dc.contributor.authorTan, Edwin
dc.description.abstractThis study aims to add to the discussion on “tourism as a secular pilgrimage” by understanding how student exchange programs constitute a spiritual experience to its participants, and in doing so, uncover how gendered interactions in tourism may affect the experience of spirituality. Using the conceptual framework of the “spirituality of the journey”, I adopt a phenomenological approach towards examining the personal and subjective experience of spirituality of 16 undergraduates who have completed an exchange program. The results suggest that student exchange programs provide the time and space that facilitates the search for personal meaning; and allows for experiences of transcendence and interconnectedness. In addition, the perception of female vulnerability and heightened sense of danger promotes personal development and empowerment among female participants. This study extends existing literature by demonstrating how the touristic journey itself, regardless of motive or destination, may represent a spiritual experience for the participant.en_US
dc.format.extent30 p.en_US
dc.rightsNanyang Technological University
dc.subjectDRNTU::Social sciencesen_US
dc.titleThe Spiritual Journey of the Student Exchange Programen_US
dc.typeFinal Year Project (FYP)en_US
dc.contributor.supervisorLim Khek Gee, Francisen_US
dc.contributor.schoolSchool of Humanities and Social Sciencesen_US
dc.description.degreeBachelor of Artsen_US

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