When we heard about the Big Apple Greeter Program for the first time, we thought it was a wonderful idea. A local showing us his or her city seemed like a wonderful thing to us. We wanted a greeter so badly, we filled in the application form right away. To enhance our chances of getting a greeter, we didn't ask for any specific area we wanted to see, but filled in 'greeter's choice'. Of course we knew the greeter program is run by a limited number of volunteers and it was possible, that no match was found for our dates. But sending in the application form in May for a visit in October we were confident, they would find us a greeter. Unfortunately we were wrong. When we left our home country for the US about a week ago, we still hadn't heard from the Big Apple Greeter. But even then we didn't give up hope just yet. We checked our e-mail account every day, but unfortunately there weren't any messages from the Big Apple Greeter. Only when we arrived at. our NYC hotel today, there was a message waiting for us saying, that Big Apple Greeter was unable to match us with a greeter. Needless to say how disappointed we are.
Please don't see this as a bad review for the greeter program, because it's not. We still think it is a wonderful initiative. But we want this to be a warning to all future applicants, who think that an early application is a garanty for getting a greeter. Well it's not!