Volunteer Local Tour Guide
Volunteering, Participation, Donation, Membership, etc.
(Note: If you are considering any volunteer work overseas please stay safe, read our blog disclaimer and consider your personal decisions carefully. Also consider that volunteering with a family in tow, involves far more considerations, compromises and sacrifices, than that of a solo traveller).
Our Couch surfing host in Paris is a member of Paris Greeters. We had heard of this organisation before but knew little of it. Like Couch surfing it seems a fabulous way to experience local knowledge and see a surprisingly different side of Paris. Another way to meet friends we have not yet met.
The website explains their organisation as follows;
Paris Greeters are volunteer, passionate ambassadors who warmly receive their visitors from around the world.
They propose walks free of charge in Paris and surrounding districts. Each encounter between a Greeter and his visitor is a unique experience: sharing this world renowned city but ,also, discovering someone else and a different culture. It is the occasion to see Paris as it is really known by its locals, to discover neighbourhoods that visitors would not have imagined or dared to visit.
These encounters enable Paris Greeters to achieve its aim: to change the traditional view that tourists have of Parisians and their city.
There are also Greeters in many other places all over the world, through the Global Greeters Network. So why not consider being a volunteer and becoming a Greeter or have one show you around his/her local area next time you are on the road?
We are certainly considering joining and starting a group to show people around in Perth.
Please contact us if you are interested in starting a group with us in Perth as it needs to have at least five members, various criteria satisfied and a maintained website.