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Developing the Dimensions of Tourism Volunteering

Holmes, Kirsten, Smith, Karen, Lockstone, Leonie and Baum, Tom (2010) Developing the Dimensions of Tourism Volunteering. Leisure Sciences, 32 (3). pp. 255-269. ISSN 0149-0400 (print) 1521-0588 (online)

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Volunteers within tourism settings are of growing interest. Research to date has been fragmented either focusing on individuals volunteering in their community (i.e., hosts) or tourists volunteering at a destination (i.e., guests). In this paper, the tourism and leisure literature on volunteering is synthesized and the host and guest streams of volunteering critiqued according to four defining dimensions: setting, time commitment, level of obligation, and remuneration. These dimensions are refined using interview data to propose a model of tourism volunteering where host and guest volunteering are related rather than distinct. A simple host-guest dichotomy misses the shared and distinct complexities of tourism volunteering.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: ResPubID20597, host volunteering, serious leisure, volunteerism, volunteer tourism
Subjects: Current > FOR Classification > 1504 Services
Current > FOR Classification > 1506 Tourism
Historical > Faculty/School/Research Centre/Department > School of Hospitality Tourism and Marketing
Depositing User: VUIR
Date Deposited: 07 Jun 2012 03:43
Last Modified: 09 Aug 2013 06:03
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