What is your Servas background? 20 years as an active host and traveler.
How long you have been an interviewer? 17 years.
Where have you traveled? I have stayed with Servas hosts in Austria, Costa Rica, Denmark, Estonia, Germany, Hungary, Ireland, Japan, Mexico, The Netherlands, Poland, Slovakia, Uruguay, Wales, and the U.S. (I have traveled to many more countries and areas.)
What is one great memory you have from Servas (as a traveler, host, or interviewer)? 20 years ago, my family was hosted by a family in Japan. Since then, each family has stayed with the other 3 times, and individual members have stayed 5-6 times with more to come. We have become great friends. They were also the first host to invite us to stay longer once we were there, and we accepted.
What hobbies do you enjoy? Movies, reading, cooking, traveling, conversation, and writing.
What is one of your favorite quotes? “Nothing is a complete waste; it can always serve as a bad example!” Author unknown
Why are you involved with Servas, and why do you think that Servas is important? Nations are built from individuals, and if enough individuals from two countries can get along then, so too can their respective nations. Being a people person and a traveler (rather than a tourist), I simply like hosting and exchanging ideas, so hosting people from my own country is just fine too. After all, the US melting pot is a lot like a large number of smaller countries.
FYI, each month, I post a 4-8-page essay to my personal blog, which is reachable viawww.RexJaeschke.com. As you will see, one of them (Jan 2010) was about homestays, and a number of others have travel-related content. The series on “What is Normal” likely will also interest would-be travelers.