vol·​un·​tour·​ism | \ ˌvä-lən-ˈtu̇r-ˌi-zəm How to pronounce voluntourism (audio) \

Definition of voluntourism

: the act or practice of doing volunteer work as needed in the community where one is vacationing

Other Words from voluntourism

voluntourist \ ˌvä-​lən-​ˈtu̇r-​ist How to pronounce voluntourism (audio) \ noun

Examples of voluntourism in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The nonprofit runs robust voluntourism programs across South Africa that include radio tracking, behavioral monitoring, and identifying prints from paws and hooves. Rachel Rebibo, Travel + Leisure, 9 June 2022 For a deeper experience, consider a volunteer vacation, also known as voluntourism. Ken Budd, Travel + Leisure, 15 July 2021 Of the approximately 8 million children living in orphanages worldwide, 80 percent are not orphans, the two organizations reported, but rather victims of child trafficking, frequently to support voluntourism. Ken Budd, Washington Post, 6 Nov. 2019 In a piece that went viral in 2014, writer Pippa Biddle slammed her six years of voluntourism experiences, including building a library at an orphanage. Ken Budd, National Geographic, 27 June 2019 Tourism Minister Tonge said the island had been considering adding voluntourism options since before the storm. Chabeli Herrera, miamiherald, 16 Apr. 2018 Image Cruise ships in the region are also making voluntourism part of shore excursions. Elaine Glusac, New York Times, 3 Apr. 2018 Apart from the Tamarind, Fort Young Hotel, Secret Bay Resorts, Cobra Tours, Cool Breeze Tours and Cabrits Dive are also offering voluntourism packages. Chabeli Herrera, miamiherald, 16 Apr. 2018 On Key West, Casa Marina resort named Christine Steinhauser its director of human resources and voluntourism. Elaine Glusac, New York Times, 3 Apr. 2018 See More

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First Known Use of voluntourism

1991, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for voluntourism

blend of volunteer entry 3 and tourism

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“Voluntourism.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/voluntourism. Accessed 29 Jun. 2022.

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