We offer two apartments with a splendid view over the valley, each with an independent entrance and private outdoor spaces with tables and chairs. Our farm covers an area of about four hectares and includes olive groves, cherry and peach orchards. Our produce is organic, grown without any artificial chemicals or pesticides. The olives are a traditional mixture of Frantoiano, Moraiolo and Leccino. We also grow Volterra and San Miniato globe artichokes. Our organic produce – extra virgin olive oil, olive pate, artichoke pate, tomato sauces and preserves, jams, freshly picked vegetables and globe artichokes – is available for guests to buy. Half board or full board, with traditional home cooked lunches and evening meals, also available. http://www.organicholidays.co.uk/at/2994.htm
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While many newlyweds spend their honeymoon backpacking through Europe or jetting off to a far away tropical location, very few kick off the rest of their lives by working in meagre conditions without pay.
But that’s changing, thanks to a growing trend amongst 21st century honeymooners called ‘honeyteering.’
Honeyteering is where just-married couples volunteer for a worthy cause in the developing world, rather than the indulgent two weeks on a beach. A growing trend in the United States, it is relatively new in the United Kingdom.
Couples who see giving back as the perfect way to start their new lives together are opting to skip the rose petals in the bath and roll up their sleeves for good causes.
The idea itself is not so radical, more and more couples (who already live together and have fully stocked homes) are asking their guests to make a monetary contribution towards a charity rather than buy gifts; so this only seems like a logical extension of the concept.
The honeymoon is also less of the romantic and sexual epiphany it once was (many couples have cohabited for many years prior to getting married) and some couples have already enjoyed numerous romantic getaways together.
Thus, it isn’t surprising some newlyweds are opting to dig a well in an African village and dine with the locals instead of the sometimes ‘overblown’ or ‘clichéd’ type of traditional honeymoon (i.e. cocktails on the beach, intimate candlelit dinners for two, etc).
CNN recently highlighted the case of Aaron and Kristen Berlin, a Massachusetts couple who dedicated their honeymoon to volunteering in a Thai orphanage. Aaron told CNN, “We learned a lot about the culture. 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.”
Cultural immersion, camaraderie, and educational opportunities are just some of the numerous rewards associated with volunteering. Doing it with a partner can be a powerful bonding experience and a great way to learn more about each other.
Besides the numerous mental, physical and emotional benefits of volunteering, honeyteering encourages couples to explore parts of the world that they might never have experienced. On a typical honeymoon, couples tend to stick to their resort and other touristy parts of town. A volunteering honeymoon forces couples off the beaten path.
What could address the requirements of a honeymoon (i.e. something special, unique and memorable) more than a volunteering trip to some of the most beautiful and exotic parts of the world?
If you’re thinking about honeyteering, start by considering your mutual interests. From volunteering with wildlife to working in an orphanage, from construction to teaching English, there are thousands of organizations all over the world eager for help.
The first thing that you need to do as a couple is to decide which cause you wish to volunteer for. For any given cause, programs are typically available in multiple countries. There are a number of websites that can connect you with reputable volunteer organizations around the world; Volunteer Latin America, Volunteer 4 Africa, and Volunteer Work Thailand are three of them. If the destination is of primary importance (mutual interest), start searching for volunteer opportunities that match your preferences (cost, climate, dates, etc) in that particular part of the world.
Once you have chosen a volunteer vacation you need to prepare for your trip. Get your travel documents in order and check to see if any vaccinations are required. If you are volunteering in an area where the people speak a different language than you do, take some language classes or buy a language book to teach yourself the basics. Most importantly, research the culture and customs of the area you will be visiting. Some countries have much different dress codes and social customs. Failing to follow these customs can offend the local people. Remember, you can extract a lot of the information you need from the organization you have chosen to work with (i.e. culture, weather conditions, in-country travel options, etc).
Guidance to setting up your own volunteer placement can be found on the Latin Lounge.
For a newly married couple, participating in a cause greater than themselves may offer the perfect balance to their wedding. Some newlyweds find it especially meaningful to start their new lives together by giving back – dedicating time to serve the community or environment they’re visiting. There’s no better way to start a new life than to help make the world a better place.
Despite this fact some charities are opposed to the idea of honeyteering as they claim honeymoons are too short in duration to benefit local people. This is a good point but could equally apply to most short term volunteer vacations in the humanitarian sector. How can you truly help the needy and impoverished if you just turn up for a week? This is particularly pertinent to teachers, health care workers, and other professionals (i.e. it wouldn’t be beneficial for teachers to spend only a week actually involved in education). In many cases however, any help that people can provide is always useful, particularly in the form of manual labour such as digging wells or building work – this would be a completely viable way to contribute.
We recommend couples wanting to consolidate their marriage by working on something together spend at least one month on a project in the humanitarian sector but understandably this isn’t possible in all cases. It is easier to do something of value for the environment in the short term as any amount of time spent helping protect an endangered species (sea turtles) or planting trees is worthwhile.
