Peace Support Group: Servas Jordan

Peace Support Group!

 

Servas Jordan - one must work for peace

 

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Servas International


Peace & Understanding
through Travel & Hosting!


What is Servas?

Servas is a non-profit, non-governmental, interracial and interfaith association of hosts and travelers which works towards World Peace, goodwill, and understanding, through person-to-person contacts among people of diverse cultures. It is a network of Peace seekers and friends. Servas is accredited to the United Nations Economic and Social Council.

  منظمة سيرفاس العالمية

سلام وتفاهم من خلال السفر والاستضافة

سيرفاس هي منظمة دولية غير حكومية وغير ربحية، تجمع ما بين جميع الأعراق والأديان والثقافات؛ وتهدف إلى تنمية السّلام والصداقة والتفاهم المتبادل في العالم، وذلك من خلال إتاحة فرص للتعارف بين أفراد من مختلف الثقافات. إنها شبكة من مضيفين ومسافرين الذين يسعون من اجل السلام والصداقة. وهي معتمدة من قبل اللجنة الاجتماعية الاقتصاديّة للأمم المتحدة

 

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Servas’ Aims:

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.

Servas Jordan - with every friendship

أهداف منظمة سيرفاس

كما هو مذكور في ميثاقها، تهدف سيرفاس إلى تنمية السّلام والصّداقة والتفاهم المتبادل في العالم، من خلال بناء علاقات صداقة بين أفراد من حضارات وخلفيات مختلفة… ومن خلال المشاركة والانخراط في حياة العائلة المضيفة، والتعرّف عليهم وعلى اهتماماتهم بالقضايا الاجتماعية في البلاد المختلفة في العالم، وقضاء الوقت معهم ومشاركتهم نشاطاتهم المختلفة، والحوار معهم فيما يتعلّق بالحياة الاجتماعية ومسؤوليتهم المشتركة من اجل البشرية جمعاء

Servas Jordan - with every friendship - Ar

This sums up Servas Philosophy:

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.

Servas Jordan - strangers are friends

ملخص فلسفة سيرفاس

سيرفاس هي طريقة خاصة لرؤية العالم — مكان حيث لا يوجد غرباء، فقط أصدقاء لم تلتقي بهم بعد. عندما تنضم إلى سيرفاس، سوف تصبح عضوا من جماعة الساعين الى السلام العالمي، وسيكون لديك شبكة واسعة من الأصدقاء لن تنساهم أبدا

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Servas History

Servas was established in 1949 in Denmark by young pacifists from several countries attending high school in Denmark by opening their homes to like-minded people from other countries in order to work actively for Peace. They started a movement called “open door for work-study-travel”.

The name was changed at its conference in 1952 to Servas, which is an Esperanto word meaning “serve”.

At the 1972 conference, Servas International was registered in Switzerland as a Non-Governmental Organization, and is represented at the United Nations in New York, Geneva and Vienna.

Later on, it was accepted that Servas should work across all boundaries—nationalities, races, politics, religions, ages, cultures and interests.

Now, there are over 15,000 Servas members in over 100 countries around the world, and the door is still open. Join us!

 

تاريخ منظمة سيرفاس

ظهرت فكرة سيرفاس للمرة الأولى عام 1949 في الدنمرك، من خلال مجموعة ناشطين من جميع أنحاء العالم، للمساهمة في بناء السلام. كان اسم التنظيم في ذلك الوقت: الباب المفتوح للعمل، والتعليم والسفر

لاحقُا، في مؤتمرها الذي عقد عام 1952، تمّ تبنّي اسم سيرفاس (في لغة الاسبرانتو- تعني خدمة) والذي يميّز الحركة، بهدف تعزيز خدمة الإنسان في جميع أنحاء العالم

في مؤتمرها الذي عقد عام 1972، تم تسجيل سيرفاس في سويسرا كمنظمة غير حكومية، وهي ممثلة في الأمم المتحدة في نيويورك، وجنيف، وفينّا

تتخطى سيرفاس جميع الحدود — الجنسيات، والاعراق، والسياسات، والاديان، والاعمار، والثقافات والاهتمامات المختلفة — ولا تفرق بينها

يوجد اليوم أكثر من 15,000 عضو في سيرفاس في أكثر من 100 دولة حول العالم، وما زال الباب مفتوحًا

 

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How it works

Servas provides opportunities to get to know countries from the inside out, and to find a home in a foreign land. Servas is run by volunteers and it consists of Hosts and Travelers. Servas is NOT a travel agency, and it is NOT to provide free accommodation or means of travel or living at the expense of others.

