HTM408 - Voluntourism & International Development

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Subject Title
Voluntourism & International Development

Subject Description
VolunTourism is a major growth area in contemporary tourism where tourists travel seeking an experience that makes a difference. This course will explore the growing demand of consumers looking for suppliers and organizations that combine volunteer service to a destination while experiencing the traditional elements of travel, arts, culture, geography, and history in that destination. Studies will review the complex relationship between volunteering and tourism, its sources, the economic, social and policy issues involved, and prerequisites for a successful experience.

Credit Status
One professional option credit towards the Tourism - Services Management - Global Tourism Business Specialization Diploma or the Flight Services - Operations and Cabin Management Diploma.

Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this subject the student will be able to:

1.   Define and explain how 'VolunTourism' is a viable business model which combines travel and service.
2.   Analyze, compare and contrast "Voluntourism vs.Tourism"
3.   Identify organizations and suppliers who offer voluntourism opportunities including retailers, tour operators and destinations.
4.   Describe the organizational approach of designing and planning volunteer programs, volunteer motivation, recruitment and selection, training and development, reward and retention, and diversity management.
5.   Evaluate best practices and product impact of voluntourism.
6.   Distinguish the markets and profiles of travellers interested in voluntourism.
7.   Develop a research profile on volunteer tourism with respect to best practices, program development, activities, marketing, empowerment and sustainability.
8.   Assess career and employment opportunities associated with voluntourism.
9.   Create a Canadian charitable organization.
10. Use correct business etiquette and adhere to professional standards of dress, hygiene and grooming.

Essential Employability Skills
Communicate clearly, concisely and correctly in the written, spoken and visual form that fulfils the purpose and meets the needs of the audience.

Respond to written, spoken, or visual messages in a manner that ensures effective communication.

Analyze, evaluate, and apply relevant information from a variety of sources.

Show respect for diverse opinions, values, belief systems, and contributions of others.

Manage the use of time and other resources to complete projects.

Take responsibility for one's own actions, decisions, and consequences.

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Accommodation for Students with Disabilities
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