So what is the Global Greeter Network?
The Global Greeter Network is an organisation of greeter services around the world. Big Apple Greeter in New York City was the first and is probably the largest, but there are now over 80 services operating worldwide. One of the goals of the network is to build cultural understanding by sharing a little of your world with a stranger and from my experiences with them they do a great job at this.
Once I returned from Paris, I was pretty keen to get involved, so it was disappointing to find that my Sydney did not have a greeter service operating. I enquired about starting one I discovered it was quite a task and with a family and full-time job I did not have the time required to get it off the ground. Fast forward a few years and lots of hard work by Sydney’s chief organiser Mario and we launched an official Greeter service in April this year. I am now one of an ever growing number of volunteer greeters who get to show this amazing city to visitors.
What does a greet involve?
How does it work?
Who are the greeters?
Sydney Greeters range in age from their 20s to their 70s and come from all walks of life. At the moment, we are still really new, and there are just 30 volunteers available but we adding new greeters every month.
Let me introduce you to a couple of our greeters
“I am a passionate traveller myself and like learning about different cultures by meeting locals for cross-cultural exchange. During my travels, I found that it’s best not to plan too much ahead and instead gather travel tips from locals that take me off the beaten path. Sydney Greeters gives me the opportunity to give back to fellow travellers and contribute to my guests’ holiday experiences by showing them parts of the city that are not mentioned in any guide book. I enjoy seeing the smile on their faces when we walk through our beautiful city and then know that I have helped them have a memorable stay in Sydney as a Sydney Greeter volunteer.”
“I guess it would be fair to say that I am a passionate traveller and love meeting people. I am also passionate about Sydney and love playing tourist in my city. So if I can share a little bit of Sydney with our visitors that gives me an enormous amount of pleasure.”
“My friend told me about Sydney Greeters because she knows how much I love showing my interstate and international friends around our beautiful city – without a second thought I volunteered right away. For me, a highlight is Sydney Harbour – you can walk around, sail across or fly over one of the very best waterways in the world. It’s like a diamond – always impressive but sparkling spectacularly under the light of a sunny day. Taking other people around gives me an excuse to revisit and share favourite spots and discover new and exciting ones all the time. There’s no need to travel as frequently now because the world comes to me!”
Would you like to become a greeter?
If you want to see more of our greeters in action, check out the Official Sydney Greeters Facebook page.
Have you every experienced a greet on your travels?