Airbnb is in search for five people, whom it will offer an amazing vacation (for free!). The company wants; those people to quit whatever they are doing and offer them a free two-month trip to the Bahamas, where they are going to assist in ecological projects that are going in the Caribbean nation.
A meaningful ‘Sabbatical’!
Those picked to take part in the “sabbatical” are going to spend April and May wandering to three Bahamian locations to help conserve the natural and cultural resources of the country.
The latest “sabbatical program” by Airbnb was made in partnership with the Bahamas National Trust, which is a local non-profit organization that preserves and protects 32 national parks of the country.
The ‘sabbatical’ follows Italian and Antarctic projects of the company. Volunteers have been taking part in working vacations to support rejuvenation and research.
To be a part of Airbnb’s new project, applicants must show a “commitment to contribute to island life,” the company said.
Applicants who are successful in demonstrating the “commitment” for the Bahamas Sabbatical will travel to Andros, which has the third-largest reef system in the world. Chosen people will help in creating a coral reef restoration program and plant a new nursery to the existing coral reef fragments.
Projects involved in the Trip
They are also going to spend time working on the project regarding the conservation of reef-friendly species in Exuma, and help in ecological and research projects in Eleuthera.
The two-month trip is made to aid local leaders to build up sources that are sustainable for economic growth, such as fresh experiences that travelers visiting the Bahamas can book via Airbnb.
Those selected to join the sabbatical will also be given time off to take part in activities such as sailing and exploring marine caverns known as blue holes. The Bahamas constituted up of more than 700 islands, is majorly dependent on tourism, and last year several parts of the country were destroyed by Hurricane Dorian.
“This is a special place, and anyone who has spent time on any of the islands that make up the nation is moved by air, the sun, the beaches, the food, the communities and most of all the people,” Chris Lehane, senior vice president of global policy and communications at Airbnb, stated in a press release on Tuesday.
Candidates must be over the age of 18 to get registered in the scheme and must be available and free their schedule throughout April and May 2020. Potential participants should be well versed in the English language along with good conversational skills. Candidates should belong from one of 34 eligible countries, which include countries such as India, China, New Zealand, and the United States.
The basic idea behind this program is to boost the Caribbean island after it got damaged last year by Hurricane Dorian. At least 67 people were killed and more than $3.4 billion worth of damage was caused when Hurricane Dorian brushed through hundreds of islands of the country in October 2019.
Airbnb will declare the names of selected candidates for the project on March 25.
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