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Linda T.

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

Rating: 5 stars  

I volunteered for Big Apple Greeter for at least 7 years. I met an entire family from Italy who came to NYC for a wedding, two young couples from Germany who loved to travel, a Welsh woman who'd never been outside her village and was traveling along, and many more.

In every case, I was thanked over and over again for sharing my time and showing these visitors parts of New York that they said they would never have seen had they been on their own.

They also enjoyed meeting a real New Yorker, and they learned more about the city and its people through this wonderful organization.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

.. through the comments that the visitors made. They all said they saw more of the city than they had expected to see, and they knew more about New Yorkers as well. It was the high point of their trip to New York.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

.. have more volunteers and more funding. At times, they have to turn away visitors who request a Big Apple Greeter because there aren't enough volunteers and not enough funds.

Role:  Volunteer & I showed tourists areas of NYC and let them learn more about the people and places that live here.