(Not so) risky business: Commercially packaged volunteer tourism as a 'safer' travel option
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Bennett (2004, p. 112-113) suggested people in the developed world “lead urban lives, dedicated to the avoidance of risk” and therefore travel in order to challenge themselves. He referred to travelling as “a sort of bungee-jump. It has the tang of adventure… but is safer than crossing the road”. In this paper we expanded this metaphor of the bungee-jumper and applied it to volunteer tourists (VTs). Commercial volunteer tourism is personally challenging and requires a leap of faith into the unknown. However, like bungee-jumping, there is also a safety net. For the VTs in this case study, it was the structure and security provided by volunteer organisation.
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