A fluid list of pertinent academic articles on the topic of volunteer tourism. These will be updated on a regular basis, with some highlighted as per popular topics discussed on the blog and social media.
Alexander, Z., & Bakir, A. (2011). Understanding voluntourism: A Glaserian grounded theory study. In A.M. Benson (Ed.), Volunteer Tourism: Theory Framework to Practical Applications (pp. 9–29). Abingdon, UK: Routledge.
Andereck, K., McGehee, N. G., Lee, S., & Clemmons, D. (2011). Experience expectations of prospective volunteer tourists. Journal of Travel Research, 51(2), 130-141.
Bailey, A. W., & Russell, K. C. (2010). Predictors of interpersonal growth in volunteer tourism: A latent curve approach. Leisure Sciences, 32(4), 352-368.
Bandyopadhyay, R., & Patil, V. (2017). ‘The white woman’s burden’–the racialized, gendered politics of volunteer tourism. Tourism Geographies, 1-14.
Barbieri, C., Santos, C. A., & Katsube, Y. (2012). Volunteer tourism: On-the-ground observations from Rwanda. Tourism Management, 33(3), 509-516.
Bramwell, B., Higham, J. E. S., Lane, B., & Miller, G. (2017). Twenty-five years of sustainable tourism and the Journal of Sustainable Tourism: Looking back and moving forward. Journal of Sustainable Tourism, 25(1), 1-9.
Bricker, K. S., DonoHoe, H., Becerra, L., & Nickerson, N. (2015). Theoretical Perspectives on Tourism—An Introduction. Demystifying Theories in Tourism Research, (pp. 1-6). Boston, MA: CABI.
Burrai, E., Font, X., & Cochrane, J. (2015). Destination stakeholders’ perceptions of volunteer tourism: An equity theory approach. International Journal of Tourism Research, 17(5), 451-459.
Butcher, J., & Smith, P. (2010). ‘Making a difference’: Volunteer tourism and development. Tourism Recreation Research, 35(1), 27-36.
Caton, K., & Santos, C. A. (2009). Images of the other: Selling study abroad in a postcolonial world. Journal of Travel Research, 48(2), 191-204.
Chambers, D., & Buzinde, C. (2015). Tourism and decolonisation: Locating research and self. Annals of Tourism Research, 51, 1-16.
Christian, M. S., Garza, A. S., & Slaughter, J. E. (2011). Work engagement: A quantitative review and test of its relations with task and contextual performance. Personnel Psychology, 64(1), 89-136.
Coghlan, A., & Gooch, M. (2011). Applying a transformative learning framework to volunteer tourism. Journal of Sustainable Tourism, 19(6), 713-728.
Conran, M. (2011). They really love me! Intimacy in volunteer tourism. Annals of Tourism Research, 38(4), 1454-1473.
Daldeniz, B., & Hampton, M. P. (2010). VOLUNtourists versus volunTOURISTS. Volunteer Tourism: Theoretical Frameworks and Practical Applications, 30.
Devereux, P. (2008). International volunteering for development and sustainability: Outdated paternalism or a radical response to globalization? Development in Practice, 18(3), 357-370.
Eddins, E. (2012). Bridging the gap: Volunteer tourism’s role in global partnerships development. In Bricker, K. S., Black, R., & Cottrell, S. (Eds.). Sustainable Tourism and the Millennium Development Goals. Burlington, MA: Jones & Bartlett Publishers, 251-264.
Emery, M., & Flora, C. (2006). Spiraling-up: Mapping community transformation with community capitals framework. Community Development, 37(1), 19-35.
Escobar, A. (2011). Introduction. In A. Escobar (Ed.), Encountering Development: The Making and Unmaking of the Third World. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press.
Everingham, P. (2015). Intercultural exchange and mutuality in volunteer tourism: The case of Intercambio in Ecuador. Tourist Studies, 15(2), 175-190.
Fee, L., & Mdee, A. (2011). How does it make a difference? Towards “accreditation” of the development impact of volunteer tourism. In A. Benson (Ed.), Volunteer Tourism: Theory Framework to Practical Applications, (pp. 223-251). London, UK: Routledge.
Forsythe, R. (2011). Helping or hindering? Volunteer tourism in Ghana and its critical role in development. Conference Rethinking Development in an Age of Scarcity and Uncertainty. University of York, 19-22.
Fox, C. (2016). Who is my neighbour? Unleashing our postcolonial consciousness. International Education Journal: Comparative Perspectives, 15(3), 57-76.
Gray, N. J., & Campbell, L. M. (2007). A decommodified experience? exploring aesthetic, economic and ethical values for volunteer ecotourism in costa rica. Journal of Sustainable Tourism, 15(5), 463-482.
