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  • March 04, 2023 11:11 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    April 28th – May 2nd, 2023: Cycling tour in and around historic Brindisi

    Servas Italy will host a four-day walking and cycling tour in and around historic Brindisi from April 28th to May 2nd. Participants will gather on the evening of Friday the 28th for a reception and dinner at the Fabbrica del Farò. On Saturday, attendees will tour the old section of Brindisi, then return for dinner and a social event. Sunday & Monday are two easy days of cycling 30-40 km. Here is more information on this event.

    Historic Brindisi by the Sea

    May 25th – 28th, 2023: Servas Korea Peace Ride

    Servas Korea will host a four-day, 3-night Peace Ride along the Geumgang River, May 25 - 28, 2023. The route begins at the Daecheong Dam and ends at the Seonyudo Islands, a Distance: 640 km (Biking 220 km + Bus 420 km) The ride is limited to 40 Servas members who love cycling and wish to share connectedness,  the dramatic scenery along the Geumgang River, the natural beauty of the Seonyudo Islands, and the seashore.

    The ride averages a very manageable 50-60 km per day and includes overnight hostel stays. Bikes may be rented for $10 per day. Registration for the ride is $274. It looks like this will be a very magical event. For details,  click HERE.

    June 2nd – 4th, 2023: Servas Sweden Youth Volunteer Opportunity

    Volunteer at Wik Castle Festival – Four Servas youth members age 18-35 years are invited to work as volunteers during the medieval festival at Wik Castle Festival, close to Uppsala. You are welcome to stay between the 30th of May to the 5th of June, but the actual workdays will be the June 2nd - 4 th. Three days filled with historical experiences with knight games, knight weddings, jesters, Viking ships, musical performances, and a contemporary market with food and so on.

    There will be work both inside in the kitchen and outside collecting entrance fee, attending the parking lot and other work together with a garden caretaker. Room and board are paid for during the entire period at the site. During your stay you will also meet other Servas-members in the area. If you like to visit some other areas in Sweden before and after let us know. If this sounds thrilling don´t hesitate to contact Eva Hartman-Juhlin by emailing no later than May 1st. We are all looking forward see you here in Uppsala!

    July 7th – 13th, 2023: Servas Sweden - Alpine Hiking

    Sentierinsieme (Pathways Together) is our traditional yearly alpine event - organized since 1985 - where Servas members from all over the world come together. Italy, France, Switzerland and Germany take turns each year in hosting this event aiming to meet people and getting to know each other as well as the surroundings, according to the most genuine Servas spirit. Participation is reserved to Servas members in good standing with their annual fee. Hiking excursions have been classified in different levels of difficulty, from easy (up to 400-500 m elevation gain per day) to difficult (up to 1,400 m elevation gain per day).

    We will be staying at 1180 m above sea level at the guest quarters of the Santuario d’Oropa, a UNESCO World Heritage site in the heart of the Alps of Biella, known for their wonderful views and cool summer climate. The event begins Friday, July 7th with a reception at the Santuario guest house. On the weekend we will make daily excursions within the surroundings of the Sanctuary. The following three days (Mon. July 10th thru Wed. the 12th): will have treks of varying difficulty levels divided into 5 groups (from "easy" to "hard plus" level). You can choose to participate only in the weekend program, or the full week. Registration and program details are on-line  HERE. Registration must be made by March 12th.

  • March 04, 2023 10:38 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    photo of Frost Valley entrance with US Servas logoSave the Date - October 6-8

    This fall we are hosting the U.S. Servas  National Conference from October 6th-8th at Frost Valley YMCA Camp in Claryville, NY, about 2 ½ hours northwest of NYC. This gorgeous 5,000-acre facility is located on the ancestral homeland of the Munsee Lenape people. Since this weekend precedes Indigenous Peoples Day, we have reached out to the Lenape and hope to have them participate.

    photo of fall foliage in the Catskills

    This year’s conference will focus on peace … with our planet, our world of nations, our country, our community, our tribe, and most of all—ourselves. We are planning a festive, informative, and rewarding event with presentations, hands-on workshops, break-out sessions of special interest, and music and social events in the evenings. Up to three US Servas members will be recognized for their noteworthy efforts to promote peace. They will be presented with our first-ever, US Servas Peace Awards (see article). 

