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The VolunTourist™ Newsletter has been in circulation since March 2005. It is the only publication of its kind in the world. Each issue provides general information on a variety of topics relevant to VolunTourism™ for both the group & leisure travel segment as well as the meetings, conventions & incentive market.

If you are interested in reviewing past newsletters, you will find those links in this section of Voluntourism.org. Each newsletter has two Feature Articles and either six or seven Column entries, depending on the issue (later issues have seven, earlier issues have six).

Feature articles cover industry-wide topics of interest to support your development of VolunTourism products and services for either the business tourism sector - meeting professionals, incentive travel executives, destination management executives, event planners, or meeting suppliers, or the leisure travel market - affinity travel planners, tour operators, suppliers, and nonprofit & grassroots organizations.

The Columns include: So You May Know, UnXpected, Wisdom & Insight, VT-Lines, 3-Q's, Supply Chain, and Study & Research. Below is a description of what each column offers:

  • The So You May Know column represents each issue's "Letter from the Editor" - David Clemmons, Founder of VolunTourism.org
  • The UnXpected column provides emails and correspondence from readers & subscribers to The VolunTourist
  • The Wisdom & Insight column delivers expert-driven information and commentary to support development of VolunTourism initiatives
  • VT-Lines gives you the latest headlines and information regarding VolunTourism on an international basis and specific to our efforts hear at VolunTourism International
  • 3-Q's poses three questions to individuals from a broad base of experience, not just travel & tourism or voluntary service
  • Supply Chain offers an in-depth look at VolunTourism Operators & Suppliers from around the world
  • Study & Research provides some of the latest research on VolunTourism hosted by Dr. Nancy McGehee of Virginia Tech University

We encourage you to utilize the information in these newsletters to expand your understanding of VolunTourism. If you would like to incorporate the information into papers or presentations, please honor the work that has been conducted to deliver this information to you and others by documenting this as your Source and recognizing the copyrighted material and trademarked intellectual property of VolunTourism.org.

The VolunTourist™ Newsletter Archives

Volume 6 Issue 4

Room With A View
Copyright © Conservation VIP

Summary: In this issue of our quarterly newsletter, we envision what VolunTourism 2020 will look like and the possibility of moving 160 million voluntourists by that time in our "Letter From The Publisher."

Our first feature revisits How To Make The Most of Your VolunTourism Experience. It is the second in a two-part installment designed to assist voluntourists before, during, and after their trips.

The second feature reminds us that the calendar year has turned to 2011: What Can We Expect in the Year Ahead?

In this issue's Columns, Wisdom & Insight comes from Alvarado Fernandez who discusses connections between Brain Fitness, Cognitive Health & VolunTourism. This issue's 3Q's are answered by Jordan David Chazin, of B-Corporation.net. The Supply Chain reviews the work of Conservation VIP, while VT-Lines takes a closer look at the Harmful Side of VolunTourism. And, Dr. Nancy McGehee introduces us to Carlos Palacios and his work: Volunteer Tourism, Development and Education in a Post-Colonial World: Conceiving Global Connections Beyond Aid. Read More >>>

Volume 6 Issue 3

Blue Ventures Diving
Copyright © Blue Ventures

Summary: In this issue of our quarterly newsletter, we answer the question: Volunteer Vacations at '40'- - Should We Expect A Mid-Life Crisis or Further Evolution? in our "Letter From The Publisher."

Our first feature, inked by Professor Linda Richter, PhD, takes us Inside The Thriving Industry of AIDS Orphan Tourism.

For the second feature, freelance journalist Dharmalingam Vinasithamby takes us to Southern India to explore Auroville in his piece: Save the Planet, See the World.

