Kent M and Thom K of Quadra Island, British Columbia, share their joy of valued time spent with Servas hosts, including day hosts. [Thanks for mentioning day hosts; as a day host myself, I had the extreme pleasure of touring two retired teachers from Japan around the mountains and foothills of Alberta. Day or overnight – the value of Servas is in the communication!]
We are sure that most travellers can recall similar positive experiences when staying with Servas hosts. One aspect of Servas travelling that may be more easily overlooked is how tremendously worthwhile a visit with a Servas day host can be. Although usually not having the ability to share their living space with travellers, a day host can be a delightful way to gain insight into the local community and culture. In Adelaide, we had a lovely two-hour coffee with Jack, a retired teacher who proved to be fascinating company as we compared Australian and Canadian union movements and politics and heard about the election monitoring that Jack has done in other countries.
In Tokyo, day-host Nobuaki spent most of a Sunday with us, taking us to two museums and a street where local artisans were selling their wares. The highlight of the day, however, was discovering that, for the past five years, Nobuaki has been studying and apprenticing in the traditional Japanese tea ceremony, and he performed this very deliberate and meaning-filled ritual for us–truly an honour as well as a treat! Nobuaki’s ability to speak some English permitted us to get past any language barrier and ask him many questions that came to mind about Japan’s rich and intriguing culture.
Did you appreciate Kent and Thom’s tale? If you have travelled with Servas Canada and would like to share some of your news and a couple of photographs as a Travellers’ Tale, please contact us.