Why do people opt for voluntourism in Bangladesh? An exploratory study

  • Jebun Nesa Ali University of Dhaka
  • Arifur Rahman
Keywords: voluntourism, travel motivation, push/pull theory, perceived benefit, voluntourists

Abstract

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.

Published
2019-09-10
How to Cite
Ali, J. N., & Rahman, A. (2019). Why do people opt for voluntourism in Bangladesh? An exploratory study. Journal of Tourism Quarterly , 1(1), 53-65. Retrieved from http://htmjournals.com/jtq/index.php/jtq/article/view/6