I haven’t published a great deal on TEFL tourism yet (I will, I will), but when I was contacted by the English Teacher Training College of Austria who expressed that they too love TEFL and travel I couldn’t resist featuring them on the blog! In essence, TEFL tourism is all about demonstrating the links between […]Read More TEFL Tourism in Austria
I recently published an academic article in Annals of Tourism Research entitled A Segmented Volunteer Tourism Industry in which I argue that volunteer tourism is no longer a micro form of niche tourism, but has in fact progressed into a marco-niche. How can we justifiably compare a person who pays £2000 to a commercial organisation […]Read More What Actually IS A Volunteer Tourist Anyway?
You know the feeling. You’ve been away for several months, constantly living out of a bag and wondering where you’re going to go next. The ‘backpacker’s fatigue’ is starting to rear its ugly head and all those beautiful views are starting to look a bit…meh. A great way to combat this feeling, to start appreciating […]Read More Should backpackers ‘give back’?
As part of my MSc I studied this type of thing a lot, and years on it is still something that both interests, and annoys me. Two summers ago in 2010 I decided to undertake some volunteer work and began to research it. There are hundreds of organisations offering this type of thing, but most […]Read More Volunteer work: Who gets the cookies?
Sat on the bus from the hostel in the city, to the impoverished outer city areas of Buenos Aires I felt both excited and anxious. I had never done anything like this before and I really didn’t know what to expect. All of the other volunteers chatted happily on the bus ride there and this […]Read More Volunteering in the visha’s of Buenos Aires