireland. You do not need to become a host to travel. After your interview (as outlined above) with a regional co-ordinator you will receive a Letter of Introduction (which is a type of Servas Passport), that will be filled in by you, the traveller, signed by the Interviewer and then you pay the Traveller Fee, which is €40 or concession fee €25 by electronic payment. (Concession Fee is applicable to a Servas Host/Unwaged/Student/retirees). You then post your letter to the National Secretary and it will be returned to you with the Servas Official stamp and then off you go! The stamp is a sign of authenticity and is unique to your application. The Letter of Introduction is valid for one year (example: 10th July 2018- 9th July 2019) and you can visit as many times as you like in that year.

How do I begin?

To begin the process, go to the website of Servas International www.servas.org and click on "How to join Servas"

Please let me know if you have questions about joining Servas and/or anything on the web site www.servas-ireland.org

In Peace,
National Secretary
Servas Ireland

Email: ireland@servas.org     -    ©: 2019: Servas Ireland and Derek Lee.