Travel with Us

To travel with Servas is to have a shared cultural experience that often includes chatting and listening to stories, and learning about or getting involved in community activities. The hope of Servas is that through shared experiences members will bring about global peace and goodwill initiatives through multicultural dialogue between peoples of various backgrounds. Servas travel is about respect, cultural tolerance, and making an effort to understand another’s culture.

To make the most of your travelling experiences, follow these few simple steps:

  • Review the Canadian Traveller Guidelines
  • Find and contact hosts at your destinations:
    • If the country you are travelling to is on ServasOnline:
      • Click on “Find Members;” enter your destination and other characteristics you are looking for
      • You will see where members are located on the map. Use “Switch to List View” for brief descriptions of each member
      • Go to a member’s profile for more details
      • Contact the host you would like to visit by clicking on “Send a Message.” You can continue to communicate with the hosts either through the site or with personal email
    • If the country is not using ServasOnline yet:
      • Your interviewer will get the host list for you.
      • Contact your prospective hosts by email or phone.
      • If you use email, send them a copy of your validated Letter of Introduction (LOI) in the initial email
  • On return from your travels, please complete the Travel Report form (online and as a .pdf) and submit. Filling out this document will offer recommendations, challenges, and insights to future Servas travellers to that country. Some of this feedback (not identifiable to a specific traveller) will be put on the Servas Canada website
  • Let us know about your travelling experiences.Consider sharing great experiences (including photographs/short videos) with us:
    • On the Servas Canada website; submit your Travellers’ Tales to contact us
    • Through social media: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram
  • If there are concerns with hosts, please contact us

If you are a host travelling with Servas, special procedures apply.

  • Hosts travelling internationally pay half the traveller fee; you must have a valid Letter of Introduction (LOI)
    • Contact the most convenient interviewer to get your LOI validated
    • If you haven’t been listed as a host or travelled in the last two years, you need an interview
    • If you haven’t had a Letter of Introduction or been listed as a host in the last five years, you also need to get new references
  • If your destination country is on ServasOnline, you can view host lists and contact members online
  • If your destination country is not on ServasOnline, the interviewer will get you the host list

Canadian hosts can travel within Canada free of charge, without going through an interviewer, but complete your Letter of Introduction in ServasOnline, so hosts know about you. Contact hosts through ServasOnline.

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