In this issue's Columns, Wisdom & Insight comes from an email correspondence between Benjamin Arnoldy, South Asia Bureau Chief for The Christian Science Monitor and David Clemmons, Founder of VolunTourism.org - Mother Teresa and VolunTourism. This issue's 3Q's are answered by Dr. Donald S. Herip, Medical Director of Corporate Health Services at Pomerado Health. The Supply Chain introduces us to citizen science under the sea with Blue Ventures, while VT-Lines shows how the Development Community is Taking Aim at VolunTourism. And, Dr. Nancy McGehee highlights the work of Dr. Andrew Bailey: Voluntourism as a Catalyst for Wisdom: Evidence from the Pay-It-Forward Tour. Read More >>>

Volume 6 Issue 2

Hands On Work With PIF
Copyright © PIF Adventures

Summary: In this issue of our quarterly newsletter, we look at the Irrationality of Helping Behavior and ask the question: Does VolunTourism Provide A Rational Alternative? in our "Letter From The Publisher."

Our first feature is directed to VolunTourists: How To Make the Most of Your VolunTourism Experience - Part I.

The second feature provides Further Insights on VolunTourism Marketing: Better Understanding Their Perception of Your Passion.

In this issue's Columns, Wisdom & Insight comes from Ellie and Mark Jordan who discuss their experiences of VolunTourism in Argentina at La Confluencia Lodge. This issue's 3Q's are answered by Jeff Klein, Founder of Working For Good. The Supply Chain introduces us to the work of Jodi Nelson, Founder of PLAY It Forward Adventures, while VT-Lines reviews How VolunTourism Is Being Portrayed in the Media and through Social Media. And, Dr. Nancy McGehee shares the work of Jenny Morgan: Volunteer Tourism: What Are the Benefits for International Development? Read More >>>

Volume 6 Issue 1

Copyright © Go Differently

Summary: In this issue of our quarterly newsletter, we answer the question: What Is VolunTourism, Really? in our "Letter From The Publisher."

Our first feature discusses Destination Recovery & VolunTourism: What Did We Learn In Decade 1.0 That Can Be Applied in Haiti, And Now, Chile?.

The second feature asks a different question regarding the upcoming European Year of Volunteering (EYV 2011): What Impact, If Any, Will 'EYV 2011' Have On VolunTourism?.

In this issue's Columns, Wisdom & Insight comes from Caitlin Sislin who discusses her work with Women's Earth Alliance. This issue's 3Q's are answered by Sue Stephenson, Vice President Community Footprints at The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, LLC. The Supply Chain introduces us to the work of Bodhi Garrett, Founder of Andaman Discoveries, while VT-Lines takes a closer look at our Quest for a better understanding of VolunTourism. And, Dr. Nancy McGehee offers a closer inspection of her most recent work: Human Emancipation & VolunTourism: Research Propositions. Read More >>>

Volume 5 Issue 4

Copyright © Culinary Corps

Summary: In this issue of our quarterly newsletter, we take a closer look at the events that shaped & influenced VolunTourism in Decade 1.0 in our "Letter From The Publisher."

Our first feature discusses Innovators & Innovation: The Pillars of VolunTourism's Global Expansion in Decade 2.0.

The second feature asks a most pertinent question: How Will Global Climate Change Impact VolunTourism In Decade 2.0?.

In this issue's Columns, Wisdom & Insight comes from Chris Christensen who discusses his voluntou to Tijuana, Mexico. This issue's 3Q's are answered by Linda Chew, founder of Travelanthropist. The Supply Chain re-introduces us to Christine Carroll and gives us the answer to: 'Why Can't Cooks Cook To Give Back? while VT-Lines offers insights into why The VolunTourism Honeymoon Is Over. And, Dr. Nancy McGehee hosts Eliza Raymond from Global Volunteer Network via her thoughts on The Development of Cross-Cultural (Mis)Understanding Through Voluntourism. Read More >>>

Volume 5 Issue 3

Copyright © Lemon Tree Tours

Summary: In this issue of our quarterly newsletter, we take a closer look at VolunTourism 2012 in our "Letter From The Publisher."

Our first feature shares the ongoing story of The Kugler Family - Eileen, Larry, and Sara - and highlights from their two voluntourism journeys to South Africa.

The second feature article introduces Socially Desirable Responding (SDR). As SDR has impacted the 'green' movement and giving & volunteering, it begs the question: Is Socially Desirable Responding VolunTourism's Bane, Too?!?

