Your commitment to welcome travelers and participate in a cultural exchange is the basic agreement. Most hosts invite Servas visitors to join their regular meals. Travelers should not expect hosts to prepare special meals for them—part of the home visit is to learn other ways of eating. You should inform travelers in advance whether you will expect them for any meals. As host, you set the tone for the visit and you determine what you would like to do with your visitors; activities outside the house are optional. You need not go out of your way with special tours or entertainment, since travelers are interested in learning about your usual way of life. Travelers often appreciate your taking them to activities you would ordinarily attend, which helps them know more about your life and your community.
On the other hand, Servas travelers are often looking for ways to thank hosts for their hospitality. Meals and activities provide excellent opportunities to repay your kindness. Preparing food for a host family is often a good way to express gratitude while conveying some part of one’s native culture.