Volunteer tourism is one of the fastest growing segments of travel today. Many Americans,
especially Baby Boomers, are interested in vacations that add a volunteer project. They want to make a difference. They believe
they can make a difference. They want travel with a purpose.
Give Back Kick Back trips are designed
for those socially conscious individualists.
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Background Research on Volunteer Tourism
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links below to surveys about the growth in volunteer tourism and demographics for these voluntourists.
A U.C. San Diego study shows that 40% of Americans are willing to spend several weeks a year on vacations that include volunteer service.
An MSNBC/Conde Nast poll showed that 55% of respondents indicated an interest in taking a volunteer vacation. Also, 95% of those who have already
taken a volunteer vacation say they are likely to take another.
A poll of Travelanthropist readers indicates that 75% would like volunteering to be a part of their trip – not the entire trip.
Israel Deaconess Medical Center article reports that helping others on volunteer vacations has health benefits. Pain,
depression and disability decrease while volunteering.