Voluntourism in Cross-Cultural Contexts: Critical Issues and the Case for International Volunteer Development and Management

Academic Article


  • Voluntourism, the combination of volunteering efforts with tourism, has emerged as a popular option for individuals to combine volunteering with an international experience. With growth stemming largely from endorsements in the tourism industry, the phenomenon of voluntourism presents a number of complications in the areas of cultural competency and developmental aid in international communities. These issues are further complicated by the intersection of volunteerism’s focus on aid and tourism’s focus on entertainment. The goal of this discussion is to engage the field in a critical examination of the implications of voluntourism on the communities in which it operates, issues in management and development of voluntourists, and ways in which the volunteer development community can contribute to this growing area.
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  • cross-cultural, cultural competency, volunteer tourism, international, voluntourism
  • Author List

  • LaChenaye JM
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  • 7
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  • 31
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