Airbnb is teaming up with the Bahamas National Trust, a local NGO that protects 32 national parks in the country, to give five lucky volunteers the once-in-a-lifetime experience of living in a serene, ecological oasis as part of the Bahamas Sabbatical.
Compromised of over 700 islands and an impressive 2,400 rocks and cays that are home to some of the clearest waters on the planet, The Bahamas is a unique, diverse and beautiful nation that depends on tourism to fund its rebuilding efforts in the wake of Hurricane Dorian, the tropical cyclone that struck in August 2019.
As part of the sabbatical, volunteers will play a vital role in working alongside locals to help revive its once vibrant industries, whilst preserving the nation's natural resources to pave the way towards a more sustainable future. Eric Carey, Executive Director of the Bahamas National Trust, said of the new project, "Partnering with Airbnb is an incredible opportunity to help further preserve our culture and resources, and to share our diverse country and the Bahamian way of life with the world."
From April to May 2020, the five participants will embrace island living across three destinations: Andros, Exumas and Eleuthera. In Andros, home to the third largest reef system in the world, volunteers will work to create a coral reef restoration program in the North Marine Park, by constructing and installing a brand new nursery. Meanwhile in Exuma, a conch conservation programme and traditonal boat building activities await, while Eleuthera will oversee that action of a sustainable bush tea farm and the research of native species unique to the island.
By the end of the two-month sabbatical, each volunteer will have collaborated hand-in-hand with local community leaders to establish sustainable and ethical conservation programmes that will serve a lasting, overwhelmingly positive impact for generations to come.
The final selection of volunteers will be announced on March 25, 2020.
To apply, visit airbnb.com/sabbatical and complete the application form.
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