Global Greeter guides

This item appears on page 61 of the November 2011 issue.

The first all-volunteer Greeter guide service began in New York City in 1992. Now 22 cities worldwide have Greeter programs, the most recent being Moscow in June 2011.

Global Greeter guides meet with individuals or small groups (six people, maximum) and conduct free walking tours (donations welcome) of two to four hours. Instead of major tourist sights, you might see mom-and-pop stores, hole-in-the-wall eateries and other places of a resident’s daily life.

To find a Greeter in your destination city, fill out the online application at