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Title: The study of volunteer tourism among undergraduates in Singapore.
Authors: Lim, Yen Ling.
Lin, Lindy Qianru.
Tan, Sylvie Xiu Ping.
Keywords: DRNTU::Social sciences::Recreation
Issue Date: 2010
Abstract: This report aims to explore the participation levels and attitudes of Singapore undergraduates regarding the area of volunteer tourism. A questionnaire was administered and 339 valid responses were obtained from those who have and have not participated in volunteer tourism. Results showed that past participants mainly visited Southeast Asia nations like Cambodia and other Asia countries like China, Nepal and India. Construction and teaching were also found to be the two main activities performed at the locations. It was also found that the top four motivations for participation in volunteer tourism are Altruism, Personal Growth, Cultural Immersion and Seeking Camaraderie. However, no significant difference was detected in the motivations between participants and non-participants. Similar to past studies on volunteer tourism, the survey revealed criticisms raised by respondents. These respondents were concerned about the true value and sustainability of volunteer projects for both the participants and the host communities. Implications for suppliers of volunteer tourism are also discussed. It is suggested that suppliers design products according to motivations reflected in survey results, address concerns about the true usefulness of the trips and engage in various promotional efforts. Overall, with this study as a basis, future research studies can be conducted for a more thorough analysis of related volunteer tourism topics.
Rights: Nanyang Technological University
Fulltext Permission: restricted
Fulltext Availability: With Fulltext
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