A free tour and a new local friend, you say? Yes, please!
Global Greeter Network Basics
Global Greeter Network is a volunteer association of independent “welcoming programs” located around the world. The volunteer greeters will show individuals or small groups around their home town and answer any questions you have. Although they are not professional tour guides, many Global Greeter Network chapters provide some degree of training so greeters can provide quality services.
There’s an ever-increasing list of destinations served by the Global Greeter Network, with new chapters opening when local volunteers put up their hands to start one. You can check out the destinations that Global Greeter Network currently serves here and click through to the relevant site to connect with a greeter.
Unlike hospitality exchanges, the Global Greeter Network isn’t about free accommodation. Instead, it’s about meeting a local whose interests match yours, and allowing them to show you a piece of their home town.
Bonus: You may well make a new friend out of the deal as well.
Note: If you like this concept, you may also want to check out HerMail, which is a similar free service exclusively for women.
Have you ever used Global Greeter Network? How was the experience?