Social networking service
|15,000 in over 100 countries|
Servas International is a hospitality service and social networking service. It provides a platform for members to arrange homestays, offer hospitality, meet other members, and join events. The platform is a gift economy; hosts are not allowed to charge for lodging. However, members must pay an annual membership fee to the organization.
In Esperanto, Servas means "we serve (peace)".
How it works
Unlike most hospitality services whereby users can join in a few minutes by registering online, members of Servas almost always must go through an interview process and submit letters of recommendation before they are admitted. Travelers write a self-introduction on a special form valid for one year, that is shown to hosts upon arrival. Although hosts do not charge for lodging, travelers must pay an annual fee to the organization, which varies according to region.
Local chapters of the organization elect representatives to handle interviews and determine membership fees.
- "Servas International".
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- Hull, Dana (July 14, 1996). "SERVAS WITH A SMILE". The Washington Post.
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