In this issue's Columns, Wisdom & Insight comes from Dr. Anna Mdee who provides us with Additional Perspective on Development and Volunteer Tourism. This issue's 3Q's are answered by Dr. Sheranne Fairley regarding Mega-Sporting Events & VolunTourism. The Supply Chain introduces us to Amy Adler, RN, and Lemon Tree Tours, while VT-Lines looks at Voluntourism Controversy: 'Time for Us All To Grow Up'. And, Dr. Nancy McGehee hosts Dr. Anne Zahra from the University of Waikato and her study on The Cultural Dimensions of Volunteer Tourism. Read More >>>

Copyright © Just Coffee

Volume 5 Issue 2

Summary: In this issue of our quarterly newsletter, we start with our "Letter From The Publisher" and ask the question: "What If VolunTourism Is Development For The 'Developed' World?"

Our first feature draws attention to the parallels between Medical Tourism And VolunTourism, and how we may be able to synergize a relationship between the two.

The second feature article discusses the unique Just Coffee Travel Delegations, and the emphasis they place on volunteering as a means to build relationships between communities with shared interests around a common product, in this case, coffee.

In this issue's Columns, Wisdom & Insight comes from Daniela Papi, co-founder of the PEPY Ride, in 'Volunteering or Voluntourism - Who Cares? It's How You Design It!' This issue's 3Q's are answered by Brad Nahill in reference to See Turtles & VolunTourism. The Supply Chain covers the true 'pay-it-forward' tale of Maureen Wright-Evans and Jamaica Secret Adventures, while VT-Lines looks at Global Coverage of VolunTourism. And, Dr. Nancy McGehee hosts Zöe Alexander from Buckinghamshire New University and her study on The Effect of Voluntourism on the Volunteer. Read More >>>

Volume 5 Issue 1

Summary: In this issue of our quarterly newsletter, we start with our "Letter From The Publisher" to inform you of the potential impact of US Legislation on "voluntourism" and "volunteer vacations" world-wide and how you may be affected.

Our first feature sheds light on a new voluntourism initiative for the Middle East - The Abraham Path.

The second feature article shares thoughts and commentary from Cate Dowman, aka the "Caffeinated Traveler," regarding New Zealand & VolunTourism.

In this issue's Columns, Wisdom & Insight tells the story of Shelley Seale's voluntour to India in 'You Bought Me Sleep' This issue's 3Q's celebrates the tenth anniversary of Soft Power Education & VolunTourism. The Supply Chain introduces us to the work of Voluntours, South Africa, while VT-Lines looks at VolunTourism - 'A Double-Edged Sword.' And, Dr. Nancy McGehee hosts Dr. Angela Benson from Brighton University and her study on Research Volunteer Tourism: Defining The Experience. Read More >>>

Copyright © HCN

Volume 4 Issue 4

Summary: In this issue of our quarterly newsletter, the first feature provides insights into what we should anticipate in this year ahead by delivering a 2009 Year-In-Preview.

The second feature article takes us on a trip down memory lane as we recount the biggest stories of the past year via 2008 Year-In-Preview.

In this issue's Columns, So You May Know takes on a very difficult subject and responds to a blog post entitled "Voluntourist Murdered." Wisdom & Insight offers some excerpts from the writings of Jackie Kelm encouraging us to strive for 'Appreciative Living.' This issue's 3Q's honor the creativity of Cathey Finlon and her team who generated the Global Do Good Grant™. The Supply Chain considers Cultural Heritage Restoration & Preservation, while VT-Lines looks at Balancing Self-Indulgence. And, Dr. Nancy McGehee connects with Justin Taillon and Dr. Tazim Jamal from Texas A&M University to further our Understanding Of The Volunteer Tourist. Read More >>>

Copyright © Social Tours

Volume 4 Issue 3

Summary: In this issue of our quarterly newsletter, the first feature highlights a VolunTourism trip to Peru by Dr. Larry Beck and his thoughts related to the experience.

