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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 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.

This chapter presents the findings of qualitative research undertaken with community hosts and 12 Australian volunteers working on a marae (Maori village or traditional meeting place) in the Bay of Plenty region of New Zealand. The chapter examines the nature of the volunteer tourism experience in the search for alternative experiences through cultural tourism. It also examines the hosts' attitudes towards the volunteer tourism project, their perceptions of the volunteers, and their perceptions of the impact of the volunteers on the community. The study found the nature of the volunteer tourism experience to be mutually beneficial to both host and volunteer. The case study presented here represents volunteer tourism in a cultural context within a developed country and shows that the nature of the experiences gained by the volunteers were seemingly different from those gained by tourists experiencing traditional cultural products; specifically, it was more authentic, genuine, reflexive, of contemporary cultural content and a meaningful interpersonal experience.

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: 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: 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
  • Department of Tourism & Hospitality Management, The University of Waikato, Hamilton, New Zealand.
  • Year of Publication
  • 2008
  • ISBN
  • 9781845933807
  • Record Number
  • 20083128892