Pasporta Servo


The Pasporta Servo (English: Passport Service) is a hospitality exchange service available both online and in print that lists people in Esperanto culture who are willing to offer free homestays to speakers of Esperanto. It is maintained by the World Esperanto Youth Organization (TEJO).[2] The platform is a gift economy; hosts are not allowed to charge for lodging. Guests using the service are encouraged to speak only Esperanto with their hosts.

Pasporta Servo
Founded1966; 56 years ago (1966)
FounderRubén Feldman González
Area served
2257 hosts[1]
Cities in the world with Pasporta Servo hosts as of 2015

Free lodging via Pasporta Servo is one of the benefits of learning Esperanto.[3][4][5][6]


In 1966, psychologist Rubén Feldman González started the Programo Pasporto, a lodging service for Esperanto speakers, in Argentina.

In 1974, the Pasporta Servo directory was first published, listing 40 hosts.

In August 2008, the directory was first published online.[7]


  1. ^ "Pasporta Servo: International hosting service through Esperanto".
  2. ^ "Passporta Servo". World Esperanto Youth Organization.
  3. ^ Wells, Charlie (11 November 2014). "One of the Perks of Speaking Esperanto? Free Lodging Around the World". The Wall Street Journal.
  4. ^ SCHOR, ESTHER (30 October 2016). "The Joy of Esperanto". The Daily Beast.
  5. ^ SIEG, STINA (13 June 2015). "Esperanto Is Not Dead: Can The Universal Language Make A Comeback?". NPR.
  6. ^ KILGANNON, COREY (21 December 2017). "Feliĉa Ferioj! Toasting the Holidays in Esperanto". The New York Times.
  7. ^ "TEJO reformas Pasportan Servon". Libera Folio. 1 August 2008.

External linksEdit

  • Official website