Year 11 Geography students recently completed a project on 'volunteer tourism', a growing international travel trend which involves combining tourism and short-term volunteering in developing countries.
By Bella Mandry
Students looked at the reasons behind the growth and popularity of this new form of tourism and the potential impacts on local communities in terms of sustainable development. The project culminated in a debate where students looked at all sides of the voluntourism issue in the context of an island state whose economy depends on tourism.
The project was the result of a partnership between the Geography department and Stahili Foundation, an NGO which works to promote children's rights and sustainable development in Kenya. Rob Oliver, who leads Stahili's Education and Advocacy work, took part in the lessons alongside the year 11 Geography teachers.