MAKING CONNECTIONS BY REGION


EUROPE, AMERICAS, ASIA, AFRICA

MAKING CONNECTIONS IN EUROPE

Austria, Britain, Czech Republic, Georgia, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Poland, Romania, Spain

SERVAS AUSTRIA

Contact address: austria@servas.org

Austria is offering longer stays for both adults and young people; an individual programme would be developed by the host families, through discussion with each Servas traveller.
Depending on the age of the visitor, a variety of language learning experiences could be offered. Travellers would be able to take part in everyday activities with their hosts.
We have several families with children and young people who are very interested in youth exchanges with other countries.
For several years Servas Austria has been associated with an integrative intercultural organisation in Vienna: http://brunnenpassage.at/
Visitors would have a chance to participate in their activities.

In general the offers are from one to two weeks but some hosts may offer longer stays. One week stays with three or four different hosts might also be possible.
Some day hosts would be willing to take part in a visitor’s program for example through sports activities, language learning or visiting places of interest.
The majority of our hosts are found in Vienna and surroundings as well as the region of Linz in Upper Austria.
The local language is Austrian German. All hosts speak English, many speak Italian or Spanish.
Some financial contribution to the costs of the visit would be expected according to the circumstances of individual hosts and travellers.

If you are interested in finding out more, contact us at austria@servas.org
More information about Servas Austria can be found on the website at
http://www.servas-austria.org

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SERVAS BRITAIN

Contact britain@servas.org for more information about the following:

Servas Britain offers help to travellers who are interested finding out about possibilities for volunteering or work experience, especially for young people, during a visit to the UK.

A number of hosts are involved in supporting asylum seekers and refugees and would welcome contact with travellers who are involved in similar projects in their own country.

A host in the south of England is able to offer insights into the cultural and social life of her diverse local community.

Each year there is an opportunity to join hosts as a volunteer for a week-long village summer festival in the north of England.

Skype language friends:
For those not able to travel to Britain a group of hosts offer an opportunity to practice speaking English via Skype. One member of the group would be interested in linking with an Italian speaker to also practice Italian.

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SERVAS CZECH REPUBLIC

Contact address: czechrepublic@servas.org
Servas Czech Republic is interested in offering Servas travellers opportunities to experience the language and culture of their country. For more information make contact at czechrepublic@servas.org

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SERVAS GEORGIA

Contact address: georgia@servas.org
Servas Georgia would like to offer Servas travellers opportunities to explore the culture, diversity and heritage of Georgia.
For more information contact them at georgia@servas.org

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SERVAS HUNGARY

Contact address: hungary@servas.org
Servas Hungary would like to be involved in the Making Connections project.
Contact them at hungary@servas.org if you are interested in visiting Hungary for an extended stay or want to explore a particular interest.

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SERVAS ICELAND

Contact address: iceland@servas.org
Servas Iceland is interested in being involved in Making Connections.
The national secretary Kristofer Jonatansson has experience through Servas of a work exchange with someone doing the same job in another country.
Contact him on iceland@servas.org if you are planning an extended visit to Iceland or interested in the idea of organising a work exchange through Servas.

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SERVAS ITALY

Contact address: italy@servas.org
Servas Italy has experience of offering language experiences for several young people. They would also like to offer the possibility of a cultural and language experience for members over 30. For more information contact italy@servas.org

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SERVAS POLAND

Contact address: poland@servas.org
Servas Poland would like to be involved in the Making Connections project although has no specific programme yet to offer Servas travellers. If you are interested in visiting Poland for an extended stay make contact at poland@servas.org.
Dariuz Deckert a host in Poland is offering support and advice to anyone wanting to explore their family origins in Poland. Contact him at poland@servas.org

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SERVAS ROMANIA

Contact address: romania@servas.org
There is an opportunity to help construct an eco-house whilst also finding out about life in in the Romanian countryside and its environment. Contact Bogdan Ionescu, national secretary for more information at romania@servas.org

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SERVAS SPAIN

Contact address: spain@servas.org
Members of Servas Spain are keen to experiment with possibilities to bring hosts and travellers together through Making Connections.
To make a start they make some suggestions for Servas travellers of all ages coming to Spain.
Even if you cannot visit Spain there is also an offer to build your Spanish language skills through making a Skype language friend.
If you would like to find out more or if you have other ideas you would like to explore for a visit to Spain make contact at spain@servas.org
1. A LANGUAGE EXPERIENCE:
Joaquim de la Mata: Servas member from Girona, Catalonia, Spain. Girona is the capital of the province right above Barcelona, situated just 60 minutes by car north from Barcelona. I’m 65 and retired. I’m living with my wife Carolina in this wonderful city of Girona.
We offer you many things to do here, cultural or activities, including a language exchange Spanish/Catalan – English. If you would decide to come and stay with us, I can offer you also some sportive activities in natural surroundings: walking, cycling and play pitch and putt. Also I would show you the two-thousand-year old city of Girona: Roman City and walls, Mediaeval Quarter, Jewish Quarter…
2. AN ARTISTIC EXPERIENCE
Pilar Gutierrez Beired (you will find me also in Facebook) and I have a painting STUDIO, and I can offer during your stay some Artistic leisure time.

