SYLE

About SYLE

Servas Youth Language Experience (SYLE) is a program designed for young Servas members to improve second language skills through a Servas cultural exchange during one month in a foreign country. This experience includes language classes (formal or informal) and other activities – cultural, recreational, sportive, touristic, etc — in an environment of fraternal daily life that ensures a rich experience of language learning and cultural exchange between the young traveller and the Servas Hosts. Based on this intent, the host country will plan an agenda, indicating dates and locations of: the Servas Host Families, the activities and their points of contact, as well as allocated spare time for the traveller.

Objectives

  • To improve foreign language skills
  • To provide a rich cultural exchange experience to the traveler and to the Servas Hosts.

Requirements

  • Between 18 and 30 years old.
  • Necessary skills to communicate in the host country’s language
  • Empathetic, open-minded attitude toward different cultural experiences
  • Willingness and ability to interact with a large number of people during an extended stay

How it works

steps

Download the PDF below to read the fill SYLE procedure

PDF icon SYLE_Procedure_Full.pdf

fee

The traveler must be able to afford all traveling expenses, visas, transportation, and personal expenses. The cost of all activities proposed in his/her program must be discussed and agreed upon by the traveler and the host country’s team prior to travel.

funding

US Servas is proud to present the Mogerman Youth Scholarship fund. Dennis Mogerman, long time Servas member, host, and board member, is now generously offering Servas Youth from the US the financial assistance you may need to make your dreams of travel a reality.

Two $1,000 scholarships are available annually for individuals who plan to participate in SYLE (up to $1,000 per applicant). They are awarded based on demonstrated need and a commitment to the promotion of Servas among youth. Once your SYLE application and Scholarship request have been approved and airline and hosting arrangements have been made, the first half of the scholarship money will be sent to the recipient ($500).  The second half will be awarded after the recipient successfully completes their SYLE and writes a detailed article with photos for publication by Servas. Article and photos must be submitted within six months of successful completion of your SYLE. To apply or receive more information, contact admin@usservas.org.

pasttrav

Click on the map below to see some of the past SYLE travelers’ stories and photos!

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servas countries

Below is the list of all Servas countries. While SYLE is not guaranteed in all of the countries listed below, we would love to work with you! E-mail us and we will do our best to support you in planning a trip of your life! 

AMERICASEUROPEAFRICAASIA
ArgentinaAlbaniaAlgeriaAustralia
BoliviaAustriaBeninBangladesh
BrazilBelarusBotswanaCambodia
CanadaBelgium & LuxemburgBurundiChina
ChileBritain (UK)CameroonHong Kong
ColombiaBulgariaCongo Brazzaville (RC)India
Costa RicaCroatiaEgyptIndonesia
CubaCyprusEthiopiaIran
Dominican RepublicCzech RepublicGambiaIsrael
EcuadorDenmarkKenyaJapan
GuatemalaEstoniaLesothoJordan
HondurasFinlandLiberiaKazakhstan
MexicoFranceMadagascarKyrgyzstan
PanamaGeorgiaMalawiLebanon
ParaguayGermanyMaliMongolia
PeruGreeceMauritiusMalaysia
SurinameHungaryMoroccoMyanmar
Trinidad & TobagoIcelandNigeriaNepal
UruguayIrelandRwandaNew Zealand
USAItalySenegalPakistan
VenezuelaKosovoSierra LeonePalestine
 LatviaSouth AfricaPhilippines
 LithuaniaTanzaniaSaudi Arabia
 MaltaTunisiaSingapore
 NetherlandsTogoSouth Korea
 NorwayUgandaSri Lanka
 PolandZambiaTaiwan
 PortugalZimbabweThailand
 Romania United Arab Emirates
 Russia Uzbekistan
 Serbia Vietnam
 Slovakia  
 Slovenia  
 Spain  
 Sweden  
 Switzerland  
 Turkey  
 Ukraine  

get started

E-mail admin@usservas.org with the email subject “(your name) Interested in SYLE” and provide in the body a brief background about yourself! We are looking forward to hearing from you, and will respond promptly!

faq

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