Document Type

Honors Thesis


International Affairs, French


Nicholas Micinski

Committee Members

Robert Glover, Kristin Vekasi

Graduation Year

May 2023

Publication Date

Spring 2023


This thesis examines the United States’ international humanitarian voluntourism industry. Four organizations are studied from various realms of aid, these organizations include the Peace Corps, United Planet, Break Away, and Cru and their humanitarian ministry, Unto. Key themes that are relevant to all the organizations studied are defined and interpreted. These organizations’ training efforts to promote ethical voluntourism are closely examined and critiqued. Finally, several improvements are suggested at the end of this thesis that serve as suggestions for ways in which the voluntourism industry can improve their partnerships with their host communities.

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