The Italian Sabbatical
The journey begins
To save the Italian village of Grottole we invited people from all over the world to move to Southern Italy and volunteer to revitalize the village that is at risk of disappearing
More than 280.000 people applied and 5 candidates were selected to become temporary citizens of Grottole
Meet the Volunteers
Discover their stories
A Day in The Life of an Italian Sabbatical Volunteer
Wake up at sunrise with a cappuccino and an Italian language lesson
Grow local produce in the vegetable garden with Mario
Cooking lesson and lunch with Enza
Learn the art of beekeeping
Enjoy an aperitivo with the local community
The Italian Sabbatical: Discover More
See what our five volunteers will experience day-to-day in Grottole.
Get to know the five adventurers who are about to make a big impact on a small village.
Meet the hosts in the tiny community of Grottole who are taking part in the Italian Sabbatical.
The Italian Sabbatical
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 revitalize the town’s historical centre.
Last Updated: 24 January 2019
1. Scope of Wonder Grottole Services
The Site is managed by Wonder Grottole (as defined below) for the purposes of making its services available to you, the user, including your submittal of the application form (“Application”) to take part to the Italian Sabbatical in Grottole, Italy organized by Wonder Grottole and sponsored by Airbnb (“Sabbatical”). The Site is made available by Airbnb (as defined below) as a sponsor of the Sabbatical.
When these Terms mention “Wonder Grottole,” they refer to Wonder Grottole S.r.l. Impresa Sociale with registered office in Grottole (MT), at Rione Vittorio Emanuele no. 5, Italy (Fiscal code no. 01346970773).
When these Terms mention “Airbnb” :
- if your country of residence is the United States, they refer to Airbnb Inc, withregistered office in 888 Brannan Street 4th Floor San Francisco, CA 94103 – United States;
- if your Country of Residence is China, they refer to Airbnb Internet (Beijing) Co., Ltd., 01B, Room 1401, Unit 1, Building 1, No.1 East Third Ring Middle Road, Chaoyang District, Beijing; or
- if your Country of Residence is Japan, they refer to Airbnb Global Services Limited, 25-28 North Wall Quay, Dublin 1, D01 H104, Ireland.Unless, otherwise stated, reference to terms such as “we”, “us” or “our” shall be understood to refer to Wonder Grottole and Airbnb.
You alone are responsible for identifying, understanding, and complying with all laws, rules and regulations that apply to your use of the Site and your submission of your Application to the Sabbatical. For example, there may be restrictions on your accessing and staying on the Italian territory for a given period of time, without a special VISA. If you have questions about how local laws apply to your Application and to your participation to the Italian Sabbatical, you should always seek legal guidance individually.
2. Access and use of the Site
2.1 The Site is intended for use only by persons who are at least 18 years of age. By using the Site and submitting the Application, you confirm to us that you meet these requirements. Access to the Site is prohibited for conflicting commercial purposes.
2.2 It is your responsibility to ensure your equipment (computer, laptop, netbook, tablet or other mobile device) meets all the necessary technical specifications to enable you to access and use the Site and submit your Application and is compatible with the Site.
2.3 We cannot guarantee the continuous, uninterrupted or error-free operability of the Site. There may be times when certain features, parts or content of the Site, or the entire Site, become unavailable (whether on a scheduled or unscheduled basis) or are modified, suspended or withdrawn by us, in our sole discretion, without notice to you. To the fullest extent permitted by law, we will not be liable to you for any unavailability, modification, suspension or withdrawal of the Site, or any features, parts or content of the Site.
2.4. You guarantee that the information about yourself, your VISA (if applicable), documents and other data provided in the Application form and anywhere else to Wonder Grottole and/or Airbnb is true, accurate and up to date and that if any of such information changes at any point you will duly inform Wonder Grottole and/or Airbnb.
3. Modification of these Terms
We reserve the right to modify these Terms at any time in accordance with this provision. If we make changes to these Terms, we will post the revised Terms on the Site and any such change will become immediately effective upon posting. If you disagree with the revised Terms, you shall cease using the Site and, if you have already submitted your Application, you must terminate your agreement with us by notifying us of such and requesting to withdraw your Application, in which case you will not be included in the selection process to participateintheSabbatical(the”S election”).Ifyoudonotterminateyouragreementwithus before the date the revised Terms become effective, your continued access to or use of the Site will constitute your acceptance of the revised Terms.
4.1 We may, at our sole discretion, personally or via third parties: (i) create, upload, post, send, receive and store content, such as text, photos, audio, video or other materials and information on or through the Site; and (ii) access and view any information or content that we make available on or through the Site.
4.2 The Site and contents thereof may in their entirety or in part be protected by copyright, trademark and/or other laws of Italy, Ireland, the United States and other countries. You acknowledge and agree that the Site, including all associated intellectual property rights, are the exclusive property of Wonder Grottole, Airbnb and/or our licensors or authorizing third-parties. You will not remove, alter or obscure any copyright, trademark, service mark or other proprietary rights notices incorporated in or accompanying the Site. All trademarks, service marks, logos, trade names and any other source identifiers of Wonder Grottole and/or Airbnb used on or in connection with the Site and contents thereof may be trademarks or registered trademarks of Wonder Grottole and/or Airbnb in the United States, Ireland, Italy and abroad. Trademarks, service marks, logos, trade names and any other proprietary designations of third parties used on or in connection with the Site are used for identification purposes only and may be the property of our respective owners.
