Analyze an evaluate the impact of volunteer tourism on host communities

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Analysis an evaluation of the impact of volunteer tourism on host communities (Insert name of student) (Insert name of college/university) Abstract Voluntary tourism has in the past few years become increasingly popular as a way of travel. Glances at the already produced studies on volunteer tourism indicate that the main focus has been on the encounters and effects on volunteer tourists and not on the host-communities.


Introduction Volunteer tourism refers to the travel to destinations not only for leisure but also to participate in charitable projects, in which the traveler is interested, on a voluntary basis. This is therefore a form of tourism that poses both the tourist and the host to vast social interaction, leading to cultural exchanges and understanding of each others’ ways of living. These interactions are bound to result to modifications in the host environment (destination) depending on the types of projects participated in and their levels of intensity (Guttentag, 2009). Besides social interaction, this type of tourism has a range of impacts both beneficial and detrimental to the local community. Positive impacts include cultural identity, cross cultural awareness and appreciation, economic development of the local community (depending on the kind of activities participated in), global interactions, job creation which finally eliminates the problems of unemployment and poverty in the destination area (Guttentag, 2009). ...
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