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  • n. A type of tourism which combines traditional travel and tourism with volunteer work. Travelers are given opportunities to contribute money and/or time to causes related to their destinations.


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Blend of volunteer and tourism


  • Luxury Travel Trends: Six Senses Maldives Gives Free Nights for Voluntourism Miami, volunteer tourism - or "voluntourism" - is on the rise, a growing trend among travelers looking to volunteer some time during their vacations.

    The Informed Traveler

  • The so-called voluntourism industry, which sends travelers around the globe for a mix of volunteer work and sightseeing, is generating almost as much praise and criticism as the goodwill ambassador herself.

    Huffington Post Tastemaker: 'Voluntourism' Gets You In Touch With Your Inner Angelina

  • Fiona Foster reports from Kenya about the rise in so-called voluntourism and how to decide if it is the right break for you.

    BBC News - Home

  • Welcome to "voluntourism": a booming industry that is particularly aimed at gap-year students.

    Paying the price for a gap year of adventure

  • Ms. Schulz says that so-called "voluntourism" has become popular with corporations and other organizations.

    Hotels Get Facelifts

  • Check out the "voluntourism" page on the Official Tourism site of New Orleans


  • Under the Travel for Good initiative, first launched in August 2006, Travelocity began a program called Change Ambassadors to help bring the idea of 'voluntourism' to a broader, mainstream audience.


  • Ella Klinger, an independent Coast filmmaker, will feature "voluntourism" after Katrina and Nancy Cuty-Garcia, who works at Stennis Space Center, will talk about the presence of NASA on the Coast. Featured Story

  • Other nonprofit groups specializing in shorter "voluntourism" trips also are seeing a spike in interest.

  • Nonprofit groups offering "voluntourism" trips report more mature participants


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  • Travel undertaken solely or in part to engage in humanitarian or other volunteer activities. (From Travel Industry Dictionary)

    June 10, 2008