All Greeters and Greeter destinations share the same core values:
1) Greeters are volunteers, a friendly face for those visiting a city/destination
2) Greeters welcome individuals and may serve small groups of up to six people
3) Meeting a Greeter is free of charge
4) Visitors are welcomed without any kind of discrimination.
5) Greeter programs support sustainable tourism. Programs respects natural and man-made environments, it brings both cultural and economical enrichment to the local communities. Programs aim for a lasting positive image of each destination.
6) Greeter programs create a mutually enriching opportunity for cultural exchange, create links between ordinary people in creating a better world
The tourist office of the valley of Munster has been hard at work, for many years, developing tourism in the area. The tendency, these days, is alternative tourism. Through a spirit of volunteerism, exchange, and openness, a tourism based network was born in New York City and has spread to three continents.
To help our visitors to discover the valley from a local perspective, and to soak up the typical and warm-hearted atmosphere, the tourism office of the valley created a Menschterthäler network composed of people, both proud of their valley and eager to share it.
Art. 1 Who are the greeters?
Greeters – Valley of Munster are inhabitants of the area, native or immigrated, who want people to discover their valley.
Each greeter must be motivated, open-minded, and social. He is willing to spend, at the very least, a half day a month sharing his passion in places he enjoys. The purpose of these activities, of various themes (shopping- gastronomy- sports- history…), is getting to know people. Human experience and exchange are fundamental to the network. A Greeter is not a guide! Each visit is unique and catered to the guests’ desires.
Speaking a foreign language is an asset, not an obligation. The only requirement is to be over 18 years old. (Minors can be guests and follow a greeter.) The Greeters, when available, host all people and do not discriminate against race, color, creed, gender, age, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, or any other difference.
Art. 2 Who are the visitors?
Greeters, “welcome the world.” Their services are for families, groups of friends, business men, couples, or single people…
However, the group must exceed 6 people in size and must include at least one person over 18 years of age.
Art. 3 How does the tourist office put visitors in touch with the greeters?
To meet a Greeter, the visitor or groups of visitors fill out an online application describing desires and group composition. This application is used by the tourist office to find the most compatible greeter.
Depending on the Greeter’s availability, a meeting date is given to you by the tourist office. The meeting place is chosen in function of the activity planned and ease of access. For organizational purposes, the visitor’s application is transferred to the greeter before the meeting. The cell phone numbers will be given to both parties.
Art. 4 Details on the rendezvous:
Each trip is tailored to the visitor, the greeter, and the weather,
The Greeter can welcome the visitor(s) alone or with other people, depending on the situation. For example, if the visiting group is a family, then the activity can include the greeter’s family. The activity should usually take about 2 hours. The duration can be extended if both parties are agreed. The visit must take place in a public area.
To be easier to identify, we ask Greeters to wear their Greeter pin while hosting visitors.
Everyone pays for their own expenses (transportation, entrance fees, beverages, etc.).
Visitors are made aware of the rules and accept to honor them. In the cases of extreme and unjustified tardiness, disrespect, or lack of interest, the greeter is released from his welcoming engagement. THE RENDEZVOUS IS TOTALLY FREE FOR THE VISITOR; THE GREETER WILL NOT ACCEPT TIPS OR REWARDS.
The visitor recognizes having been made aware of the free nature of the rendezvous and cannot hold either the tourist office of the Valley of Munster or Greeters – Vallée de Munster responsible in the case of lawsuit; any failure or shortcoming of the Greeter event/activity/experience is not a result of the Tourist Office of the Valley of Munster or Greeters – Vallée de Munster.