Airbnb Wants to Send You on a 2-Month Sabbatical to the Bahamas

published Jan 28, 2020
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It seems like the tide is turning when it comes to sustainable issues. Companies are improving their packaging to reduce waste, designers are leaning into natural resources, and “dream jobs” are being created that have an eco-friendly benefit—including Airbnb’s new Bahamas Sabbatical. 

In collaboration with the Bahamas National Trust, the online lodging marketplace just announced a new opportunity to go to the Bahamas to work on preservation projects. Five candidates will be chosen for the two-month sabbatical that was created to “directly benefit local communities while supporting efforts toward a sustainable future,” according to Airbnb’s website.  

If chosen, you’ll venture to three islands: Andros, Exumas, and Eleuthera, all of which were not impacted by Hurricane Dorian (Airbnb noted that they wanted the trip to focus on local projects of the culture and community). During the eight-week trip, you’ll live with local hosts on the islands to become fully integrated into the community and understand the rapidly changing ecosystem that surrounds them.

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You’ll start on Andros and work toward preserving the barrier reef, which is one of the largest living organisms in the world. Over the course of three weeks, you’ll scuba dive down to the reef and collect existing coral, tend to coral nurseries, and help new growth develop.

The next leg of the trip will be on Exuma, where you’ll tag team with divers and fishermen to understand the delicate balance with the red lionfish population. While the red lionfish are poisonous and threaten other native fish, they also have great potential to boost the local fishing industry with their large population. Practicing ethical fishing practices and learning how to implement the fish into culinary dishes is a major part of this three-week period.

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The last two weeks will be spent on Eleuthera, where natural remedy and bush tea practices are slowly disappearing, which play a major role in Bahamian culture. You’ll work with a local master gardener to build a bush tea pop-up and hold workshops, spreading awareness of the practices that are historically important to African ancestry on the Bahamas.

The sabbatical runs from April 1, 2020, until May 31, 2020, and applications are being accepted now through February 18, 2020. For more information on the unique opportunity, check out Airbnb’s sabbatical page here.