Servas is an international, non-governmental organization run by volunteers in over 100 countries. It was founded in 1949 and is a non-profit organization working to build understanding, tolerance, and world peace. Servas operates through a network of hosts who open their homes to travelers wanting to explore and understand the culture of countries they visit.
Servas International has consultative status as a non-governmental organization with the United Nations Economic and Social Council. There are over 13,000 Servas hosts throughout almost every country in the world.
Message from the Executive Committee of Servas International:
“In these times of global unrest, it is all the more important that as many as possible should have first-hand experience of communicating on real issues with people from other cultures. We share the concern that human obligations and rights must be respected by all, and we wholeheartedly support the efforts of such organizations as the Red Cross / Red Crescent and Amnesty International in proactively monitoring the respect of human rights in a neutral way, independent of partisan politics and of prejudices.”