Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.annals.2009.03.001
Title: VOLUNTEER TOURISM-"INVOLVE ME AND I WILL LEARN"?
Authors: Sin, H.L. 
Keywords: motivation
performances
Singapore
South Africa
volunteer tourism
Voluntourism
Issue Date: Jul-2009
Citation: Sin, H.L. (2009-07). VOLUNTEER TOURISM-"INVOLVE ME AND I WILL LEARN"?. Annals of Tourism Research 36 (3) : 480-501. ScholarBank@NUS Repository. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.annals.2009.03.001
Abstract: Voluntourism or volunteer tourism is increasingly available and popular amongst everyday tourists in different parts of the world. Despite its seeming virtue and it often being positioned as a form of "justice" or "goodwill" tourism, critics in the public media have begun to question and criticize the effectiveness or "real" value of volunteer tourism. However, academic work has not yet critiqued volunteer tourism in the same manner. This paper thus provides a critical and timely review of volunteer tourism, using interviews and participant observation with 11 respondents on a volunteer tourism trip to South Africa. This paper reviews volunteer tourists' motivations (what prompted their participation); performances of the "self" in volunteer tourism; and the tensions and paradoxes surrounding volunteer tourism. © 2009 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
Source Title: Annals of Tourism Research
URI: http://scholarbank.nus.edu.sg/handle/10635/129999
ISSN: 01607383
DOI: 10.1016/j.annals.2009.03.001
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