But that's just not realistic anymore given that a growing number of tourists — especially aging Baby Boomers and students — are keen to explore some of the darkest corners of the world, and maybe even work there for a while on "voluntourism" projects.
—Jay S. Keystone, "Battling the bugs, "The Toronto Star, January 6, 2007
Even Travelocity is on board. The online agency recently announced its Travel for Good program, whose partners include Cross-Cultural Solutions, Earthwatch and Globe Aware. So numerous are the volunteer options, said Michelle Peluso, chief executive of Travelocity, that many people are confused by the choices.
''What we're good at is making complex information easier for consumers to figure out,'' Ms. Peluso said. ''This will allow for voluntourism to become mainstream.''
—Suzanne MacNeille, "For Those Who Aid Others, 'Tourist' Doesn't Tell the Whole Story," The New York Times, November 13, 2006
—"Rural conference honors tourism builders," Reno Gazette-Journal, April 12, 2002