Volunteer Service Abroad Analysis

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Volunteer Service Abroad, VSA, is one of New Zealand largest, most experienced volunteer organisations, targeting international development in the wider Pacific. Based in Wellington, New Zealand, it is funded by the New Zealand government, under the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (MFAT). VSA originated in 1962, by the founding President, Sir Edmund Hillary, he passionately believed that people working together as equals had the ability to achieve incredible things (Volunteer Service Abroad, 2016a). Ultimately, this created the foundations of what VSA believes today, aligning with their vision of “Developing a better future together” (Volunteer Service Abroad, 2016a). Essentially, the basis of what VSA does is support skilled New Zealanders …show more content…
MFAT has stated that VSA’s assignments, must achieve at least one of the United Nations sustainable development goals (See Figure One). Therefore, generally, the goal that VSA primarily uses is goal 17, the ‘partnerships for the goals’, revitalising global partnerships for sustainable development. However, as tourism is associated with economic development, most tourism related assignments strive towards goal eight, ‘decent work and economic growth’ (See Figure One). (Volunteer Service Abroad, …show more content…
Whilst the tourism industry is sensitive to seasonality, natural disasters and numerous other climate change implications (Van, Calgaro, Munk Klint, Law, Jiang, de Lacy, & Dominey-Howes, 2016). However, as this report further discusses, the potential benefits of tourism, if executed correctly, is demonstrated through VSA and further analysed through literature. This project involved the establishment VSA 's form of Voluntourism "Learning Journeys", as a means of genuine sustainable development. This project provides a thorough analysis of the benefits of tourism, as well as allows VSA to consider incorporating the low-cost option of a more sustainable form of voluntourism. Firstly, the report discusses the project report and describes what was done, in order to achieve the completion of the project. This report then continues with a literature review, that examines tourism as a whole, followed by an overview of voluntourism, then the reasons why people concluding with negative connotations that are associated around voluntourism. Finally, this report discusses the connection between the project and the

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