Alan Lieberman is a host and interviewer in Paradise, California! Visit Paradise and connect with Alan.
What is your Servas background? My wife and I joined Servas as travelers in 1993, when we took an extended trip through western Europe with our three children .
How long you have been an interviewer? Since our return from our trip in 1993.
Where have you traveled? In the 1970’s, we lived in Micronesia and traveled extensively in Europe and in Asia. With Servas, we traveled in Europe in 1993 (also in 2005) and in Canada, New Zealand, and the U.S.
What is one great memory you have from Servas (as a traveler, host, or interviewer)? We stayed with a Servas couple in a small town in the Czech Republic outside of Prague in 1993. The couple had been teachers but because of their (minimal) involvement in the Prague Spring of 1968, they were unable to continue to teach. The woman worked in a factory and the man drove a truck for many years. With the downfall of the Communist regime, they were again able to teach and were very active again in teaching pursuits and also were now able to travel, and were trying to make up for so much lost time. The description of their experiences and those times was truly remarkable. Our two older children (17 and 14) stayed with their relatives nearby (who didn’t speak English) and my wife and I and our younger daughter stayed with the couple. (Note: this was one of many wonderful Servas experiences.)
What hobbies do you enjoy? Gardening (organic fruit orchard), traveling.
Why are you involved with Servas, and why do you think that Servas is important? Servas is a wonderful way to get to meet people and to learn about the places you are visiting. We have also enjoyed the (unfortunately too few) Servas guests we have hosted.