Voluntourism – Not an Ordinary Walk

Voluntourism – Not an Ordinary Walk

Voluntourism - Not an Ordinary Walk

Voluntourism – Not an Ordinary Walk

alkhobarcafe.net – Traveling activities to a tourist destination have become its own satisfaction. Various souvenirs when traveling such as photos, writing, and video become a memory that can be remembered. However, whether these activities can provide benefits to the destinations visited? Hotel Quickly and Traveler Kaskus try to answer it in a talk show titled “VolunTourism” in Jakarta, Thursday (4/23/2015). The term volunteerism is a combination of two words namely volunteer and tourism which means carrying out tourism activities while volunteering. Quoted from the site voluntourism.org, the first organization to use the word voluntourism was the Nevada Tourism Board in 1998. The Nevada Tourism Board tried to encourage local residents to volunteer in order to support the development of rural tourism in one of the remote locations in Nevada. The talk show was opened with a sharing session by several resource persons who have long been in the world of VolunTourism. Everyone explained their experiences when doing voluntourism on every trip. “In my opinion, volunteerism is how the streets are accompanied by volunteer activities. I once traveled to Sikka Village while helping the people there, “Endro Catur said when starting the talk show. He shared his experience of helping the people of Sikka Village, Flores in managing the woven fabric industry. With a background in work that is knowledge management, he held a discussion to find out the forgotten motifs of Sikka woven fabric. According to Endro’s story, the Sikka community when he visited there felt insecure about selling woven fabric products with their own motives. “Actually it is not complicated, I only help according to the expertise I have. I tried to dig up their knowledge of woven fabrics. Then I document it in the form of a guidebook, “he said enthusiastically. Another guest speaker, Agnia Fasza, also shared the experience of volunteerism with the participants. Tides, Agnia’s nickname, said she had traveled to Bukit Tiga Puluh National Park, Jambi while providing counseling and campaigns to the community about the Sumatran Elephant (Elephas maximus). “It’s quite sad when I know that the people here (Jambi) don’t know about the Sumatran Elephant. So right there, I approached the community to know the Sumatran elephants, “he said. Kaskus Traveler as a pedestrian community also campaigned for the concept of volunteerism. “The role of the Kaskus Traveler in people. This year Kaskus Traveler reached this activity. This stage is just an introduction to information sharing. So that people know the term volunteerism, “Mawsky, Kaskus Traveler Offline Manager, told KompasTravel. Mawsky hopes for future travelers to make a useful journey. He also threw hopes to the destinations visited by tourists in order to add value and potential. “Later, it’s not just a selfie in an exotic place. In the future, we can take a selfie with the local community while helping there, “he said.