Volunteer tourism, development and education in a postcolonial world: Conceiving global connections beyond aid

This paper contributes to the public and academic debate on the appropriateness of young Westerners’ participation in projects of volunteer tourism conducted in developing countries. Ethnographic research was carried out in the context of an Australian program that organizes short-term group placeme...

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Autor Principal: Palacios Obregón, Carlos Mauricio
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Publicado: Journal of Sustainable Tourism; Vol. 18, No. 7 2010
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spelling ir-p17054coll23-5412020-09-29 Volunteer tourism, development and education in a postcolonial world: Conceiving global connections beyond aid Palacios Obregón, Carlos Mauricio This paper contributes to the public and academic debate on the appropriateness of young Westerners’ participation in projects of volunteer tourism conducted in developing countries. Ethnographic research was carried out in the context of an Australian program that organizes short-term group placements for university students in countries like Vietnam, Mexico and Fiji. The results illustrate that such projects can produce similar benefits to other educational initiatives of international volunteering and service (IVS) in terms of global engagement, career development, intercultural competence and psychological support. However, for these projects to avoid public critiques and negative outcomes, they need to harmonize personal and institutional expectations with real volunteer capacities. Thus, until IVS programs in the university context distance themselves from a development aid discourse, they will potentially fall under the umbrella of “neo-colonialism”. The research provides a model of impact analysis and raises challenging questions for universities or similar organizations involved with short-term group placements of volunteer tourism. Colonialism; Community participation; Development theory; Education; Tourism impacts; Volunteer tourism Ciencias sociales; Ciencias sociales / Problemas y servicios sociales - asociaciones 2010 Journal of Sustainable Tourism; Vol. 18, No. 7 PDF Artículo ENG - Inglés Colfuturo © Derechos reservados del autor http://babel.banrepcultural.org/cdm/ref/collection/p17054coll23/id/541
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topic Colonialism; Community participation; Development theory; Education; Tourism impacts; Volunteer tourism
Ciencias sociales; Ciencias sociales / Problemas y servicios sociales - asociaciones
spellingShingle Colonialism; Community participation; Development theory; Education; Tourism impacts; Volunteer tourism
Ciencias sociales; Ciencias sociales / Problemas y servicios sociales - asociaciones
Palacios Obregón, Carlos Mauricio
Volunteer tourism, development and education in a postcolonial world: Conceiving global connections beyond aid
description This paper contributes to the public and academic debate on the appropriateness of young Westerners’ participation in projects of volunteer tourism conducted in developing countries. Ethnographic research was carried out in the context of an Australian program that organizes short-term group placements for university students in countries like Vietnam, Mexico and Fiji. The results illustrate that such projects can produce similar benefits to other educational initiatives of international volunteering and service (IVS) in terms of global engagement, career development, intercultural competence and psychological support. However, for these projects to avoid public critiques and negative outcomes, they need to harmonize personal and institutional expectations with real volunteer capacities. Thus, until IVS programs in the university context distance themselves from a development aid discourse, they will potentially fall under the umbrella of “neo-colonialism”. The research provides a model of impact analysis and raises challenging questions for universities or similar organizations involved with short-term group placements of volunteer tourism.
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title Volunteer tourism, development and education in a postcolonial world: Conceiving global connections beyond aid
title_short Volunteer tourism, development and education in a postcolonial world: Conceiving global connections beyond aid
title_full Volunteer tourism, development and education in a postcolonial world: Conceiving global connections beyond aid
title_fullStr Volunteer tourism, development and education in a postcolonial world: Conceiving global connections beyond aid
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