Volunteer tourism as alternative tourism: Journeys beyond otherness

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Journey of Discovery in Volunteer Tourism, 2008, 1, pp. 3 - 11
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Seismic changes in leisure time, disposable income, mobility and communication technologies have created a context in which tourism has thrived. Grown and diversified to encompass a wide array of leisure travel behaviours that were not imagined even as recently as a couple of decades ago. Leading the way in this process of diversification is alternative tourism, which describes a form of tourism that rebukes mass tourism and the consumptive mindset it engenders and instead offers alternative, more discriminating, socially and environmentally sustaining tourist experiences (Wearing, 2001). The demand for alternative tourism has led to a diverse array of niche products and services, each the subject of critical scholarly analysis including educational tourism, farm tourism, cultural exchange tourism, scientific tourism and volunteer tourism, which is the subject and focus of this book.
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