To have and to hold – and to help
by Aimee Heckel
The most popular destinations are Costa Rica, Peru and South America, according to the Lasso study. And the most popular volunteer activities were building and teaching, following by community development (including caring for children) and conservation.
Nestoria recently traveled to Costa Rica (via globeaware.org) to help with a sea turtle project. She said this kind of trip is ideal for newlyweds because volunteers stay in private shacks and patrol the beach at night collecting sea turtle eggs.
"During the day, there might be beach clean-up, but there is chilling out," Nestoria said, "a lying-on-the-beach vacation, but also giving back to the local community."
She encourages newlyweds to remember that the trip is not about them; it's about the needy community. This can seem counter to the Bridezilla-style wedding where the couple is the center of attention.
"Just make sure your motives are in the right spot," Nestoria said.