WHAT IS A GREETER?

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What is a Greeter?

Greeters are enthusiastic people who love their region and home cities.
Greeters offer to show their city to visitors, share personal meaningfull places, favorite dining spots and anecdotes in friendly free of charge exchanges…
The first network of Greeters was founded by Lynn Brooks in 1992 in New-York and was called ‘Big Apple Greeter’. The concept was a big success and spread to cities all over the world. Find out more here: https://internationalgreeter.org/

All Greeters around the world share the same core values drawn up by the International Greeter Association (IGA).

  • Greeters are volunteers, they are a friendly face for those visiting a city/destination
    • Greeters welcome individuals and may serve small groups of up to 6 people
    • Meeting a Greeter is free of charge
    • Greeter networks create a mutually enriching opportunity for cultural exchange between people promoting a better world.
    • Greeters welcome anyone, visitors and volunteers, without discrimination. Greeter networks support sustainable tourism and respect environment and the people. They bring both cultural and economic enrichment to local communities and aim at achieving a positive image of each destination.

Why Greeters?

Because they are special
Greeters are not tour guides; they tailor what they visit and what they say to their visitors’ questions and expectations. A genuinely personal tour!
There are many different themes for walks, in fact each walk is unique: it depends on the personality of the visitors, of the Greeter who accompanies them, and the relationship built up between them.

Because they offer friendly exchanges
Greeters are volunteers and are local residents who mainly want to give people a personal introduction to their home towns and everyday lives, to share their own personal opinions and historical details about their very own ‘home city’…

Fancy a walk?
Find out more about the Greeter volunteers in Le Havre and fill in a walk request form!