Volunteer Tourism among African Youth: An Analysis of the Prospects, Challenges, and Opportunities

By Joseph Besigye Bazirake and Eskedar Sahilu.

Published by The International Journal of Organizational Diversity

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This article explores the perceptions of a range of African youth on travel and volunteerism within Africa. The respondents’ views and an analysis of volunteer tourism service provision indicates a gap in the institutional frameworks that would encourage and support young Africans to voluntarily offer their skills, both locally within their countries, and in the wider continental African context. The theory of change that emerges in this article posits that if African youth are encouraged and supported to travel and volunteer across their continent, then a culture of peace through understanding among various social backgrounds could be promoted. This article offers invaluable insights into the prospects, challenges, and untapped opportunities inherent in the youthful and variously skilled African population. It is also a major step in the search for nurturing alternate empowerment and capacity building narratives on the African continent. The relevance of this paper is emphasized by the continual search for meaning by a fair fraction of aspirational young Africans, who are increasingly contributing to the bulk of migrants in search of opportunities across the Mediterranean.

Keywords: Volunteer Tourism, Youth, Africa, Travel, Capacity Building, Social Change, Migrants

The International Journal of Organizational Diversity, Volume 14, Issue 4, September 2015, pp.1-10. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Published online: September 21, 2015 (Article: Electronic (PDF File; 370.315KB)).

Joseph Besigye Bazirake

Resident Director, Administration, Murole Universal Primary School, Kampala, Uganda

Eskedar Sahilu

MA. Student, University of applied science, Fachhochschile Kiel, Germany, KIel, Germany