The second feature article is a response to a request I submitted to the folks at Travelocity to give readers a better understanding of why the online travel portal has embraced VolunTourism, suprisingly it started with a VolunTourism Honeymoon.

In this issue's Columns, So You May Know shares the story of two entrepreneurs and their quest to start a VolunTourism company that is "Not-For-Profit-Only." Wisdom & Insight offers some excerpts from a recent talk given by David Clemmons at the Gros Morne International Summit on Sustainable Tourism. This issue's 3Q's focus on response to natural disasters as we Revisit Relief VolunTourism. The Supply Chain delivers a view of Social Tours, Social Treks, and VolunTourism In Nepal, while VT-Lines asks: Is VolunTourism A Good Idea? And, Dr. Nancy McGehee connects with Tara Pazanski and Dr. Lori Pennington-Gray from the University of Flordia in reviewing their research on Voluntourism At Conventions. Read More>>>

Volume 4 Issue 2

Summary: In this issue of our quarterly newsletter, the first feature asks VolunTourism entrepreneurs if it is possible for them to Harmonize their entrepreneurial spirit with stewardship.

The second feature article is directed toward the Media and better supporting them in understanding the breadth, depth, and sheer potential of VolunTourism. The Media delivers the majority of the information that ultimately reaches the eyes and ears of would-be VolunTourists. In an effort to assist freelance journalists and staff writers, we offer A Media Guide To VolunTourism.

In this issue's Columns, So You May Know discusses The Ritz Carlton, VolunTourism in British Columbia, and a possible Education Alliance in Gathering The Stakeholders. Wisdom & Insight reveals thoughts from Roslyn Parker regarding Living Your Sense Of Purpose Through VolunTourism. Kristen Sandstrom answers our 3Q's and discusses Small Destinations & VolunTourism. The Supply Chain explores Myanmar & Southeast Asian VolunTourism, while VT-Lines looks at The Confluence Of Terms. And, Dr. Nancy McGehee and David Clemmons introduce initial thoughts & reflections on the VolunTourist Survey in this issue's Study & Research article. Read More>>>

Volume 4 Issue 1

Summary: In Volume 4/Issue 1 of our quarterly newsletter, the first feature story focuses on VolunTourists and what they should consider when planning a journey.

The second feature article shares the story of Karinda and Ali who used voluntary service and travel to bring together two very diverse communities. But, they were not alone in "Making History" VolunTourism-Style.

In this issue's Columns, So You May Know introduces the potential for a shift in perpective: When A Destination Becomes A Home. Wisdom & Insight looks at WhatHappensNow.com and how to address some practical aspects of a VolunTourism trip. Dara Parker answers our 3Q's and discusses Social Capital & VolunTourism. The Supply Chain explores Developing World Connections, while VT-Lines looks at New Words, New Data, and New Blogs. And, Dr. Nancy McGehee shares new hypotheses and analysis of a volunteer tourist's re-entry process in this issue's Study & Research article. Read More>>>

Copyright © Bike & Build

Volume 3 Issue 4

Summary: In Volume 3/Issue 4 of our quarterly newsletter, the first feature story focuses on India and its potential as an "incubator" of VolunTourists.

The second feature article delivers a Case Study that anyone who may ever connect with VolunTourism should take the time to read. There are two sides for any story.

In this issue's Columns, So You May Know questions a Bill before the U.S. Senate: S.1464 - could it create an imbalance in the VolunTourism Industry? Wisdom & Insight looks at VolunTourism In The Philippines through the eyes of Amanda Berlin. Dr. Stephen Wearing answers our 3Q's and discusses a VolunTourism Journal, to be released in 2009. The Supply Chain explores VolunTourism On Two Wheels, while VT-Lines asks: Is VolunTourism Irresponsible? And, Dr. Nancy McGehee shares emerging practices in adventure travel and volunteering in this issue's Study & Research article. Read More>>>

Copyright © Hands Up Holidays

Volume 3 Issue 3

Summary: Volume 3/Issue 3 features articles on Maintaining the Integrity of VolunTourism, and how the UK is proving to be an Incubator of VolunTourists. In the Quarterly Columns, Greg Tehven shares what VolunTourism for the 'Under 25' group means. Dr. Sally Brown, Renee Werbin, and Nancy Rivard tell us about Women & VolunTourism. Dr. Nancy McGehee shares VT-Lines and a research paper on Health-focused Volun-Tourism Journeys. So You Know reminds readers of the importance of Village Wisdom and we get a Taste of VolunTourism with Hands Up Holidays. Finally, Dr. Nancy McGehee shares research from Neil Patel in the Study & Research article.

