Tourism is a critical component to many developing countries' economies. As tourism grows worldwide many individuals seek new opportunity in search of authentic experiences. In some cases these individuals want this new experience to include a component of helping others in the communities that they visit. This has caused a growth in multiple types of volunteer driven tourism called voluntourism. Previously, a group of Creative Inquire students addressed the personality traits and motivation of surf voluntourists. This study extends that research to medical voluntourists. As the name implies, these individuals contribute medical care in communities that are in need of said services while also experiencing what the community has to offer as a tourist. This study utilizes both quantitative and qualitative data to identify personality traits and motivations of medical voluntourists. The information is designed to help organizations better recruit future volunteers.
Garrett, D.; Oxner, E.; Cook, C.; Noyes, N.; Foster, R.; Newman, A.; Watson, K.; Ellis, E.; Dorn, D.; Thomsen, J.; Hughes, M.; and Tucker, T., "Personality traits and motivations of medical voluntourists" (2014). Focus on Creative Inquiry. 25.