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The Ultimate Voluntourism Quiz
by Staff
Voluntourism is a combination of tourism and volunteering, all rolled into one. While there are many proponents, there are also some critics of this increasingly popular activity, who argue that it's more about tourism than volunteering and that it can actually harm the recipient country's economy. Take this quiz to learn more about voluntourism.

What is another name for voluntourism?

  • volunteer travel
  • volunteer visiting
  • both of the above

What type of people do voluntourism?

  • yuppies
  • exchange students
  • people from all walks of life

What is the main difference between voluntourism and, say, a mission trip?

  • Voluntourism is long-term.
  • Voluntourism is short-term.
  • Voluntourism is only with developing countries.

Aside from helping with a particular issue (such as clean-up after a natural disaster), how else does voluntourism benefit another country?

  • It doesn't, really.
  • It allows primitive people to have contact with rich foreigners.
  • It boosts tourism, which means strengthening its economy.

When was the U.K.'s Volunteer Service Organization (VSO) founded?

  • in 1958
  • in 1968
  • in 1978

Until the 1970s, what was the impetus behind the volunteer work being done across the globe?

  • altruism
  • activism
  • tourism

If you are deemed eligible, what might the organization Travel for Good offer you?

  • an all-expenses-paid trip
  • a one-way ticket to Antarctica
  • a grant of up to $5,000 for voluntourism

Which organization introduced the idea of raising money through tourist dollars?

  • Lions International
  • Greenpeace
  • Earthwatch

What age group is suited to voluntourism?

  • 20 to 30-year-olds
  • 35 to 45-year-olds
  • any age

If you're going on a lengthy voluntourism stint, what do you need to do in advance?

  • Pre-pay bills and get travel insurance.
  • Prepare a list of medical records and allergies.
  • both of the above

Why shouldn't you pat a child on the head in Thailand?

  • because his head might have diseases
  • because it is culturally unacceptable
  • because you might be arrested

What is the recommendation of Voluntourism.org regarding preparing for your trip?

  • You should buy a sleeping bag for your trip.
  • You shouldn't do voluntourism if you are shy.
  • You should read up about group dynamics.

How should you prepare yourself emotionally for such a trip?

  • Expect to see different living conditions from what you're used to, including poverty, disease, etc.
  • Discuss your upcoming trip with your therapist.
  • Take meditation and yoga classes.

On a voluntourism trip, can you do regular sightseeing?

  • Yes, usually.
  • No, this goes against the purpose of it all.
  • Yes, on rare occasions if you ask for this in advance.

What do critics say about voluntourism?

  • Voluntourists have ulterior motives.
  • Voluntourism wastes money.
  • Voluntourists are often untrained or unskilled and don't make a significant contribution.

Does voluntourism have an underlying insinuation that local people aren't good enough to do the job themselves?

  • According to proponents, yes.
  • According to critics, yes.
  • According to critics, no.

One problem with voluntourism, perhaps due to its relative newness to the market, is that it is:

  • costly
  • unregulated
  • unpopular

When you evaluate a voluntourism opportunity, what question should you ask the organizer?

  • Where can I buy new luggage?
  • What are your business hours?
  • What support and training do you provide?

Why do some voluntourism organizations discourage contact between the volunteers and the locals?

  • because the cultural gap is too great
  • so that the locals won't feel exploited or indebted to the volunteers
  • in order not to show up the contrast between the rich and the poor

Following the 2004 tsunami, what has angered Kerala locals with regard to voluntourism?

  • that the Indian government diverted redevelopment money in order to boost tourism
  • that no one was sent to help them
  • that too many people came with not enough work to be done