    Make it a Vacation

    • two nights in NYC with Servas hosts
    • two nights at the conference
    • two days in the NY Finger Lakes region 

    Visit wineries, hike the incredible Watkins Glenn Gorge, visit the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown or the Corning Glass Museum. Early October in the Catskills is spectacular with pleasant temperatures and brilliant fall foliage near its peak. Look for more details about the conference in upcoming issues. We look forward to seeing you there.

  • January 22, 2023 3:55 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    by Deirdre Marlowe

    Screenshot of some East Asia Zoom Meeting attendees and greetings in their languages

    On Saturday, January 14, 126 people from around the world participated in a SERVAS East Asia Zoom and Live YouTube. Some of us even woke up at 2:30 in the morning on the biggest football weekend of the year!

    We learned how to greet one another in the languages of two dozen countries and about the natural wonders of Hong Kong.  

    Who knew that you could scuba dive within a few miles of Kowloon and go climbing in a rocky wilderness less than an hour from the hustle and bustle of downtown Hong Kong!? We broke into small groups for conversation, and as always happens with Servas learned that we shared more in common than our differences. It was a great opportunity to meet and begin to know members in places that so far only exist on my bucket list.

    Thank you, Mei Wang, Taiwan, newly elected Servas International Co-Peace Secretary, and others for setting this up. 

  • January 17, 2023 9:41 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    February 7, 2023 – 7:00 to 8:30 pm

    Attend a free Webinar on the THE FOOD - CLIMATE CONNECTION on February 7, 2023 – 7:00 to 8:30 pm PST, hosted by the Climate-Friendly Food Committee of the Portland Chapter of the Climate Reality Project and facilitated by Servas member Steven Goldman and Kraig Buesch.

    Three speakers will present and discuss the relationship between our food choices and the earth's climate, and a realistic way to avoid climate chaos. They are: Glen Merzer – author of Food Is Climate; Dr. Sailesh Rao – founder of; and Gerard Bisshop – former principal scientist of the State of Queensland, Australia.

    For more information about the speakers and to watch short video presentations by them, check out these websites:

    To participate in this webinar, use this Zoom link: https://us06wewebinar,

  • January 07, 2023 8:41 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    A photo of Hong Kong Harbor’s skyscrapers with a junk in the foreground.

    Go beyond the food, shopping, and nightlife to experience the hidden gems of Fragrant Harbor. Mei Wang of Servas East Asia, invites you to experience the natural beauty of Hong Kong on Saturday, January 14, 6-7:30 pm EST. Online space is limited and available on a first-come, first- reserved basis. Registration must be made by January 11 at

  • December 20, 2022 8:21 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    National Secretary Arnie Rowland shares a namaste of farewell with Jony Sågänger  outgoing President of Servas International on the final day of SICOGA.

    Our own Radha Radhakrishna, former US Servas Board Treasurer was elected president of Servas International. Eleven members of US Servas – hailing from both coasts and the heartland made the journey to the 32nd Sicoga (Servas International Conference & General Assembly in Panchgani, India, November 22-28.

    Joanne Ferguson Cavanaugh, Board Secretary attended the conference… The Asia Plateau Initiative of Change conference center was a perfect place to hold the SI conference. The opening ceremony featured traditional drumming, horns, dancing, and a talk by Gandhi's grandson. Participants stayed in either Valley View or Rock View, Meetings, meals, and programs were held in the conference center. Dr. NamHee Kim (Naomi) a retired nursing professional and watercolor artist from South Korea was my assigned roommate. I was on the Secretariat Team assigned to take minutes and record decisions made by the General Assembly. Delegates from each country were either present in person or participated remotely thanks to Dan Bare and the Technology Team.  Mornings we participated in meditation, yoga, or hikes up to the second highest plateau in Asia. I am thankful I was able to connect with people from around the world during the wonderful traditional meals and breaks. After the conference, my two Nebraska Servas travel companions and I will be hosted by people we met as we continue our journey through India and on to Portugal. 

    For more information about SICOGA visit the Servas International website.

  • November 05, 2022 8:16 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    While you may not be able to go to India to attend this year's 32nd International Conference and General Assembly fron November 22-28, 2022, you can register to attend virtually. For more information about the conference go to

    Microsoft Teams will be used to deliver SICOGA 2022 virtually. To enable access to the SICOCA Teams, members will be given one of two types of access to the Servas International Microsoft 365 (SI M365) application.

    To register to attend virtually, go to SICOGA Virtual | Servas Online.

