Becoming an Servas Traveller

(This information is for Australian residents who would like to become a Servas Traveller)  

Most potential travellers hear about Servas from friends or acquaintances who are either Servas hosts or travellers so they already know something about Servas. If you understand and agree with aims of Servas explained  >>here<<  and you now would like to become a Servas member and traveller yourself, Servas Australia is now using the Servas International membership system which can be accessed at https://www.servas.org. Once there to create your Servas membership application click the Green “Join Servas” button. You will receive a reply from your regions Travel Coordinator usually within a week. They will send you the Servas Traveller Application form. As part of the membership process you will need to be interviewed, at which time:

We recommend that you submit your application at least four weeks prior to your scheduled departure date. Remember that you will also need sufficient time to contact the Servas hosts that you plan to visit.

All travellers are interviewed to ensure that they are responsible, open minded, agree with the aims and understand the history of Servas. This to help ensure travellers are likely to be a good fit to everyone’s benefit.

Travellers pay a $10 Servas membership plus $50 traveller fee per person per year for the LOI.

The minimum age for an unaccompanied Servas traveller is 18 years. Children under 18 years may be included on either parent’s LOI. There are no fees charged for children under 18 years travelling as part of a family group.

Servas is moving to an electronic Letter of Introduction (LOI) but it is not ready yet and we are stilling using paper LOIs. Upon approval of your application the travel officer will forward to you your signed and stamped LOI. This is your ‘passport’ as you travel and seek to contact Servas hosts. It is valid for 12 months from its date of authorisation. As countries and the Servas membership worldwide starts using ServasOnline, travellers will be able to find hosts using the online system. However, it is still early days for ServasOnline and most countries still provide PDF copies of their host lists for travellers. On the Servas Traveller Application from, travellers can list the countries that they will be visiting. The Travel Officer will organise PDF copies of the host lists for these countries. These will be supplied to the traveller with the completed LOI.

Travellers normally stay with hosts for a minimum and maximum of two nights unless a host offers to extend the stay.

Australian Servas hosts who are listed in the Servas Australia host list do not need to obtain a LOI to travel in Australia.

Guidelines for Servas travellers.
Prior to your visit:

  • Try to learn as much as possible about the culture and customs of the area you will be visiting.
  • Follow the requests of each host regarding the amount of advance notice they prefer.
  • Never arrive at a host’s home without notice, even if the host has indicated “no prior notice required”.
  • If you cannot visit a host as previously requested or advised, ensure that you contact the host to cancel arrangements.
  • Hosts are not obliged to arrange transport for travellers to or from the host’s home but many do so.
  • Consider hosts who are located away from the popular tourist centres or major cities. Rural and semi-rural hosts can offer unique experiences. Public transport to these areas is often available.
  • Do not overlook Day Hosts – they are simply Servas hosts who are unable to offer overnight accommodation.
  • Take with you photos or other information from your home country or region to help engage with hosts. Small souvenirs from home make good parting gifts of appreciation.
  • Respect a host’s right to say “no” to your request for a visit. If you have difficulty finding an available host, check if the host coordinator of the region can help you. Always be prepared to find alternative accommodation – do not rely solely on Servas.