Servas Open Doors is an international, non-governmental, interracial peace association running in over 125 countries by volunteers. Founded in 1949 by Bob Luitweiler and his friends as a peace movement, Servas International is a non-profit worldwide cooperative cultural exchange network bringing people together to build understanding, tolerance, mutual-respect, and world peace. It works toward world peace by encouraging individual person-to-person contacts.
Servas means "serve", in the sense of "we serve peace", in the language Esperanto. The organization was originally called Peacebuilders.
It operates through a network of Servas hosts around the world who are interested in opening their doors to travelers, and, 'on the other side of the coin', many open-minded travelers who want to get to know the heart of the countries they visit. Travelers and hosts may be interviewed annually according to branch (Member Country) practice; travelers write a letter of introduction annually, as well.
Servas International has consultative status as a non-governmental organization with the United Nations Economic and Social Council, currently with representation at many of the UN's hubs of activity.
There are over 20,000 Servas 'open doors' scattered throughout almost every country in the world.
Servas International OrganizationGeneral Assembly
- Servas Branches
- Executive Committee (President, General Secretary, Treasurer, Vice President, Peace Secretary, Host List Coordinator)
Officers reporting to EXCO:ArchivistNews Letter Editor
Commitees reporting to EXCO:Development Fund committeeStatues and Job Description committeeArea coordinatorsYouth CommitteeConflict Resolution Committee
Commitees reporting to General Assembly:Audit CommitteeInformation Communication TeamNomination Committee
President- Gary Sealey from Canada
Peace Secretary- Nandasena Amarasinghe from Sri Lanka
General Secretary- Pramod Kumar from India
Vice President- Mary-Jane Mikuriya from USA
Treasurer- LV Subramanian from India (Ömer Özkan from Turkey elected and hand over in July 2007)
Host List Coordinator- Anna Flamini from Italy
1. Rotation (conferences should be held in different areas of the world in the course of time) 2 Health standards 3. Safety standards 4. Immigration (passports and visas) 5. Accessibility (travel to and from) 6. Adequate infrastructure (communications, roads, hospitals etc) 7. Feasibility study on costs 8. Sufficient local Servas people to help organize 9. Consider potential developing in the area 10. Adequate conference facilities
Some Web pages of Servas member countries:
(Each National Servas Country can have its own website, usually reachable from the main international site.)