OVERVIEW OF VOLUNTOURISM IN TURKEY: DEFINING THE EXPERIENCE OF VOLUNTEERS AND THEIR MOTIVATION
Keywords:Volunteering, Tourism, Voluntourism, Turkey, Izmir
Travelling is an incredible experience of itself. At the same time, travel with a purpose can be even more meaningful. Volunteering Tourism or Voluntourism is one of the ways to travel around the world. Volunteer tourism is a new type of alternative tourism and especially based on a volunteer service.
The purpose of this paper is to examine the current state of volunteer tourism in Turkey and a specific form of tourism that is closely related to a range of conception of volunteer tourism in Turkey. With the growth in volunteer tourism, the importance of understanding the factors/ motivations that drive volunteers cannot be overemphasized. This study is also examined motivation of volunteers and their experiences. To quantify this phenomenon, semi-structured interview was used in this study which covered qualitative data collection techniques. The questions received from past studies and developed by researcher and created after the expert opinion. As conclusions of this paper, Izmir’s voluntary tourist profile and demographic structure of these tourists was examined. The paper also included the reasons and the motivations of tourist to visit Turkey.
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