Volunteer Tourism: Cross-Cultural Understanding through the Volunteer Experience

dc.contributor.advisorMuniz-Solari, Osvaldo A.
dc.contributor.authorWilson, Rachel Leigh
dc.contributor.committeeMemberHanson, Susan
dc.date.accessioned2016-01-20T20:37:16Z
dc.date.available2016-01-20T20:37:16Z
dc.date.issued2015-12
dc.description.abstractVolunteer tourism is a growing form of tourism. Although volunteer tourism is a form of traveling, it should not be considered part of the mass tourism industry. The purpose of volunteer tourism is to foster a mutually beneficial relationship between volunteers/travelers and their respective host countries. This tourism experience should allow for volunteers to develop a sense of self-awareness as well as to develop a deeper cross-cultural understanding. Through exploring their narratives, this paper will examine the development of that cross-cultural understanding in people who have participated or would like to participate in volunteer tourism programs in Costa Rica and Nicaragua. This paper expects to discover that both groups develop a greater cross-cultural understanding from their experiences within global communities. Although critics see volunteer tourism as being a selfish enforcement of colonialist stereotypes, it potentially offers volunteers an opportunity to interact with the host community in a positive manner, resulting in a respect for and understanding of the host country’s culture.
dc.description.departmentHonors College
dc.formatText
dc.format.extent23 pages
dc.format.medium1 file (.pdf)
dc.identifier.citationWilson, R. L. (2015). Volunteer tourism: Cross-cultural understanding through the volunteer experience (Unpublished thesis). Texas State University, San Marcos, Texas.
dc.identifier.urihttps://hdl.handle.net/10877/5948
dc.language.isoen
dc.subjectvolunteer
dc.subjectvolunteer tourism
dc.subjectvoluntourism
dc.subjectcross-cultural understanding
dc.subjectcultural relations
dc.subjectexperiential learning
dc.subjectsustainable tourism
dc.subjectHonors College
dc.titleVolunteer Tourism: Cross-Cultural Understanding through the Volunteer Experience
thesis.degree.departmentHonors College
thesis.degree.disciplineGeography
thesis.degree.grantorTexas State University
txstate.documenttypeHonors Thesis

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