"Servas is not a low-cost hospitality program," says co-founder Bob Luitweiler. It's a program to build understanding of social conditions and social movements in various parts of the world. And this helps individuals become active in their local communities."
If you are only trying to save money while travelling, we suggest you try Lodges or Hostels which may be cheaper than Servas when you consider the trouble of joining, writing to hosts, phoning, moving after two nights, thank you cards, extra transportation and small gifts.

More information about alternatives to Servas which may be of interest and help for travellers seeking opportunities to meet people. Globetrotters Club - Friendship Force - The Hospitality Exchange - HOSPEX - Rotoract International - Hospitality Club - Crash Network - The World For Free - WWOOF - Pasporta Servo - Women Welcome Women

 Globetrotters Club

BCM/Rovin, London,WC IN 3XX, England

This international organization's prime function is to encourage budget individual travel. It has a newsletter and regional member lists throughout athe world. From the lists one can pick people to visit by contacting them individual, based on their location and listing.

  Friendship Force

57 Forsyth Street, NW, Suite900,
Atlanta, GA 3030, USA

A citizen exchange group formed by President Carter in 1977. Organises one week exchanges between the 40 odd member countries for cultural exchange.

There are host clubs all over the world. People travel in small groups and are home-hosted for a week at a time, after which many people continue their joourney by travelling on their own or with others from their club. The host club entertain ambassadors from other countries. A member can be a host, ambassador, or both. There are exchanges between clubs, receptions, day and dinner hosting, overnight hosting,a local and national newsletter.

  The Hospitality Exchange

4908 E Culver #2 Phoenix,
Arizona 85008 USA Ph. 602-267-8000

An American group somewhat smaller than SERVAS and less formal. Mostly American then European members, with a fairly thin spread of members elsewhere. A nominal fee covers both host and guest membership.

 HOSPEX

This is their email address: hospex@plearn.bitnet
There's an ftp service run from: 148.81.13.254 But a password is required. Will be supplied with membership if requested.

A hospitality club founded on the internet, as an alternative to SERVAS. Mostly American then European members, with a fairly thin spread of members elsewhere. Membership is free, though registration as a host is required to access the database as a guest.

 Rotoract International

One Rotary Centre 1560 Sherman Avenue Evanston,
Illinois 60201 USA

A truly international youth group which among many other things, also organises cultural exchange and contacts. Supported by the international community service group Rotary International.

  Hospitality Club

What is the Hospitality Club?

Our aim is to bring people together - hosts and guests, travelers and locals. Hospitality Club members around the world help each other when they are traveling - be it with a roof for the night or a guided tour through town. Joining is free and everyone is welcome to join. Members are able to look at each other's profiles online once they have registered and have been accepted.

 Crash Network

519 Castro St #7
San Francisco, CA 94114 USA

A mail network of people that let one another 'crash' (sleep) at one anothers houses while travelling. Send a stamped, self-addressed envelope and they'll send you some info on joining. Then you too might become a crasher or crashee.

  The World For Free

PO Box 137 Prince Street Sta.
New York, NY 10012 USA
email: mqb8130@acfcluster.nyu.edu Fax. 212 979-8167

Another hospitality club, with an Internet link even. This one was brought into being by a touring musician, who subsequenty interested many of friends in the idea. So there are many musicians and artists in the club. But that's not a restiction by any means.

  WWOOF (Willing workers on Organic Farms)

Mt Murrindal Reserve, W. Tree, Via Buchan 3885, AUSTRALIA
19 Bradford Road, Lewes BN17 1RB, Sussex, UK
Stettingerstr 3, 6301 Pohlheim, GERMANY
188 Collingwood Street, Nelson, NEW ZEALAND
Ballymalone, Tuamgraney, Co Clare, EIRIE
Maritimes, RR5, Bridegetown, Nova Scotia B0S 1C0, CANADA
13201 Harding, Sylmar, CA 91342, USA
3231 Hillside Road, Deming, WA 98244, USA
SATIVA, Route 2 box 242-w, Viola, WI 54664, USA
NEWOOF, PO Box 937, Belchertown, MA 01007, USA
MAWOOF, 1601 Lakeside Avenue #607, Richmond, VA 23228, USA
WEEBIO, Chaupreheid 64, 4081 Cherron, BELGIUM
VHH, Garsdalsveg 30, 8800 Viborg, DENMARK
NATURE ET PROGRES, 53 Rue Vaugirord, 75006 Paris, FRANCE
INTEGRAL, Apdo 2580, 08080 Barcelona, SPAIN
APOG, Herman Fossgate 9, 5000 Bergen, NORWAY

WWOOF is an exchange group. You get a place to stay and something to eat in return for your help in managing an organic farm or smallholding. Stay for a weekend, or a month whatever you work out with your hosts! Membership is very cheap, and you get a list of member farms in return.

  Pasporta Servo

Universala Esperanto-Asocio Nieuwe Binnenweg 176i 3015 BJ Rotterdam NETHERLANDS
email: uea@wammes.erc.eur.nl

A hospitality service for those who speak Esperanto, or would like to learn. It is coordinated by World Esperanto Youth Organization (TEJO) and at last count contained some 900 hosts in 70 countries. If you'd like to enrol in a free correspondence course, you can contact Derk Ederveen , or if you already have some exposure and would like to travel and meet fellow Esperantists, contact Danny ten Haaf.

  Women Welcome Women

c/o Frances Alexander Granta, 8a, Chestnut Avenue, High Wycombe, Buckunghamshire HP11 1DJ ENGLAND

A non-profit trust whose objective is to further international friendship by encouraging and facilitating women of differeing nationalities to visit one another.

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