AbstractsSocial Sciences

Sustainability in Voluntourism Organisations

by Evelina Andersen

Institution: Linnæus University
Year: 2015
Keywords: voluntourism; sustainability; the Philippines; Social Sciences; Other Social Sciences; Other Social Sciences not elsewhere specified; Samhällsvetenskap; Annan samhällsvetenskap; Övrig annan samhällsvetenskap; Tourism Management Programme, 180 credits; Turismprogrammet, 180 hp; Tourism Studies; Turismvetenskap
Record ID: 1334075
Full text PDF: http://urn.kb.se/resolve?urn=urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-39232


Voluntourism is a relatively new branch of tourism, and is considered to be quite sustainable in comparison to other forms of tourism. By researching how the voluntourists perceive the sustainable effects of the work that they have participated in, this thesis has been able to show how detectable some of these effects are. With the focus on the Philippines, this thesis has also been able to determine that the researched voluntourism organisations seems to be present in the country due to the fact that the help that they provide is really needed. By analysing the content of a number of voluntourism organisations, it has been possible to detect that the effects of the voluntourism work have several positive impacts on the local society. Out of these the main effects are the increased access to education and work for the locals. The thesis has also been able to determine that in order for organisations to be able to optimise their sustainability, they need to work with both economic, environmental, and social aspects.