4.3 You will not use, copy, adapt, modify, prepare derivative works of, distribute, license, sell, transfer, publicly display, publicly perform, transmit, broadcast or otherwise exploit the Site and contents thereof, except to the extent you are the legal owner of certain contents or as expressly permitted in these Terms. No licenses or rights are granted to you by implication or otherwise under any intellectual property rights owned or controlled by Wonder Grottole,
Airbnb and/or o licensors, except for the licenses and rights expressly granted in these Terms.
4.4 By creating, uploading, posting, sending, receiving, storing or otherwise making available any content on or through the Site, you grant to each Wonder Grottole and Airbnb a non-exclusive, worldwide, royalty-free, irrevocable, perpetual (or for the term of the protection), sub-licensable and transferable license to such consent to access, use, store, copy, modify, prepare derivative works of, distribute, publish, transmit, stream, broadcast and otherwise exploit in any manner such contents to provide and/or promote the Site or the Sabbatical, in any media or platform.
4.5 You are solely responsible for all information and contents that you make available on or through the Site. Accordingly, you represent and warrant that either: (i) you are the sole and exclusive owner of all contents that you make available on or through the Site, or you have all rights, licenses, consents and releases that are necessary to grant to Wonder Grottole and/or Airbnb the rights in and to such contents, as contemplated under these Terms; and (ii) neither the contents nor your posting, uploading, publication, submission or transmittal of the contents or Wonder Grottole’s and/or Airbnb’s use of the contents (or any portion thereof) will infringe, misappropriate or violate a third party’s patent, copyright, trademark, trade secret, moral rights or other proprietary or intellectual property rights, or rights of publicity or privacy, or result in the violation of any applicable law or regulation.
4.6 You will not post, upload, publish, submit or transmit any contents that: (i) are fraudulent, false, misleading (directly or by omission or failure to update information) or deceptive; (ii) are defamatory, libellous, obscene, pornographic, vulgar or offensive; (iii) promote discrimination, bigotry, racism, hatred, harassment or harm against any individual or group; (iv) are violent or threatening or promote violence or actions that are threatening to any other person or animal; (v) promote illegal or harmful activities or substances; or (vi) violate the Official Rules or any Wonder Grottole’s or Airbnb’s policy or any other policy. Wonder Grottole and/or Airbnb may, without prior notice and in their sole discretion, remove or disable access to any contents that Wonder Grottole and/or Airbnb find to be in violation of these Terms, the Official Rules, Wonder Grottole’s and/or Airbnb’s then-current policies or standards or which may otherwise may be harmful or objectionable to Wonder Grottole and/or Airbnb or our property, our members or third parties.
4.7 If you believe that any content on the Site infringes copyrights you own, please notify us immediately.
4.8 The Site may, from time to time, include links to external sites or to Grottole’s and/or Airbnb’s websites to provide you with access to information or services on the Sabbatical or village of Grottole that you may find useful or interesting before submitting your Application and information on the activities and services carried out in general by Grottole and/or Airbnb. To the fullest extent permitted by law and unless the sites are those of Grottole and/or Airbnb, we are not responsible for the content of the external sites or for anything provided by them and do not guarantee that they will be continuously available. The fact that we include links to such external sites does not imply any endorsement of or association with these operators or promoters.
5. Termination and other Measures
5.1 In addition to section 3 above, you may terminate this agreement at any time by sending us an email, notifying us explicitly of your intention.
5.2 Wonder Grottole and/or Airbnb may immediately, without notice, terminate this agreement and/or stop providing access to the Site if, in its opinion: (i) you have materially breached your obligations under these Terms, or any of the applicable policies or standards and, if a cure period is offered, failed to cure them within the reasonable period indicated by Wonder Grottole and/or Airbnb; (ii) you have violated applicable laws, regulations or third party rights; or (iii) Wonder Grottole and/or Airbnb determine in good faith that such action is reasonably necessary to protect the personal safety or property of Wonder Grottole and/or Airbnb or third parties (for example in the case of fraudulent behaviour of an applicant).
- limit your access to or use of the Site and contents thereon;
- reject your Application form; and/or exclude you from the Selection and/or the Sabbatical.
You will be in no case entitled to compensation or damages.
If you choose to use the Site and contents provided thereon for any purpose, including that of participating to the Sabbatical, you do so voluntarily and at your sole risk. The Site and content therein is provided “as is”, without warranty of any kind, either express or implied.
You agree that you have had whatever opportunity you deem necessary to investigate Wonder Grottole’s and/or Airbnb’s policies and services, as well as any laws, rules or regulations that may be applicable to the Sabbatical and you affirm that you are not relying upon any representation or statement of law or fact made by Wonder Grottole and/or Airbnb relating to any of the information provided.
