Link Friday: The Voluntourism Edition

Posted on Thursday, October 8, 2015 by Kate

Love to travel and love to help people too? Try “voluntourism!”

  • Here’s the official definition: “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.”
  • It’s estimated that 55% of American travelers took part in volunteer work during a vacation in the past two years. Hotels are finding ways to take advantage of the growing trend.
  • Voluntourism can mean spending time in an orphanage, tutoring and mentoring, or helping rebuild an area after a natural disaster – there’s no end to the ways you can contribute.
  • Travelocity has even started its own microsite, “Travel for Good,” where you can enter to win a free voluntourism trip of your choosing.
  • Voluntourism is not without criticism, however. Some claim it does more good for the volunteer, than the people they think they’re helping.
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As a former television journalist, Ms. Hagen knows a lot about engaging an audience. She is adept at using social media to capture the attention of travelers, feeding them useful information and carefully selected tidbits, all with the goal of turning prospective travelers into overnights.