Servas, the Idea

SERVAS is a worldwide peace organization that wants to build a better understanding amongst people anywhere through personal contact.

  • Do you want to visit foreign countries and visit locals in their everyday life?
  • Do you want to let people from around the world in your everyday life?
  • Do you believe that prejudice can be overcome?
  • Do you believe that world peace is possible?

Peace, understanding, tolerance and social justice are the goals that
SERVAS aims to achieve at an international level by promoting personal

Trust and tolerance are essential for peace and are built when people
gain an insight into the lives of other people.
Our aim is to overcome prejudices by establishing personal contacts
between people leading to more understanding of each other’s problems
and thus making a contribution to (world) peace.
Through contacts with people from other countries, people learn to
respect different opinions too and their attitudes are not immediately
negative or even hostile if they don’t understand other people’s
reactions. If confrontations occur they will seek ways to understand the
That is why SERVAS wants people from different cultures, backgrounds,
races and religions to meet each other in their homes and really get to
know each other.