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Many International Servas Groups provide US Servas with news they would like us to distribute. These can range from events like the disastrous earthquake in Türkiye to efforts to build a permanent Peace Academy. This page also includes items from Servas International that might be of interest to US Servas members.

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  • May 25, 2024 1:28 PM | Bill Magargal (Administrator)

    Photo of Céline with her two Bill Magargal 

    It is always nice to get positive feedback from participants in events we host, and this one is especially heartwarming. It involves Servas France member, Céline Boute, who attended the 2023 US Servas Conference last October in upstate New York. Céline was so motivated by the conference that when she returned to France, she immediately became a volunteer for Servas France. 

    Céline and her husband Pat have been Servas members for eleven years, and in fact, the author and his wife were their first Servas travelers. They are wonderful hosts, but they never took particular interest in the inner workings of Servas France... that is until the US National Conference.  

    On the weekend of May 17 & 19 Servas France held their national assembly in Blois, which is 45 minutes Northeast of Tours. Two hundred out of 2300 French members attended. At the conference Céline was elected vice President of Servas France In her words, "I am super happy to have been elected vice president of SERVAS France, an organization that is particularly close to my heart! I am very happy to 'do my part' and invest more in the association, after being a member for more than a decade and hosting some awesome travelers from around the world!” 

    Viva la France! Viva Céline!  

    Photo of attendees at the 2020 Servas France national assemble

  • March 29, 2024 7:55 AM | Bill Magargal (Administrator)

    photo array of coastlineServas Australia will host two separate, 7-day peace walks along the West Coast from Cape Naturaliste to Cape Leeuwin (see map below). The first walk is Oct 16-25, and the second one Oct. 28 to Nov. 6. It will be Springtime Down Under, so it will be pleasant. The Walk is 135 Kilometers and while it’s not technically difficult, the terrain can be arduous, testing hips and knees! The walk takes 7 days, with a rest day to enjoy the wineries, in and around Margaret River.

    Each walk is limited to 9 Servas Members. Men and Women of all ages are welcome. The walk does require reasonable fitness and stamina, i.e., the ability to walk approximately 20Km/day for seven days. On some days a lot of the walk is on soft sand. When walking you will have a day pack to carry the water you need for the day along with your morning tea, lunch, and your all-weather gear. Here is a link to more DETAILS about the walk.

    The Cost is AUD$1300 per person. This price includes accommodation, the hire of the bus and fuel plus accident insurance, and nearly all meals with good quality breakfasts, packed lunches and 2 course dinners. It is expected the group will assist with the preparation and clean-up of meals.  Here is a link to REGISTER.

    Map of Australia with inset showing hiking route along the southwest coast

  • March 29, 2024 7:42 AM | Bill Magargal (Administrator)

    Postyer-like graphic with abstract bicycleServas by bike will take place in Lorraine, France, August 8 (arrival) -12 (departure), 2024. Please sign-up ASAP (it may already be too late) - payment will be possible in April. IBAN information will be delivered upon successful registration. Registration can only be made for the entire duration of the event. Circa 30 spots are available, 10 of which will be reserved for those under 35.

    We will stay overnight at Soleole in Landremont. This lodging is committed to sustainability. It is located at the top of a hill, surrounded by natural areas to explore. Each evening, after our bike ride, we will engage in a variety of activities. You can explore the options (book exchange, donkey walk, yoga etc.) when filling out the registration form. Lodging is in shared rooms. Bikes can be rented on site; however, you should bring your own helmet. Servas members will be given priority for registration. Here is a link to the Registration Form.

  • March 28, 2024 4:56 PM | Bill Magargal (Administrator)

    photo of young sustainable farmers holding basket of tomatoesEuropean Hosts Sought     by Catrina Walker 

    One of the principles of Servas is that respect and care for the planet lays a foundation for a more peaceful world.One step toward this objective is to live in a more sustainable way, especially when it comes to how we obtain our food. Sustainable choices differgreatly throughout the world. US Servas traveler and author, Catrina Walker, is a permaculture professional dedicated to improving sustainable living and farming practices. In 2009 she spent extended time in Silly-la-Poterie in France where she documented a permaculture garden transformation and enjoyed the participation of students from a nearby agricultural school. 

