Chicago Greeter Program Seeks Volunteers to Share Favorite Local Spots With Visitors
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Chicago Greeter is seeking friendly, enthusiastic and knowledgeable volunteers to join its 2012 city tourism program.
Managed by the Chicago Office of Tourism and Culture, this visitor service pairs local Chicagoans with visitors looking for an insider introduction to the city.
Home to a vibrant cultural scene, stunning architecture, innovative dining and destination shopping, Chicago welcomes nearly 40 million visitors annually from around the world, according to the Chicago Office of Tourism and Culture.
While for most visitors the city’s downtown area is a must-see, the office of tourism is also aware of what surrounding communities have to offer.
Through Chicago Greeter, volunteers will have the opportunity to share what they know and love about the city. Likewise, visitors will take away a truly authentic Chicago experience by discovering less popular neighborhood gems.
In past years, nearly 200 Chicagoans regularly volunteered their time through the Chicago Greeter program, reaching visitors from all 50 states and over 90 different countries. Greeters highlight various neighborhoods on two- to four-hour excursions. They share their knowledge of local history, ethnic heritage, architectural highlights, culinary hotspots, public art, the LGBT culture in Chicago and family-friendly destinations. Each Chicago Greeter leads a group of up to six people and is matched with visitors based on interests, availability and language.
Becoming a Chicago Greeter requires no additional experience, only a passion for discovering and sharing the City of Chicago.
Volunteers are provided with basic training and asked to volunteer at least six times a year. Potential Greeters interested in volunteering can apply at www.chicagogreeter.com/apply.
Chicago Greeter seeks volunteers familiar with Chicago neighborhoods, especially South and Northwest Side communities like Bronzeville, Hyde Park, Pilsen, Bridgeport, Bucktown, Wicker Park and Albany Park. Candidates with foreign language skills, such as Spanish, French, German and Mandarin, as well as others, are also encouraged to apply.
To learn more, visit www.ChicagoGreeter.com