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Review for Big Apple Greeter, New York, NY, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

As a volunteer greeter with B.A.G. for about six years, I can truly attest to the immensely positive effect of the person-to-person experience of a Greet on visitors when they come to New York. Instead of the very impersonal contact with sales clerks, taxi drivers, head waiters, etc., a Greet with a B.A.G. volunteer presents a unique opportunity for visitors to experience an extended interaction with a New Yorker -- hopefully (and in my experience nearly universally) leaving the visitor with the feeling that this city is a warm and welcoming place and engenders a wish to return often in the future.

A number of the visitors I meet with have done just that.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

Role:  Volunteer

Review for Big Apple Greeter, New York, NY, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

As a one-on-one organization, I know of none more effective then Big Apple Greeters at offering visitors to New York City an opportunity to visit some of the most interesting areas in the company of a New Yorker with nothing to sell and absolutely no ax to grind. As a Greeter, my aim is to showcase the city in a way that leaves my visitors with the feeling that New York is a friendly, welcoming place -- and, hopefully, the wish to come back often.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

Role:  Volunteer

Review for Big Apple Greeter, New York, NY, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

Ever since I signed on as Big Apple Greeter about five years ago, I have been struck by how effectively this organization engenders immense good will among visitors to the city. It offers one of the best opportunities for tourists to interact with a New Yorker -- not the shallow, anonymous interaction travelers experience with hotel clerks and restaurant waiters, but an extended 'visit' of several hours with someone who has no axe to grind, is not trying to sell them anything, and hopes only that when the visitor departs he or she will carry a warm sense that New York is a friendly, helpful city -- one that the visitor looks forward to returning to soon again. Being able to present the city I love in a positive way is the greatest reward of being a Big Apple Greeter.

Role:  Volunteer & Took visitors from other parts of the U.S. and from abroad on a tour of those parts of the city I know best -- the Upper West Side (Manhattan) and Central Park.