If you submit an Application and we choose to conduct identity verification or background checks on you or other applicants to the Sabbatical, to the extent permitted by applicable law, we disclaim warranties of any kind, either express or implied, that such checks will identify prior misconduct by you or other participants nor guarantee that you or such participant will not engage in misconduct in the future.
You agree that some of the activities to be carried out during the Sabbatical may entail risks, and by participating in the Sabbatical, you choose to assume those risks voluntarily. You assume full responsibility for the choices you make before, during and after your participation in the Selection and Sabbatical. To the maximum extent
permitted by law, you agree to release and hold harmless Wonder Grottole and/or Airbnb from all liabilities and claims that arise in any way from any injury, death, loss or harm that occurs to you during the Selection and Sabbatical and acknowledge that it is solely your responsibility to secure relevant insurance coverage for your participation.
The foregoing disclaimers apply to the maximum extent permitted by law. You may have other statutory rights in your place of residence. However, the duration of statutorily required warranties, if any, shall be limited to the maximum extent permitted by law.
7.2 If your Country of Residence is in the EU, Wonder Grottole and/or Airbnb are liable under statutory provisions for intent and gross negligence by us, our legal representatives, directors, or other vicarious agents. The same applies to the assumption of guarantees or any other strict liability, or in case of a culpable injury to life, limb, or health. Wonder Grottole and/or Airbnb are liable for any grossly negligent or wilful breaches of essential contractual obligations by us, our legal representatives, directors, or other vicarious agents. Essential contractual obligations are such duties of Wonder Grottole and/or Airbnb in whose proper fulfilment you regularly trust and must trust for the proper execution of the contract but the amount shall be limited to the typically occurring foreseeable damage. Any additional liability of Wonder Grottole and/or Airbnb is excluded to the fullest extent permitted at law.
applicable policies or standards; (ii) your improper use of the Site or any Wonder Grottole’s and/or Airbnb’s Services; or (iii) your breach of any laws, regulations or third party rights, including those to take part to the Sabbatical.
9. Applicable Law and Jurisdiction
10. General Provisions
10.2 No joint venture, partnership, employment or agency relationship exists between you and Wonder Grottole and/or Airbnb as a result of this agreement or your use of the Site.
10.6 You may not assign, transfer or delegate this agreement or your rights and obligations hereunder without Wonder Grottole’s and/or Airbnb’s prior written consent, to be granted at our sole discretion. Wonder Grottole and/or Airbnb may without restriction assign, transfer or delegate this agreement and any rights and obligations hereunder, at our sole discretion, with 30 (thirty) days prior notice. Your right to terminate this agreement at any time remains unaffected.
Last Updated: 24 January 2019
- – Wonder Grottole S.r.l. Impresa Sociale with registered office in Grottole (MT), at Rione Vittorio Emanuele no. 5, Italy, which is the organiser of the Selection run through the Site; and
- – Airbnb as follows:
- If your Country of Residence is the United States, the Data Controller isAirbnb, Inc., with registered office in 888 Brannan Street 4th Floor San Francisco, CA 94103 – United States.
- If your Country of Residence is China, the Data Controller is Airbnb Internet (Beijing) Co., Ltd, with registered office in 01B, Room 1401, Unit 1, Building 1, No.1 East Third Ring Middle Road, Chaoyang District, Beijing.
■ If your Country of Residence is Japan, the Data Controller is Airbnb Global Services Limited , with registered office in 25-28 North Wall Quay, Dublin 1, D01 H104, Ireland.
Please see Section 10 for contact details of the joint Controllers listed above.
1. INFORMATION WE COLLECT
There are three general categories of information we collect:
1.1 Information You Give to Us.
This is the information that you provide to Us by filling in the Application form, as well as the information that you provide to us during the video conference interview(s), if selected among the finalists.
This information is necessary for you to participate in the Selection and for the adequate performance of the agreement between you and us.
If you are selected among the four successful Participants to the Sabbatical, we may use and process your personal data to publicly announce that you have been selected. This information will be processed on the basis of our legitimate interest in announcing the Participants to the Sabbatical.
1.2 Information We Automatically Collect from Your Use of the Site
When you use the Site, we automatically collect information, including personal data, about the services you use and how you use them.
This information is necessary for the adequate performance of the contract between you and us, to enable us to comply with legal obligations and given our legitimate interest in being able to provide and improve the functionalities of the Site.
- Usage Information. We collect information about your interactions with the Site such as the pages or content you view.
- Log Data and Device Information. We automatically collect log data and device information when you access and use the Site. That information includes, among other things: details about how you have used the Site, IP address, access dates and times, hardware and software information, device information, device event information, unique identifiers, crash data, cookie data and the pages you have viewed or engaged with before or after using the Site.
2. HOW WE USE INFORMATION WE COLLECT
We use, store and process information, including personal data, about you only for the purposes of running the Selection and to allow you to participate in it; to create and maintain a trusted and safer environment; and to comply with our legal obligations. If you are selected as one of the four successful Participants in the Sabbatical, your personal data will be processed to announce that you have been selected.
