Why do people opt for voluntourism in Bangladesh? An exploratory study
This qualitative study aims to disclose the motivations of volunteer tourists and their perceived benefit of the activity, using push/pull theory. Thematic analysis of data from interviews (face-to-face and telephone) and focus group discussion ascertained core meanings. Findings reveal (1) push factors include the desire to give something back to society and the desire for self-exploration, (2) pull factors include learning about other social classes and the enticement of a challenge. The perceived benefits were greater self-confidence and enhanced communication, networking, and presentation skills. It is concluded that voluntourism in Bangladesh has a bright future.