Would you like to be the Helsingborg ”Ambassadors”?! Then ”Global Greeter Network” is waiting for you 😉
New Year Greeters
First of all: What is “Global Greeter Network” and who does it consist of?
As follows from their website: “Greeters are volunteers that love their city so much that they want to show their place TO YOU; for free! Not as a guide, more like a newly met friend! Greeters can show you special places that have a personal meaning to them. They can also show things visitors specifically ask for such as parks, the best shopping spots, architecture marvels or city specific hidden treasures. Don’t have Greeters in your area? Get involved!” globalgreeternetwork.info
Brief History of Greeters:
Though how did it emerge? In order to understand the present case and how it works deeper I would like to briefly outline the Greeters history. It all started, as follows from the Greeters web site, with a true New Yorker – A lady called Lynn Brooks who has spent all her life, from the early 1900’s to 2013, in this metropolis. Being a real fan of her home town, that experienced some problems especially at the end of the last century once she decided to change the perception of people toward it “even if it is a little bit,” as she used to say. Following this she came up with a simple idea of Greeters. She wanted visitors of New York to understand and experience the city the way she did. The only thing needed to be done was to invite visitors to spend time with her or any other New York inhabitant in order to show “the hidden and beautiful life in this city” (globalgreeternetwork.com) “We will show them the deli where we get our sweets, tell them about the nice music events in smaller theaters, tell them how to get around, tell them about our lives.”
By far the network has grown from five destinations in 2002, ten years after launching the Big Apple Greeters, and 25 in 2010 up to more than 100 in 2015. Thus Greeters expect the rapid growth in the number of their destinations in the coming years and say that “The concept proves to touch people all over the world”. And if people are interested in starting a Greeter organization, they are happy to help.
By far in Sweden “Greeters” exist in Goteborg, Helsingborg, Hultsfred, Skelleftea, Strangnas helsingborg.greeters.info
Do you have stories to share? By all means you do .) So get involved!