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The possible negative impacts of volunteer tourism

Author: Daniel A Guttentag Affiliation: Department of Geography and Environmental Management, University of Waterloo, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada
Edition/Format: Article Article : English
Publication:International Journal of Tourism Research, v11 n6 (November/December 2009): 537-551
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Volunteer tourism is an increasingly popular form of travel that is attracting growing research attention. Nevertheless, existing research has focused primarily on the benefits of volunteer tourism, and many studies have simply involved profiling volunteers or investigating their motivations. However, there are numerous possible negative impacts of volunteer tourism that deserve increased attention from both  Read more...
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Document Type: Article
All Authors / Contributors: Daniel A Guttentag Affiliation: Department of Geography and Environmental Management, University of Waterloo, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada
ISSN:1099-2340
DOI: 10.1002/jtr.727
Language Note: English
Unique Identifier: 5152646313
Notes: Number of References: 51
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Volunteer tourism is an increasingly popular form of travel that is attracting growing research attention. Nevertheless, existing research has focused primarily on the benefits of volunteer tourism, and many studies have simply involved profiling volunteers or investigating their motivations. However, there are numerous possible negative impacts of volunteer tourism that deserve increased attention from both researchers and project managers: a neglect of locals' desires, a hindering of work progress and completion of unsatisfactory work, a disruption of local economies, a reinforcement of conceptualisations of the ‘other’ and rationalisations of poverty, and an instigation of cultural changes. Copyright © 2009 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
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