Servas Rwanda is a non-governmental organization established in Rwanda in 2015 and legally registered by the Rwanda Governance Board in 2016. Servas Rwanda is an independent and autonomous member affiliate of Servas International and it is based on understanding, tolerance and world peace.
SERVAS International was founded in 1949 by Bob Luitweiler as a peace movement. The original name of the organization was Open Door System of Work, Study and Travel and later it changed to SERVAS. In Esperanto this means “you serve” and it expresses the concept of the service to populations all over the world.
The organization SERVAS INTERNATIONAL has been operating since 1972 and has its headquarters in Switzerland. The aims are described in the statutes as follows: SERVAS INTERNATIONAL is an international, non-governmental federation of NATIONAL SERVAS GROUPS, establishing a system of hosts and travellers to help build world peace, good will and understanding by providing opportunities for deeper, more personal contacts with people of other cultures and backgrounds.
All members are volunteers. Our aim is to prevent prejudices among people by encouraging contacts with one another, in order to better understand the problems of other cultures and therefore to help build world peace.