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Volume 6 Issue 2 Highlights



David Clemmons, Publisher/Editor of The VolunTourist, responds to some of your questions and emails. (Additional questions and responses are posted on the VolunTourism.org Blog)

Volume 6, Issue 1 Reader Comments & Other Mail

Dear Mariella,

Thank you for your email.

I am not surprised that you are having difficulty in your quest to discover answers to the items you raise.

One of the challenges for VolunTourism is that most of the academic research has been focused on the nonrprofit/NGO community and the offerings provided by these entities. Little research has focused on the for-profit companies that engage in VolunTourism. And, of the research that has been conducted, it has been directed at the meetings & conventions market (see "Voluntourism At Conventions," by Tara Pazanski and Lori Pennington-Gray, as an example) or at the Adventure Travel segment (see "Emerging Best Practices In Adventure Tourism and Volunteering," by Christina Heyniger and Kristin Lamoureux, as an example).

You will find some historical context for VolunTourism on this website in the Inside VolunTourism section.

I hope this helps.

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Thank you for your email and for taking the time to review VolunTourism.org and include it in your article.

As you might imagine, I receive numerous inquiries like this from all over the world. As the primary global resource on the subject of VolunTourism since 2003, links and posts referencing VolunTourism.org are plenteous.

I try to do what we can to respond to queries such as yours and post these in a timely manner. However, this is no longer possible. The amount of time required to post these links and references is almost a full-time job, if it is to be done quickly. So, if you don't see your link up on the list in the near future, please be patient with us. We will eventually get to it, hopefully, I might add.

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My name is Andrew Wahba.  I came across your website when I was searching for volunteer travel opportunities. You have a lot of great information.

I founded a similar organization a few years ago called True Travellers Society which aims to connect people to volunteer travel opportunities around the world.  I have added a link to your site here:

I am planning on going on a year trip starting September.  I will definitely be referring back to your site for some information.


Andrew Wahba
True Travellers Society

Dear Andrew,

Thank you for your email.

I look forward to hearing all about your travels and, hopefully, sharing your tales with readers of The VolunTourist Newsletter.

Safe Adventures!

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Dear April,

Thank you for your email.

Yes, I recently read about your organization and its recognition, along with Calabash Tours, by Fair Trade in Tourism South Africa. Congratulations.

And thank you for the offer of connecting with Mike Denision for an interview. I will be re-launching the webcast later this year, once we sort out the technology to record conversations using Skype or VoIP, and will need all the suggestions I can get regarding possible programming opportunities.

Continued success to you and Team VA32!

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