    This year Catrina will travel in the Netherlands. Germany, Italy, and France from late May through June 2024 to learn more about European sustainability methods. Her trip will culminate with a video documentary about her travels and what she learned. This documentary will be made available to Servas members worldwide. 

    Catrina is currently seeking European hosts in the regions noted below.  

    • The Schwartzwald (Black Forest) region of Germany 

    • The Piemonte region of Italy  

    • The Noordwijk and Haarlem regions of the Netherlands 

    • The Loire, Burgundy and Dordogne regions of France 

    If you or someone you know practices or is knowledgeable about sustainable living, please reach out to her. Areas of particular interest include communities and families who have or are currently involved with  

    • Permaculture-based practices, 

    • Biodynamic methods, and/or 

    • Ease of life outcomes. 

    Catrina would love to hear from you and welcomes collaboration with students and practitioners of all ages. To learn more about this project or hopefully, to host her, please contact Catrina Walker on the Servas International website.  This project offers a unique hosting and sharing opportunity.  

    Here is a link to Catrina's "Alchemy of Ecology" website.

  • February 27, 2024 6:32 AM | Bill Magargal (Administrator)

    Photo of domed platform tent with ballons announcing the peace school July 4-14, 2024 

    The Servas Peace School in Ekinci, Türkiye is holding its 17th annual Peace Camp where Servas travelers can share their worlds with the village youngsters. One year ago this month, this region was badly damaged by a massive 7.8 magnitude earthquake centered about three hours away near the major city of Gaziantep. The camp will give international travelers a chance to experience traditional village life and to meet and share with the local villagers. It is hoped that you will teach village children about your world, and in the process feel their joy and animated smiles. 

    In the words of Italian Servas traveler, Francesco Stoduto who recently attended the camp, "Everything is unforgettable: the children, the animators/interpreters, the Servas friends from India, Pakistan, Mexico, Italy, Russia, the hospitality of the host families...And all the other friends who contributed to wonderful days and helped everyone forget the heat and wind of southwestern Turkey." Here is a link to Francesco's full article. 

    In addition to experiencing village life and visiting villagers’ homes you might also assist with the post-earthquake recovery process. If you would like more information about the camp, please email 

  • February 26, 2024 3:21 PM | Bill Magargal (Administrator)

    Graphic with joyful kids and words first peace school in ugandaAugust 25-30, 2024 

    About the village - Servas Uganda would like to welcome you to its first peace school on August 25-30,2024 in the village of Buyoga, which is located 20 miles away from Masaka City. The village is well known for coffee and matoke, a kind of banana that is a food staple. Most villagers are subsistence farmers.  The language commonly spoken is Luganda and during peace school, a team of volunteer translators will be available to facilitate communication. 

    How to get to the village?  - Upon arrival at Entebbe International Airport, arrangements to connect volunteers with their hosts will be in place. In orderto reach the village on time, plan to arrive in Kampala on August 23rd On the morning of 24th, a bus will leave Kampala to take all the volunteers to Buyoga This is usually a 3 to 4-hour drive, but we will take our time so the beautiful scenery can be enjoyed along the way.  

    Hosting and peace school information. - All volunteers will be staying with village families.  After all, Peace Schools’ slogan is “live with us, share with us." We hope the Peace School will strengthen the values of peace and give our children the chance to interact with people from various places across the world in real-time, not only in books.  

    For Information please email

    Full poster announcing Servas Peace School in Uganda

  • February 26, 2024 2:30 PM | Bill Magargal (Administrator)

    photo of hotel on the edge Hintersee Lake at sunset July 19-25, 2024 

    Servas Germany will host the 2024 Pathways Together Alpine peace hikes in Southeastern Bavaria near Berchtesgaden and the Königssee the week of July 19 to 25. It is a gorgeous area with spectacular mountain and lake views, and excellent hiking for all levels of experience. 

    photo of people at a cafe along the ledge overlooking the lakeParticipants will spend Friday July 19 through Sunday the 21st at the CVJM Hintersee Centre located directly on Lake Hintersee with a view of the mountains. Lodging will be in double and multiple-bed rooms (3-4 beds), all with private bath. Bedding and towels will be provided. The bus stop is only a few meters from the hostel. It is possible to swim in the lake. The weekend program includes short excursions and day hikes of varying difficulty and plenty of time to meet the other hikers.  