This article should in no way discourage people who are considering a traditional type of honeymoon, after all, what you do on your honeymoon is entirely up to you. Spending two weeks relaxing and rejuvenating in an idyllic locale is a wonderful way to spend your honeymoon.
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Bulls Cottage nestles in the courtyard next to Eversfield Lodge on our organic farm. It is perfect for a couple or a small family seeking a tranquil rural setting. Patio doors open onto decking and the garden that overlooks Dartmoor, where guests can wander and enjoy the plants and flowers. A small stream tumbles down through pretty shrubs to a natural pond, a magnet for birdlife. The cottage is surrounded by our working farm amid the rolling scenery of the Devon hills. The hedgerows, meadows and garden are a haven for wildlife. 850 acres of the most beautiful countryside, quintessential Devon, are at your disposal. We will be delighted to answer questions about the estate, and explain what makes our organic meat so special. http://www.organicholidays.co.uk/at/2886.htm
The small converted barn is separated from our house by a drive and a large herb bed. A single dwelling beside a single track road, the barn backs onto a small field full of wild flowers in summer. We are surrounded by 13 acres of fields with a large wildlife pond. All our vegetables are organic [available to purchase in season] and are grown on our land. Herbs are free. The house and barn are situated about half a mile outside the rural village of Woolfardisworthy [Woolsery] between Bideford and Bude. The village has a pub and a general store and post office. An outside tennis court is available by the new village hall. Many sand and stone beaches nearby, and lovely walks both coastal and inland. http://www.organicholidays.co.uk/at/56.htm
This family-run organic dairy farm is peacefully situated with stunning views of the Culm Valley and surrounding hills. The farm is in Countryside Stewardship as well as in a Grey Partridge Regeneration Area, which has helped encourage a diverse and thriving habitat for the bird population. Guests are welcome to wander through the farm’s fields and lanes, where an abundance of wildlife is waiting to be discovered. Organic produce can be delivered for your stay from Riverford Farm. There are some excellent farm shops nearby selling locally produced and organic produce. The coast, including the world famous Jurassic coast, Dartmoor and Exmoor are within easy reach. Green Tourism Business Scheme Bronze award. http://www.organicholidays.co.uk/at/52.htm
A vegetarian and vegan guest house offering delicious food and a peaceful atmosphere, Michael House is one mile from Tintagel in the pretty hamlet of Treknow. It looks down towards the sea over rolling fields and the valley leading to Trebarwith Strand, whose stunning beach is five minutes drive away (fifteen minutes on foot). As well as delicious and extensive breakfasts we offer three course evening meals to guests by arrangement. These are on a set menu basis and draw inspiration from traditional and world cuisine. Colour and flavour are paramount. We aim to use the best local, fairly traded, home produced and / or organic produce that we can obtain. We are licensed. Open all year. Children and pets welcome. http://www.organicholidays.co.uk/at/45.htm
Spectacular walks, stunning surf and total seclusion on this 20 acre organic farm. Explore our pastures bordered by Cornish banks and hedgerows. Discover our old orchard, bluebell woods, wildflower meadows and stream. Walk the two miles to the magnificent beach at Crackington Haven. Simple and comfortable accommodation in Wooda Farm Cottage, a self-contained annexe of the 16th century farmhouse. Organic lamb and eggs produced on the farm, seasonal fruit and vegetables, and organic home-baking to order. Organic dairy products (milk, ice cream, etc) are available from a nearby farm. Natural spring water comes from a well. A beautiful art studio is also available with the cottage. http://www.organicholidays.co.uk/at/41.htm
We offer a range of escapes at Leckmelm Farm, including family activity holidays, holistic relaxation weeks and traditional craft courses. Join one of our group holidays and enjoy morning yoga with Joanie, local walks to stunning beaches, wild food foraging, felt making, or natural dying. Our family escapes also offer you the chance to choose from a wide range of activities and to create the holiday which best suits your family. We love to cook, and food plays a really important role in all our escapes. We source all our ingredients locally and use home-grown organic vegetables and meat, locally caught fish and shellfish. We also teach and encourage people to forage for wild foods- the ultimate in organic growing. http://www.organicholidays.co.uk/at/2829.htm
Bason Farm has been owned for over a hundred years by five generations of our family. Our pretty stone built Victorian farmhouse is surrounded by idyllic informal country gardens with a large pond full of friendly ducks. A traditional Devon cream tea will welcome you on your arrival, with great pride taken in the preparation and variety of delicious home cooked fayre using fresh local produce. Daily baked bread and homemade preserves are included in the full four course English breakfast. The farm trail provides an opportunity to explore previously undiscovered areas of Devon. Maps are available to guide you to beautiful woodland and riverside meadows on our 230 acre working organic farm, a valuable refuge for wildlife. http://www.organicholidays.co.uk/at/2823.htm