The worst part of any holiday tends to be the coming home part. The daunting thought of returning to work after a week soaking up the sun fills us with the fear.
What if we told you that you could stretch out that sun-drenched feeling that bit longer though? A chance to escape the mundane 9-5 for warmer surroundings?
That’s exactly what Airbnb is offering with its new Italian sabbatical opportunity.
Four people will be sent to live in Grottole, a remote village in beautiful Southern Italy, where they’ll be immersed in the local culture and taught how to speak – and cook – Italian.
The participants will also work with the local community to revitalise the village. Which seems a pretty sweet deal.
Anyone lucky enough to take up the opportunity will become ‘temporary citizens’ of the village, volunteering for a non-profit called Wonder Grottole, which was set up by local resident Andrea.
“My dream is to repopulate the historical centre of the village. In ten years we’d love Grottole to be full of different cultures, and people perfectly integrated with the local community,” he said.
“This is a village with strong traditions, where you can ring anyone’s doorbell and be welcomed in like real family. People like chatting about small things, they like sitting in front of their door. It’s a place to forget the burden of chaotic city life to discover the lightness that can come with rural life.”
Being a temporary resident you will be staying in an Airbnb – hosts include Andrea himself, a beekeeper and hairstylist named Rocco, olive oil producer Giuseppe and Rosa, an avid cook keen to teach you Italian cuisine.
The deadline for applications is 17th February and successful candidates would be staying in Grottole from June to August.
Click here to apply.