    Organized hikes begin on Monday the 20th with separate itineraries based on level of difficulty ranging from easy, moderate, moderate+, and difficult. Pricing is reasonable and varies depending on the hiking package chosen. Hikers who choose the easy treks will stay at the Hintersee Center and partake in multiple three-to-four-hour day hikes. Other options included multiple day hikes with stays at youth hostels. Here is a link to the Participation Fee Schedules. 

    This is a recurring annual program that is well-organized and excitig with many opportunities to meet and get to know the other participants. There are 84 slots for this week-long adventure. The website includes pretty much all you need to know including detailed itineraries, descriptions of the hiking levels, prices, and links to the registration form, and additional information about the area. Here is a link to the English version of the website. 

  • February 25, 2024 9:27 AM | Bill Magargal (Administrator)

    Map showing location of Georgoa with peace camp logo pointing to Lamovani June 22-29, 2024

    Servas Georgia will hold our first peace school camp this Summer in Lamovani, Sakartvelo, Georgia, from June 22-29. We invite you to bring the world to our children, develop feelings of peace, and provide opportunities for participants – children and volunteers to experience different ways of living. We invite you to volunteer and share your unique experiences and skills with our children. At the same time, we will share our village with you.

    You will stay in the Tbilisi Georgian American school for free and includes breakfast in the morning. Workshops will be held two days in Tbilisi for schoolchildren aged 10-13, and 4 days in the village of Lamovani for students aged 7-18. We will take you from Tbilisi to Lamovani village and will be returned by us to Tbilisi.

    photo of Tbilisi at nightThe main goal or our Servas Peace School is to bring the variety of the world to our village, develop feelings of peace in the participants, provide conditions for volunteers to learn local culture(s), and experience different ways of living on Earth. We also want to train local children and adults and help them become world citizens and Servas members. That is the core value that makes the Servas Peace School so valuable.

    If you would like to attend the camp, please fill out this volunteer application form. For details about Lamovani Public School visit our Facebook page. If you have any other questions, please email us at

    How does our Servas Peace School work?

    • Servas Peace Schools have no fixed curriculum or program. The background of the volunteers defines what activities will occur.
    • We have no budget nor a manager ... volunteers make decisions altogether.
    • Local and international Servas (also non-Servas) members come to the village and teach their topics to local children workshop mostly outdoors (in forests, gardens, back yards, streets, etc.).
    • We believe that every person (farmer, worker, artist, teacher, etc.) has something to offer that children need to learn.
    • The use of technological tools in the workshops is not encouraged.
    • Volunteers sponsor themselves to travel (however, they can apply for support if they need).
    • Volunteers can join the event for one day or the whole Peace School period. Local assistants help them with workshops and translation with local people (if needed)
    • Local families host volunteers for 3-4 days and provide food for them. They attend cultural and social activities in the area. The idea derives from the fact that when you live with a family you share a lot, face your prejudice if you have, exchange background, and usually become friends.
    • Volunteers do workshops during the day. They have free time in the mornings and evenings. They usually spend time with locals and enjoy cultural activities.
    • Volunteers can come to the village with their own children.
    • Servas Peace Choir is formed with children, and they learn to sing songs in local languages and in the languages of the volunteers.
    • City, village, nature tours are organized for the volunteers.
    • At the end of the school period, a Servas Peace Party is organized with the local people and children who will present their products and skills.
  • February 24, 2024 12:17 PM | Bill Magargal (Administrator)

    photo of the Seomjingang River valley.South Korea - April 29th - May 2nd 

    Servas Korea invites you to join up to 40 cyclists for a four-day, 220 km peace ride along the beautiful Seomjingang River. The SIPR Bike Tour is open to all Servas cycling enthusiasts. We will ride approximately 65km a day. We will start in Seoul and travel by bus to Jeonju where we will begin the ride to Gwangyang. The itinerary is below.

