What makes them pay? Values of volunteer tourists working for sea turtle conservation.


Journal Article

As charismatic mega-fauna, sea turtles attract many volunteers to conservation programs. This article examines the ways in which volunteers value sea turtles, in the specific context of volunteers working with the Caribbean Conservation Corporation, at Tortuguero, Costa Rica. The complexity of volunteer values is explored using a qualitative approach. In-depth interviews with 31 volunteers were conducted in July of 1999 and 2000. Interviews probed, among other things, interest in sea turtles and their conservation, motives for participating, and the most gratifying parts of their volunteer experience. Results show that volunteers hold multiple and complex values for sea turtles, but particular values dominate. Results have implications for understanding human-environment relations and the emerging study of volunteer tourism. There are also management implications for volunteer programs hoping to attract participants.

Full Text

Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Campbell, LM; Smith, C

Published Date

  • July 2006

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 38 / 1

Start / End Page

  • 84 - 98

PubMed ID

  • 16738822

Pubmed Central ID

  • 16738822

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1432-1009

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0364-152X

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1007/s00267-005-0188-0


  • eng