Peace Support Group: Servas Jordan

Peace Support Group!

It isn’t enough to talk about peace,
one must believe it.
And it isn’t enough to believe in it,
one must work for it
.”

~ Eleanor Roosevelt

 

 

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Servas International 

 

With every true friendship we build more firmly the foundations on which the peace of the whole world rests.”
~ Gandhi

Servas was established in 1949 in Denmark by young pacifists from several countries attending high school in Denmark by opening their door to like-minded people in order to work actively for Peace.

Servas is a non-profit, non-governmental organization accredited to the United Nations Economic Council. It is a network of Host and Travelers that promotes friendship and World Peace though person-to-person contacts around the world.


Servas’ Aims:
Peace & Understanding through Travel & Hosting!

As stated in its charter, the aims of Servas are: … to help build world peace, goodwill and understanding by providing deeper, more personal contacts with people of diverse cultures and backgrounds … to share the hosts’ life and their concern in social and international problems, their interests in creative activity, and mutual responsibility for their fellow men.

This sums up Servas Philosophy:

“Strangers are just friends waiting to happen.” ~ Rod McKuen

Servas is a special way of seeing the world – a place where there are no strangers, only friends you have yet to meet. When you join Servas, you will become a part of a community of global peace seekers, and will have a wide network of friends you will never forget.

Now, there are over 14,000 Servas members in over 115 countries around the world, and the door is still open. Join us!

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Servas Jordan

Servas Jordan was established in 2007 when the Development Committee of Servas International asked Zafira Labadi, to develop Servas in Jordan.

Zafira has been a member since 2003.  She hosted many Servas Travelers from Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Denmark, France, Germany, Italy, India, Indonesia, New Zealand, Spain, UK, USA, Venezuela, and other countries.

There are two types of memberships in Servas:

1. A Host: either an Overnight Host, which means you can host approved Servas Travelers for 2 nights at your home for free. Or a Day Host, which means that you can meet approved Servas Travelers during the day for coffee/tea, or share a meal, or you can show them around in your city/town. 

 

2. A Traveler: This allows you to travel with Servas and be hosted by members in the countries you wish to visit for 2 nights for free. Or if you just wish to meet Day Hosts, they can show you around their cities or meet you for coffee/tea. 

You can apply for both, and become a Host and a Traveler. 

Here is how to join Servas Jordan:

If you are over 18 years old, friendly, open-minded, enjoy meeting people of diverse cultures and backgrounds, you can join Servas as follows:

  1. Send an email to jordan@servas.org to express your interest. Please indicate in your email whether you wish to join as a Host or Traveler or both. Tell us about yourself, your interests, and why you want to join Servas. Write the word “Servas” in the subject line of your email. Include in your email: your full name, age, and your telephone number.

  2. Complete the Application Form carefully and return it by email.

  3. Attend a meeting with a Servas Representative in your area: Once we receive your complete application, we will contact you to set up a meeting with you, to get to know you and to explain how it works in more details, and to answer any questions you may have about Servas.

  4. Pay the membership fee.

We look forward to welcoming you on board!

 

Tips For Servas Travelers who wish to visit Jordan

Is it safe to visit Jordan? Jordan is usually a safe country, and women can travel on their own. However, you are advised to take the usual precautions when travelling anywhere in the world: never leave your belongings unattended, or in the open; and trust your intuition; if something seems like it is too good to be true; it probably is. Jordanians are usually friendly and hospitable, and they might invite you for coffee or tea. However, if you meet someone who is too friendly, be careful, especially if you are a woman.

When is the best time to visit Jordan?

The weather is changing from year to year, and it is sometime hard to predict in advance. However, the best weather is usually during Spring (Starting end of March till end of June) and Autumn (September, October & November). However, it is best to check before you visit.

For more information about Jordan, please visit the official website of the Jordan Tourism Board at: http://visitjordan.com/  (It’s available in several languages) 

 

Here are some interesting places to visit in Jordan:

UNESCO-Petra

Petra: a city carved in rocks by an ancient civilization called the Nabatean.

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Wadi Rum: a beautiful sandy dunes and rocky mountains in the desert.

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The Dead Sea: the lowest point on Earth.

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Jerash: the ruins of a Roman city.

Dana

 

Dana: an old village and natural reserve.

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Umm Ar-Rasas: a very ancient site where you can see mosaic.


Um Qais

 

Um Qais: ruins from several ancient civilizations, a wonderful view of Golan Heights and Lake Tiberias. 

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If you have any specific questions about Jordan, please feel free to contact Zafira by email: jordan@servas.org — please write the word “Servas” in the subject line.

Zafira always looks forward to meeting Servas members in Jordan and/or in their country!

Happy Travelling & Hosting!

In Peace and Friendship!  

Zafira Labadi
Servas Coordinator in Jordan
For more information about Servas Jordan

Call: 07 – 77225590
Email:
 jordan@servas.org

If you are a Servas member and would like to connect on Facebook, here is the link to the Servas Jordan Group:  http://www.facebook.com/groups/Servas.Jordan/

For more information about Servas International, visit this website: www.servas.org

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