3. SHARING & DISCLOSURE
We share and disclose information, including your personal data, with the Selection Committee Members involved in the Selection.
These disclosures may be necessary to comply with our legal obligations or for the purposes of our or a third party’s legitimate interest in keeping the Site secure, preventing harm or crime, enforcing or defending legal rights and/or preventing damage.
Where appropriate, We may notify you about legal requests, unless: (i) providing notice is prohibited by the legal process itself, by court order we receive, or by applicable law; or (ii) we believe that providing notice would be futile, ineffective, create a risk of injury or bodily harm to an individual or group or create or increase a risk of fraud upon our property or the Site. In instances where we comply with legal requests without notice for these reasons, we will attempt to notify you about the request after the fact where appropriate and where we determine in good faith that we are no longer prevented from doing so.
Finally, we may use third party service providers to help us provide services related to the Site. Service providers may be located inside or outside of the European Economic Area (“EEA”), whether in Europe, India, Asia Pacific and North and South America.
Laws in these countries may differ from the laws applicable to your Country of Residence. For example, information collected within the EEA may be transferred, stored, and processed
We will need to share your information, including personal data, in order to ensure the adequate performance of our contract with you.
6. YOUR RIGHTS
You may exercise any of the rights described in this section by sending an email to email@example.com. Please note that we may ask you to verify your identity before taking further action on your request.
6.1 Rectification of Inaccurate or Incomplete Information.
You have the right to ask us to correct inaccurate or incomplete personal data concerning you.
6.2 Data Access and Portability.
In some jurisdictions, applicable law may entitle you to request copies of your personal data held by us. You may also be entitled to request copies of personal information that you have provided to us in a structured, commonly used, and machine-readable format and/or request us to transmit this information to another service provider (where technically feasible).
6.3 Data Retention and Erasure.
We retain your personal data for as long as is necessary for the Selection, in accordance with applicable laws. We will delete any information about you promptly after the closing of the Selection phase, which will take place in March 2019, subject to any delay in the Selection phase. If, after the day you submitted the Application form onto the Site, you no longer want us to use your personal data, you can request that we erase your personal data and close your application by sending us an email explicitly indicating this request. Please note that if you request the erasure of your personal data:
- You will not be able to participate to the Selection.
- We may retain and use your personal information to the extent necessary to comply withour legal obligations under applicable law.
- In order to maintain the Site and secure it against accidental or malicious loss anddestruction, residual copies of your personal information may not be removed from our backup systems for a limited period of time.
6.4 Restriction of Processing.
In some jurisdictions, applicable law may give you the right to limit the ways in which we use your personal data, in particular where: (i) you contest the accuracy of your personal information; (ii) the processing is unlawful and you oppose the erasure of your personal information; (iii) we no longer need your personal information for the purposes of the processing, but you require the information for the establishment, exercise or defence of legal claims; or (iv) you have objected to the processing pursuant to section 6.5 and pending the verification whether our legitimate grounds override your own.
6.5 Objection to Processing.
In some jurisdictions, applicable law may entitle you to require us not to process your personal data for certain specific purposes (including certain types of profiling) where such processing is based on legitimate interest. If you object to such processing we will no longer process your personal data for these purposes unless we can demonstrate compelling legitimate grounds for such processing or such processing is required for the establishment, exercise or defence of legal claims.
6.6 Lodging Complaints.
You have the right to lodge complaints about the data processing activities carried out by us before the competent data protection authorities.
We are continuously implementing and updating administrative, technical and physical security measures to help protect your information against unauthorized access, loss, destruction or alteration. Some of the safeguards we use to protect your information are firewalls and information access controls. If you know or have reason to believe that your information has been lost, stolen, misappropriated or otherwise compromised or in case of any actual or suspected unauthorized use of your information, please contact us following the instructions in the Contact Us” section below.
10. CONTACT US
A cookie is a small data file that is transferred to your device (e.g. your phone or your computer). For example, a cookie could allow us to recognize your browser, while another could store your preferences. There are two types of cookies used on the Site: (1) “session cookies” and (2) “persistent cookies.” Session cookies normally expire when you close your browser, while persistent cookies remain on your device after you close your browser, and can be used again the next time you access the Site (if your next visit is within a relatively short time known as the “cookie window”).
Why We Use These Technologies
We use these technologies for a number of purposes, such as:
- To enable you to use and access the Site.
- To enable, facilitate and streamline the functioning of and your access to the Site.
- To better understand how you navigate through and interact with the Site and to improvethe Site.
- To monitor and analyze the performance, operation and effectiveness of the Site.
- To enforce legal agreements that govern use of the Site.
- For fraud detection and prevention, and investigations.
- For purposes of our own customer support, analytics, research, product development and regulatory compliance.
Third Parties – Google Analytics
To help us better understand how people use the Site, we work with Google Analytics. To prevent Google Analytics from using your information for analytics, you may install the Google Analytics Opt-Out Browser by clicking here.
