The purposes and activities of SERVAS
To deepen mutual understanding
SERVAS is not a so-called social or political movement. Based on the idea that we are all friends to each other, we have been carrying out various activities so that the world will become more peaceful. Let us accept travelers from abroad and try to understand each other. Sizes or styles of your houses are not a problem at all.
What is important is to have them experience our ordinary way of living, because Servas travelers are concerned in being treated as a member of your family. It is a special experience they cannot expect elsewhere.
To communicate as a family member
A Servas traveler is treated as a "member" of the host family, and can stay there at least 2 nights 3 days, according to the rule. However, some hosts may allow the traveler to stay longer. Since the traveler is a family member, he/she may be asked to do some errand like washing dishes together. It goes without saying that the traveler is supposed to take care of himself/herself at the host's house. A traveler can deepen his/her understanding of Japanese culture through talking with the host family, while the host family can also understand that of the traveler. Some day a member of the host family may have a chance to visit that traveler’s country and stay with his/her family as a guest! Isn't it a wonderful experience?
A Servas traveler can be accepted as a family member by the host, simply on the ground that he/she is a Servas member, even though they have not known each other so far. You can become a brother, a sister, or a parent the instant you are accepted as a traveler! Where else can you expect such a privilege?
To promote grass-roots exchange
The "Society of Servas Japan" was established in 1962, 13 years after SERVAS was formed in Denmark and US in 1949. In 1982 the name was changed to "Servas Japan" in memory of its 20th anniversary. Lots of travelers have visited our country and we have also sent many travelers abroad, through which we could broaden our experience. As time passed, we have seen lots of changes in the international situation as well as that of our own country. It applies to our organization, as a matter of course. However, the importance of deepening our mutual communication does not change but rather increases it. We have to promote grass-roots exchange so that the world will become more peaceful.