Put your hearts into something – Worldwide

Put your hearts into something – Worldwide

There's a growing trend for more meaningful-moons: spending your break volunteering for a local charity

Finally, are you fed up with it being all about you? There's a growing trend for more meaningful-moons: spending your break volunteering for a local charity and engaging with the local community. Worthy stuff, but you need to be careful how you go about it.

"Weddings are expensive, and so are many organised volunteer programmes," says Charlotte Hindle, author of Lonely Planet's Volunteer: A Traveller's Guide (2010). "In addition, if you wish to work in 'development' (ie with people) then it's hard to make a worthwhile contribution in anything less than three months. However, you and your new partner could think about signing up for a week or two of conservation and/or wildlife work with a charity such as Earthwatch (www.earthwatch.org), possibly asking wedding guests to contribute to the cost instead of buying presents.

"Otherwise, Habitat for Humanity (www.habitatforhumanity.org.uk) also runs shorter placements where you help to build accommodation in poor parts of the world. If you fancy something cheaper and a little less time-consuming, why not contact a local school and offer your services for a day or afternoon?"

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