Date of Award
College of Arts Humanities and Social Sciences
Alejandro Cerón, Ph.D.
Anthropology, Development, Latin America, Tourism, Voluntourism
This thesis is an exploration of host community perceptions of volunteer tourism in the context of a small community in the highlands of Guatemala called San Juan Comalapa. Voluntourism acts as a bridge between development aid and traditional tourism and therefore voluntourism organizations should act as both roles in the community. In this research I found that voluntourism organizations, particularly one organization called Long Way Home, can lean more towards one role than another in the eyes of members of the host community. Based on these findings I recommend that these organizations embrace these dual roles and engage the community as both a development organization as well as tourism operator.
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Samantha Grace Hagan
Received from ProQuest
Hagan, Samantha Grace, "Doing Good in Guatemala: Perceptions of Voluntourism in San Juan Comalapa" (2017). Electronic Theses and Dissertations. 1260.
Cultural Anthropology, Latin American Studies