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Volunteer tourism and the eco-village: Finding the host in the pedagogic experience
Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Human Sciences, Department of Economics, Geography, Law and Tourism. (ETOUR)ORCID iD: 0000-0003-0471-3748
2019 (English)In: Hospitality & Society, ISSN 2042-7913, E-ISSN 2042-7921, Vol. 9, no 1, p. 71-89Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The pedagogical dimension of volunteer tourism (VT) is often used to position volunteering as an alternative form of tourism. Many researchers seeking to understand the expansion and benefits of VT have approached the practice through the frameworks of transformative learning and global citizenship education. These forms of education have been criticized by pedagogy and tourism scholars alike as they reproduce an elitist neo-liberal system that positions the needs and desires of volunteers before those of host-community members. The case of Sólheimar eco-village, Iceland, is used to explore the role of the host-community during volunteer tourist experiences aimed at fostering global citizenship. While it is observed that the needs of volunteers are often prioritized, the community members of the eco-village are nonetheless significant actors in the transformative education process of these volunteers. The ability of community-members to provoke reflection amongst volunteers over their complex position as members (albeit transient) of an eco-village represents a form of learning based in critical thinking. By acknowledging the role of the host during VT encounters, researchers can avoid fixing the meaning of transformative learning and global citizenship in ways that reproduce volunteer-centric discourses.

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2019. Vol. 9, no 1, p. 71-89
Keywords [en]
host-community, critical pedagogy, transformative learning, global citizenship, focused ethnography, alternative space
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Human Geography Other Social Sciences not elsewhere specified
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URN: urn:nbn:se:miun:diva-35765DOI: 10.1386/hosp.9.1.71_1ISI: 000460143500005Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85070381688OAI: oai:DiVA.org:miun-35765DiVA, id: diva2:1295015
Available from: 2019-03-08 Created: 2019-03-08 Last updated: 2019-08-20Bibliographically approved

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