Participants will work to restore the islands after the devastation of several hurricanes.
There is something appealing about vacations that makes us want to take them as often as possible. If an extended getaway is something you desire, you may want to check out the partnership between the Bahamas National Trust and Airbnb. Bahamas National Trust is a nonprofit organization that aims to protect national parks in the Bahamas.
The partnership is seeking five participants to take part in The Bahamas Sabbatical. You would work and live on the Bahamian islands of Andros, Exuma and Eleuthera during April and May 2020. Since the island has been devastated by a number of hurricanes, those who were part of The Bahamas Sabbatical would work along with experts in agriculture, coral reef revitalization, and ethical fishing.
The focus in Andros would be the creation of a coral reef in North and South Marine Parks. The Exumas Cays Land and Sea Park ecosystem would be replicated in Exuma, giving an opportunity for the sea life to flourish in the area but reducing invasive species. Those taking part in the program would also learn about local seafood and produce. Farming pineapples, harvesting sea salt and establishing a bush team farm is on the schedule in Eleuthera.
“The Bahamas is open for business and while we work to restore parts of the archipelago devastated by Hurricane Dorian, the vast majority is ready for visitors,” Eric Carey, executive director of the Bahamas National Trust, said in a statement. “Partnering with Airbnb is an incredible opportunity to help further preserve our culture and resources and share our diverse country and the Bahamian way of life with the world.”
In order to apply, you have to be at least 18 years old so you can live in the Bahamas during those two months. The application process is open until February 18, 2020. A limited number of countries are on the list of acceptable areas for applicants, and the United States is on the list.
As many as 50 applicants will be selected from the original pool and given a videoconference or individual phone conference. The final five and a reserve five participants will then be chosen. The complete rules are available here. You must have a passport, speak conversational English and have an Airbnb account. You also need to be able to physically participate in swimming and other activities.