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Journeys of Discovery in Volunteer Tourism:

Journeys of Discovery in Volunteer Tourism:

International Case Study Perspectives

By K Lyons, University of Newcastle, Australia , S Wearing, Senior Lecturer, University of Technology, Sydney

February 2008 / Hardback / 272 Pages / 9781845933807 £70.00 / €90.00 / $135.00
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Main Description

The fast-growing phenomenon of volunteer tourism encompasses a diverse range of activities, from conserving environments to working with host communities to alleviate poverty. However, understanding the complex relationship between volunteering and tourism requires a wide analytical framework. This book provides a broad and valuable insight into how volunteer tourism is growing and developing. Theoretical and empirical case studies from leading researchers in the field explore the experiences of the volunteer tourist and the power relationships between volunteers and host communities and commercial, non-commercial and government entities involved in developing and supporting volunteer tourism. The ambiguous and contested intersections between volunteering, travel and alternative tourism as a foundation for considering the future of volunteer tourism are also examined.


Essential for those interested in sustainable tourism, community and social development as well as commercial operators, NGOs and volunteer management organizations

Part One: Journeys Beyond Otherness - Communities, Culture and Power

Volunteer Tourism as Alternative Tourism: Journeys Beyond Otherness, K Lyons; S Wearing

"Pettin' the Critters": Exploring the Complex Relationship Between Volunteers and the Voluntoured in McDowell County, West Virginia, USA and Tijuana, Mexico, N McGehee; K Andercek

Volunteering Tourism Knowledge: A Case from the United Nations World Tourism Organisation, C Cooper, L Ruhanen; E Fayos-Sola

Lessons from Cuba: A Volunteer Army of Ambassadors, R Spencer

"Make a Difference!": The Role of Sending Organizations in Volunteer Tourism, E Raymond

Part Two: Inward Journeys: Motivations, Needs and the Self

The Volunteer's Journey through Leisure to the Self, S Wearing; A Deville; K Lyons

Gibbons in their Midst? Conservation Volunteers' Motivations at the Gibbons Rehabilitation Project, Phuket, Thailand, S Broad; J Jenkins

Discovering Self and Discovering Others through the Taita Discovery Centre Volunteer Tourism Program, Kenya, A Lepp

Negotiated Selves: Exploring the Impact of Local-Global Interactions on Young Volunteer Travellers, A Matthews

Opening the Gap: The Motivation of Gap Year Travellers to Volunteer in Latin America, N Söderman; S Leigh Snead

The Dynamics Between Volunteer Tourism, P Pearce; A Coghlan

Part Three: Journeys at the Edge - Overlaps and Ambiguities

All for a Good Cause: The Blurred Boundaries of Volunteering and Tourism, K Lyons; S Wearing

Volunteers as Host and Guest in Museums, K Holmes; D Edwards

Journeys for Experience: The Experiences of Volunteer Tourists in and Indigenous Community in a Developed Nation - A Case Study of New Zealand, A McIntosh; A Zahra

Absences in the Volunteer Tourism Phenomenon: The Right to Travel, Solidarity Tours, and the Transformation Beyond the One-Way, F Higgins-Desboilles; G Russell-Mundine

Mediation of Volunteer Tourism Alternatives: Guidebook Representations of Travel Experiences in Aboriginal Australia, T Young

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