Adventure Philanthropy: Trialling a New Blend of Tourism and Volunteering

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Title Adventure Philanthropy: Trialling a New Blend of Tourism and Volunteering
Author Coghlan, Alexandra
Publication Title CAUTHE 2011: Tourism - Creating a brilliant blend
Editor Michael Gross
Year Published 2011
Place of publication South Australia
Publisher University of South Australia
Abstract In 2007 Lyons suggested that decoupling the volunteering and tourism aspects of volunteer tourism might circumvent some of the more negative aspects of this niche tourism sector. This paper provides a personal account of an adventure philanthropy event as a means of investigating the proposal made by Lyons and Wearing. Adventure philanthropy is a form of tourism that combines fundraising/charity work with adventure travel, an activity in which participants first engage in volunteer fund raising before undertaking an adventure tourism trip. In this case the event was the Hospital Foundation's Cardiac Challenge, a three day cycling event from Cairns to Cooktown. Findings based on participant observation and auto‐ethnography suggest that this type of adventure philanthropy event has many of the same characteristics as volunteering, tourism and volunteer tourism. The research results provide insights into the decreased role of ambiguity and better defined outcomes that this type of tourism offers over more traditional volunteer tourism. It suggests therefore that the proposal by Lyons (2007) (and subsequently, Lyons & Wearing, 2008) does have merit and concludes that more rigorous research into this topic would be beneficial. Keywords: volunteer tourism, adventure philanthropy, motivation.
Peer Reviewed Yes
Published Yes
Publisher URI
ISBN 9780987050700
Conference name CAUTHE 2011 National Conference
Location Adelaide, South Australia
Date From 2011-02-08
Date To 2011-02-11
Date Accessioned 2011-07-27
Language en_AU
Research Centre Griffith Institute For Tourism
Faculty Faculty of Science, Environment, Engineering and Technology
Subject Tourist Behaviour and Visitor Experience
Publication Type Conference Publications (Full Written Paper - Refereed)
Publication Type Code e1

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