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Impacts through ‘WWOOFing’ on the volunteer’s personal development: Increasing awareness of sustainable societal values 
Linnaeus University, School of Business and Economics, Department of Organisation and Entrepreneurship.
2014 (English)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

This study focuses on volunteers within the non-profit organization ‘WWOOF’ World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farming, which provides individuals the opportunity to experience a sustainable organic farming through volunteering.  As sustainability needs to be more valued within society and as individuals are seen to develop similar values from their social surrounding, the study examines how being a volunteer on a WWOOF farm influences the volunteer’s personal development.

The material findings of 20 semi-structured interviews from previous WWOOF volunteers were collected and indicated four main outcomes: increased environmental awareness, community awareness, a sustainable lifestyle and personal growth among the volunteers. The outcomes are discussed in relation to the following main theories and concepts: sustainable worldview theory, symbolic interactionism, social identity theory, the Third Space and narrative identity theory.

The sustainable societal values achieved among the volunteers indicated that being a volunteer on a WWOOF farm, can contribute to improve the global community

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2014. , 57 p.
Keyword [en]
WWOOF, volunteer tourism, socio-cultural exchange, environmental sustainability, personal development, community awareness, sustainable societal values, organic lifestyle
National Category
Economics and Business
URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-38971OAI: diva2:779340
Subject / course
Tourism Studies
Educational program
Tourism Management Programme, 180 credits
Available from: 2015-01-29 Created: 2015-01-12 Last updated: 2015-01-29Bibliographically approved

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