According to legend, it was five thousand years ago that Sun Beam, the First Greeter, having first established the Way of Welcoming and trained many acolytes according to its precepts, sought to further perfect the Art of Greeting. So she sequestered herself at the top of a distant mountain, and spent ten years emptying her mind of all inhospitable thoughts and every bummer vibe. Now at one with the Greet, she composed her masterwork; a comprehensive manual describing the most powerful secret techniques in the Way of Welcoming: the fifty-six meditative gestures that communicated unshakable cheerfulness, the intonations and their contexts of the perfect "hello", the hidden ways of being Awake Before Coffee.
With this comprehensive tome, the circumnavigation of her life's work, in her hands, she descended the mountain and found a humble inn at which to spend the night. She was met at the door by a child, the son of the innkeepers, and at the moment she heard the honest, simple joy of his greeting she threw her writings in the nearby fire, for she had achieved enlightenment.
It's like this: greeters are, because they do. You know?
Volunteering with Greeters involves welcoming incoming burners on their way into the event. You'll provide a friendly face as well as valuable information for the newly arrived about where to park their car, how to find their campsite, the deets on volunteering, and the importance of the Ten Principles of Burning Man. While it does involve a significant amount of contact and engagement with other humans, volunteering with Greeters does not require being the peppiest person in Peppington! We're looking for normal friendly people, not Stepford Burners.
Greeters meet next to the road, near the front field stage. You should anticipate being on your feet (or your transportational equivalent) for most and possibly all of your shift. Greeters have access to nearby shade, but most of your time engaging new arrivals will be in the open air.
Good to bring: comfy shoes, water, and protection from the sun (eg. sunscreen, umbrella, etc).