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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 16 (Page no: 195)

Mediating volunteer tourism alternatives: guidebook representations of travel experiences in aboriginal Australia.

Through an analysis of guidebook representations of the travel experience in Aboriginal Australia, this chapter reveals that the three selected guidebooks shape and frame particular travel pursuits as offering the traveller an alternative experience of the destination and of indigenous people and their cultures. Central to these representations is a quest for authentic cultural engagement - an experience that is supposedly achievable for the long-term traveller. The analysis also reveals that such information can be interpreted by the readers of guidebooks as only being achievable if the traveller is to move beyond the boundaries of travel and tourism. Interviews with independent travellers in Australia revealed that, to these travellers, perhaps the best way to fully immerse themselves and to learn about Aboriginal cultures is to pursue alternative experiences, in particular volunteering.

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: 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 details

  • Author Affiliation
  • School of Economics Politics and Tourism, University of Newcastle, Callaghan, Newcastle, Australia.
  • Year of Publication
  • 2008
  • ISBN
  • 9781845933807
  • Record Number
  • 20083128894