By K D Lyons, S Wearing
The fast-growing phenomenon of volunteer tourism contains a different diversity of actions, from keeping environments to operating with host groups to relieve poverty. despite the fact that, realizing the complicated courting among volunteering and tourism calls for a large analytical framework. This booklet offers a extensive and important perception into how volunteer tourism is growing to be and constructing. Theoretical and empirical case reviews from major researchers within the box discover the reports of the volunteer vacationer and the ability relationships among volunteers and host groups and advertisement, non-commercial and govt entities keen on constructing and assisting volunteer tourism. The ambiguous and contested intersections among volunteering, trip and substitute tourism as a starting place for contemplating the way forward for volunteer tourism also are tested.
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The focus of the UNWTO TedQual Volunteers Programme, however, is situated within a knowledge management framework, with knowledge transfer and knowledgesharing employed as a means of enhancing the opportunities for developing countries and regions and benefiting stakeholders. The importance of knowledge is identified in the World Bank’s (1998) report on development practices and the role of aid in developing countries where it is claimed that knowledge is one of the most essential best practices.
The chosen project should be one that is important to the sustainable tourism development efforts of the country with 30 L. Ruhanen et al. possible areas of focus including marketing strategies, product assessment, development plans, business plan creation, development of community-based tourism plans, interpretation strategies and the development of pro-poor tourism strategies. Depending on the nature of the specific project, the fieldwork research tasks may include an internal analysis of the attractors, resources and support systems of the tourism industry in the country or specific area of the country, visits to tourism sites and/or to determine potential sites for tourism products, and interviews and workshops with relevant stakeholders including the government, industry and local community to ensure broad-based participation in the project.
Case studies from several of the previously undertaken volunteer projects are also presented. Knowledge Transfer Through Volunteer Experiences As the chapters in this volume demonstrate, volunteering generates benefits not only to the individual volunteer, but also, importantly, contributes to the broader economic and social goals of society. Research on the motivations of volunteers has found that individuals primarily volunteer for altruistic and self-interest reasons (Stebbins, 1982; Clary and Snyder, 1991).
Journeys of Discovery in Volunteer Tourism by K D Lyons, S Wearing