Developing the Dimensions of Tourism Volunteering

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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)

Abstract

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.

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Item type Article
URI https://vuir.vu.edu.au/id/eprint/7324
DOI https://doi.org/10.1080/01490401003712689
Official URL http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/0149040...
Subjects Historical > FOR Classification > 1504 Services
Historical > FOR Classification > 1506 Tourism
Historical > Faculty/School/Research Centre/Department > School of Hospitality Tourism and Marketing
Keywords ResPubID20597, host volunteering, serious leisure, volunteerism, volunteer tourism
Citations in Scopus 48 - View on Scopus
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