Voluntourism: Who’s Doing What, Where, And How

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

ChaCha has this handy graphic about travel’s newest trend, voluntourism, showing who’s doing it, where they’re going, and what they’re doing. Turns out the top three spots for the million or so Americans in 2009 who partook in international voluntravel, Peru was the most popular (16%), followed by Costa Rica (14%) and South Africa (13%). (Interesting, seems the lower-temperature regions of the world are in less need of help?)

Men are also way behind in their altruism, with women beating them nearly 2 to 1. And, as the graphic’s note points out, the number of people taking such trips increased by 46% (from 4.7 million people to 6.2 million people) from 2007 to 2008, a good sign for this new travel trend. Now if only more organizations were in need of the skills of an experienced blogger to lend them a hand for a few weeks. . .

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