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Blend of volunteer +‎ tourism

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voluntourism (uncountable)

  1. A type of tourism which combines traditional travel and tourism with volunteer work. Travelers are given opportunities to contribute money and/or time to causes related to their destinations.
    • 2014 April 21, Rafia Zakaria, “The white tourist’s burden”, in Al Jazeera America[1]:
      As summer looms, many Americans — college students, retirees and others who stand at the cusp of life changes — will make similar choices in search of transformational experiences. An industry exists to make these easier to make: the voluntourism business. A voluntourist is someone like Jack, who wishes to combine exotic vacation travel with volunteer work.

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