When Laurel Rasplica Rodd began studying Japanese language and culture, she was one of only about 7,000 students nationwide. Today, the United States has an estimated 200,000. At CU Boulder, Rodd helped fuel and meet the student demand.
What do a rubber company, a meat exporter and a multinational conglomerate have in common? All have offices in Japan and are part of the first student internships organized through the Center for Asian Studies at CU Boulder.
Generally, ‘voluntourism’ is a poor substitute for traditional development work. Most projects are short-term, organizations that promote voluntouring don’t always ‘understand the place where it happens,’ and travelers typically don’t have skills needed for particular projects, researchers find.