Faculty Advisor

Kontogeorgopoulos, Nick

Area of Study

Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences

Publication Date

Fall 2016


The rise of global volunteer tourism in low and middle income countries around the world has given foreign tourists an alternative means of visiting traditional travel destinations. Volunteers generally work outside of popular tourist areas to engage with local communities. The types of volunteer opportunities are numerous, from medical to educational and there is an opportunity awaiting any proactive foreigner. In Southeast Asia, particularly Thailand, the rise of the volunteer tourism economy has brought foreign tourists to rural Thai communities. In Thailand, English lessons are an especially popular volunteer activity. Whether the volunteer desires to work with schoolchildren, adults, or even monks, there is a wide variety of volunteer programs available. Typically, these foreign volunteers serve for short periods of time, usually, less than a month. This project aims to gain a deep understanding of the potential benefits and limitation of the effectiveness of short-term volunteer English instruction in Thailand.


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