PROGRAM TERMS

The “This is MY Athens” program

The “This is MY Athens” program is an internet platform, organized and operated by the municipal company "Athens Development and Destination Management Agency SA " (ADDMA SA)

The program aims at bringing together people who visit Athens for any reason, with residents, who voluntarily and without any financial reward or other compensation want to show their neighborhood and in general the places where they live in and visit in their everyday life. This way, the visitor takes part in an Athenian’s everyday life and at the same time of his own particular look and perception regarding the city in which he lives in.

“This Is MY Athens’’, is a program that -corresponding to the idea of similar programs in other european and non- european cities- aims to highlight the authentic and multidimensional "character" of Athens, that is offering unique experience to visitors through their interactive relationship with city residents. In this way ‘’This Is MY Athens’’ contributes to the activation and reinforcement of the universal consciousness of the city's residents through innovative visitor’s reception and hospitality activities.

Participation in the program is free, on condition that the terms are accepted and the application submitted, which is evaluated by the "Athens Development and Destination Management Agency SA ". Under no circumstances participating volunteers provide guiding services, as defined by Law. 710/1977 and its supplementary provisions. If the visitor is interested in being guided to the sights of Athens, ancient or historical monuments, works of art of each era, he is referred to Licensed Tourist Guides Union.

Visitors’ participation

In this context interested visitors state that they agree and accept the following:

  1. Residents-volunteers are not "Athens Development and Destination Management Agency SA "’s employees and they cannot be considered in any sense as additional employees or working under any contract or relationship or even as apprentices. 
  2. Residents- volunteers participate voluntarily in the program, without requiring any financial remuneration, periodic or one-time fee or anything else in return from "Athens Development and Destination Management Agency SA" or from Athens’ visitors.  
  3. Residents-volunteers are solely responsible for their behavior towards visitors, which should be decent, without any discrimination and with respect to the visitor’s characteristics.  
  4. Accordingly guests are solely responsible for their behavior towards volunteers, which should be decent, without any discrimination and with respect to the peculiarities of volunteers.
  5. There is no claim of any kind from "Athens Development and Destination Management Agency SA " if they suffer any illegal, unfair or unethical act by guests encountered, from which indeed they resign expressly.  
  6. They accept that volunteers do not provide (even pro bono) guide services, as these are provided only by authorized tourist guides. Particularly, they do not accompany guests to sights of Athens, ancient or historical monuments, works of art of each era, explaining their significance, destination and their history and providing general information about ancient and modern Greece.  

Volunteers’ participation

In this context interested volunteers state that they agree and accept the following:

  1. They are not "ADDMA SA"’s employees and they cannot be considered in any sense as additional employees or working under any contract or relationship or even as apprentices. 
  2. They participate voluntarily in the program, without requiring any financial remuneration, periodic or one-time fee or anything else in return from "Athens Development and Destination Management Agency SA" or from Athens’ visitors. 
  3. They are solely responsible for their behavior towards visitors, which should be decent, without any discrimination and with respect to the visitor’s characteristics. 
  4. There is no claim of any kind from "Athens Development and Destination Management Agency SA " if they suffer any illegal, unfair or unethical act by guests encountered, from which indeed they resign expressly. 
  5. They do not provide (even pro bono) guide services, as defined by Law.710/1977 and its supplementary provisions. Particularly, they do not accompany guests to sights of Athens, ancient or historical monuments, works of art of each era, explaining their significance, destination and their history and providing general information about ancient and modern Greece. 
  6. They avoid accompanying large number of visitors (resembling a “group’’). 
  7. They inform the "Athens Development and Destination Management Agency SA" about any problem that might arise during their participation in the program and they possibly suggest solutions.

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