    Day 1: Monday, April 29th: Total 20km (city tour)

    07:30 Start. Seoul Central Bus Terminal (Bus) to City Jeonju Express Bus Terminal. 10:00 City bike tour.

    12:30 Lunch: UNESCO recognizes Jeonju as a City of Gastronomy.

    14:00 Check in Jeonju Guest house.

    18:00 Dinner (Lee Gawon Restaurant).

    Day 2: Tuesday, April 30th:  Total 75km

    8:00 -11:00 Seomjingang riding towards Lake Okjeongho and the first Certification Place.

    12:00 Lunch.

    14:00 Kim Yongtaek Poet’s museum of literature. 17:00 Sunchang Motel

    18:00 Dinner (Deodeok bulgogi)

    Day 3: Wednesday, May 1st: Total 70km Riding

    8:00 Start.

    10:00 Hyangga Amusement Park.

    11:00 Saseong Am (Temple of the Four Holy Monks).

    12:00 Lunch.

    14:00 Temple Ssanggyesa.

    18:00 Check in Kensington & dinner

    Day 4: Thursday, May 2nd: Total 55km

    9:00 Start. Choi Champan house (traditional Hanok) Pyeongsa-ri, & Park Kyungri Museum of Literature.

    12:00 Island Baeal- final certification place 14:00 Gwnagyang Express Terminal and return to Seoul.


    Mr. B W Choi / SIPR 2024 Organizer  +82 10-5255-0591

    Mr. S K Song / Servas Korea National Secretary    +82 10-8484-2170

  • February 23, 2024 8:18 AM | Bill Magargal (Administrator)
    Photo of Youth Hostel BrackenApril 26-28, 2024 

    We are holding a national gathering in the Southwest of England this spring and would love you to join us! It will be held near Dartmoor National Park with plenty of activities including Saturday day trips and a big Sunday meeting. There are good rail connections close to the Youth Hostel Bracken Tor and there is the chance of holding a Ceilidh ( [kay-lee] a traditional dance – lots of fun for everyone! We need to have at least 60 attendees to make this viable. Do get in touch if you are interested in attending - accommodation will be allocated on a ‘first-come, first served’ basis.

    If you have any questions, please contact Rachael Clayburn (Travel Secretary):  

    Map of Southern England showing location of Dartmor National Park


    Date: Friday 26th April - Sunday 28th April 2024 (2 Nights)

    Place: YHA Bracken Tor, Okehampton (House), EX20 1QW:

    Travel: Approx. 4 hours from London by train

    Space: Bunk beds for 35, dining room, kitchen, nice lounge and gardens, 15-minute walk from train station


    Friday - arrive from 5 pm, Bring & Share supper, Evening Entertainment (music / travel stories tbc*)

    Saturday - Breakfast, Outings (Exeter, Castle Drogo, Lydford Gorge, Okehampton, Dartmoor Walk tbc, everyone to arrange own transport/lunch/snacks), light evening meal, Evening Entertainment (film / board games tbc)

    Sunday - Breakfast, 10am Check Out, Servas-related discussion or activity, Buffet Lunch, Depart.

    Cost: (International payment methods to be confirmed)

    Option 1 :  £90 max 35 people: two-nights' accommodation, Tea/Coffee, 2 x Breakfast, Saturday light evening meal, Sunday buffet lunch

    Option 2 :   Sunday only £15: inc l.  Tea/Coffee, buffet lunch

    Option 3 : £140: Sunday evening meal, Ceilidh, 3rd night accommodation, breakfast (only available if there is significant interest)

    Extra:  Sunday Night Ceilidh £15 (only available if there is significant interest)

    Register:  Please choose your option and contact Rachael Clayburn to register.

    *tbc = ‘to be confirmed’

    Photo of Dartmor's ancient stone circleNote: Dartmor is famous for its moors and heather, Sherlock Holmes, the world’s largest land slug (up to 8”) ...and a recently discovered stone circle that may predate Stone Henge. 

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