voluntourism

noun
vol·un·tour·ism | \ˌvä-lən-ˈtu̇r-ˌi-zəm \

Definition of voluntourism 

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

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voluntourist \ˌvä-lən-ˈtu̇r-ist \ noun

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Tourism Minister Tonge said the island had been considering adding voluntourism options since before the storm. Chabeli Herrera, miamiherald, "Two monster hurricanes battered these Caribbean islands. Now, they’re back in business | Miami Herald," 16 Apr. 2018 Image Cruise ships in the region are also making voluntourism part of shore excursions. Elaine Glusac, New York Times, "How Travelers Can Help Hurricane-Damaged Islands," 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, "Two monster hurricanes battered these Caribbean islands. Now, they’re back in business | Miami Herald," 16 Apr. 2018 On Key West, Casa Marina resort named Christine Steinhauser its director of human resources and voluntourism. Elaine Glusac, New York Times, "How Travelers Can Help Hurricane-Damaged Islands," 3 Apr. 2018 A volunteering vacation can be a meaningful way to spend your time off, said Courtney Regan, the founder of the San Francisco travel company Courtney Regan Travel and an expert on what is known as voluntourism. Shivani Vora, New York Times, "How to Plan a Volunteering Vacation," 16 Jan. 2017 For more voluntourism excursions, ShoreTrips.com and HopeFloats.org (only in the Caribbean) maximize volunteering impact on day-long port stops. Zachary Laks, Condé Nast Traveler, "How to Cruise With a Conscience," 4 Jan. 2017

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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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