Dr volunteer and Mr tourist: lifting the guilt off volunteer tourism

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    Abstract

    Debating commodified and decommodified forms of volunteer tourism is a Sisyphean task and one that disorientates from the real goal that should be to deliver volunteer tourism that could make a positive difference to the lives of the local recipients. In the dawn of volunteer tourism the focus was the local recipients, but for marketing reasons the volunteer took certain stage with the known consequences. Accepting volunteer tourism as incompletely commoditized will accept the commercial side of volunteer tourism, as a necessity, lift the guilt that haunts the industry and focus on what really matters, and that is the local recipients.
    Original languageEnglish
    Article number1000258
    Pages (from-to)1-8
    Number of pages8
    JournalJournal of Tourism & Hospitality
    Volume5
    Issue number6
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 29 Nov 2016

    Keywords

    • volunteer tourism
    • volunteerism
    • international development
    • commodification

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