Social change, discourse and volunteer tourism

Nancy Gard McGehee, Carla Almeida Santos

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Theories of social movements were used to explore possible changes in networks and consciousness-raising among participants in volunteer tourism. Focus group research targeted three US based organizations: Mobility International, WorldPULSE, and The American Jewish World Service. Findings indicate that participation in volunteer tourism had a positive effect on both intended post-trip social movement activities and support for activism. Implications are discussed in the context of the need for coordinating organizations to provide opportunities for the establishment of network ties and/or consciousness-raising experiences both during and after the volunteer tourism experience.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)760-779
Number of pages20
JournalAnnals of Tourism Research
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jul 2005


  • Consciousness-raising
  • Networks
  • Resource mobilization
  • Social movement theory
  • Volunteer tourism

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Development
  • Tourism, Leisure and Hospitality Management


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