Acculturation, re-entry and transformation: The story of a volunteer tourist

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CABI
Publication Type:
Chapter
Citation:
Transformational Tourism: Tourist Perspectives, 2013, pp. 183 - 198
Issue Date:
2013-04-17
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This chapter analyses the impacts of the international volunteer tourism experience on the individual upon their return to home country. It is argued that international volunteer tourists have a profound experience that leads to an affective, behavioural and cognitive change. The cyclical act of travelling, immersing in another culture and returning home transforms the individuals so that their identity is changed; different from the one with which they left home. It is shown that the concepts of acculturation and re-entry are helpful in explaining the volunteer tourist transformation
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