Gray, N. J., Meeker, A., Ravensbergen, S., Kipp, A., & Faulkner, J. (2017). Producing science and global citizenship? Volunteer tourism and conservation in Belize. Tourism Recreation Research, 42(2), 199-211.
Guttentag, D. A. (2009). The possible negative impacts of volunteer tourism. International Journal of Tourism Research, 11(6), 537-551.
Hall, C.M., & Tucker, H. (2004). Tourism and postcolonialism: An introduction. In Hall, 1. C., & Tucker, H. (Eds.). (2004). Tourism and Postcolonialism: Contested Discourses, Identities and Representations (pp. 1-24). New York, NY: Routledge.
Hammersley, L. A. (2014). Volunteer tourism: Building effective relationships of understanding. Journal of Sustainable Tourism, 22(6), 855-873.
Hartman, E., Paris, C. M., & Blache-Cohen, B. (2014). Fair trade learning: Ethical standards for community-engaged international volunteer tourism. Tourism and Hospitality Research, 14(1-2), 108-116.
Hopkins, P., Olson, E., Baillie Smith, M., & Laurie, N. (2015). Transitions to religious adulthood: relational geographies of youth, religion, and international volunteering. Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers, 40(3), 387-398.
Jamal, T. B., & Getz, D. (1995). Collaboration theory and community tourism planning. Annals of Tourism Research, 22(1), 186-204.
Knollenberg, W., McGehee, N. G., Boley, B. B., & Clemmons, D. (2014). Motivation-based transformative learning and potential volunteer tourists: Facilitating more sustainable outcomes. Journal of Sustainable Tourism, 22(6), 922-941.
Kuh, G. D. (2009). The national survey of student engagement: Conceptual and empirical foundations. New Directions for Institutional Research, 2009(141), 5-20.
Lo, A. S., & Lee, C. Y. (2011). Motivations and perceived value of volunteer tourists from Hong Kong. Tourism Management, 32(2), 326-334.
Lupoli, C. A., Morse, W. C., Bailey, C., & Schelhas, J. (2014). Assessing the impacts of international volunteer tourism in host communities: A new approach to organizing and prioritizing indicators. Journal of Sustainable Tourism, 22(6), 898-921.
Lyons, K., Hanley, J., Wearing, S., & Neil, J. (2012). Gap year volunteer tourism: Myths of global citizenship? Annals of Tourism Research, 39(1), 361-378.
McGehee, N. G. (2014). Volunteer tourism: Evolution, issues and futures. Journal of Sustainable Tourism, 22(6), 847-854.
McGehee, N. G. (2012). Oppression, emancipation, and volunteer tourism: Research propositions. Annals of Tourism Research, 39(1), 84-107.
McGehee, N. G. (2002). Alternative tourism and social movements. Annals of Tourism Research, 29(1), 124-143.
McGehee, N. G., & Andereck, K. (2009). Volunteer tourism and the “voluntoured”: The case of Tijuana, Mexico. Journal of Sustainable Tourism, 17(1), 39-51.
McGehee, N. G., & Andereck, K. (2008). ‘Pettin’ the critters’: Exploring the complex relationship between volunteers and the voluntoured in McDowell county, West Virginia, USA, and Tijuana, Mexico. In Lyons, K., & Wearing, S. (Eds.) Journeys of Discovery in Volunteer Tourism: International Case Study Perspectives, (12-24). Cambridge, MA: CABI publishing.
McGehee, N. G., & Santos, C. A. (2005). Social change, discourse and volunteer tourism. Annals of Tourism Research, 32(3), 760-779.
McGloin, C., & Georgeou, N. (2016). ‘Looks good on your CV’: The sociology of voluntourism recruitment in higher education. Journal of Sociology, 52(2), 403-417.
McIntosh, A. J., & Zahra, A. (2007). A cultural encounter through volunteer tourism: Towards the ideals of sustainable tourism? Journal of Sustainable Tourism, 15(5), 541-556.
McMillan, D. W., & Chavis, D. M. (1986). Sense of community: A definition and theory. Journal of Community Psychology, 14(1), 6-23.
Mostafanezhad, M. (2013). The geography of compassion in volunteer tourism. Tourism Geographies, 15(2), 318-337.
Olsen, L. M., Vogt, C., & Andereck, K. (2018). Sustaining the common good: Tourism professional motives to volunteer for the tourism industry. Tourism Recreation Research, 43(1), 68-81. Sustainingthecommongoodtourismprofessionalmotivestovolunteerforthetourismindustry
Osagie, I., & Buzinde, C. N. (2011). Culture and postcolonial resistance: Antigua in Kincaid’s A Small Place. Annals of Tourism Research, 38(1), 210-230.
Pachmayer, A., Zhao, S., & Andereck, K. (2015). Theoretical perspectives in the study of community residents and tourism. In Bricker, K. S., & Donohoe, H. (Eds.) Demystifying Theories in Tourism Research (118-127). Boston, MA: CABI.
