How it works

Servas operates a network of Hosts worldwide who welcome Servas Travellers of every race, colour, creed and nationality to their homes in order to foster cultural exchange and understanding.
Servas hosts offer accommodation only to Servas travellers. A Servas Traveller need not be a Servas Host, and vice versa.

Servas Membership Options

All Servas members receive the quarterly Servas Australia Newsletter and have member voting rights.

Travellers: (A Servas traveller is a Servas member who is staying with Servas hosts abroad) To be a Servas traveller a  Letter of Introduction (LOI) is required. The LOI is effectively the Servas International Password and should treated like a Passport. The LOI entitles travellers to request accommodation with Servas hosts. Each country issues a host list which is a directory of accredited hosts and has details of accommodation offered, interests and other information. Travellers normally stay with hosts for a minimum and maximum of two nights unless a host offers to extend the stay.

Australian Servas travellers pay $10 for their annual Servas membership plus a $50 LOI/traveller fee per person per year.  The LOI accreditation stamp is valid for one year from the date on which travel commences. The fee also entitles accredited travellers to access the host lists of all Servas International countries they may wish to visit.

Travellers are requested to provide a simple report on the success or otherwise of their travels, and Servas experiences on their return. These reports can provide valuable feedback with which to fine tune the operation of Servas.

Hosts (Have people from around the world stay with you and share life experiences): Cost $10 per person per year. If both persons in a couple wish to be members it is $20 per year. Australian hosts can be travellers in Australia without the need for a LOI i.e. No extra cost.

Hosts do not charge for providing accommodation to travellers, but both hosts and travellers pay a joining fee, renewable on an annual basis.  Hosts commit to provide accommodation for two nights if such a visit is mutually agreeable.  Hosting is voluntary and hosts under no obligation to accept travellers.

Host & Traveller (People who are hosts may in a given year be travellers): The cost will be the same as for travellers i.e. $10 membership plus $50 traveller fee per person per year.

Supporter: (Typically hosts who can no longer host) Interested in Servas but unable to host and not travelling in the current year): Cost $10 per person per year.

Servas Fees: Servas is a Not for Profit voluntary organisation. Servas fees are used to cover organisational costs and to support Servas peace and world development initiatives.