New article today up on CNN – honeymooners and voluntourism. Operators, what do you think? How is this segment growing and are you targeting this market at all when searching for volunteers?
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(CNN) — It’s common for newlyweds to honeymoon abroad. It’s less common for them to fix kids’ bikes during their trip — but Aaron and Kristen Berlin did just that two days after saying their vows.
The Massachusetts twentysomethings got married in October and spent five days volunteering at an orphanage in southern Thailand before exploring Bangkok, northern Thailand and Cambodia.
“We learned a lot about the culture,” Aaron Berlin said. “That was one of the great things about volunteering. We were really incorporated into the daily lives of the children and the volunteers who ran the orphanage.”
The two are examples of what some call “honeyteers” – newlyweds whose honeymoons double as volunteer projects. These couples not only tour distant locales but also get involved with the communities they find there.
“I think it’s just, going to Cabo is getting really old,” said Alexia Nestora, who writes the blog Voluntourism Gal. “This is a way to give back to the community and connect a bit more. Before, you had a bit of a stereotype of going out Peace Corps style. Now it’s a bit more mainstream.”
Today’s newlyweds were in college when the “volunteer boom” began, she adds. Now that they have grown up and found jobs, they want to go back.
To read the full article: http://www.cnn.com/2010/TRAVEL/08/20/helpful.honeymooners.abroad/index.html?hpt=Sbin