Pasporta Servo

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Pasporta Servo
Founded1966; 53 years ago (1966)
FounderRubén Feldman González
Area served
ServicesHospitality service
974 hosts[1]
Cities in the world with Pasporta Servo hosts as of 2015

The Pasporta Servo (English: Passport Service) is a hospitality service for Esperanto speakers. It is maintained by the World Esperanto Youth Organization (TEJO), which publishes an annual online and print directory of people within the Esperanto culture who are willing to host other Esperanto speakers in their residences for free for up to 3 nights. The platform is a gift economy; hosts are not allowed to charge for lodging.

Free lodging via Pasporta Servo is one of the benefits of learning Esperanto.[2][3][4][5] Guests using the service are encouraged to speak only Esperanto with their hosts.


In 1966, psychologist Rubén Feldman González started the Programo Pasporto, a hospitality service for Esperanto speakers, in Argentina. In 1974, under the guidance of Jeanne-Marie Cash in France, the Pasporta Servo directory in its current form was first published, listing 40 hosts. Both founders are still hosts in the Pasporta Servo.

In August 2008, TEJO launched Pasporta Servo 2.0, an online version of the service.[6]


  1. ^ "Passport Service: International hospitality service".
  2. ^ Wells, Charlie (11 November 2014). "One of the Perks of Speaking Esperanto? Free Lodging Around the World". The Wall Street Journal.
  3. ^ SCHOR, ESTHER (30 October 2016). "The Joy of Esperanto". The Daily Beast.
  4. ^ SIEG, STINA (13 June 2015). "Esperanto Is Not Dead: Can The Universal Language Make A Comeback?". NPR.
  5. ^ KILGANNON, COREY (21 December 2017). "Feliĉa Ferioj! Toasting the Holidays in Esperanto". The New York Times.
  6. ^ "TEJO reformas Pasportan Servon". Libera Folio. 1 August 2008.

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