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Here Comes The Sun
VolunTourism is shedding light on the potential of travel & tourism in ways never before thought possible. Larry Beck, PhD, a professor in the School of Hospitality and Tourism Management at San Diego State University, delivers personal insights into the convergence of culture, art, history, geography and service via a recounting of his own recent adventure to Peru.

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Travel For Good(sm): Corporate Social Responsibility Meets VolunTourism

If we additionally put the onus of 'doing good' - - instead of solely 'funding good' - - squarely on the shoulders of the corporations that currently provide some of the philanthropic stimulus for such activity to occur, are we likely to see a subsequent shift in the way companies do business as well? Travelocity has taken this step in the VolunTourism arena. At my request, Natasha Carvell and the Travelocity Team delivered this behind-the-scenes look at the company's commitment to Travel For Good(sm).

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So You May Know

VolunTourism: "Not-For-Profit-Only"
Scott Laughlin and Chris Coyne are entrepreneurs. They have started numerous companies, helped launched others, guided those trying to fulfill their own entrepreneurial goals, and provided insights into how to bridge profitability and responsibility. As VolunTourists, they are as “serious” about combining their voluntary service with their love for adventure and travel. It is this integrated approach to business and life that has transformed what was once a rapacious capitalistic drive to a mantra that reads: “Not-For-Profit-Only.” >>>


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Your Letters To VolunTourism.org
Many thanks to those who continue to submit questions to VolunTourism.org. I am amazed at the continuing advancement of creative thinking and sincere interest in what is possible in the realm of VolunTourism. Keep those questions coming! >>>

Wisdom & Insight

VolunTourism - - A Herald Of Sustainable Tourism
How are VolunTourism and Sustainable Tourism linked? How can VolunTourism expand the consciousness and awareness of issues like sustainability for travelers worldwide? What role can VolunTourists play in enhancing the potential of Sustainable Tourism in destinations around the globe? The following is based upon excerpts from a presentation that I recently gave at the Gros Morne International Summit on Sustainable Tourism in Rocky Harbour, Newfoundland. >>>


Is VolunTourism A Good Idea?
With expanding interest and adoption come more questions about the legitimacy of VolunTourism. But there also arise a number of misinterpretations and misrepresentations. This controversy will lead to more articles like the ones presented in this issue's VT Lines and, hopefully, more discussion, dialogue, and understanding as well. >>>


Revisiting Relief VolunTourism
Hurricanes Dolly, Gustav, Hanna, and Ike claimed nearly 800 lives in the Caribbean, Central America, and U.S. mainland in 2008, and damage estimates exceed $50 billion (USD), according to Wikipedia. This may be an appropriate time, therefore, to review the lessons that were learned from the Asian Tsunami and Hurricane Katrina. >>>

Supply Chain

Social Tours, Social Treks, and Nepal VolunTourism
When we discuss the role of business in the improvement of society as a whole and in the realm of VolunTourism, in particular, it is important to have some examples in the market space to which we may refer. Social Tours and its companion firm, Social Treks, represent such examples. In fact, they have a 'social mission' that reads as follows: To operate the company in a way that actively recognizes the central role that business plays in the structure of society by initiating ways to improve the quality of life of a broad community: local, national and international. >>>

Study & Research with Dr. Nancy McGehee

Voluntourism At Conventions
For this issue of the Research Forum section of The VolunTourist, Dr. Nancy McGehee welcomes Tara Pazanski and Dr. Lori Pennington-Gray from the University of Florida. In their research, they examine the meetings & conventions market to explore meeting professionals' intent to include voluntourism as part of an annual meeting or convention. How may this intention have been influenced? To answer this question, they focused their research on four variables: Industry Knowledge, Attitudes, Motivations, and Past Experiences. >>>

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