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AIRBNB & BAHAMAS NATIONAL TRUST PRESENT

The Bahamas Sabbatical

A once-in-a-lifetime opportunity
to help preserve an archipelago

Apply by February 18, 2020

This April, you can live on three of The Bahamas’ family islands and become part of a passionate community in a country made up of more than 700 islands. You’ll spend two months helping expose its unique culture and rich natural resources to a new wave of visitors.

Sabbatical runs April 1 to May 31, 2020. Selection Terms
Applications must be received by 11:59pm EST on February 18, 2020.

This April, you can live on three of The Bahamas’ family islands and become part of a passionate community in a country made up of more than 700 islands. You’ll spend two months helping expose its unique culture and rich natural resources to a new wave of visitors.

Sabbatical runs April 1 to May 31, 2020. Selection Terms
Applications must be received by 11:59pm EST on February 18, 2020.

Welcome to the Family Islands

While The Bahamas is best known for its capital, Nassau, the country is made up of over 700 islands. Bahamians refer to these outer islands — each unique, but all interconnected — as the “family islands.” You’ll live with local hosts in Andros, Exuma, and Eleuthera, becoming part of communities devoted to supporting important natural industries and preserving a rapidly changing ecosystem.

While The Bahamas is best known for its capital, Nassau, the country is made up of over 700 islands. Bahamians refer to these outer islands — each unique, but all interconnected — as the “family islands.” You’ll live with local hosts in Andros, Exuma, and Eleuthera, becoming part of communities devoted to supporting important natural industries and preserving a rapidly changing ecosystem.

Eight weeks. Three islands.

One life-changing sabbatical.

One life-changing sabbatical.

Week 1 – 3

Help Restore Coral Reefs in Andros

The Andros Barrier Reef is the third-largest living organism on the planet — but it continues to be vulnerable to the changing climate. At the North and South Marine Parks in Andros, you’ll learn from passionate conservationist and master scuba instructor Katie Storr*, then dive into the work at hand: collecting existing coral, building and caring for coral nurseries, and transplanting new growth back into the reef.

Week 1 – 3

Help Restore Coral Reefs in Andros

The Andros Barrier Reef is the third-largest living organism on the planet — but it continues to be vulnerable to the changing climate. At the North and South Marine Parks in Andros, you’ll learn from passionate conservationist and master scuba instructor Katie Storr*, then dive into the work at hand: collecting existing coral, building and caring for coral nurseries, and transplanting new growth back into the reef.

Week 4 – 6

Support Ethical Fishing in Exuma

The red lionfish is widely recognized as a threat to the rich and diverse Bahamian waters, but in a strange twist of fate, it’s also a delicacy that has the potential to boost the local fishing industry. At the Exuma Cays Land & Sea Park, you’ll join a team of lifelong divers and fishermen led by Andre Musgrove*. With Andre, you’ll learn about ethical fishing practices, and help create culinary experiences that pair lionfish with locally-grown produce.

Week 4 – 6

Support Ethical Fishing in Exuma

The red lionfish is widely recognized as a threat to the rich and diverse Bahamian waters, but in a strange twist of fate, it’s also a delicacy that has the potential to boost the local fishing industry. At the Exuma Cays Land & Sea Park, you’ll join a team of lifelong divers and fishermen led by Andre Musgrove*. With Andre, you’ll learn about ethical fishing practices, and help create culinary experiences that pair lionfish with locally-grown produce.

Week 7 – 8

Promote Traditional Agriculture in Eleuthera

The preparation and use of bush teas and natural remedies are rooted in Bahamians’ proud African ancestry, but sadly, the bush tea practice is quickly disappearing. Omar McKlewhite*, a Master Gardener at the Leon Levy Native Plant Preserve, has devoted his life to the study of endemic plants. With Omar, you’ll immerse yourself in this rich natural world, build a bush tea pop-up, and help conduct workshops to preserve this important part of Bahamian culture.

Week 7 – 8

Promote Traditional Agriculture in Eleuthera

The preparation and use of bush teas and natural remedies are rooted in Bahamians’ proud African ancestry, but sadly, the bush tea practice is quickly disappearing. Omar McKlewhite*, a Master Gardener at the Leon Levy Native Plant Preserve, has devoted his life to the study of endemic plants. With Omar, you’ll immerse yourself in this rich natural world, build a bush tea pop-up, and help conduct workshops to preserve this important part of Bahamian culture.

Travel with a Purpose

The Bahamas Sabbatical was designed to directly benefit local communities while supporting efforts toward a sustainable future. Over the course of the program, you’ll support important preservation projects inside the country’s national parks led by the Bahamas National Trust, and help design future Experiences centered around The Bahamas’ unique cultural heritage.

The Bahamas Sabbatical was designed to directly benefit local communities while supporting efforts toward a sustainable future. Over the course of the program, you’ll support important preservation projects inside the country’s national parks led by the Bahamas National Trust, and help design future Experiences centered around The Bahamas’ unique cultural heritage.

In partnership with The Bahamas National Trust

With the support of The Bahamas Ministry of Tourism.

Airbnb and the Bahamas National Trust share a commitment to support community revitalization efforts and promote the economic benefits of tourism and fisheries, both important elements of life in The Bahamas. The Bahamas National Trust has served as the national park service of The Bahamas since 1959, working to preserve the natural environment of its 32 special national parks.

In partnership with The Bahamas National Trust

With the support of The Bahamas Ministry of Tourism.

Airbnb and the Bahamas National Trust share a commitment to support community revitalization efforts and promote the economic benefits of tourism and fisheries, both important elements of life in The Bahamas. The Bahamas National Trust has served as the national park service of The Bahamas since 1959, working to preserve the natural environment of its 32 special national parks.

Airbnb Sabbaticals

Airbnb Sabbaticals provide eye-opening opportunities for people around the world to travel with purpose and do good. In November 2019, the Antarctic Sabbatical sent five volunteers to participate in a research expedition to the most isolated place on Earth.

Airbnb Sabbaticals provide eye-opening opportunities for people around the world to travel with purpose and do good. In November 2019, the Antarctic Sabbatical sent five volunteers to participate in a research expedition to the most isolated place on Earth.

*Individual hosts are examples only and may be subject to change.

*Individual hosts are examples only and may be subject to change.