Going on a three months vacation to Europe seems like an impossible dream. For starters, there are travel costs, airplane tickets, food, shopping and so much more. Besides travel expenses you also have to worry about your job, rent, taking vacation days and your pet if you have one. Basically saying bye to your real life for three months of bliss is nearly impossible.
But if you’re dying to get away for three months don’t worry because Airbnb has got you covered. Airbnb is sending four people to live in Italy for three months.
Airbnb’s thee month sabbatical is in the southern Italian town of Grottole. Airbnb’s purpose for sending four people to Grottole for three months is to help revitalize the small village.
“Escape the hustle and bustle of the city and become a temporary citizen of a village in the south of Italy. Immerse yourself in the local culture and discover how to speak, act and cook the Italian way. You will also get to support the local community by hosting an Airbnb Experience. Your goal? To help the local community revitalize the small village of Grottole,” Airbnb explains.
The company is sponsoring four people to become “temporary citizens” of Grottole to help volunteer for non-profits to help out the village.
“Selected candidates will become temporary citizens of the village and will volunteer for a local non-profit organization called ‘Wonder Gtottole’ whose aim is to revitalize the town’s historical centre.”
The reason why Grottole needs so much help is because the town only has 300 inhabitants and more than 600 empty homes that are at the risk of disappearing.
The Italian Sabbatical will include Italian lessons, learning how to grow vegetables, cooking Italian food, driving in Talian Ape Piaggios and of course becoming one in the community. The four people chosen to go on sabbatical will stay at Airbnb’s obviously. Their hosts will be integral for helping them become a member of the community.
The four hosts are Rocco, a hair stylist and beekeeper, Andrea, found of Wonder Grottole, Giuseppe and Vincenzo, father and son olive oil producers.
The sabbatical is from June to August 2019. Application to apply closes on February 17, 2019, at 11:59 P.M. CET which would be 5:59 P.M. EST. You can apply to the sabbatical as a couple as well so don’t worry about leaving your significant other behind for three months!
Good luck and send us a postcard if you get chosen!