To opt out of Google Analytics for display advertising or customize Google display network ads, you can visit the Google Ads Settings page. To the extent advertising technology is integrated into the Site and you opt-out of tailored advertising, you may still receive advertising content. In that case, the advertising content will just not be tailored to your interests. Also, we do not control any of these opt-out links and are not responsible for the availability or accuracy of these mechanisms.
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The Italian Sabbatical – Selection Rules/Ts&Cs
Last Updated: 24 January 2019
NO PURCHASE OR PAYMENT NECESSARY TO PARTICIPATE. A PURCHASE OR PAYMENT WILL NOT INCREASE YOUR CHANCES OF BEING SELECTED.
When you submit a submission for this Selection, you agree with the official rules below (“Official Rules”).
“Organizer” means the organizer of this selection (“Selection”), Wonder Grottole S.r.l. Impresa Sociale with registered office in Grottole (MT), at Rione Vittorio Emanuele no. 5, Italy.
“Sponsor” means the sponsor of this Selection: Airbnb Ireland UC, the Watermarque Building, South Lotts Road, Ringsend, Dublin 4, Ireland. For the purposes of these Official Rules, when reference is made to data protection aspects, Sponsor shall mean:
- if your country of residence is the United States, Airbnb Inc, with registered office in 888 Brannan Street 4th Floor San Francisco, CA 94103 – United States;
- if your Country of Residence is outside of the United States, the People’s Republic of China which for purposes of these Official Rules does not include Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan, Japan and the European Economic Area, Airbnb Ireland UC, the Watermarque Building, South Lotts Road, Ringsend, Dublin 4, Ireland;
- if your Country of Residence is China, Airbnb Internet (Beijing) Co., Ltd., in 01B, Room 1401, Unit 1, Building 1, No.1 East Third Ring Middle Road, Chaoyang District, Beijing (Provided by Tiantian Zhao 01.23.18);
- if your Country of Residence is Japan, Airbnb Global Services Limited, 25-28 North Wall Quay, Dublin 1, D01 H104, Ireland.
The Organizer is also referred to herein as “We” or “Us”.
Aim of the Selection. The aim of the Selection is to identify four (4) people (“Participants”) who will be offered once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to escape the rat race and move to the beautiful Italian countryside village of Grottole, located in southern Italy’s picturesque province of Matera, the European Capital of Culture 2019 and UNESCO World Heritage Site (the “Sabbatical”). The Participants in the Sabbatical will experience the authentic Italian rural life for three months.
Volunteering for the local non-profit organization Wonder Grottole, Participants will learn the Italian language, how to run the community Vegetable Garden and how to farm and cook some of the ingredients in delicious Italian dishes. After the first month of training with the Organiser, Participants will then focus on passing on this knowledge to visitors, by hosting an Airbnb Social Impact Experience on behalf of Wonder Grottole and co-hosting stays at the Wonder Grottole Community Center, or any alternative venue, to be listed on Airbnb.
How to participate. Eligible entrants into the Selection (“Applicants”/“you”) who have reached the age of eighteen (18) at the time of entry, may enter the Selection from 15th January 2019 at 10:00 am Central European Time until 17th February 2019 at 11:59 pm Central European Time by following the process below. Submissions must be received through the below process by the close of the Selection to be eligible. Submissions received after 17th February 2019 11:59 pm Central European Time will not be taken into consideration and will be automatically discarded. Applicants who are eighteen (18) or over but still under the age of majority in their jurisdiction of residents must have the permission of their parent/legal guardian, and their agreement to these Official Rules, to participate.
Process. To enter into the Selection and to try to take part to the Sabbatical described above, you have to:
- Go to the www.italiansabbatical.com page (“Site”)
- Click on the “[Apply now]” button;
- Fill in the application form with the required personal and contact details(where all communications relating to the Selection will be sent to) and answers to the questions indicated in the application form, including the open questions in order to explain (i) your story and why are you ready to move to Grottole and take a sabbatical, and (ii) how you could make a difference in Grottole and what you can share with the local community (the “Submission”);
- If selected among the finalists, attend one or more video conference interviews about the Sabbatical experience and your motivation and provide, if requested, further information about you.
Each Applicant can only enter one (1) Submission and you represent that you are at least 18 years old at the time you enter and that you have obtained the permission of your parent/legal guardian, where necessary. Released Parties (defined below) are not responsible for computer or network problems, problems with servers, problems with email accounts or the failure to receive any Submission for any reason whatsoever which are beyond the Released Parties’ reasonable control or for
any other errors of any kind, whether mechanical, technical, network, printing, typographical, human or otherwise relating to or in connection with the Selection, including, without limitation, errors or problems which may occur in connection with the administration of the Selection, the processing or judging of entries, the announcement of the finalists or of the Participants or in any Selection-related materials. By entering the Selection, Applicants agree that in case of their selection they are under no legal or physical constraint to join the Sabbatical, as described under the Eligibility section below, that they may be contacted by Us in relation to the Selection and/or the Sabbatical, agree to take part in any publicity that occurs as a result of the Selection and/or the Sabbatical and grant Us and the Sponsor and the Sponsor’s group companies as well as their agents the right to use their personal data including without limitation their names, images, likeness and towns/countries of residence, and agree to being filmed and photographed with such material potentially being used by Us or the Sponsor worldwide in all media in perpetuity at Our or the Sponsor’s discretion (including without limitation statements made about the Selection, the Sabbatical, Us, the Sponsor and the Participants, activities, experiences and opinions). Prior to acceptance into the Sabbatical, Applicants may be required to execute a separate document to confirm their acceptance of this provision and to indemnify Us and the Sponsor in relation to such provision.
