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Voluntourism

noun; blending [volunteer + tourism]
Travel which includes volunteering for a charitable cause. In recent years, miniature volunteer vacations have grown in popularity. Volunteer tourism appeals to a wide variety of travelers, but the majority of volunteers are made up of high school and college students. Many students use these trips to boost their resumes, travel with friends, and as a way to gain world experience and see new countries.
 
My friend is going on an Alternative Spring Break trip. This is an example of voluntourism.
Etymology : blend of "volunteer" c.1600, "one who offers himself for military service," from Middle French voluntaire, noun use of adj. meaning "voluntary," from Latin voluntarius "voluntary, of one's free will" and "tour" early 14c., "a turn, a shift on duty," from Old French tour, tourn "a turn, trick, round, circuit, circumference," from torner, tourner "to turn," from Latin tornare "to polish, round off, fashion, turn on a lathe" and the suffix -ism for noun formation.
Source : Conversation within an organization about the value of volunteering November 2013
Last modified: 25 November 2013


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