BECOME A GRANITE STATE AMBASSADOR (GSA) VOLUNTEER
There are so many great reasons why people join the NH Granite State Ambassadors.
You learn an incredible amount of knowledge about New Hampshire.
There are plenty of fun events and activities to participate with while volunteering.
It may better your chances for advancement within New Hampshire’s tourism industry.
You meet an enormous amount of people from all backgrounds.
We have NHGSA certified over 1,940 industry friends and volunteers. About 350 are actively volunteering at any time.
You become part of a group of people who are all interested in serving our state.
You can attend free familiarization tours throughout our state.
You can volunteer at New Hampshire’s various visitor centers and events.
Find out why it is “Always Sunny” in New Hampshire!
View our Yearbooks to get a glimpse of life as a GSA!
HOW TO REGISTER for in-person / hybrid classes once they are posted.
CLICK THE REGISTER LINK above.
Send your $50.00 registration fee in to ensure your spot (see address below).
Approximately 2 weeks prior to the training, you will receive an email with details of what to expect, an agenda, directions, and any special information you will need to feel comfortable at class. We will run an orientation Zoom class if you are unfamiliar with Zoom or taking a course online. We are good at walking you through the process so please don’t be intimidated.
You must attend all classes/modules to complete the certification. Details about the class layout and topics covered are listed below. If you have any questions please feel free to Contact Us.
$50.00 includes fourteen hours+ of intensive training including two key GSA trainers & two dozen speakers
GSA notebook including materials, literature and information on NH’s Tourism Industry
GSA official name tag
Graduation certificate from NH Granite State Ambassadors
Snacks at our in-person meetings
Reusable tote bag
Prizes, gifts and surprises
“Granite State Ambassador” certification & membership
Mail Certification Fee to
NH GRANITE STATE AMBASSADORS
or visit our GSA Store to make payment via debit/credit card (debit cards are preferred over credit cards – much lower rate).
What is expected from our GSAs is both a simple and complicated question. Depending on why you are becoming a GSA, the answer differs.
We train both employees and volunteers. About 40% of our classes include tourism industry professionals including chambers, visitor centers, and other people who work directly with visitors, guests, and people moving to NH. And we train about 60% who are traditional volunteers who want to participate in our volunteer programs within visitor centers around the state who are members of NHGSA.
If you want to be a volunteer, we ask that keep your membership in NHGSA “active” by volunteering your time at one of our member visitor centers and/or several special events. The membership card you receive at the training graduation is good for approximately one year. After that, each year at the annual AMBIES award luncheon (late fall), every NHGSA member in good standing will receive their updated membership card. Included on the card will be their Lifetime and Annual Hours.
Member in good standing:
A typical volunteer shift is approximately 3 hours. A volunteer chooses when and where they want to serve. Noting that some visitor centers (like Manchester-Boston Regional Airport) and many special events are very competitive for shifts. Others are easier. Some GSAs volunteer once a week, some twice a week, some once a month, some only in the summer, and some only in the winter. It’s up to you!
If you are an industry GSA, we ask that you stay “active” by communicating with us, servicing the public in a GSA way, promoting the marketing efforts of NH Division of Travel and Tourism, and if you want, volunteering your time at a special event and/or visitor center. We would love it if you’d send information about your company that guests would be interested in. We have a high level of communication to our GSA volunteers (who staff visitor centers), and that information is important to us. It helps us “sell” your property/organization/state.
Sponsors, official member centers, and our key partners will also receive GSA membership cards for staff/volunteers within the company who are and/or become certified GSAs. The fee is included in their annual sponsorship/partnership depending on the amount paid.
To become a Granite State Ambassador, you first have to become certified through our 14-hour+ training course – click here to review a typical agenda. In a normal year, we have 4 certification training classes each Spring in different locations around the state. Trainings are generally held in March – June. In 2022, we will be holding 1 live/hybrid certification beginning on April 5/6 and possibly one in-person, 2-day training in August. There will be a hybrid/pre-recorded option after that date as needed.
2022 CLASS SCHEDULE
NEXT 7 SESSION MEETING DATES:
1. Wed April 6, 9-11:30am in-person, Concord OR Tues, April 5, 9-11am – virtual
2. Tues April 12, 9-11am – virtual
3. Tues April 19, 9-11am – virtual
4. Tues April 26, 9-11am – virtual
5. Tues May 3, 9-11am – virtual
6. Tues May 10, 9-11am – virtual
7. In Person – Choice of dates / locations around the state 9am-11:30am – week of May 15
Formal in-person or hybrid Certification:
Each class location will also have 4-5 local speakers