Greet and Meet – Discover Paris for free with a local

Have you heard of the Global Greeter network? Basically, it’s an international association of Greeter programs around the world. What is a Greeter? Someone who shows tourists around their home town or city for free. Not interested in guided tours? This might just change your mind…

photo by James Cridland @creative commons
Stay away from the tourist-packed crowds 

What is a Greeter?

A Greeter is someone so passionate about the town, city or area that he/she lives in, that they love nothing more than showing visitors its hidden secrets. Greeters don’t get paid, and aren’t professional tour guides (so you won’t be going around any museums). They will take you off the beaten path and into their own lives, giving you a unique insight into what it’s like to live as a local.

Parisian d’un jour

I asked the team at Parisian d’un jour, a Greeters network based in Paris, a couple of questions about how it all works, and this is what they had to say:

What’s the story behind Parisien d’un jour?

Parisien d’un jour (Paris greeters) started in 2007 in Paris. The idea came from a greeter based in the Big Apple, which had been going since 1992. In Paris, our goal is to show than Parisians can be friendly, and actually nice to visitors! We want to share our knowledge of Paris, far away from the main touristic places, the areas where we actually live. Volunteer Greeters lead their groups around Paris and its neighbouring regions.

Can anyone be a Greeter or do you have to be Parisian?

It’ s better to have known the city for a while to be a Greeter: enough to be able to really share the place where you live or work. Our volunteers speak several languages. 

How long are the tours, on average?

Each volunteer builds their own itinerary, at least it’s between 2 or 3 hours. There’s no rush at all!

Do guides expect a tip afterwards, or does tipping happen via the website?

Our tours are free and no tips are expected at all for the greeters, who give any money directly back to Parisien d’un jour. However, donations are always welcome, as we’re a non profit organisation! 

Can you choose an area you’d like to visit/is there a list of what areas are covered by Greeters in Paris?

Allow yourself to be surprised by the Paris our volunteers live in! The neighborhoods for our walks cover the entire metropolitan area: Paris itself and surrounding communities, all served directly by the Metro. Groups have a limit of 6 people, but you also might find yourself on a private tour!

To find out more about Parisian d’un jour and the concept of Greeters, click here!

photo by  ParisSharing @creative commons
See Paris from a fresh perspective

This entry was posted in Culture, french people,, off the beaten track, Paris, things to do in Paris, tourist, Unusual, visit paris. Bookmark the permalink.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.