It’s official. The January blues are in full swing now and while many of us are lusting for our next big break, the kind people at Airbnb have decided to help.
After undertaking their own research project, the travel brand discovered some pretty depressing statistics – one in four people (24 percent) in the UK are currently searching to change their routine in one way or another because they are ‘bored with their life.’ Much of which has to do with their careers. Relatable, right?
In fact, Airbnb has reported that over half (52 percent) have considered quitting their jobs, with Mondays proving to be particularly tough – not that the latter is a surprise. Further to this, they found that almost a fifth (20 percent) of Brits have thought about handing in their resignation letter more than once a day.
So, to do their bit in helping us get out of our current rut and stat living your best lives, the lovely people at Airbnb have decided to put on a special once in a lifetime offer. The company has announced that they will select four volunteers to escape their mundane reality to go on an incredible three-month sabbatical in the beautiful Italian village of Grottole.
The lucky four will relocate to the small hilltop village in southern Italy, which is actually a UNESCO World Heritage Site and has been named 2019’s European Capital of Culture. During their stay, they will learn Italian, help run the community vegetable garden and get authentic cooking lessons by Italian ‘nonnas’ (grandmothers), transforming them into temporary citizens. Sounds like the dream, doesn’t it?
And that’s not all. As well as indulging in a carefree life of sun, sea, gardening and all the pasta, the chosen volunteers will also get a chance to do some good. They will have to commit to working for the local non-profit organisation named Wonder Grottole, which was set up to bring new life to the ancient village.
Volunteers will offer support by using the skills they have learnt by the locals to entice more tourism into the village. They will welcome guests into beautiful Airbnb homes and act as ambassadors of Social Impact Experiences by passing on the traditional skills they have learnt such as pasta making and honey harvesting.
‘Italy is an extraordinary country with a strong and vibrant rural community, countless hilltop villages and a passionate and welcoming culture,’ says Joe Gebbia, Airbnb co-founder and Chief Product Officer. ‘We want to help preserve these communities so they continue for generations to come. By inspiring and supporting others to get involved and make real contributions to village life, we hope it shines a light on the beauty of rural Italy.’
To apply, visit italiansabbatical.com and complete the application form which simply asks for two 300 word passages on why you’d be a good fit. Applications close on 17 February, so what are you waiting for?