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VolunTourism: From Whence They May Come - Part III
In this issue we take a trip "Down Under" to reveal the contributing factors that make Australia a unique incubator for present and future VolunTourists. It is far more than "Location" that makes Australia ripe for the production of VolunTourists.
VolunTourism makes the small... LARGE in stature. It makes the seemingly quaint - EXTRAORDINARY. It can take a township and transform it into a METROPOLIS of service and tourism possibilities!
So You May Know
VolunTourism: The HEART Of Business
Corporations are using VolunTourism in variety of ways. Companies like First Choice Holidays, PLC, McClain Finlon Advertising, and Medtronic Mexico are leveraging this form of travel to accomplish multiple goals and objectives such as product expansion, employee retention, team-building, and skills' enhancement. Read It
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VolunTourism: "I Want It NOW!"
The questions and comments that come into our inbox tell us two things: 1) VolunTourists want to select their journeys NOW! and 2) Organizations that offer these experiences are consistently seeking ways to connect with potential VolunTourists. Here is a sampling of what these "UnXpected" emails look like along with our answers. Read It
Wisdom & Insight
VolunTourism: "A Touch Of Gray"
Volunteer Katie writes the blog Volunteer Logue for BootsnAll Travel Network. She recently inked a series of responses to an article that Steve Jackson wrote entitled "'Our Man In Granada': On The Downside of VolunTourism.'" Here is her response. Read It
VolunTourism... Blah, Blah, Blog!
The Blogosphere has taken a liking to VolunTourism. Passion and conviction seem to be the underlying sentiments expressed in VolunTourism posts on Blogs around the world. This combination is resulting in some great articles from VolunTourists, practitioners and stakeholders alike. But don't think this is stopping traditional media from making a push of its own. Read It
Physical Culture & The "Performance VolunTourist"
Greg Alario, Founder of Optimal Performance Fitness, takes time to answer our questions for this issue and share his fundamental philosophy that ALL of us are performance athletes, especially VolunTourists. Physical culture and proper diet are absolute essentials in guaranteeing the highest level of performance in day-to-day activities and service throughout an entire VolunTourism itinerary. Read It
If you ever have the privilege of meeting Tamdin Wangdu, you will understand the meaning of compassion. His effort to start the Tibetan Village Project is a terrific story that emphasizes what it means to transform tragedy into triumph. The human spirit personified in Tamdin can be part of your future. Are you ready to join him on a VolunTourism adventure through Tibet? Read It
Study & Research
VolunTourists - Potential Witnesses & Advocates For Justice?
For this issue, Dr. Nancy McGehee has connected with Dr. Phaedra C. Pezzullo from the University of Inidiana.
Dr. Pezzullo reminds us of the importance of our roles as voluntourists, both as witnesses of the things we see and experience as well as our potential role as agents of change and advocates of justice. Read It
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