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Voluntourism Worldwide - April 2016

"‘Voluntourism’ is a relatively new term in the tourism lexicon and has differing definitions. It is a label that is most commonly applied to a holiday that fuses tourism and voluntary work. While voluntourism is generally considered in the context of volunteering overseas, opportunities for this type of travel also exist within many domestic tourism industries. The terms ‘volunteer tourism’, ‘volunteer holidays’ and ‘volunteer travel’ are also used interchangeably with voluntourism."

- Jessica Kelly, Senior Tourism Analyst

This report looks at the following areas:

  • What is voluntourism?
  • What are the characteristics of the global voluntourism industry?
  • Who volunteers and why?
  • What are the leading voluntourism destinations?
  • What are the challenges facing the voluntourism industry and how can they be overcome?
  • How might voluntourism evolve in the future?

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Table of contents

  1. Introduction

    • Data Sources

      • Overview

        • Evolution of voluntourism
          • Population trends
            • Figure 1: Mid-year population by UN region, 1980-2016
          • Voluntourism and the economy
            • Figure 2: Poverty & equity, regional indicators, 2014
          • Politics of voluntourism
            • Voluntourism within the context of the global tourism industry
              • Figure 3: International arrivals, by UNWTO world region, 2009-16
              • Figure 4: Global expenditure on international tourism, by UNWTO region, 2009-16
              • Figure 5: Tourism’s direct contribution to GDP, by region, 2009-16
          • Market Characteristics

            • Market size
              • The volunteers
                • Millennials
                  • Gap-year students
                    • University students
                      • Generation X
                        • Empty Nesters/Baby Boomers and retirees
                          • Families
                            • Groups
                              • Scientific, academic and professional volunteers
                                • Why volunteer?
                                  • Figure 6: Volunteer tourists’ motivations for volunteering, 2016
                                • Voluntourism and career progression
                                  • Duration of voluntourism placement
                                    • Seasonality
                                      • Repeat volunteers
                                        • Reliance on voluntourism organisations
                                        • Voluntourism Categories

                                            • Community projects
                                              • Construction projects
                                                • Disaster volunteering
                                                  • Education and teaching
                                                    • Internships
                                                      • Marine conservation
                                                        • Medicine and health care
                                                          • Sports coaching
                                                            • Wildlife conservation and management
                                                              • Working with children
                                                                • Figure 7: Examples of Voluntourism trips, 2016
                                                            • Key Voluntourism Destinations

                                                                  • Figure 8: The most searched-for countries for volunteer programmes, 2012
                                                                • Africa
                                                                  • Figure 9: International tourist arrivals in Africa, by country, 2010-16
                                                                  • Figure 10: Visitor exports in Africa, by country, 2010-16
                                                                  • Figure 11: Selected NGOs/tour operators & African destinations for volunteer tourism, 2016
                                                                • South Africa
                                                                  • Figure 12: Key economic indicators, South Africa, 2009-16
                                                                • Industry insight
                                                                  • Asia
                                                                    • Figure 13: International tourist arrivals in Asia, by country, 2010-16
                                                                    • Figure 14: Visitor exports in Asia, by country, 2010-16
                                                                    • Figure 15: Selected NGOs/tour operators & Asia-Pacific destinations for volunteer tourism, 2016
                                                                  • Thailand
                                                                    • Figure 16: Key economic indicators, Thailand, 2009-16
                                                                  • Industry insight
                                                                    • Central & South America
                                                                      • Figure 17: International tourist arrivals in Central & South America, by country, 2010-16
                                                                      • Figure 18: Visitor exports in Central & South America, by country, 2010-16
                                                                      • Figure 19: Selected NGOs/tour operators and Central & South American destinations for volunteer tourism, 2016
                                                                    • Peru
                                                                      • Figure 20: Key economic indicators, Peru, 2009-16
                                                                    • Industry insight
                                                                      • Rest of the world
                                                                        • Australasia
                                                                          • Europe
                                                                            • Middle East
                                                                              • North America
                                                                                • Pacific
                                                                                • Some Key Operators in Voluntourism

                                                                                    • Australian Volunteers International (AVI)
                                                                                      • Frontier
                                                                                        • International Volunteer HQ (IVHQ)
                                                                                          • Peace Corps
                                                                                            • Projects Abroad
                                                                                              • Voluntary Service Overseas (VSO)
                                                                                              • Issues in the Market

                                                                                                • Efficacy and ethics
                                                                                                  • Figure 21: Potential positive & negative impacts of volunteer tourism to the community, 2016
                                                                                                • Regulation of the voluntourism sector
                                                                                                  • The media and voluntourism
                                                                                                  • What Next?

                                                                                                      • Growing market
                                                                                                        • Figure 22: Projected growth in the global tourism market, 2016-30
                                                                                                      • Volunteers at the centre of the industry

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                                                                                                      Voluntourism Worldwide - April 2016

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