Servas Youth Language Experience
The Servas Youth Language Experience (SYLE) is a unique program for Servas youth (ages 18-30) in which you are able to spend a month in the country of your choice immersed in the local language and culture! It’s a flexible and adaptable program, designed by you together with the coordinator and host country to suit your desires and goals. The program lasts for one month, staying approximately 1 week with 4 different host families. As with any Servas stay, daily activities depend on the circumstances of the host families as well as the desires of the traveler.
Yes! This is a program for Servas members only, so make sure that you have (or are in the process of getting) a valid letter of introduction (LOI) before applying.
Due to the time it takes to coordinate with the host country and arranging the host families, it’s recommended to apply 3-4 months in advance of the desired departure date.
Not at all! You don’t have to have any knowledge of the local language before you head off, just a willingness to learn. It’s always good to brush up on some of the basics though!
Absolutely! The SYLE program is designed to be flexible to the needs and goals of the traveler and so you can design it just about any way you’d like. Read about the experiences of previous SYLE participants above.
That’s fine too! While our main focus is helping students immerse themselves in the language, we can also help explore other interests as well. Let us know what your goals are and we will do our best to work with the host country to help you achieve them!