The volunteer's journey through leisure into the self

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Journeys of Discovery in Volunteer Tourism, 2008, 1, pp. 63 - 71
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Volunteer tourism is in essence a form of leisure behaviour. Perceived freedom and choice (Neulinger, 1974), intrinsic motivation (Iso-Ahola, 1982), satisfaction and enjoyment (Kaplan, 1975), and identity and selfhood (Kelly, 1983) are central tenets of leisure that are dearly evident in emerging definitions of volunteer tourism (e.g. Wearing, 2001; McGehee and Santos, 2005). However, it is the relationship between volunteer tourism as leisure and the conceptualization of 'the self' that is the focus of this chapter.
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