Approved Travelers contact Hosts in the countries they intend to visit—well in advance before traveling and request to be hosted.

As a Host, you receive requests from approved Travelers to host them. Overnight Hosts offer hospitality to approved Travelers; provide a bed for 1 or 2 nights and usually invite them to share a meal. 

A Host may refuse a Traveler if they are busy or have another engagement. Hosts who are not able to provide overnight accommodation can join as Day Hosts.

Through Servas, Travelers have opportunities to meet Hosts, their families and friends in their everyday life. As Hosts, we can receive the world into our homes.

There are two types of memberships in Servas:

1. Host: either an Overnight Host, which means you can host approved Servas Travelers for 1 or 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.  Traveler: This allows you to travel with Servas and be hosted by members in the countries you wish to visit for 1 or 2 nights for free. Or you can meet Day Hosts, if you prefer. 

You can apply to become a Host or a Traveler, or both. 

كيفية عمل منظمة سيرفاس

سيرفاس تتيح فرص للقاء أصدقاء في دول أجنبية والتعرف على حضاراتهم وتقاليدهم. سيرفاس هي منظمة تطوّعية تدار من قبل متطوعون، وتتكون من مضيفين ومسافرين. سيرفاس ليست وكالة سفر، وليست من اجل توفير إقامة مجانية أو وسيلة للسفر أو العيش على حساب الآخرين

يأخذ المسافر على عاتقه مهمة الاتصال بالمضيفين بشكل مباشر، وذلك حسب قائمة المضيفين في البلد الذي يرغب بالسفر إليه قبل السفر بمدة كافيه ويطلب منهم أن يستضيفوه

يستضيف المضيف المسافرين الأعضاء لقضاء ليلة أو ليلتين مجانا، وذلك حسب إمكانياتهم ووقت فراغهم، وعادة ما يدعونهم لمشاركتهم وجبة طعام. يمكن للمضيف أن يكون مضيفا نهاريا فقط إذا لم تتوفر لديه الإمكانيات لاستضافة المسافرين للإقامة في منزله. كما يمكن للمضيف رفض طلب من مسافر ما إذا كان مشغولا أو لديه ارتباطات أخرى

من خلال سيرفاس، يتمكن المسافر من التعرّف على المضيفين ومشاركتهم عالمهم واهتماماتهم وحياتهم اليومية 
كمضيفين، نحن نستقبل العالم في بيوتنا

 

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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 all over the world.

How to join Servas Jordan:

If you are over 25 years old, friendly, open-minded, enjoy meeting people from diverse cultures and backgrounds, you can join Servas as follows:

  1. Complete the Application Form. To request the Application Form, send an email to jordan@servas.org

    Write “Servas” in the subject line of your email. Indicate in your email whether you wish to join as a Host or as a Traveler or both. Complete the Application Form carefully: tell us about yourself, your interests & hobbies, and why you want to join Servas. Include your contact details (email, telephone number and home address). Return the Application Form by email.

  2.  Attend a meeting with a Servas Representative: 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.

  3. Pay the membership fee.

We look forward to welcoming you on board!

كيفية الانضمام إلى سيرفاس في الأردن 

شروط الانتساب: أن تكون قد تجاوزت سن 25 عاما، لطيف، اجتماعي، وترغب بالتعرف على أفراد من جنسيات وثقافات مختلفة — ويفضل أن تتحدث ولو قليلا لغة أجنبية 
يمكنك الانضمام إلى سيرفاس على النحو التالي

أولا: تعبئة نموذج الانتساب

للحصول على النموذج، أرسل رسالة الكترونية إلى العنوان التالين

 jordan@servas.org

 

الرجاء ذكر كلمة سيرفاس في موضوع الرسالة. اذكر ضمن الرسالة اسمك الكامل، ورقم هاتفك، ولماذا ترغب بالانضمام، ونوع العضوية التي ترغب بها. يمكنك الانضمام إما كمضيف أو كمسافر أو كلاهما

