Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

The Confusion of Volunteer Tourism, from a Host Community Perspective
by Richter, Holly, M.A., The American University of Paris (France), 2012, 61; 13833843
Abstract (Summary)

The global phenomenon of Voluntourism, or short-term volunteer tourism, is increasing in popularity. This has sparked a debate involving both the definition and objective of Voluntourism, within the mass media, the tourism industry, and academia. The majority of the articles concentrate on the benefits or inherent risks for volunteer tourists. But little has been written from the perspective of host communities that receive volunteer tourists, presenting a one-way bias. The objective of this work is to provide a more inclusive understanding of Voluntourism, by focusing on how volunteer tourism is defined by host communities, what host communities hope to gain from volunteer tourists, and what projects host communities prefer volunteer tourists to undertake. A review of the host communities’ cultural background is undertaken in order to contextualize the underpinnings and economic drivers within each community in which volunteer tourism is overlaid. The scope of this research is limited to the Sapa area in North Western Vietnam, but the implications may have greater reaches.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Peters, Heather
School: The American University of Paris (France)
Department: International Affairs
School Location: France
Source: MAI 58/03M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: International Relations, Recreation
Publication Number: 13833843
ISBN: 978-0-438-79595-2
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