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The Impact of Voluntourism on Voluntourists’ Psychological Well-being: The Application of In-depth Interview

Yoon Jung Lee 1

1호서대학교

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ABSTRACT

This study aims to understand the effect of voluntourism experiences on voluntourists’ psychological well-being. This study used a qualitative research. 24 voluntourists who visited other countries were recruited for pre- or post-interviews or both interviews. The findings indicated that voluntourism experiences provided voluntourists with healing and psychological satisfaction through self-reflection from their relationships with other team members and locals. It is found that voluntourism led to the improvement of a psychological well-being in travelers. It is suggested that a better understanding of the impact of voluntourism on its travelers’ psychological well-being will lead organizations to offer support and services for the trips in terms of management of the relationships between travelers and locals.

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This paper was written with support from the National Research Foundation of Korea.