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

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

 

 

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

 

How it works

Servas provides opportunities to get to know countries from the inside out, and to find a home in a foreign land.   However, it is NOT a travel agency. Servas is run by volunteers and it consists of Hosts and Travelers.

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، وليست وكالة سفر

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 Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Denmark, France, Germany, Italy, India, Indonesia, New Zealand, Spain, UK, USA, Venezuela, and other countries.

How to join Servas Jordan / Lebanon / Saudi Arabia:

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 as follows:
    from Jordan to
    jordan@servas.org
    from Lebanon to lebanon@servas.org
    from Saudi Arabia to saudiarabia@servas.org 
    Write “Interested in joining 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 / لبنان / السعودية

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 التالي

من الأردن

 jordan@servas.org

من لبنان

lebanon@servas.org

من السعودية

saudiarabia@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 ممثل 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  

 

 

Tips For Servas Travelers

  • Read and follow the instructions in the hosts-list or host profile.

  • Contact hosts in advance as specified, respecting length of notice required. 

  • Servas does NOT exist to provide free accommodation. If you don’t feel sociable, or you don’t find a host, use alternative accommodation.

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

  • Never pressure hosts to take you. They always have the right to say no without telling you why.

  • 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. They will worry about you, and may contact the police, your embassy or your national secretary. This can be embarrassing for all concerned.

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

  • Send a copy of your LOI with your first email, and show it to your host on arrival before they ask — it shows you are an approved Servas traveler. Some may like to be given a photocopy to keep!

  • 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. You will probably be offered a bed, but you may get a sofa or a mattress on the floor. If comfort is essential to you, stay at a hotel and visit hosts for the day.

  • 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.

  • Avoid using hosts’ phones. If you need to, pay for your call immediately.

  • 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.). 

  • 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.

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 weather is usually during Spring (March till June) and Autumn (September — 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.

UNESCO-Wadi-Rum

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

Dead-Sea-3

 

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.

UNESCO-Umm-Ar-Rasas

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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