VolunTourism is one of the fastest growing trends in the travel industry.
In the broadest sense, Voluntourism represents voluntary service experiences that include travel to a destination in order to realize one's service intentions.
In a more refined and balanced approach, Volun-Tourism is the integrated combination of voluntary service to a destination with the traditional elements of travel and tourism - arts, culture, geography, history, and recreation - while in the destination.
What else do we know about it?
In 2007, the following statistics were released:
In 2006, the following statistics were released:
Do we know, for example, how to establish a VolunTourism program that honors the development of communities, their sustainability and longevity? No, of course not. We can strive for such an objective, but it could take years before one could even come close to perfecting such a VolunTourism model. And, no, we do not want to sit by idly awaiting our thought processes to cultivate the capacity to do so either.
Yet, we want to honor communities and their residents, VolunTourists, tour operators, suppliers, destinations, and everyone else that has a stake in the outcome of VolunTourism initiatives.
So where do we start to educate ourselves?
For more info visit http://www.voluntourism.org/