Free Three-Month Trip to Italy from Airbnb

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Hi, hello, ciao, there’s someone I’d like to introduce you to. It’s future-you—more specifically, it’s five-months-in-the-future you.

Five-months-in-the-future you lives in a charming countryside village in Southern Italy called Grottole. (It’s in the part right between the sole and the heel of the boot.) You start every day with a cappuccino and a lesson in Italian language, before moving over to the vegetable garden to get acquainted with local produce. Next up is a cooking lesson, and a homemade lunch (fingers crossed that it’s pasta). Save some room for a sundown aperitivo, though.

One quick clarification: This could be be five-months-in-the-future you—if you apply for, and win!—one of four spots in the Airbnb Italian Sabbatical program. According to the company:

“Airbnb is sponsoring a unique opportunity for four people to move to the small village of Grottole for three months and experience authentic rural life in Italy. Selected candidates will become temporary citizens of the village and will volunteer for a local non-profit organization called “Wonder Grottole” whose aim is to revitalize the town’s historical center. The small village of Grottole, with only 300 inhabitants and more than 600 empty homes, is at risk of disappearing and is asking for your help!”

I mean, you really don’t have to twist our arms on this one. Hang on, what’s that, it’s all-expenses paid? And a €900 monthly expense stipend? Okay, we’re double in. Make that triple.

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TOP COMMENT:
“I would love this opportunity to learn and live in Southern Italy with others that share love of food, travel, and culture. Pretty please!!”
— Gail B.

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And now that we’ve reeled you in with that video, we’d like to present the following stream of daydream-inducing photos of Grottole, in an effort to distract you all until you miss the application deadline (Feb. 17). Meanwhile, we’ll be racing to get our essay submissions in! (And pondering how to answer the application question, “Why would you like to take a sabbatical in Grottole?” Forced choice response options do not include photos of our tiny, drafty New York apartments.)

Allora:

To learn more about the program or (ugh! If you must) apply, check out Airbnb’s Italian Sabbatical page.

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Do you ever daydream about taking a sabbatical to Italy? Let us know in the comments!

Airbnb Will Pay For You To Spend This Summer Living An Authentic Italian Life In The Countryside

Fuck. While many of my posts have been about depressing shit like trying to kill myself.. I’d have to say this is the hardest post to write. But, I started writing on this platform to write about the good, the bad, and the ugly. Even if it means I’ll have more competition. I WILL WIN THISSSS!!!

But, yeah. Airbnb is offering to put up 4 people for three months of the 2019 summer in the Town of Grottole, in Matera in Southern Italy through their “Italian Sabbatical Program.” This is a program that is aimed at reviving old towns that are sort of off the beaten path to try to revive them.

The deadline to apply is February 17, 2019, & I will provide the link with more information on it as well as the short survey and two short open ended questions.

May The Odds Be Ever In Your Favor.
Mwahaha.

But seriously, y’all don’t know how selfish I was about to be & keep this a secret. That ain’t cool though. This is too cool to not share. Give it a try! Free to apply.

The Italian Sabbatical

Matera, Italy