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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 10 (Page no: 118)

Opening the gap: the motivation of gap year travellers to volunteer in Latin America.

This chapter examines the motivations of British gap year travellers to volunteer in Latin America. It is based on interviews with 50 volunteers who have chosen to participate in structured travel experiences as arranged by UK-based organizations. The emergent themes are divided into three motivational categories: motivation to volunteer overseas, motivation for choosing Latin America, and motivation for the choice of organization. It is illustrated that motivations of British gap year travellers volunteering in Latin America are multifaceted and interlaced. No one or two factors can be attributed as the sole underlying reasons for gap year travellers' choices, but rather a multitude of influences, past experiences, ambitions, perceptions and present circumstances combine to form a mosaic of motivations for a gap year experience that will potentially be unique, purposeful and memorable for each individual gap year traveller.

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: 9 (Page no: 101) Negotiated selves: exploring the impact of local-global interactions on young volunteer travellers. Author(s): Matthews, A.
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
  • Centre for Tourism Policy Research, University of Brighton, Brighton, UK.
  • Year of Publication
  • 2008
  • ISBN
  • 9781845933807
  • Record Number
  • 20083128888