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Voluntourism: Hip Or Hype?

Nora Dunn provides a well-contructed piece on this subject. For those who have been searching for an in-depth review, this may quench your thirst. Post>>

Voluntourism and "Aliens" in Peru

Laura Byrne Paquet takes a stab at questioning the relevance of voluntourists in a destination. Are they more of a burden than a support? Post>>

I Found "My Tribe" in Cambodia

Brooke Estin has her roots in Kiva, but now she works for Change Fusion. Here is a post from her recent visit to Cambodia. Post>>

While The Mainland Sleeps

Michelle McAlister shares a rather long description of her own transformative process through a voluntary service engagement on the Isle of Eigg. Post>>

Travel With A Purpose: Voluntourism In China

Wild China shares a little of their experience in getting a voluntourism initiative up and going. How do they address recovery after the China Quake? Post>>

San Francisco: The Good Hotel Introduces The "Philanthropy Concierge"

Alison Rohrs discusses a unique approach to voluntourism via the Buget Travel Blog. Creativity delivers yet another approach to 'giving back.' Post>>

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National & International Media

Adieu, Extravagance, Bonjour, Engagement: The Travel World's Wakeup Call

Melissa Biggs Bradley delivers a thoughtful effort regarding how the meltdown is impacting the luxury market. Will voluntourism become the necessity of the luxury market? Story>>

Hard Work... And Soft Sheets

Ilona Kauremsky lets us know that some folks within the luxury travel market have been embracing voluntourism even before the financial debacle. Story>>

Labours of Love: Finding Ways To Make A Difference

Julia Steinecke informs us that the LGBT Community has unique opportunities and challenges as this audience embarks on voluntourism journeys around the world. Story>>

Help Me, Help You: Why "Voluntourism" Misses The Mark

Jenny An, a student at Northwestern University and a member of the North By Northwestern staff, provides her own account of how voluntourism fails to deliver sustainable service to a community. Story>>

'Voluntourism' Gains In Popularity

Christopher Shay takes a closer look at voluntourism in Cambodia. Story>>

"Voluntourism": See The World - - And Help Conserve It

Jim Cornfield reviews the greener and more scientific side of voluntourism. Story>>

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