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Mobility for all through English-language voluntourism


This chapter investigates the practices of mobility associated with Englishlanguage voluntourism, or short-term volunteer English-language teaching in the Global South.1 English-language voluntourism involves various types of mobility: the movement of globally commodified, prestige-variety English language dialects around the globe; the affordance of professional teacher identities for short-term travelling volunteers; and imagined, future mobilities – both social and economic – for the recipients of volunteers’ service. In these ways, Englishlanguage voluntourism creates new forms of relationality between people and places (cf. Sheller and Urry 2006). Paying attention to these new forms of relationality sheds light on the practice’s ideological foundations and has implications for mobility studies more broadly.