This Crash Pad in Amsterdam is the Most Unique Listing on Airbnb – And It Costs Nothing to Stay There

This Crash Pad in Amsterdam is the Most Unique Listing on Airbnb – And It Costs Nothing to Stay There

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Taryn Williford
Sep 10, 2015

Courtesy of AdWeek, here's a little fuel for your wanderlust fantasies: An advertising agency in Amsterdam is offering up its office as a crash pad for new graduates and ad students who want to travel to the Netherlands. The cost? Absolutely nothing – except for your talent.

It's all part of a unique short-term internship program agency Havas Boondoggle Amsterdam is facilitating exclusively on the vacation rental site Airbnb.

The Dutch listing lets you know how the whole arrangement goes down: You send the agency a message on Airbnb and after a few emails back and forth where the agency's creative directors review your portfolio and qualifications, they accept your stay. You show up in Amsterdam some time later to stay for a few nights or a few weeks on their office sofa, totally free of charge.

During the day, you're expected to work in the office with their 35-person staff on whatever campaigns they're working on at the time. When your work is done, the agency refunds the fees you paid to Airbnb to book with them, and you get to leave Amsterdam with work experience and life experience at a rock-bottom price.

It got me thinking about what other unique arrangements people might make to pay for their room and board – either on vacation or right at home. This article on Kiplinger details some other ways people have lived rent-free around the world, including house-sitting, working as an au pair, and farming (as part of World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms in the United States).

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