  • October 23, 2022 2:57 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Deirdre Marlowe

    Although some of us got to hike and leaf peep in the Wasatch and others to visit the Great Salt Lake, this year’s Member Conference schedule was jam-packed leaving little time to visit the Crossroads of the West. Teresa Crockett and her team -- Shyla Esko Bare, Phyllis Chinn, Teresa Crockett, Julie Emory, Joy Emory, Margret Boes-Ingraham, Vicky Wason, Lauren Cetlin, Natalie Petersen plus Dan Bare for tech support -- deserve kudos for their efforts – flower and chocolate decorated tables, a peace mosaic, early morning yoga, Servas bingo and a great group of speakers who shared many ways in which our travel, language, and volunteering enable us to all play a part in peace.

    Shyla Esko Bare provided a high-energy kick off for volunteers on Friday afternoon. This was followed by Dr. Dave S. Derezotes, Director of Peace & Conflict Studies at the University of Utah’s College of Humanities, and a provocative discussion of the radical middle ground, a place he believes we all need to be if global polarization is to be reduced.

    Saturday featured Board Member, Shyla Esko Bare on sustainable travel, Lynn de Freitas on the Great Salt Lake, Meeche White and Andrea Stack on Recreation for People of All Abilities. Shyla and husband Dan are the people behind Wild Spirit Travel. Lynn de Freitas is the Executive Director of Friends of Great Salt Lake. The Great Salt Lake is a terminal lake – there is inflow, but no outflow. The heat and drought of the past few summers have reduced its depth by almost fifty percent. It is approximately four times as salty as the ocean. It is currently within twelve feet of its all-time low which presages negative impacts for all who depend on its 21,000 square miles of watershed. On a more positive note, almost 30 years ago Meeche White established the National Ability Center in Park City, Utah. The Center is internationally renowned for its adaptive sports programs that serves thousands and their families every year.

    This was followed by our hybrid Annual General Meeting at which President Arnie Rowland brought us up to date on some of the changes that have been made in the past year. Ernie Baragar discussed his work on the Elections Committee. Kent Macaulay and Alison Telsey joined us to bring us current with activity at the United Nations. 

    On Sunday Paige LaCombe updated the group on all things Servas. She also spoke about the U.N. Committee on the Status of Women and shared powerful videos of women from around the world. Whitney Holcomb shared the albeit complicated process which starts with and what one person can do to help refugees from Ukraine, Afghanistan, Venezuela here in the United States.

  • September 13, 2022 3:51 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


      Peace: We All Play A Part

      The 2022 US Servas National Conference is October 14 - October 16 in Salt Lake City, Utah. Come for an experience that will enrich you in many ways:

      Enhance your engagement with peace-building
    • Learn about sustaining a healthy environment
    • Share travel stories and tips with fellow Servas members
    • Hear amazing speakers and engage with them directly

    Post-conference activities: Activities are being planned for directly following the conference beginning the afternoon of Sunday October 16.  

    Venue: The venue is the beautiful University of Utah campus. It's located about 25 minutes from the Salt Lake City airport and just minutes from downtown SLC.  It's accessible via public transportation with walking trails and many other attractions nearby.  There are two options for attendance:

      • Three-day attendees will have access to the grounds from Friday through Sunday. Registration for all three days includes all conference sessions and meals;* excludes lodging.  
      • One-day participants may check-in Saturday morning for the day and includes lunch, dinner and refreshments.

          Hosting: Hosting is available before, during and after the conference, for those wishing to extend their visit is being coordinated by the local Servas group as available.  See registration form.

          Meals: Lunch, dinner and refreshments will be provided beginning dinner Fri through lunch Sunday. Breakfast is included for those staying at the University of Utah Guest House.

          Registration Ends: September 29 Oct 3, midnight MDT,

          Refund Policy: Before September 29 midnight MDT, your reservation can be refunded LESS a $50 cancellation fee.  We are unable to refund AFTER Sept 29. 

          Questions? For all other questions, please send an email to

        • September 11, 2022 7:41 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

          On August 25 Brian Saltsburg and friends hosted a bonfire on Dockweiler Beach south of Los Angeles. Attendees included Servas members as well as Brian's overseas visitors and some friends from the Couch Surfing community. Dennis Mogerman, a long-time Southern California resident confessed that this was his first (!) beach bonfire after more than a decade of residency. 

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