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In-House News & Notes

The Alcan Prize

$1 million could go a long way towards creating an Institute for Community Development & VolunTourism. But we will have to wait until November to see if Los Niños, Inc., the parent entity behind VolunTourism.org, will be selected from the 10 NGO's who have been shortlisted for this prestigious award. Alcan, Inc. and the International Business Leaders Forum (IBLF) announced the awardees on September 26th. Story

VolunTourism Course & Practicum

WEEKLY WEBCAST

Tuesdays 10am ET/7am PT

Our very own Dr. Nancy McGehee, Assistant Professor in the Hospitality & Tourism Management Program at the Virginia Tech University, will be offering a one-week course on VolunTourism at San Diego State University (SDSU) from January 28 - February 3, 2008. Here are some of the details on the course:

Course Description:

Examines ‘volunteer tourism’ or VOLUNTOURISM, a fast-growing area of tourism. Students will explore various aspects of voluntourism: critique the types; evaluate impacts; explore best practices, program development and event management; examine ethical-issues, and develop evaluation systems for voluntourism activities.

Course Prerequisites: Upper-Division standing

Course Timeline:

The course will be conducted over one-week and will be time-intensive. The course meeting dates and times are as follows:

January 28, 29, 30, 31, 2008 and February 1, 2008: 6:00 to 10:00 PM;

February 2 and 3, 2008: 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM, two day field-trip in Tijuana where students will get a behind-the-scenes look at how a voluntourism organization works, as well as get the opportunity to participate in volunteer tourism.

Course Objectives:

Upon completion of the course, students will be able to:

  1. define and critique volunteer tourism
  2. be familiar with the various organizations involved in volunteer tourism
  3. identify best practices in volunteer tourism
  4. understand program development for volunteer tourism
  5. be familiar with resident attitudes toward volunteer tourism
  6. know the role of host-guest relations for successful volunteer tourism
  7. develop evaluations for volunteer tourism activities

Registration is limited to 25 persons. For more information, call 619.434.6230


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Blogs

Global Good Is Taking Off

If you are a fan of BIG business and BIG non-profits getting together, then you will appreciate this entry from Jeff Robertson on the Delta Airlines Blog. Story>>>

Voluntourism: Destination Cambodia

Exotissimo is getting into the act as well, per this introduction to how it is approaching VolunTourism in Cambodia through NGO partnerships. Story>>>

Volun"tourism"

The University of Iowa Alumni Association offers a blog for students and young alumni. Here is a recent entry Chelsea with her view on VolunTourism. Story>>>

Voluntourism, The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly

"Travelchick" gives her thoughts on the recent controversy in the UK regarding VSO (Voluntary Services Overseas) and Voluntourism. She gives a balanced accounting of her take on this growing trend in travel. Story>>>

Trabant Trek

Good Magazine's Blog brings to our attention a story about a group of folks that is trying to make a unique adventure out of a VolunTourism trip from Germany to Cambodia in a "trabant." Story>>>


National & International Media

Working In Two Worlds

Patricia Kitchen of Newsday.com offers this piece which takes a closer look at how working folks are connecting with VolunTourism in different ways. Story>>>

'Voluntourism' Scams Do-Gooders

The Washington Times follows up on the recent "row" in the UK fostered by remarks about VolunTourism from Voluntary Services Overseas. Story>>>

Cruise West Spotlights Voluntourism

CruiseCritic.com gives us a first look at a member of the cruise industry breaking tradition and venturing into the uncharted territory of VolunTourism. Story>>>

Voluntourism: New Way Of Holidaying

Anita Aikara gives us something to think about when she shares the experience of Runah Nag participating in a domestic VolunTourism trip in India. Story>>>

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