ثانيا: حضور مقابلة شخصية مع ممثلة سيرفاس لشرح تفاصيل عمل سيرفاس وللإجابة على أية أسئلة تتعلق بسيرفاس

ثالثا: دفع رسوم الاشتراك السنوي 

نحن نتطلع إلى الترحيب بكم كأعضاء ضمن جماعة محبي السلام في العالم

مع تحيات السلام والصداقة  

 

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Servas Events 

Servas celebrates the following events:

The UN International Day of Peace

When: On 21 September 

Peace Day - 21 Sept

The UN International Day of Friendship

When: On 30 July

Frienship Day - 30 July

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Servas Traveler’s Responsibilities

Servas members around the world have enjoyed the art of hosting travelers in the Servas way for decades. Communication is key to a successful Servas experience. The system works well when travelers remember to do the following:

  • Servas Hosts expect ALL Servas Travelers to have a valid LOI, without exception.  Any adult companions must have their own LOI. A good Servas Traveler will NOT ask a Host to host them without having a valid LOI, or accept someone who is not a Servas traveler.

  • Send a scanned copy of your valid LOI with your first email, and show the original LOI to your Host when you arrive / first meet them / at the door — before they ask — it shows you are an approved Servas traveler. Some may like to be given a photocopy to keep! 

  • Servas membership does Not guarantee anyone the ‘right’ to free hospitality. However, Servas Hosts do have the right to refuse a hosting request, even without explanation. Be polite and understanding when a host says “No”. Never pressure hosts to take you. They always have the right to say NO without telling you why.

  • Do not expect, or ask your host, to fetch you, even if the hosts-list says they can. You may of course accept an offer. It is a good idea to ask your hosts for clear instructions to their home when you contact them.

  • DO spend time with your hosts – this is the main purpose of the visit. Get involved and share your ideas. Offer to help with cooking, cleaning, in the garden. Servas means ‘we serve’. Be prepared to fit in with your hosts’ plans. If you don’t feel sociable,  use alternative accommodation.

  • Be aware that people on the hosts-list may have stopped being hosts. Be specially considerate in these cases.

  • Never phone or visit hosts at unsociable hours. This varies from country to country. In general, never call or visit hosts before 9.00 AM or after 7.00 PM. If your airplane scheduled to arrive/departure earlier than 9.00 AM or later than 7.00 PM, consider staying at a hotel, or at least inform and ask your host if it is okay with them!

  • Inform your hosts about the approximate time of your arrival. If you are late, inform your hosts as soon as possible. They have changed their plans in order to meet you, it is inconsiderate to ignore this. 

  • One or two nights stay maximum, unless your host invites you to stay longer.

  • Use of the telephone or computer is at your host’s invitation. Offer to pay for any costs when you do. Consider taking your mobile phone and buying a local SIM card with access to the internet. Never ask your host to give you their password.

  •  DO be polite and gracious, follow the house rules, and accept whatever sleeping and eating arrangements that are offered. DO consider carrying, and using, your own sheets or sleeping bag and towels. If you want comfort, stay at a hotel and visit hosts for the day.

  • You are in someone else’s home, so be considerate and clean up after yourself.

  • In some homes, it is normal to remove footwear before entering the house.  

  • Your host has offered you accommodation and their time. You may well be offered food, but you have no right to expect it. 

  • It is unwise to travel from host to host without time to yourself in between.

  • Be prepared to fit in with your hosts’ plans. Some may have taken time off work to be with you, others will have to go out to work. 

  • Don’t expect your hosts to take you sightseeing. Some hosts may want to show you round.

  • Always be sensitive and considerate. Customs, traditions, and forms of politeness vary from country to country. As a Servas traveler, feel free to ask what is the polite way to behave. Do not assume that the way you behave at home is considered polite in the country you are visiting.

  • It is not normal Servas practice to give hosts money. However, you should be sensitive to the financial situation of your host. When a host invites you to share a meal, it is appropriate to offer to bring something with you, or you could offer to buy the ingredients for, and prepare a dish typical of your country. Be careful not to offend your hosts by suggesting that their hospitality is unsatisfactory. Be sensitive and aware!

  • If you are included in family meals or activities, be prepared to offer to help (like washing up, laying table, helping in the kitchen etc.). 

