David Clemmons - Founder, VolunTourism.org
As one of the world’s leading authorities on VolunTourism, David has provided lectures on VolunTourism for corporations & associations, the travel industry, the nonprofit sector, service clubs, colleges & universities, and high schools since 2000. He has written extensively on the subject and is the Editor/Publisher of The VolunTourist, a travel trade e-publication. And in August 2007, he began hosting a weekly webcast, also entitled "The VolunTourist," to further educate the travel & tourism and nonprofit industries respectively.
He advises destination marketing organizations, corporations, nonprofit organizations, and tour operators. He has designed events and products & services for destination management companies and corporations to support team-building projects in the U.S. & Mexico. Occasionally he will even host a VolunTourism group in the U.S./Mexico Border Region from a college, university, or corporation.
|David Clemmons, Founder of VolunTourism.org
In collaboration with The Educational Travel Conference, he facilitates an annual discussion on VolunTourism for travel planners, DMOs, tour operators & suppliers, and nonprofit organizations. He is often quoted by the media and his insights on VolunTourism influence blogs & web sites throughout the world.
Prior to his involvement with VolunTourism, David spent 15 years in the Hospitality Industry in numerous capacities. He has worked in the nonprofit industry and has been an active volunteer for more than three decades.
Elisa Sabatini, Executive Director, Via International
Elisa Sabatini serves as the Executive Director for Via International She is responsible for providing strategic direction, supervising staff, creating new programs, and securing all resources for activities in Mexico, the United States and Canada. Program areas include family health, nutrition, micro-finance, sustainable agriculture, community organizing and development education. In 2003, the VolunTours™ “social business” joined the family of Los Niños’ programs.
Elisa formerly served with World SHARE for fourteen years. She served as Mexico Director (1984-87) involving food movement and storage, inventories, community development projects, program proposals, fundraising and evaluation. As Country Director in Guatemala (1987-91), Elisa set up systems, trained staff in accounting software, developed food handling and warehouse manuals, designed program proposals in the areas of maternal child health, agroforestry, infrastructure development and community banks/income generation.
Elisa was named the World SHARE Regional Director for Latin America (1992-98) and coordinated participatory processes to create an autonomous SHARE organization in Guatemala as well as develop self-funding food distribution in Mexico and a rural agricultural loan fund. In Mexico, the Compartamos (SHARE) program is now the largest micro credit initiative in the country. Elisa joined Los Niños in 1998.
Nancy McGehee, PhD - Associate Professor, Virginia Tech University
Nancy has been working in the area of tourism development for over 17 years. She received an MS in Tourism Management from North Carolina State University in 1991, worked for the Appalachian Tourism Research and Development Center from 1991-1994, then received both an MS and PhD in Sociology from Virginia Tech in 1999. Her dissertation focused on how volunteer tourism influenced individual’s participation in social movements once they returned to their home communities.
Since that time, Nancy has broadened her research focus to include what really was her “first research love”, resident attitudes toward volunteer tourism. She is in the early stages of what she hopes to be a long-term study of exploring the similarities and differences amongst a variety of communities experiencing a variety of types of voluntourism. Her other long-term project involves raising her two children, both 9 year olds, named Grace and Spencer. Any advice on either project is always welcome!
Luc Lapointe - President, Connexion Internationale
Luc Lapointe, President, Connexion Internationale
Luc Lapointe is President of Connexion Internationale which is a boutique consulting firm that focuses on innovative and sustainable solutions for development. Luc has led a national coalition on banking reform in Canada, led research on vaccine preventable diseases in First Nations communities, as well as worked closely with The Leading Group on Innovative Financing for Development.
Luc Lapointe currently provides senior expertise on voluntourism, international volunteering programs, circular migration, portability of social benefits, and capacity building for migrant workers. He has worked as a senior adviser to Ministerial Task Force on Aging Workforce, Foreign Credential Recognition, and access to Post-Secondary Education. Luc provides strategic advice to sector councils in Canada as well as working closely with other research activities in major Canadian universities. Luc holds a degree in Business Administration and he is the proud father of three young adults. He was recently nominated for a Global Development Awards (2011).
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