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You Can Now Win An All Expenses Paid Trip To The Bahamas

You Can Now Win An All Expenses Paid Trip To The Bahamas

With darkness setting in before 5pm and a nip in the air, we're dreaming of escaping the cold for a little winter sun.

For five lucky people, that could be a reality with an all-expenses paid, two-month trip to The Bahamas, funded by Airbnb.

Er, yes please.

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This is no ordinary sun, sea and sand holiday though. While living their best tropical lives, the winning applicants will get a chance to make a real difference to the world we live in.

Airbnb has teamed up with the Bahamas National Trust to give five wannabe islanders the sabbatical of a lifetime, helping with restoration projects across several islands.

That means that as well as exploring all the stunning natural landscapes The Bahamas have to offer - from breathtaking reefs to vast pink sand beaches - the chosen travellers will work directly with locals to preserve them too.

Non-profit organisation Bahamas National Trust looks after 32 national parks in total and has drawn up a programme of vital work to be carried out to help expand the country's tourism industry.

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Throughout April and May, participants will work to preserve the island destinations of Andros, Exumas, and Eleuthera (Credit: Unsplash)
Throughout April and May, participants will work to preserve the island destinations of Andros, Exumas, and Eleuthera (Credit: Unsplash)

Throughout April and May, participants will work to preserve three gorgeous island destinations of Andros, Exumas, and Eleuthera.

Part of that work will be helping to repair the devastation caused by Hurricane Dorian, which did huge damage to tourism in the Bahamas.

Elsewhere, the five islanders will be helping to revive traditional (and - crucially - sustainable) practices rooted in agriculture, ethical fishing, and coral reef revitalisation.

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They'll also team up with free diver Andre Musgrove to replicate The Exuma Cays Land and Sea Park ecosystem in other waters around the area, which are currently overrun with invasive species.

Planting native trees with master Omar Mcklewhite forms another part of the programme, along with traditional pineapple farming and the harvesting of sea salt.

Air BnB has teamed up with the Bahamas National Trust to give five islanders the sabbatical of a lifetime (Credit: Unsplash)
Air BnB has teamed up with the Bahamas National Trust to give five islanders the sabbatical of a lifetime (Credit: Unsplash)

Chris Lehane, Senior Vice President of Global Policy and Communications of Airbnb, said: "As The Bahamas rebuilds, it's a privilege to work together with the Bahamas National Trust to support and shine a spotlight on a nation whose economies are benefited by tourism.

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"To continue these efforts, we're also pleased to sign a memorandum of understanding with the Ministry of Tourism to promote tourism to the country through Airbnb even beyond the Bahamas Sabbatical.

"This is a special place and anyone who has spent time on any of the islands that make up the nation is moved by the air, the sun, the beaches, the food, the communities and most of all the people."

What's more, flights to The Bahamas, accommodation and most expenses - including travel and food - are covered by Airbnb.

Keen to apply? To enter, you must be over 18, available to be in The Bahamas for two months from April, and be able to speak good conversational English.

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Click here for the full application process. The islands are waiting!

Featured Image Credit: Wikimedia Commons

Topics: Life News, travel

Mary-Jane Wiltsher

Mary-Jane Wiltsher is a freelance lifestyle and culture journalist. Elsewhere she writes for Stylist, Euronews, PHOENIX and What We Seee.

 

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