  • Day Hosting, or meeting your Host during the day, also requires your host to put effort and take time of their busy life to meet you. If you are not genuinely interested in meeting and knowing them, please do not ask them to host you during the day just to be your guide, or to provide you with information. 

  • Servas is a Peace organisation. It is okay to talk about sensitive topics like politics and religion, but do not insist if your hosts are unwilling to talk about them − they probably have good reason for avoiding them.

  • Be considerate. The relationship between host and traveler should be equal, not of a giver and a receiver. This involves you giving of yourself.

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Tips For Travelers visiting Jordan

  • Jordan is a conservative country, so dress modestly, respect the culture and traditions of the local people.

  • Ask people for permission before you take pictures, and you will be rewarded by their warmth and hospitality.

  • When visiting touristic sights, respect these places, do not collect any stones or artifacts, and do keep it clean. 

  • When visiting natural reserves or sights, respect the natural surroundings, keep noise down to a minimum, respect wild life, keep water sources clean, and carry all rubbish back with you. 

  • It is always a good idea to bring with you water, a hat to protect yourself from the heat, and comfortable walking shoes.

  • Keep in mind that Jordan is a developing country with limited resources.

  • Water resources are limited in Jordan, so be careful with water when taking showers, whether you are at a hotel or at somebody’s home.

  • The cost of traveling and living in Jordan is expensive, for both travelers and locals. So make sure to plan and budget well before you arrive. It is a good idea to check and reserve your hotels in advance through the internet, so that you know how much it will cost you. Don’t rely on, or ask, your host to make hotel reservations for you. Servas is NOT a travel agency. 

  • If you want to save money while travelling, there are other organizations that can help you do that. Search for them on the internet. Servas does NOT exist to provide free accommodation or cheap means of travel. To use Servas for this purpose is unwise and unethical. 

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Frequently Asked Questions about Jordan

Is it safe to visit Jordan?
Jordan is 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. 

When is the best time to visit Jordan?
The weather is changing from year to year, and it is sometime hard to predict. However, the best times to visit Jordan are usually during Spring (March till May) and Autumn (September till November), and sometimes December is nice as well. However, it is best to check before you visit.

Do I have to cover my hair?
The answer is NO, women don’t have to cover their hair or wear any special dress. Women can wear skirts, dresses, T-shirts, and sleeveless tops. However, keep in mind that Jordan is a conservative country, so dress modestly, and respect the culture and traditions of the local people.

Is it worth it to buy a Jordan Pass?
The answer is YES, if you purchase the Jordan Pass before you arrive, and plan to visit Petra. I
t will save you money, effort, and time. It includes tourist visa fee, and prepaid entry to over 40 sights in Jordan, including Petra. You will also get a downloadable digital brochures covering all of Jordan’s tourist attractions. 

To see the sights included in the Jordan Pass packages, go to this page: https://jordanpass.jo/Contents/Jordan_Attractions.aspx

The Price: it comes in 3 packages depending on how long you plan to stay in Petra: for 1 day, it’s 70 JOD (99 US$), for 2 days, it’s 75 JOD (106 US$), for 3 days, it’s 80 JOD (113 US$).

The Jordan Pass is valid for 2 weeks after the first time it is scanned at the first sight you visit.

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

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Here are some interesting places to visit in Amman:

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The Citadel which also includes the Archaeological Museum, which displays various objects of archaeological sites discovered during excavations all over  Jordan.

 

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Roman Theatre

The Roman Theater, which also includes a smaller theater called the Odeon, and 2 small museums: the Folklore Museum and the Museum of Popular Traditions.

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Darat Al-Funun

Darat Al-Funun: Art gallery including six historic buildings from the 1920s, and an archaeological site in the gardens, creating a unique encounter between art, architecture, and archaeology.

 

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Jordan Museum

The Jordan Museum: tells the ‘Story of Jordan’ both chronologically and thematically, and covers the Jordanian history and archaeology.

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Jordan Nat Gallery of Fine Arts

The Jordan National Gallery of Fine Arts has the largest collection of artworks by contemporary artists from the developing world. It consist of 2 buildings 

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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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UNESCO-Wadi-Rum

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.

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Dana

 

Dana: an old village and natural reserve.

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UNESCO-Umm-Ar-Rasas

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

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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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