The Applicants acknowledge that the participation to the Sabbatical, in case of selection, will be individual. Consequently children or other dependants of the Participants will not be permitted to attend. Couples wishing to participate together to the Sabbatical, shall file two single Submissions indicating that they wish to participate with the respective partner. In such case each of them shall meet the eligibility criteria and comply with the provisions of these Official Rules.
The purpose, nature, period and time extent of all and any such use of personal data are hereby recognized, accepted and confirmed by the Applicant as a necessary condition of entry into the Selection. Moreover the Applicants acknowledge that, if selected upon the finalists of the Selection, We or the Sponsor may perform, at our sole discretion, background checks on the information provided in order to ascertain or confirm eligibility to participate to the Selection and, if applicable, to take part to the Sabbatical.
Eligibility. The Selection is open to residents, aged eighteen (18) or over, of the following countries only: United States, Mexico, Argentina (except for the province of Mendoza), Italy, UK, Ireland, Germany, France, Spain, Portugal, Netherlands, Australia, Canada (except for Quebec), India and Japan. If you are not resident in one of the listed countries, you are not eligible to enter or participate in the Selection. By entering, Applicants agree that the Participants will be selected from all complete Submissions received from these countries.
Moreover, eligible Applicants must meet the following requirements:
1. Holding a valid passport for up to six (6) months after the end of the Sabbatical
- Holding or being entitled to a VISA required to remain in Italy for the 3 (three) months of the Sabbatical, including any travel or relevant permit which may be required to volunteer for the Organisation;
- Speaking at least an intermediate (conversational) level of English;
- Being in sufficient physical condition to participate in the Sabbatical andrural life in general.
Directors, officers, employees and agents of Organizer and Airbnb, or their subsidiaries or affiliates (collectively, “Released Parties”), and the members of their immediate families or households (including without limitation spouse, partner, housemates, children, parents, siblings, grandparents, and grandchildren), are not eligible.
To take part to the Sabbatical, the Participants will need to sign a volunteer agreement with the Organizer and procure, before the start of the Sabbatical, proof of fitness to participate and a valid insurance coverage with a primary insurance company covering, for the whole duration of the Sabbatical, including travels, their stay in Grottole as well as any sickness or injuries while in Grottole.
Participants’ Selection. Up to thirty (30) finalists will be selected from the Submissions and invited to one or more rounds of individual video conference interviews with one or more members of the Selection Committee. Four (4) of the finalists will be selected as Participants of the Selection and will undertake the Sabbatical. Other four (4) Applicants within the finalists will be selected as reserves in case any one of the Participants decides not to join the Sabbatical or is not in a position to do so.
The entries will be shortlisted and finalists will be chosen entirely on merit, based on the following criteria applied by a selection committee (“Selection Committee”):
- Twenty-five percent (25%) Creativity: How creative is the answer and how much does it delight us?
- Twenty percent (20%) Originality: How does it surprise us? Is it a unique perspective?
- Fifteen percent (15%) Responsive: How well does it respond to the questions?
- Twenty percent (20%) Artistic Merit: Do you have any skills or passions? (e.g. are you an artist, do you play music, do you have craft skills or expertise, how are your cooking skills, do you have a passion for photography, etc.)Participants will be chosen after the video conference interview(s), based on the following additional criteria:
- Ten percent (10%) shown ability to live in a foreign countryside village for three (3) months, enjoy outdoors activity and live as a farmer,
- Ten percent (10%) shown ability to contribute to the local community and volunteer for Wonder Grottole projects and activities.
The Selection Committee will be comprised of three (3) members (“Selection Committee Members”) as follows:
- One citizen of Grottole, Italy;
- One member of Wonder Grottole Foundation;
- One member of the Airbnb team
The Selection Committee Members’ decisions are final and binding. If substantially similar Submissions are submitted by different Participants, the Selection Committee Members will select only the best version of that idea, as determined by the Selection Committee Members in their sole discretion. If in the opinion of the Selection Committee Members no suitable Submissions are received, or no Participants – including the four (4) reserves selected among the finalists – respond or can be reached as set out in these Official Rules, then We may cancel, extend or repeat the Selection in Organizer’s sole discretion. In the event of a tie, such tied Submissions will be evaluated by a tie-breaking Selection Committee Member using the criteria set forth above to determine the Participants. Evaluations by the Selection Committee Members will not be revealed. The possibility of being selected as a Participant will depend on the number and caliber of Submissions and the contents of your Submission.
