International Greeter Association

About Greeters and their Concept

The Greeter Idea

The Greeter idea was born 1992 in New York when Lynn Brooks initiated “Big Apple Greeters” and since then has been set up in more than 140 cities and regions across the whole world, from Argentina to Vietnam. The informal “Global Greeter Network” was established as registered International Greeter Association in 2019. Learn more about Lynn Brooks and the history of the Greeter idea.
All destinations share the same core values.
Greeters welcome visitors to their city and take them on a personal, two- to three-hour walk showing them the city beyond the guide books and off the beaten track.
Greeters are volunteers who love their city or region and are keen to share with you their enthusiasm and knowledge about the city or region.
During your walk, you’ll discover the city on foot or using public transport network. Whether you’re visiting a city for the first time, or are a regular visitor, we welcome you to our city and look forward to showing you a part of “our” city.
Discover our cities behind the scenes; hear what it’s like to live here; catch up on the latest city gossip and get to know the place in a relaxed and informal atmosphere.

Come as a guest – leave as a friend!

Global Greeter Network guests on the beach - now IGA

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International Greeter Association (formerly Global Greeter Network)

Network of Greeter organizations started in 2005 when some American and Canadian destinations gathered for a round table they called “Global Greeter Network”. Three year later a website was set up and the concept spread around the world. In 2019 it was decided by the members of the network to create a legal entity renamed International Greeter association.  An updated logo and website followed.

In general meetings the members of the International Greeter Association  (IGA) discuss and decide about their common projects. Here you can download a translation of the French statutes.

The IGA board, elected for the 2020-21 term, consists of these members:

Katie Law

Katie Law

Joaquin Brenman

Joaquin Brenman

Klaus Bostelmann

Klaus Bostelmann

Françoise Deygout

Françoise Deygout

Diana Hounslow

Diana Hounslow

Emilie Herssens

Emilie Herssens

Laila Arad-Allan

Laila Arad-Allan

Jonathan Huffstutler

Jonathan Huffstutler

Katie Law, Chicago – Chair | chair@internationalgreeter.org
Klaus Bostelmann, Hamburg – Secretary | secretary@internationalgreeter.org
Diana Hounslow, Pas-de-Calais – Treasurer | treasurer@internationalgreeter.org
Laila Arad-Allan, Tel Aviv | lailaa@telavivgreeter.com 
Joaquin Brenman, Buenos Aires | jbbrenman@gmail.com
Françoise Deygout, Paris | secretaire@parisiendunjour.fr
Emilie Herssens, Brussels | e.herssens@visit.brussels
Jonathan Huffstutler, Federation France Greeters / Rueil-Malmaison | jonathan@greeters.fr

New destinations are welcomed. Just read detailed information here and use our new destination form.

Please use the contact form to send us your comments or use board@internationalgreeter.org to reach out for all board members.