Greeters FAQ

Greeters Frequently Asked Questions

• What does a Tel-Aviv Greeters volunteer do?
• Who are the volunteers? How are they selected and trained?
• Are volunteers required to speak a foreign language?
• Who are the visitors using Tel-Aviv Greeters’ service?
• How are greeters and visitors matched? How do they meet?
• Does a greeter have to talk to large groups?
• Does volunteering cost the greeter?
• Are greeters expected to use their car to show people around?
• How much of their time are greeters expected to give?
• Do greeters receive training?
• What happens after a walk is finished?

What does a Tel-Aviv Greeters volunteer do?
As a volunteer, you will show visitors what life is really like in Tel-Aviv by accompanying them on neighborhood walking experiences and introduce them to places they might not see on their own. You can show them the lesser known sights and attractions, markets, little shops, restaurants and landmarks which give a neighborhood its color and flavor.
As a greeter you will also orient visitors by answering questions, introducing them to public transportation, and help them feel more comfortable, welcome, and informed in our exciting city.

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Who are the volunteers? How are they selected and trained?
Volunteers are Tel-Aviv residents from all walks of life and varied cultural and ethnic backgrounds. Applicants are selected for their enthusiasm and knowledge of Tel-Aviv, and whether they are a good match for our current needs in terms of foreign languages. Volunteers are chosen without regard to race, color, creed, gender, age, sexual orientation, marital status or disability. After completing and submitting an application form, selected individuals are interviewed and attend a mandatory 1 hour orientation session. Acceptance for becoming a Tel-Aviv Greeters volunteer is not automatic.

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Are volunteers required to speak a foreign language?
To greet Israeli visitors, volunteers must speak Hebrew or Arabic. To greet visitors from other countries, greeters must speak English. Additional languages are an advantage.

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Who are the visitors using Tel-Aviv Greeters’ service?
Any visitor who would like a “friend” to help them get the most out of their stay in Tel-Aviv is welcome to use our service. This includes: travelers with special interests, leisure travelers, business travelers and their families, travelers with disabilities, clients of international organizations doing business in the city, the adventurous or curious, journalists writing about Tel-Aviv. In short: any visitor who wants to discover something “off the beaten path.”

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How are greeters and visitors matched? How do they meet?
Greeter and visitor are matched according to visit dates, language needs, and when possible, interests. Greeters meet a group of one to six people, all of the same party. Greeters are not “shared” among unrelated parties. Tel-Aviv Greeters confirms visitor requests in advance, giving the volunteer’s name, arranging appropriate date/time and meeting location.

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Does a greeter have to talk to large groups?
No. A party of visitors met by a greeter will not exceed 4 persons. The scheme is not a professional tour guide service and is not to take business from professional tourist services/organizations in Tel-Aviv.

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Does volunteering cost the greeter?
Typically no. Tel-Aviv Greeters does not authorize taking visitors to places that charge an entrance fee (e.g. museums). However, we will appreciate if all greeters’ travel (to the meeting point and within the city during the visit) will be with public transportation and at their own expense. Visitors will pay their own travel expenses

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Are greeters expected to use their car to show people around?
Absolutely not. As a policy we do not allow giving visitors rides in private cars. Furthermore, that would be missing the point. Walking the city is done by foot. Greeters can use public transportation in order to take the visitors from the meeting point to a specific destination in the city from which the walk will begin.

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How much of their time are greeters expected to give?
We leave this up to our greeters. However, we ask greeters to be available at least 6 times a year.

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Do greeters receive training?
Guidance and orientation will be provided to ensure that greeters follow Tel-Aviv Greeters’ guidelines. However, we do not wish to suppress individual enthusiasm and personal tastes.

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What happens after a walk is finished?
The greeter and visitors go their separate way. If a friendship is formed and both parties wish to meet again—wonderful!—however these engagements will no longer be part of the Tel-Aviv Greeters service. In any case, visitors will receive an email asking them to complete a feedback form. We hope this will give us information on how to improve our service.

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