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Volume 6 Issue 2 Highlights




To Pay, Or Not To Pay: That Is The Volunteer's Question

What can VolunTourism learn from Backpacking? Well, apparently quite a bit. In May This Tourism Week in South Africa began to answer this question by sharing thoughts linking the two. Post>>

Thai Voluntourism for All the Wrong Reasons

Gillian Kendall shares her VolunTourism experience at a Thai elephant sanctuary. Post>>

Interview With Andrew Potter: Travel and the Search for Authenticity

Michael Yessis, for World Hum, interviews Andrew Potter, author of The Authenticity Hoax, and asks "Are there any other authenticity hoaxes or travelers tend to fall for?" Post>>

The Ins and Outs of Volunteer Travel

Blane Bachelor, for ShermansTravel Blog, interviewed Andrew Mersmann, author of 500 Places Where You Can Make A Difference. Post>>

"I've Been To Paradise, But I've Never Been to Me": Volunteer tourism; the modern day pilgrimage

Edwina Storie, for Matador Travel, takes a closer look at volunteer tourism. Is it the modern-day version of a pilgrimage? Post>>

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All Volunteery Eyed: Inside The Global Citizen Project

Charyn Pfeuffer offers a preview of her year-long, twelve-stop voluntourism jaunt around the world. Post>>

Can Voluntourism Work?

The Acacia Group offers some thoughts on VolunTourism by asking some key questions including "What would voluntourism that is not working look like?" Post>>

National & International Media

Prosumers Forsake Hedonism for Volun-tourism: High-end resorts seek to offer 'meaningful life experiences' to guests

Andrew McMains, for Adweek, takes a closer look at luxury travel and how this tier is altering its activities to include VolunTourism. Article>>

Volunteering: The New Generation

Jessica Lawson, for the Republica out of Kathmandu, inked a piece linking VolunTourism and volunteering amongst Nepali youth. What are the potential benefits of both? Article>>

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Keep It Real

Julian Lass, for The British Journal of Photography, discusses the importance of capturing experiences, including voluntourism, in photographs if you plan on having your work published. Article>>

Why Do So Many Women Go On Volunteer Vacations?

Susannah Palk, for CNN.com, asks the question which has been on the minds of quite a number of folks over the last many years. What is her conclusion? Article>>

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