Your Tourism and Hospitality testbook does not offer information about a new
kind of tourism, called voluntourism, that is a recent and interesting phenomenon
both of the mass and niche markets.
It would be useful for you to know how it works both as a subject topic and as a
choice for your life.
So I would like you analyze the benefits and pitfalls of volunteering placements
abroad and to find out how such trips are organized and what kind of people can
be interested in them.
Your assignement is to create a presentation to share the information you have learned about
voluntourism. You can work in groups of four people
Your presentation must be 2 pages/4 slides long.
It must include pictures, graphics and text
It must be interesting to look at
Students will go to the links provided by the teacher as resources
Students will take notes of any interesting information to include in their
Students will create their presentation, using Microsoft Word, Microsoft
Powerpoint or Google Presentation, explaining what voluntourism is, what are the
pros and cons of doing volunteer work abroad, what kind of organizations provide
these trips and to what extent is it on yhe increase growing.
Additional resources 1/2
What is voluntourism?
Associations who provide volunteer trips and their organization
Voluntourism and the global trade market
Additional resources 2/2
Reasons to vounteer
Reasons not to volunteer
Imagine that you have the opportunity to speak with the committee that decides
what material gets published in your Tourism and Hospitality textbook.
With your presentation you could reason that volunteering placements abroad area
subject that should be included in a textbook, because it could be interesting for
future tour operators and travel agents.
Furthermore, after evaluating pros and cons of that kind of tourism, you can
choose whether you would consider it as an experience you would have yourself
and whether you think it is more useful for the volunteers themselves or for the
people in need.
Task 1 BEGINNING DEVELOPING ACCOMPLISHED
1 3 6
OVERALL AESTHETICS 1 2 3
Communication skills 1 3 6
This work has various aspects of interest for young students. It could be assigned to
fifth years students.
Indeed, the selected topic, apart from filling a gap in knowledge, can improve
productive habits of the mind, because it concerns very important issues linked to
tourism activities in the third world. Thus it can help students:
to be open-minded,
to know something useful for their own lives,
to evaluate actions from different points of view,
to be accurate, to take a position and to be sensitive towards others
Moreover, this topic will engage students intensevely because by having different
points of view it does not allow for immediate answers and solutions.