3. SERVAS SPAIN IS CREATING A TEAM TO PRACTICE SPANISH with all our Servas friends all around the world:
If you would like to practice your SPANISH so you do not forget it or want to improve your language skill, please contact our GRUPO DE ESPAÑOL para Servas del mundo at spain@servas.org :

a) Jesus Tabares. Para hablar en español, contáctame en (to speak Spanish with me please contact me at) spain@servas.org. I live in Getafe, near Madrid. I am a retired teacher.
b) Lucía Peralta Name: Lucía, Age: 40, Job: Doctor, Interests: Nature, Meditation, Discussing with people, dancing Lindy Hop. Place of residence: Heras (Cantabria, North of Spain ). Languages: English ( low intermediate), French ( basic ).
Skype: lucia.peralta.munguia
 Nombre: Lucía Peralta, Edad: 40, Trabajo: Médica, Aficiones: Naturaleza, Meditación, Conversar con gente, Bailar Lindy Hop. Lugar de residencia: Heras ( Cantabria, Norte de España). Idiomas: Inglés ( intermedio bajo ), Francés ( básico ).  .
c) Pilar Beltrán. I live in Madrid and I am a teacher, and you can contact me at spain@servas.org ( Also I would love to chat in English).

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MAKING CONNECTIONS IN SOUTH, CENTRAL AND NORTH AMERICA

Brazil, Canada, Chile, Costa Rica, USA

SERVAS BRAZIL

Contact address: brazil@servas.org

Servas Brazil would like to introduce Brazil to Servas travelers, beyond beaches, Sao Paulo and Iguaçu Falls.
See these projects:
 santiagoecoliving.blogspot.com and rendeirasbrasil.blogspot.com

There is the possibility for Servas travellers to take part in a two week programme that includes Salvador da Bahia, the first capital city, an environmental project in Santo Antonio de Jesus, Bahia State and Petrolina and Juazeiro, twin cities on the border of Bahia and Pernambuco States.
In Petrolina you will visit the Women Association (http://mulheresrendeiras.blogspot.com.br/p/blog-page_68.html) and vineyards and may also cruise the São Francisco River. There are also volunteer opportunities at the University.
Come with a willingness to learn and teach and share!
There are also possibilities for Environmental International Day in June each year.
We expect that you will write us a small report about your experience to share with the Servas community and the blog of both projects.
For more information contact Alvany Santiago at brazil@servas.org

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SERVAS CANADA

Contact address: canada@servas.org

Servas Canada is interested in contributing to Making Connections with possibilities for language and cultural experiences for Servas members of all ages. For more information contact canada@servas.org

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SERVAS CHILE

Contact address: chile@servas.org

Servas Chile offers the possibility of a language and cultural experience for Servas members of all ages. Hospitality would be offered in various cities in Chile for up to one month. More information from chile@servas.org

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SERVAS COSTA RICA

Contact address costarica@servas.org
Servas Costa Rica has connections with a number of social projects which travellers could visit during their stay.
For more information contact costarica@servas.org

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SERVAS USA

contact address : usa@servas.org
Servas USA would like to participate in the Making Connections project. Contact usa@servas.org for more information about possible programs and projects.

MAKING CONNECTIONS IN ASIA

India, Indonesia, Thailand

SERVAS INDIA

Contact address: india@servas.org

Welcome to India.
We are happy to receive Servas travellers to learn, to enjoy, to connect and to share. We are of many diversities, religions, culture, climates, languages, food etc. If you would like some help to explore possibilities for your visit that can offer a more in-depth experience and understanding of life in India please let us know.
Contact Abhay Shaha, national secretary at india@servas.org.

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SERVAS INDONESIA

Contact address: indonesia@servas.org

To Servas Travelers who are already exploring Indonesia or those who plan to visit Indonesia… We in Servas Indonesia are happy to have you staying longer with us to work in one of our projects.
Our members would like to promote the Making Connections programme through the activities we can offer such as teaching English, working on an Outward Bound project, learning the Indonesian language and appreciating local cultures by learning about nature and traditional arts. So far we have 4 places with different projects, that is, in Temanggung, Ngadirejo, Solo and Ambarawa. So you could change places during your stay.
These projects take place throughout the year, so it’s possible for you to come at any time.

