VolunTourism: From Whence They May Come - Part V
In this issue we take a closer look at the nation that by many estimates will have the largest population by 2050 - India. What factors will enhance its potential to be an incubator of VolunTourists over the next decade and beyond? Economic growth is certainly one contributor.
VolunTourism: Two Sides, One Story
This is truly a case study from which all of us, hopefully, can learn a great deal. Whether you are a VolunTourism Operator or a VolunTourist, an NGO or a community resident, an Academic or a member of the Media, this is an unfolding story. It details how viewpoints vary; how communications are critical; and how hospitality and customer service are essential. Some "VolunTourists" describe the services provided by Volunteer Visions as lacking, in some cases, grievously. Yet, it is important to give "voice" to both sides. Thus, I have included the responses of Lawrence Woo, Founder & Director of this enterprise, to the letters presented herein.
So You May Know
S.1464: Will It Create An Imbalance In The VolunTourism Industry?
Since June 2006, the Brookings Institute has been working on a policy effort to engage Americans in volunteering abroad - the Brookings Initiative on International Volunteering and Service (BIIVS). Roughly 70 NGOs, Agencies & Policy Makers, Corporations, and Colleges & Universities were convened and part of that effort generated the Building Bridges Coalition (BBC). Absent from the beginning, however, have been for-profit Volunteer Placement Organizations (VPOs) and the travel industry. Was this just an oversight? >>>
Here's To Maintaining VolunTourism Integrity
From the last issue of The VolunTourist, we have received several letters referencing the Feature Article: VolunTourism: Maintaining Its Integrity. One of those letters, which you don't want to miss, is featured in this issue's UnXpected. >>>
Wisdom & Insight
VolunTourism Wisdom From The Philippines
Amanda Berlin went to the Philippines as a voluntourist. She sent an essay of her journey to VolunTourism.org. After reviewing the piece for consideration, the thought came: "Why not have Amanda recount her experience with bits of 'wisdom & insight' inserted throughout. This will give readers a chance to truly understand some of the dynamics and mental & emotional gymnastics that occur during a VolunTourism experience."
Many thanks, Amanda Berlin, you delivered! >>>
VolunTourism: Guilty Or Not Guilty? Responsible Or Irresponsible?
This issue is chockfull of blog-posts and articles that dissect VolunTourism, in some instances with real vehemence! Fortunately, there is a balance of opinions and, strangely enough, the balance leans towards VolunTourism when individuals actually participate in it rather than just blog or write about it sans experience. >>>
A Journal For The VolunTourism Industry
For this issue of The VolunTourist, I am grateful to connect with Dr. Stephen Wearing from the University of Technology, Sydney. He has been a long-time advocate of Volunteer Tourism. This year will mark the release of a book that he co-edited with Dr. Kevin Lyons. And in 2009, Dr. Wearing will be editing the first ever Journal dedicated to Volunteer Tourism: The Journal of International Volunteer Tourism and Social Development. The Journal will be published by Multi-Lingual Matters in the UK. Dr. Wearing was generous enough to take time from his busy schedule to answer this issue's 3Qs. >>>
VolunTourism On Two Wheels
What do Cambodia and the United States have in common? They both have some exuberant young people that recognize the power of pumping those pedals, visiting small and remote locations, and delivering service in conjunction with nonprofit & grassroots organizations that have some very important missions: low-income housing and education for children.
Get your helmet and cycle prepped - it's time for VolunTourism On Two Wheels! >>>
Study & Research
Emerging Best Practices In Adventure Tourism & Volunteering
For this issue of the Research Forum section of The VolunTourist, Dr. Nancy McGehee is pleased to present findings from research on best practices recently conducted by Christina Heyniger, of Xola Consulting, Inc., and Kristin Lamoureux with the International Institute of Tourism Studies, George Washington University. >>>
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