A collaboration between the Bahamas Ministry of Tourism & Aviation, the Bahamas National Trust and Airbnb will send five volunteers to Andros, Eleuthera and Exuma for two all-expense-paid months to work with community leaders to help preserve cultural heritage and natural resources.

The initiative, called the Bahamas Sabbatical, follows similar programs from Airbnb in Italy and Antarctica last year.

Participants will stay at Airbnb properties and will work on various projects on those three islands, including a coral reef restoration program at the North Marine Park in Andros, boatbuilding and conch preservation in Exuma and native tree propagation techniques in Eleuthera.

"This collaboration will enhance our message in the travel marketplace that the Bahamas are open for business, with the net result of driving travel business to our island communities that are working to build a sustainable brand of tourism," said Joy Jibrilu, the director general of the Ministry of Tourism.

Applicants must be 18 years or older, speak conversational English, reside in the U.S. or one of 33 other destinations and be available to travel between April and May. Applications are due by Feb. 18 at airbnb.com/sabbatical.

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