I have read so many recent blog pieces, news stories etc. that highlight voluntourism as one of the hot trends for 2011.
The Center for American Progress named voluntourism as a top “green trend” for 2011 ?http://www.americanprogress.org/issues/2011/01/ebg_010511.html
and The Travel Word recently highlighted voluntourism as one of many terms for ethical travel?http://www.tourism-review.com/the-meaning-of-various-labels-used-for-ethical-travel-news2570
and?International Tourism Trade Fairs Association in the UK recently highlighted Voluntourism as a growing field. ?http://www.travelmole.com/press_article.php?news_id=1146021
The term “voluntourism” ?is?definitely?getting out more and more in print but will this year really be the year of the voluntourist?
Voluntourism, of course has been around for a long time and had seen incredible growth in the last 10 years, though the experience ?may have been called international volunteering or volunteering abroad. When the recession hit there was a dip in that growth but as the economy continues to recover I think we will continue to see a trend of increased attention, interest and?opportunities?to volunteer abroad and be a voluntouist.
What do you think, is 2011 the year?