Definition of voluntourism in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌvälənˈto͝orizəm/


A form of tourism in which travelers participate in voluntary work, typically for a charity: at the core of voluntourism is the desire to help others [as modifier]: voluntourism programs
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  • Voluntourism supporters are quick to point out indirect benefits too.
  • Trips to destinations all over the world are adding community restoration projects, but voluntourism in New Orleans isn't limited to building homes with Habitat for Humanity.
  • Our Travel for Good program promotes 'voluntourism' or getting people to take trips during which they participate in a volunteer activity - whether abroad or in areas close to home.



Example sentences
  • As a voluntourist hungry for something different, I've been involved in supporting rural sustainable community development projects in Western Kanchanaburi since 2002.
  • A voluntourist also pays all expenses for her volunteer vacation, including transport, accommodations, and the agency's fee.
  • Voluntourists are giving up all-inclusive beach resorts in the Caribbean for the opportunity to help others.


1990s: blend of volunteer and tourism.

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