Your Chance To Stay In The Bahamas, While Helping The Environment

Eight weeks, three islands, one amazing sabbatical.
Thursday 30 January 2020
'The Bahamas Sabbatical' by Airbnb X The Bahamas National Trust. Photo: Airbnb

Imagine taking time away from the everyday grind to live in the ecological oasis that is The Bahamas. You get to explore the diverse tourism the 700 island archipelago has to offer, ranging from the Exuma Cays to pink sand beaches, while also learning more about the area’s exotic marine life and plants. The best part? You get to play a role in helping to preserve these natural wonders.

That is what The Bahamas Sabbatical is all about.

A project promoted by the Bahamas National Trust, endorsed by the Bahamas Ministry of Tourism, and sponsored by Airbnb, The Bahamas Sabbatical is offering five individuals the chance to live in The Bahamas for two months, while restoring the island in the wake of Hurricane Dorian.

Participants will experience The Bahamas in a new way as they work alongside Bahamians to bolster once vibrant industries.

Essentially, the Bahamas Sabbatical was designed to directly benefit local communities while supporting efforts toward a sustainable future. Over the course of the program, the selected individuals would live with local hosts in Andros, Exuma, and Eleuthera – three of The Bahamas Family Islands – becoming part of communities devoted to supporting important natural industries and preserving a rapidly changing ecosystem.

The volunteer program runs from 1 April to 31 May, 2020. Specifically, you would be:

  • Week one to three: help to restore coral reefs with passionate conservationist and master scuba instructor, Katie Storr, in Andros.
  • Week four to six: support ethical fishing in Exuma by being part of a team of lifelong divers and fishermen led by Andre Musgrove.
  • Week seven to eight: promote traditional agriculture in Eleuthera alongside Omar McKlewhite, a Master Gardener at the Leon Levy Native Plant Preserve.

Applications must be received by 11:59pm EST on 18 February, 2020. For more details and to apply, check out The Bahamas Sabbatical.