Volunteer Tourism: As Good as It Seems?
This research probe piece presents debate on Volunteer tourism (VT) which has been widely praised as an
optimal form of tourism that is beneficial for everyone
involved. In VT, tourists supposedly are no longer uncaring
hedonists, but rather compassionate ambassadors of
goodwill, and host communities supposedly are no longer
objects of exploitation and commodification, but rather
respected equals and grateful recipients of needed
assistance. In other words, VT has been positioned as the
antithesis of mass tourism and all of the problems frequently
associated with it
Keywords: volunteer tourism; research probe.