Airbnb launches Bahamas sabbatical to help after Dorian

A woman walks along a beach before the arrival of Hurricane Dorian in Freeport, Grand Bahama, Bahamas. 

The Associated Press

NEW YORK — Airbnb is giving a few people a chance to spend a two-month sabbatical in the Bahamas in an attempt to boost the Caribbean island damaged last year by Hurricane Dorian.

At least 67 people were killed, and more than $3.4 billion in damage was caused when Hurricane Dorian swept through the country’s hundreds of islands in October 2019.

Aribnb has offered other sabbaticals during the past year to promote the environment. For their latest offer, five people have a chance to visit the three islands within the Bahamas that were not affected by the storm: Andros, Eleuthera and Exuma. There, those selected will work on projects for two months including coral reef restoration, pineapple farming, boat building and more, working with the Bahamas National Trust. The nonprofit manages the country’s parks and works to preserve its natural habitat.

The Bahamas is best known for its capital, Nassau, but the country is made up of more than 700 islands.

“Bahamians refer to these outer islands — each unique, but all interconnected — as the ‘family islands,’” read an article on “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.”

The trust’s executive director, Eric Carey, said the country is “open for business,” and the sabbatical is a way to “share our diverse country and the Bahamian way of life with the world.”

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