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"We are not tourists. We fit in this community": Relationship between volunteer tourists and residents in Puerto Viejo, Costa Rica a case study

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dc.contributor.supervisor Campbell, Michael (Kinesiology and Recreation Management) en_US
dc.contributor.author Lee, Hanjung
dc.date.accessioned 2014-05-27T13:53:12Z
dc.date.available 2014-05-27T13:53:12Z
dc.date.issued 2014-05-27
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1993/23600
dc.description.abstract Volunteer tourism has been regarded to provide an authentic and mutually beneficial relationship between volunteer tourists and residents based on volunteering. By exploring volunteer tourists' emotional solidarity with residents, the researcher aims to uncover the social relations between volunteer tourists and residents in practice. This exploratory study was conducted in Puerto Viejo, Costa Rica during November 2012 to January 2013. Based on the two months of ethnographic field research, this research suggests that volunteer tourism may not be superior to so-called “mass tourism” in terms of building harmonious relationships between volunteer tourists and resident. In this study, volunteer tourists’ feelings of closeness were merely feelings which boosted the identity of volunteer tourists from “tourists” to “volunteers”. This article contributes to the growing body of literature on volunteer tourism by exploring the volunteer tourism experience from the perspectives of international volunteers. en_US
dc.subject Volunteer tourism en_US
dc.subject Emotional solidarity en_US
dc.subject Inter-cultural relationships en_US
dc.title "We are not tourists. We fit in this community": Relationship between volunteer tourists and residents in Puerto Viejo, Costa Rica a case study en_US
dc.degree.discipline Kinesiology and Recreation Management en_US
dc.contributor.examiningcommittee Van Winkle, Christine (Kinesiology and Recreation Management) Frohlick, Susan (Anthropology) en_US
dc.degree.level Master of Arts (M.A.) en_US
dc.description.note October 2014 en_US


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