P e a c e a n d U n d e r s t a n d i n g
T h r o u g h T r a v e l & H o s t i n g
The new site and simplified membership rules go hand-in-hand
US Servas is taking a big step forward today by unveiling its redesigned website (Usservas.org) and big changes in its membership structure.
The biggest change that Members will see is the introduction of a single $33 annual membership fee for both hosting and traveling.
Another big change is that you no longer have to be a host or traveler to be a US Servas member. An approved, interviewed member who chooses not to host or travel can still stay in touch, support Servas, and have access to host and traveler data.
Finally, with the new website, USServas.org is completing its data migration to Servas.org that it began in January 2020: all detailed host and traveler information is stored only on the Servas International website. The US Servas website basic contact information, member interview records, and records of current participation (Interviewer, Committee Chair and Key person roles).
These changes have been long anticipated, but were stalled because of the website changes needed to support them.
The development of the new website really began in late 2019, when the US Servas Board approved the creation of a new “Member” category – neither host nor traveler. However, a new membership category required changes in the existing website. There had long been dissatisfaction with the website’s user experience; now it was found that the site’s aging computer code required a complete rebuild, at a cost in the low five figures. After investigating its options, US Servas decided to adopt an off-the-shelf program called Wild Apricot, which provides built-in membership management functions and website development tools.
A volunteer team of Servas members has been working on the website redesign project since the spring of 2019. The team now includes website developer Will Zell, owner of Zellous.org; system administrators Dan Bare, Steve Gaarder and Carol Trible; Technology Committee chair Jim Tyhurst; and team members Cay Palmer, Joanne Ferguson, Radha Radhakrishna, Johan Cavert and David Hills.
We hope you like our new website! Please send comments and suggestions to firstname.lastname@example.org. During the first two weeks of the website launch you can receive live technical support by calling 800-509-1450
by Alan Goldin, Sylva, NC
I am back from my trip to Spain - luckily. I feel like I got out just before the tsunami hit because Spain closed its border today and Germany too. I ended my trip two days early. The main reason I am writing is to tell you that my hosts, Alberto and Pilar in Mallorca and Claudia in Menorca, were incredibly kind and courageous in helping me to get through the early days of the coronavirus ordeal in Spain. Without them, I would have never made it back to the USA! They gave me advice, picked me up, drove me to the airport, made calls I couldn't make to the airlines and ferry … And if I hadn’t been able to get home, they would have been willing to care for me and share their homes. I (and my wife) will be forever grateful. This is one instance of the reason for Servas!
By Danny Balderrama, National Secretary of Servas Bolivia & Servas Host
It's been more than 25 years since I first joined Servas. This led me to open
my eyes to a completely new world. I had never thought that sharing with so
many people who arrived here would make me travel mentally. I changed many misconceptions and I learned that we are all human beings who share one only home, The Earth. Therefore, spreading peace and harmony wa essential.
I made my volunteering a philosophy of life, and now I am happy to see that this philosophy of life built a big family.
Servas Bolivia has hosts in Cochabamba, Santa Cruz, Sucre, and La Paz. Cochabamba has meetings every first Saturday of the month, and international travelers are welcome to attend!
Servas Bolivia members welcome you!
by Danny Balderrama, National Secretary of Servas Bolivia & Servas Host
Goal of project: To promote Servas’ values of peace, communication, and cultural exchange through art.
Jean-Luc will collect the pieces of art and create a slideshow by the end of June. The museum will have an exhibition of either the physical or printed reproductions of the works. They museum will place the pieces in a catalog.A slide show showcasing the art will be created and will be circulated around the world of Servas. The copyright will be written under each person’s work.
Required Art Theme: Servas values: “Peace through Colors”
If you are interested, you can email your visuals to Jean-Luc in 300 dpi, (3 works maximum). Currently, ten artists have responded by sending digitized photographs. More are needed.
Send artwork by: June 15, 2020
Send artwork to: Jean-Luc Turlure (Servas France): email@example.com
Read more about submissions here: https://www.art-and-peace.org/event-news