Those seeking wanderlust in 2019, listen up!
Airbnb is looking to send four people on a three-month trip to the south of Italy, all expenses paid. Lucky travelers will be hosted by locals in the village of Grottole, an old village that sits atop a hill in the south of Italy. ( Check out the views! ) However, although the trip is definitely a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, it isn't exactly a laid-back vacation.
Grottole is home to only 300 people, and with over 600 abandoned homes, is actually at risk of disappearing. So, Airbnb is partnering up with Wonder Grottole , an NGO that promotes urban regeneration, to find volunteers to support the community. In turn, the volunteers will learn new skills like speaking Italian, harvesting honey and producing olive oil. They'll also help run the community vegetable garden and learn how to cook with the produce they've grown, (yes, including pasta). It's a chance to unplug, explore a new culture and support those in need.
According to a survey conducted by the company, approximately 1 in 3 US respondents said they would take a sabbatical to avoid burnout, and over half said they would use the time to also explore cultures and meet new people. However, the biggest factor holding them back from going away was that they couldn't afford it.
To apply for the Italian Sabbatical program , candidates must be dedicated to bettering the village, as well as be over 18 and able to stay from June to August 2019.
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