Alexandra Coghlan is a Tourism Post-doctoral Research Fellow at JCU.
Exploring the role of expedition staff in volunteer tourism†
Article first published online: 27 FEB 2008
Copyright © 2008 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
International Journal of Tourism Research
Volume 10, Issue 2, pages 183–191, March/April 2008
How to Cite
Coghlan, A. (2008), Exploring the role of expedition staff in volunteer tourism. Int. J. Tourism Res., 10: 183–191. doi: 10.1002/jtr.650
- Issue published online: 27 FEB 2008
- Article first published online: 27 FEB 2008
- Manuscript Accepted: 23 AUG 2007
- Manuscript Revised: 21 AUG 2007
- Manuscript Received: 22 FEB 2007
- expedition leaders;
- volunteer tourism expeditions;
Conservation volunteer tourism (VT) (or nature conservation expedition)-related organisations can provide a meeting point for both tourists and field-based scientists. Expedition leaders should be aware of the needs of the volunteer tourists that can be fulfilled through VT. It appears that the role of expedition leaders is central to the successful execution of the VT expedition. This study aimed to understand the expedition leaders' perceptions of VT, their perspective of the expectations of their volunteer tourists and their requirements of the volunteers, and assess how volunteers perform with regard to those requirements. The results suggest that there may be some differences in perceptions between leaders and volunteer tourists that may affect the success of the expedition. Copyright © 2008 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.