The VolunTourism Institute Blog builds on the work of David Clemmons, founder of VolunTourism.org, and his colleagues from around the world who have been studying volunteer tourism and voluntourism for more than a decade. This Blog replaces the VolunTourism.org Blog launched in 2008 and will focus on current research, discoveries, and breakthroughs in volunteer tourism and voluntourism across the globe.
Undoubtedly, voluntourism is becoming the most notable travel trend of the early 21st Century. Though we are challenged by the integration of travel & tourism and voluntary service, we are equally intrigued as to what the longer-term effects of voluntourism may be. Each year brings new research, new discoveries as to how stakeholder audiences are impacted by voluntourism and how those stakeholder audiences attempt to interact with it. Emerging practices from around the world are being shared through platforms such as this, through social media, through online academic journals, and newly published books on voluntourism. Surprisingly, we are only now beginning to get a sense of what is unfolding in this space with more than 15 million individuals worldwide traveling and volunteering around the globe.