If you would like more information contact Indonesia@servas.org
Or direct to me at aminsudarto@gmail.com and my local mobile +62811275845.
Thanks and Welcome,
Amin Sudarto.
Servas Indonesia NS.

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SERVAS THAILAND

Contact address: thailand@servas.org
Servas Thailand would like to welcome you to the land of smiles. Rich in culture, natural beauty and vibrant socio-political development, Thailand has much to explore during a longer stay.
We have almost 50 hosts for day visits and overnight stays across our different regions in the country. We are ready to help you interact with our local communities, spend time with you over our world famous street food or perhaps a boat trip along the river, trekking over the mountain or camping in the forests.
Let us know if you would like to be a volunteer. Possibilities could include working in a wildlife sanctuary, at a meditation camp, helping in a hospital or in the paddy fields. Drop us a line and see you soon!
July 2017

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MAKING CONNECTIONS IN AFRICA

Botswana, Burundi, Cameroon, Gambia, Ghana, Malawi, Rwanda, Tunisia, Uganda

SERVAS BOTSWANA

Contact address: botswana@servas.org

As National Secretary in Botswana I invite Servas travellers to visit our country. We have NGO organisations, schools, hospitals that you can visit. There are also opportunities to be a volunteer such as teaching.
We can offer a cultural exchange and visits, so you can know more about our Botswana.
A visit could be for few days or longer if staying with more than one host or perhaps elsewhere.
Travellers would need to cover some of their own costs including transport – some projects are outside the main town,
We use our local language and English.
If you are interested in knowing more contact me at botswana@servas.org.
Keletso Mompati

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SERVAS BURUNDI

Contact address: burundi@servas.org
Members of Servas Burundi are interested in being part of the Making Connections project. If you are interested in coming to Burundi please contact us at burundi@servas.org

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SERVAS CAMEROON

Contact address: cameroon@servas.org
Servas Cameroon would like to be part of the Making Connections project. Please contact us at cameroon@servas.org if you are interested in visiting our country.

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SERVAS GAMBIA

Contact address: gambia@servas.org
Servas Gambia would like to be part of the Making Connections project. Please contact us at gambia@servas.org if you are interested in visiting our country.

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SERVAS GHANA

Contact address: Ghana @servas.org
Servas Ghana would like offer a language and cultural experience to Servas members of all ages based in Accra the capital. This includes the possibility of ethnic skills learning and volunteering. For more information contact Yawa Sellaisse Ababio, the national main contact, at ghana@servas.org

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MALAWI

Contact address: malawi@servas.org.
For more information contact Demelza Benbow at malawi@servas.org.
Country: MALAWI – Southern Africa area. Length: 1 month.
Programme includes:
On arrival stay 2 days with National Sec then 2nights each with 5/6 Blantyre hosts. Hosts will:- a)Take you to work with them for a day. b) Orientate you to taking minibuses etc. c) Help you study Chichewa.
A longer-stay with hosts while completing voluntary work with an allocated NGO’s which could be:- Queens Hospital – accountancy, finances; Namasimba Day Centre – teaching 3-8yrs.; Open Arms Care of babies/feeding/play; Chichiri Prison – Ladies section – English.
2 weeks self-funded travel around Malawi finishing with debrief with national secretary.
Requirements:
You must: be 18y+ and a ‘model’ Servas-traveller; have experience as a Servas traveller/host; be able to communicate well/ok in English; cover cost of travel to Malawi; have sufficient funds to cover cost of lunches and local travel, Chichewa language lessons, travel Insurance, pocket money; give a PowerPoint presentation about your life and country; buy food and cook dinner each week for your ‘long-stay’ hosts.; have funds to travel in Malawi in your last week.

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SERVAS RWANDA

Contact address: rwanda@servas.org
Servas Rwanda hosts welcome Servas travellers and would like to offer opportunities for them to experience and understand the culture, history and environment of Rwanda. For more information contact rwanda@servas.org

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SERVAS TUNISIA

Contact address: tunisia@servas.org
It will be my pleasure to discuss with you some opportunities to deeply visit and discover the beauties of our country.
 Adel Ali, national main contact at tunisia@servas.org

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SERVAS UGANDA

Contact address: uganda@servas.org
Servas Uganda would like to be involved in the Making Connections project and to offer Servas travellers possibilities for a cultural programme and volunteering. For more information contact uganda@servas.org.

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