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Journeys of discovery in volunteer tourism: international case study perspectives.

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This book explores the experiences of the volunteer tourist and the ensuing narratives between host and volunteer as it manifests in diverse and increasingly contested political international contexts. As such, this volume includes case studies conducted in 12 countries across six continents. The book is organized into three parts that explore key approaches to, and dimensions of, volunteer touris...

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Chapter 9 (Page no: 101)

Negotiated selves: exploring the impact of local-global interactions on young volunteer travellers.

This chapter examines volunteer travel for the opportunities it provides in opening up 'psychic', 'social', and 'symbolic' spaces. In particular, it is argued that volunteer travel is a manifestation of young backpackers' desires for otherness and authenticity and expectations for the accumulation of experiential knowledge and personal transformation. It is also argued that these simultaneous expectations foster the discourse of mutual benefit common to alternative tourism and that this discourse may assist in reinstating a sense of equality between locals and travellers. More specifically, while it is acknowledged that volunteer travel is not the only form of tourism implicated in this process, it is also demonstrated that the increased engagement, dialogue and negotiation between the self and other necessitated by volunteering may result in the development of more reflexive, hybridized or cosmopolitan identities. This chapter is based on interviews with 34 young Australians aged 18-30 years, who self-identified and affiliated as backpackers and independent travellers.

Other chapters from this book

Chapter: 1 (Page no: 3) Volunteer tourism as alternative tourism: journeys beyond otherness. Author(s): Lyons, K. D. Wearing, S.
Chapter: 2 (Page no: 12) 'Pettin' the critters': exploring the complex relationship between volunteers and the voluntoured in McDowell County, West Virginia, USA, and Tijuana, Mexico. Author(s): McGehee, N. G. Andereck, K.
Chapter: 3 (Page no: 25) Volunteering tourism knowledge: a case from the United Nations World Tourism Organization. Author(s): Ruhanen, L. Cooper, C. Fayos-Solá, E.
Chapter: 4 (Page no: 36) Lessons from Cuba: a volunteer army of ambassadors. Author(s): Spencer, R.
Chapter: 5 (Page no: 48) 'Make a difference!': the role of sending organizations in volunteer tourism. Author(s): Raymond, E.
Chapter: 6 (Page no: 63) The volunteer's journey through leisure into the self. Author(s): Wearing, S. Deville, A. Lyons, K.
Chapter: 7 (Page no: 72) Gibbons in their midst? Conservation volunteers' motivations at the Gibbon Rehabilitation Project, Phuket, Thailand. Author(s): Broad, S. Jenkins, J.
Chapter: 8 (Page no: 86) Discovering self and discovering others through the Taita Discovery Centre Volunteer Tourism Programme, Kenya. Author(s): Lepp, A.
Chapter: 10 (Page no: 118) Opening the gap: the motivation of gap year travellers to volunteer in Latin America. Author(s): Söderman, N. Snead, S. L.
Chapter: 11 (Page no: 130) The dynamics behind volunteer tourism. Author(s): Pearce, P. L. Coghlan, A.
Chapter: 12 (Page no: 147) All for a good cause? The blurred boundaries of volunteering and tourism. Author(s): Lyons, K. Wearing, S.
Chapter: 13 (Page no: 155) Volunteers as hosts and guests in museums. Author(s): Holmes, K. Edwards, D.
Chapter: 14 (Page no: 166) Journeys for experience: the experiences of volunteer tourists in an indigenous community in a developed nation - a case study of New Zealand. Author(s): McIntosh, A. J. Zahra, A.
Chapter: 15 (Page no: 182) Absences in the volunteer tourism phenomenon: the right to travel, solidarity tours and transformation beyond the one-way. Author(s): Higgins-Desbiolles, F. Russell-Mundine, G.
Chapter: 16 (Page no: 195) Mediating volunteer tourism alternatives: guidebook representations of travel experiences in aboriginal Australia. Author(s): Young, T.

Chapter details

  • Author Affiliation
  • School of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Newcastle, Callaghan, Newcastle, Australia.
  • Year of Publication
  • 2008
  • ISBN
  • 9781845933807
  • Record Number
  • 20083128887