By entering the Selection, Applicants expressly acknowledge and agree that, in case they are selected as finalists, they may be requested to provide further information about themselves, such as:
- if they have a driving license and related details (expiry date, authority issuing it, which countries/vehicles the same is valid for, etc.);
- their Italian heritage;
- VISA and any other permit required to volunteer for Wonder Grottole confirmations; absence of any contractual or statutory obligations restricting or prohibiting the finalists’ ability to volunteer at the non-profit organization “Wonder Grottole” during the Sabbatical; absence of any contractual obligations restricting or prohibiting the finalists’ ability to appear in media and marketing content during the Sabbatical.
Moreover, Participants may be asked, before starting the Sabbatical, to either undergo a health check-up or procure a certificate of general good health.
As mentioned under the “Process” section above, to the extent permitted by applicable law, We may conduct background checks, at Our sole discretion, on the information you provide and on any other element which We may deem as relevant for the purposes of this Selection.
Prohibited Content. Submissions must only contain the Applicant’s original work and must not have been previously published, or entered in any other competition, and must not violate the rights of any other party, including but not limited to intellectual property rights or rights of privacy, publicity or other moral rights. Submissions must NOT contain: (a) content that endorses/promotes illegal or harmful activity; (b) violent, profane, vulgar, obscene, defamatory or otherwise objectionable material; (c) adult material; or (d) defamatory content. We reserve the right to disqualify any Applicant who violates these prohibitions or any other provision of these Official Rules, or who’s Submission We deem inappropriate for any reason, in Our sole discretion.
License. By submitting a Submission, Applicants grant Us and the Sponsor a perpetual (or for the term of the protection granted by the relevant intellectual property rights), worldwide, irrevocable, royalty-free license to transform, edit, modify, reproduce, distribute, transmit, publish, communicate to the public, broadcast, perform, display, or otherwise use the Submission, in whole or in part, with or without modifications, in any form or medium (including but not limited to: internet, any printed medium distributed via press, billposting, point of sale advertising, flyers, leaflets), whether now existing or later developed, for entertainment, promotional and/or advertising purposes and/or any other purpose. For the avoidance of doubt, the license referred to in this paragraph is a fully paid-up license. By entering, you guarantee that your Submission is original as referred to above, and that you have all necessary rights to provide the Submission and to grant to Us and the Sponsor the rights set out in these Official Rules. If lawful in your country/region/jurisdiction, you will indemnify and hold Us and the Sponsor harmless for any breach of these provisions. Only the Participants, or the reserves, if applicable, will be entitled to take part to the Sabbatical.
Sabbatical. Each Participant will be admitted to take part in the Sabbatical, which will constitute of experiencing an authentic Italian rural life in Grottole in Matera-Basilicata Italy for three (3) months, from 1 June 2019 to 30 August 2019. In particular, the Participants:
- (i) will volunteer, during the whole Sabbatical, for the Organiser’s non-profit organization “Wonder Grottole” to develop the local community and carry out social activities;
- (ii) will attend Italian language courses;
- (iii) will learn how to run the community vegetable garden and how to farmthrough the support of a local farmer for approximately two hours eachday for the first month (festivity days excluded);
- (iv) will take cooking classes in order to learn how to cook local Italian food;
- (v) will host, during the second and third months, one Airbnb Social ImpactExperience on behalf of the Organizer’s non-profit organization “Wonder Grottole”;
- (vi) will co-host, during the second and /third months, stays at the WonderGrottole Community Center listed on Airbnb; and
- (vii) will be reimbursed by the Organisation for reasonable expenses incurredfor food and other basic living costs in Grottole, provided documents (eg. receipts, invoices) are provided to demonstrate such expenses, up to a maximum limit which cannot in any case exceed 900 (nine-hundred) euros per month, per Participant.
Each Participant’s travel to and from Grottole (i.e. from the nearest airport to the Participant’s regular place of residence, at the beginning of the Sabbatical, and to such airport at the end of it) will be arranged by Us or the Sponsor, and accommodation during the Sabbatical will be arranged and provided by the Organizer via providers chosen, respectively by the Sponsor or the Organizer.
We may require one or more written confirmations or proof of eligibility, including without limitation proof of a valid passport and age of the Participants. No substitution or transfer for the purposes of taking part to the Sabbatical is permitted, unless decided by the Organiser with reference to the reserves selected by Us. Unforseen or changed circumstances rendering participation in the Sabbatical impossible will not entitle Participants to any compensation or cash payout.
Sabbatical Conditions. Save as may be required by any applicable mandatory laws, the Sabbatical will be as referred to in these Official Rules and is provided as is, with no express or implied warranty or guarantee. This Selection may be subject to applicable local laws and regulations, including but not limited to tax laws. Each Participant is solely responsible for any taxes applicable to or resulting from the participation to the Sabbatical, and We will have no obligation for any taxes that may be payable.
Participants may be filmed, photographed and otherwise recorded (including their voice, image, likeness, performances, etc.) during their Sabbatical at Grottole and We and the Sponsor may use such materials for any and all promotional and other purposes in any and all media worldwide in perpetuity – Participants will have no rights over such materials.
