Airbnb has joined forces with the Bahamas Nationwide Belief to supply 5 travellers a chance to spend two months within the archipelago to assist with environmental initiatives within the wake of the harm wrought by Hurricane Dorian, which ravaged the tropical vacation spot on the finish of the summer time of 2019.
Vacationers who had been moved by photographs of the devastation on the Abaco islands and Grand Bahama attributable to Hurricane Dorian final September are being given an opportunity to assist out within the archipelago by Airbnb’s “Sabbatical Program”, an initiative that permits members of the web lodging market to find distinctive locations whereas getting concerned in environmental causes and which notably took vacationers on a mission to Antarctica on the finish of final yr.
In partnership with the Bahamas Nationwide Belief, which manages 32 nationwide parks on the islands, Airbnb is now providing free journeys to the nice and cozy vacation spot. These fortunate sufficient to be chosen for the Bahamas Sabbatical will take part in initiatives to protect the pure atmosphere, which is a vital lever for development and tourism within the Bahamas. 5 vacationers might be chosen by the programme to remain and work within the archipelago in April and Might of this yr.
Hosted on Andros, Exumas and Eleuthera – three islands that weren’t affected by the storm – the volunteers will take part within the creation of a reef restoration programme, which can gather coral fragments that may later be regrown in a nursery. They may also rely purple lionfish, an invasive species whose inhabitants should be curbed to make sure that it doesn’t take over the islands’ delicate marine ecosystem. Lastly, they are going to be immersed in Bahamian tradition, participating within the harvesting of sponges and sea salt, the development of conventional boats and the planting of pineapples and bush tea.
Those that are thinking about participating within the programme ought to submit an utility earlier than Feb 18 on Airbnb.com/sabbatical, which warns that members should be capable to conduct a dialog in English so as to be chosen. Nations whose nationals are eligible to use embody Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Mainland China, Denmark, Dubai, France, Germany, Hong Kong, India, Eire, Italy, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, Russia, Singapore, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, South Korea, Thailand, Britain and the US.
The names of the 5 members chosen might be introduced on March 25. – AFP Relaxnews