Palacios, C. M. (2010). Volunteer tourism, development and education in a postcolonial world: Conceiving global connections beyond aid. Journal of Sustainable Tourism, 18(7), 861-878.
Parker, B., & Altman Dautoff, D. (2007). Service-learning and study abroad: Synergistic learning opportunities. Michigan Journal of Community Service Learning, 13(2).
Raymond, E. (2008). Make a difference!’ the role of sending organizations in volunteer tourism. In Lyons, K., & Wearing, S. (Eds.) Journeys of Discovery in Volunteer Tourism: International Case Study Perspectives, (48-60). Cambridge, MA: CABI publishing.
Raymond, E. M., & Hall, C. M. (2008). The development of cross-cultural (mis) understanding through volunteer tourism. Journal of Sustainable Tourism, 16(5), 530-543.
Schwarz, K. C. (2018). Volunteer tourism and the intratourist gaze. Tourism Recreation Research, 43(2), 186-196.
Sherraden, M. S., Lough, B., & McBride, A. M. (2008). Effects of international volunteering and service: Individual and institutional predictors. Voluntas: International Journal of Voluntary and Nonprofit Organizations, 19(4), 395-421.
Sherraden, M. S., Stringham, J., Sow, S. C., & McBride, A. M. (2006). The forms and structure of international voluntary service. Voluntas: International Journal of Voluntary and Nonprofit Organizations, 17(2), 156-173.
Simpson, K. (2004). ‘Doing development’: The gap year, volunteer‐tourists and a popular practice of development. Journal of International Development, 16(5), 681-692.
Sin, H. L. (2010). Who are we responsible to? Locals’ tales of volunteer tourism. Geoforum, 41(6), 983-992.
Sin, H. L. (2009). Volunteer tourism—“Involve me and I will learn”? Annals of Tourism Research, 36(3), 480-501.
Smith, L. T. (2012a). Introduction. In L. T. Smith (Ed.), Decolonizing methodologies: Research and Indigenous Peoples. London, UK: Zed Books.
Smith, L. T. (2012b). Research through imperial eyes. In L. T. Smith (Ed.), Decolonizing methodologies: Research and Indigenous Peoples. London, UK: Zed Books.
Snyder, J., Dharamsi, S., & Crooks, V. A. (2011). Fly-by medical care: Conceptualizing the global and local social responsibilities of medical tourists and physician voluntourists. Globalization and Health, 7(1), 1.
Sossou, M., & Dubus, N. (2013). International social work field placement or volunteer tourism? developing an asset-based justice-learning field experience. Journal of Learning Design, 6(1), 10-19.
Taplin, J., Dredge, D., & Scherrer, P. (2014). Monitoring and evaluating volunteer tourism: A review and analytical framework. Journal of Sustainable Tourism, 22(6), 874-897.
Tomazos, K., & Butler, R. (2012). Volunteer tourists in the field: A question of balance? Tourism Management, 33(1), 177-187.
Wearing, S. (2001). Volunteer Tourism: Experiences That Make a Difference. New York, NY: CABI Publishing.
Wearing, S. L., Benson, A. M., & McGehee, N. (2016). Volunteer Tourism and Travel Volunteering. In Smith, D. H., & Stebbins, R. A. (Eds.). The Palgrave Handbook of Volunteering, Civic Participation, and Nonprofit Associations (275-289). London, UK: Palgrave Macmillan.
Wearing, S., McDonald, M., & Ponting, J. (2005). Building a decommodified research paradigm in tourism: The contribution of NGOs. Journal of Sustainable Tourism, 13(5), 424-439.
Wearing, S., & McGehee, N. G Ruhanen, Weiler, Moyle & McLennan, 2015 Ruhanen, Weiler, Moyle & McLennan, 2015. (2013). Volunteer tourism: A review. Tourism Management, 38(0), 120-130.
Wearing, S., Young, T., & Everingham, P. (2017). Evaluating volunteer tourism: has it made a difference? Tourism Recreation Research, 42(4), 512-521.
Woosnam, K. M., & Lee, Y. J. (2011). Applying social distance to voluntourism research. Annals of Tourism Research, 38(1), 309-313.
Yoshikawa, H., Aber, J. L., & Beardslee, W. R. (2012). The effects of poverty on the mental, emotional, and behavioral health of children and youth: implications for prevention. American Psychologist, 67(4), 272-284.
Zahra, A., & McIntosh, A. J. (2007). Volunteer tourism: Evidence of cathartic tourist experiences. Tourism Recreation Research, 32(1), 115-119.
Zahra, A., & McGehee, N. G. (2013). Volunteer tourism: A host community capital perspective. Annals of Tourism Research, 42(0), 22-45.