It is estimated that at least 10.000 Dutch private initiatives are active in developing countries. In many cases they work with volunteers to achieve the goals they have set. This research examines in which ways volunteer tourism organized by private initiatives in developing countries relates to sustainable development. A case study has been conducted amongst a private initiative in Huanchaco, Peru, which is acting as an intermediary between local projects and Western volunteers. The criteria are local participation, education and sustainability. The findings revealed suggest that an embedded volunteer policy, local participation of the partner organization, focusing on specific expertise and mutual willingness for co-operation are the key points for a successful and sustainable intervention. This research contributes to the discussion on the impact of volunteer tourism and private initiatives in development co-operation by focusing on the perception of the private initiative, local organizations as well as the Wester
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