France - Developing Volunteer Tourism in the French Alps

Program Dates
Sunday, May 14, 2017 to Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Tiny Village Nestled in Snowy French Alps

Program Description

The rise and diversification of volunteer tourism creates the imperative to understand the general principles underlying this particular niche of tourism, as well as distinguish the variations in regional products. This course will allow the student to learn about the planning, development, collaboration within, and evaluation of volunteer tourism products and experiences, all within the context of the citizen science and the French Alpine region of Chamonix. The Chamonix Valley is an ideal area to explore the general management principles of volunteer tourism, and discover how science, heritage, culture and “place” are intertwined. We will travel within the immediate region (Italy & Switzerland), experiencing the various cultural interpretations of "the Alps". The students will be trained on data collection guidelines/techniques, care taken with human subjects, and preliminary data analysis. Class projects will be a research report as well as an individual volunteer tourism itineraries; course evaluation will depend on these projects as well as class participation, journal, and leading a discussion.  


U: HOS 3536 Climate Change in the French Alps:   Developing Volunteer Tourism and Public Policy Approaches - 3 credits

G: MBA 5020 - International Seminar - 3 credits




  • HOS 3536 -This 3 semester hour course can fulfill a HOS elective, a COB upper-level or free elective, an International Business Major or Approved elective, an International Business minor Required  or Other elective. This program also fulfills the Global Issues requirement.


3000-level Pre-reqs: 54 earned hours and good academic standing. Students who do not have the minimum hour requirement cannot take this course at the 3000-level and should inform the program leader of this situation before applying.

HOS 2000 or permission of instructor


Billable Program Cost: $2,742.00 Includes: In-country Program Transportation, Lodging, International Health and Evacuation Insurance, Program Events, Some Meals, and CCS Administrative Fee.

Estimated Additional Student Cost: $2100.00 Estimated costs include but are not limited to: AIRFARE, Immunizations, Personal Expenses, and additional meals. 

Program Leader

Dr. Carol Kline
College of Business

Dr. Brian Bulla
College of Business

Students not eligible for this program who want to participate should contact the program leader to ask if accommodations can be made.
Eligible Groups: 
Undergraduate business majors
MBA students