Airbnb Wants To Pay For Someone To Live In Italy For Three Months

It's almost February, which means it's basically time to start thinking about where you're going to go on your summer holidays, right?

Well, how about being paid to stay in the Mediterranean? Sounds a bit too good to true, but this could be your chance - Airbnb is offering a handful of people the opportunity to go and live in Italy for three months. And yes, the company will pay you for it.

Four lucky people will be sent to the picturesque countryside to stay in the quaint hillside village of Grottole, and take up language and cooking classes.

According to the website, it's hoped that it will help breath life into the local community and bring tourists back to the village - which, with 600 empty homes and just 300 inhabitants, is 'at risk of disappearing' and needs help.

Four lucky people will get the chance to soak up the Italian culture for three months this summer. Credit: Airbnb
Four lucky people will get the chance to soak up the Italian culture for three months this summer. Credit: Airbnb

It says: "Escape the hustle and bustle of the city and become a temporary citizen of a village in the south of Italy. Immerse yourself in the local culture and discover how to speak, act and cook the Italian way. You will also get to support the local community by hosting an Airbnb Experience. Your goal? To help the local community revitalise the small village of Grottole.

"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 organisation called 'Wonder Grottole' whose aim is to revitalise the town's historical centre."

Understandably, you might be thinking, 'What would I do in a tiny village for three months?' But with a castle that dates back to the 10th century, a bee farm and a whole load of pasta and wine, you won't be short of ways to keep yourself entertained.

The incredible offer s part of a scheme to help revitalise the sleepy Italian village. Credit: Airbnb
The incredible offer s part of a scheme to help revitalise the sleepy Italian village. Credit: Airbnb

Silvio Donadio, founder of Wonder Grottole, says: "Our dream is to repopulate the historical centre.

"In 10 years we'd like to see the village full of people from different cultures perfectly integrated with the local community."

The lucky group who manage to bag this incredible trip will stay in the village from June to August. You'll need to send your applications before midnight on 17 February.

For more information about the offer, visit the Airbnb site.

Featured Image Credit: Airbnb

Dominic Smithers

After graduating from Leeds University with a degree in French and History, Dom went onto gain an NCTJ journalism qualification. Since then he has worked as a reporter at the Manchester Evening News and the Macclesfield Express, covering breaking news, court, sports, and politics.

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