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SAVE VERNAZZA Via Roma Disaster

In Volume 9 Issue 4 of our quarterly newsletter, we review the Apostle Islands Sled Dog Race Voluntourism Program in Bayfield, Wisconsin in the "Letter From The Publisher."

Our first feature - - When Voluntourist Meets Business Professional - shares the importance of customer relationship management from the perspective of a business professional & voluntourist - Kathryn Pisco.

The second feature invites us to take a deeper look at the informal economies being created through the intersection of voluntary service & travel: Goodwill Poaching: Volunteering, Travel and the Rise of Grey & Black Market Aid

In this issue's Columns, Wisdom & Insight, Erin Michelson provides us with Wisdom & Insights from an "Adventure Philanthropist" This issue's 3Q's share the work of Ruth Manfredi and Michelle Lilly - - SAVE VERNAZZA: Voluntourism in the Aftermath of Disaster in the Developed World In the Supply Chain we introduce readers to Travel to do Good, while VT-Lines asks "What If Communities Really Do Want Our Money More Than Our Time & Effort?" Finally, Dr. Nancy McGehee shares insights from the work of Mary Mostafanezhad- - "Volunteer Tourism As Popular Humanitarianism." Read More >>>


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VolunTourism Trips

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Research Forum With Dr. Nancy McGehee

Since August 2005, Nancy McGehee, PhD., Professor of Hospitality & Tourism Management at Virginia Tech University, has served as our resident expert on VolunTourism Research. Read On>>>

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The VolunTourism Institute Blog

In 2013, David Clemmons, Founder of VolunTourism.org, decided to launch a new blog to focus on research, studies, and breakthroughs regarding the intersection of voluntary service and travel & tourism. It is called the "VolunTourism Institute Blog." Read It>>>

Voluntourism In The Classroom


VolunTourism.org publishes The VolunTourist Newsletter, launched in March 2005, and The VolunTourist Weekly Review, a subscription-only (2009). And, we will occasionally publish a report or generate a conference presentation.

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Inside VolunTourism.org

Curious as to what we do and why we do it? Inside VolunTourism.org tells you about our origins and our parent entity - Via International. Learn More>>>

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VolunTourism Resources

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Releasing A New Publication

Voluntourism Research Anthology

The Voluntourism Research Anthology is a compilation of research articles first presented in issues of The VolunTourist Newsletter dating from 2005 through 2012. It is a comprehensive volume of scholarly research covering the subjects of volunteer tourism and voluntourism. Hailing from three continents, the authors provide unique perspectives on various aspects of this emerging travel genre.

The book is divided into themes featuring articles on topics including: culture, development, marketing & research, niche segments, resident attitudes, theory, and voluntourists. The writing is approachable for practitioners as well as students and educators and serves as an excellent resource for those seeking insights, knowledge, and understanding from the academic world regarding the intersection of voluntary service and travel & tourism.

This book will be available for purchase in early 2014, so stay tuned for further details.

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The conscious, seamlessly integrated combination of voluntary service to a destination and the best, traditional elements of travel — arts, culture, geography, history and recreation — in that destination.