Copyright © TVP

Volume 3 Issue 2

Summary: Volume 3/Issue 2 features articles on Australia as an Incubator of VolunTourists and how Small Destinations can get into the VolunTourism act. In the Quarterly Columns, we learn about the HEART of Business, the Mixed Review on VolunTourism, how blog posts are picking up on VolunTourism, what it means to be a "Performance VolunTourist," and how we can take "Conscious Journeys" to Tibet. Dr. Phadra Pezzullo asks the question: "VolunTourists - Are They Potential Witnesses & Advocates for Justice?"

Copyright © AFC

Volume 3 Issue 1

Summary: Volume 3/Issue 1 features articles on Canada as an Incubator of VolunTourists and what is likely to be the Next VolunTourism Destination. In the Quarterly Columns, we Re-Define "Meaningful Service," uncover what a graduate student thinks of VolunTourism, get a closer look at VolunTourism at the Hilton San Francisco, and understand more fully what it means to be an Ambassador For Children.

Volume 2 Issue 4

Copyright © North By Northeast

Summary: Volume 2/Issue 4 features articles on the Netherlands as an Incubator of Voluntourists and how the Millennials will get involved in VolunTourism in the months and years ahead. The Quarterly Columns begin with a thought about VolunTourism as Soul Food, followed by an introduction to the VolunTourism Chronicles, a look at Alumni Travel & VolunTourism, a close-up of Nick Ascot's Team and their VolunTourism programs at North By Northeast Tours, and finally, Dr. Nancy McGehee shares the second installment of a review of Adventure VolunTourism by David Aabo.

Volume 2 Issue 3

Summary: Volume 2/Issue 3 features articles on the New Four P's of Marketing and whether there is a distinction between Philanthropic Travel & VolunTourism. In the Quarterly Columns, Ms. Johnson shares some insights via VolunTourism Serendipity, Wisdom & Insight looks at Discovering Cultural & Individual Wealth, 3-Q's gives us the scoop on Travelocity's Travel For Good program via Earthwatch Institute's Ideas on the initiative, the Supply Chain puts Hawaii front and center with a review of Brilliant Voices, and Dr. Nancy McGehee gives David Aabo a chance to share the first part of his research on Adventure VolunTourism.

Copyright © People & Places

Volume 2 Issue 2

Summary: Volume 2/Issue 2 features articles on whether there is a potential New Strategy for Business VolunTourism and if you are truly prepared for a SERF Advisory! The Quarterly Columns invite you to explore the idea that with VolunTourism, There Is No Box; Wisdom & Insight reminds us that we have moved into a "Mind-Labor" Society; Dr. Patricia Cranton offers answers to questions regarding Transformational Learning & VolunTourism; and Sallie Grayson's team, People & Places is highlighted in the Supply Chain. Finally, Dr. Nancy McGehee shares research that she and Dr. Kathleen Andereck conducted in Tijuana, Mexico in this issue's Study & Research column.

Copyright © VWB

Volume 2 Issue 1

Summary: Volume 2/Issue 1 features articles on Relief VolunTourism and whether we no longer have The Luxury To Choose as well as a Special Report on U.S. Gulfcoast VolunTourism. The Quarterly Columns suggest that VolunTourism could Ruin You For Life, ask the question: "What's Next for VolunTourism?", discover the beginnings of VolunTourism in Vietnam, and the Supply Chain reviews the work of VolunTourists Without Borders. And Dr. Nancy McGehee shares some of her own research in this issue's Study & Research column.

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