Acculturation experiences of young volunteer tourists: Transition and self-understanding

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CAUTHE
Publication Type:
Conference Proceeding
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Proceedings of CAUTHE 2014: Tourism and Hospitality in the Contemporary World: Trends, Changes and Complexity, 2014, pp. 235 - 246
Issue Date:
2014
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Tourism is a major contributor to the global annual movement of people. With this movement come cross-cultural interactions which are a key part of the tourist experience. This study explores one type of cross-cultural interaction, volunteer tourism, and in particular investigates the impact of acculturation on the volunteer. The findings indicate that volunteers experience acculturation through an understanding of self. The study particularly focuses on 18 - 30 year old volunteers who, it is often assumed, are at a period of transition in their lives which adds to the complexity of the experience. Therefore, it is useful to understand the stage they are at in their period of early adulthood in order to provide a more in-depth understanding of the acculturation experience.
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