As we travelled around the world, we were exposed to many different cultures, and for many of them there was at least one Servas family willing to take us in. This was an absolutely amazing experience as we were not only provided with friendly conversation and a place to stay, but also with otherwise hard-to-find insights into the lives and cultures of foreign peoples. One experience I will never forget is being in Jaipur, a major city in India, and staying with Raj, Hamsa and their daughter Adu. With them we shared traditional food from both of our cultures, and talked about politics and the world in general. Years prior, Raj had done a two-year bike trip around the world with his family joining him for a year.
It was also through Servas that I was able to meet Titouan. He is a French boy my age who came to stay with us in Toronto and to learn English for a month this past summer. Between a trip to a cottage in the Kawartha highlands and a tour of the eastern United States, we created a lot of memories together. If I had never come into contact with Servas, my life would be so much less rich. It is because of this that I heartily recommend Servas to any would be world travellers. Believe me, you won’t regret it!
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