You Can Take an Airbnb Sabbatical in the Bahamas to Help Preserve Nature

Isabel Garcia
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From House Beautiful

What's better than a good vacation? How about one that helps people affected by some of the tragic environmental events that have happened only a month into 2020? Well, Airbnb is currently accepting applications for participants to live like an islander and help preserve nature. It's all part of its new Bahamas Sabbatical.

To help support community revitalization efforts and promote tourism, Airbnb partnered with The Bahamas National Trust to create this unique opportunity. “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,” Executive Director of the Bahamas National Trusts Eric Carey 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.”

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If you’re one of the five lucky people selected for the sabbatical, over the course of eight weeks, you’ll live with local hosts on The Bahamas’ family islands: Andros, Exuma, and Eleuthera. During the first three weeks, you’ll help restore the Andros Barrier Reef, the third-largest living organism on the planet. After conservationist and master scuba instructor Katie Storr teaches you the basics of diving and preserving, you’ll collect existing coral, build and care for coral nurseries, and transplanting new growth into the reef.

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For the next three weeks, you’ll support ethical fishing in Exuma. At the Exuma Cays Land & Sea Park, you’ll join lifelong divers and fishermen and learn about ethical fishing practices. You’ll also help create dishes that pair lionfish with locally-grown produce, and participate in traditional boatbuilding.

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During the last two weeks, you’ll help promote traditional agriculture in Eleuthera. Led by Omar MacKlewhite, a Master Gardener at the Leon Levy Native Plant Preserve, you’ll learn about the preparation of bush teas and natural remedies, as well as the propagation techniques for native trees. You’ll also help establish a bush tea pop-up.

Sound like a dream sabbatical? You can apply here by February 18.

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