voluntourist

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Etymology[edit]

Blend of volunteer +‎ tourist.

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voluntourist (plural voluntourists)

  1. A tourist who takes part in voluntourism. [from 20th C.]
    • 2014 April 21, Rafia Zakaria, “The white tourist’s burden”, in Al Jazeera America[1], archived from the original on 14 January 2016:
      As summer looms, many Americans — college students, retirees and others who stand at the cusp of life changes — will make similar choices in search of transformational experiences. An industry exists to make these easier to make: the voluntourism business. A voluntourist is someone like Jack, who wishes to combine exotic vacation travel with volunteer work.
    • 2016 October 7th, Rosamund Urwin, “Let’s praise the Jungle’s volunteers” in the i, № 1,831, page 18/5:
      I’m not pretending all in the camp are philanthropic angels. On Sunday we saw three “voluntourists”, taking selfies.