The Participants represent and warrant that they will behave as good citizens during their stay at Grottole and in general during the Sabbatical and that they will cooperate with the Organizer’s personnel and other local citizens that will be present at Grottole. Participants agree they will not by any act or omission do anything which might bring Us or the Sponsor into disrepute and that doing so may result in the termination of their participation in the Sabbatical.
Health and Safety. Entry and in the Selection and/or participation in the Sabbatical is at each Participant’s (or reserve’s) risk, and health and safety is the Participant’s(or the reserve’s) own responsibility. By entering the Selection, Applicants confirm they are in sufficient health condition to take part in the Sabbatical and to carry out the activities mentioned under the “Sabbatical” section above.
Notification of the selection of the Participants. The Participant(s) will be selected on 29th March 2019 and will be notified by email to the address provided during registration to the Site within 5 (five) working days from the completion of the Selection procedures. As mentioned above, each Participant must confirm their participation to the Sabbatical in writing within 7 (seven) calendar days of such notification by email to the following address firstname.lastname@example.org and provide evidence of entitlement to obtain a valid VISA to travel to Italy, stay in Grottole and volunteer for the Organizer for three (3) months within the following 15 (fifteen) calendar days. Refusal or inability to confirm participation to the Sabbatical or to provide the requested information or documentation within the mandatory terms set out above, as well as impossibility to clearly confirm your identity may result, at Our sole discretion, in disqualification from the Selection and further selection of other finalists. We and the Sponsor may publicly announce the name of the Participants within 30 (thirty) days of the close of the Selection, including through Our and the Sponsor’s social media channels such as Twitter and Facebook.
You have made certain representations and warranties to Us and the Sponsor in entering the Selection for the Sabbatical. We have relied on the accuracy and truth of such representations and warranties in assessing your Submission. Should We, the Sponsor or our agents become aware of any fraud, deceit or similar action undertaken in connection with the Selection or otherwise, or any act or omission which might have an adverse effect on the Selection or on Our or the Sponsor’s reputation (in Our opinion, which shall be final), We reserve the right in Our absolute discretion (without notice to you and without giving reasons) to (i) disqualify your Submission from the Selection; or (ii) terminate your participation in the Sabbatical.
General Liability Release. By entering into this Selection, Applicants release Us and the Sponsor, including any of Sponsor’s group companies, from any liability whatsoever, on any theory, and waive all claims and causes of action arising from or related to this Selection, its fulfillment and any use or misuse of the Sabbatical (including any travel or activity related thereto), to the extent permitted by applicable law. However, nothing in these Official Rules limits or excludes any person’s or entity’s liability for death or personal injury caused by their negligence, fraud, or any other liability which may not as a matter of law be limited.
In relation to Applicants who are ordinarily resident in Germany, the following General Liability Release applies instead of the above: By entering this Selection, participants release Us and the Sponsor, including any of Sponsor’s group
companies, including our agents from any liability whatsoever, on any theory, and waive all claims and causes of action arising from or related to this Selection and/or fulfillment and/or participation to the Sabbatical. However, nothing in these Official Rules limits or excludes Our liability, that of the Sponsor and that of Our agents for damage from injury to life, body or health due to negligent breach of duty by Us, the Sponsor or our agents or intentional or negligent breach of duty by a legal representative or a person used to perform one of our obligations and those of Our agents and our liability, that of the Sponsor and that of Our agents for other damage arising from grossly negligent breach of duty or from an intentional or grossly negligent breach of duty by one of Our or the Sponsor’s legal representatives and of Our agents used to perform one of Our obligations.
Personal Data. In order to administer the Selection, We and the Sponsor need to collect, review and store your personal data (e.g. name, contact details and Submission) (“Selection Personal Data”). The purpose of such processing of the Selection Personal Data is to enable Us to perform our obligations under these Official Rules. The Organizer and Sponsor control, as joint controllers, the Selection Personal Data but may share the Selection Personal Data with third party providers for the purpose of Selection administration and Sabbatical fulfillment.
The Organizer and Sponsor will process the names, addresses and likenesses of shortlisted Applicants, finalists and Participants (“Shortlist Personal Data”) as joint controllers in order to perform their obligations under these Official Rules (including for the purpose of judging the Selection and selecting the Participants) and for Our legitimate interests (e.g. marketing and promotional purposes in relation to the Selection). We may also share the Shortlist Personal Data with third party providers in order to assist with Selection procedures.
In some circumstances, We and the Sponsor may need to ask you to provide Us and the Sponsor with sensitive personal data e.g. about your health. In these circumstances, We will ask for your consent to provide Us and the Sponsor with and for Us and the Sponsor to process such personal data, and potentially also to share such personal data third party providers. In some countries, your consent might be required to process your Personal Data. In these circumstances We or the Sponsor, as the case may be, will request such consent.
Interpretation and Disputes.
– If your Country of Residence is the United States, these Official Rules will be interpreted in accordance with the laws of the State of California and the United States of America, without regard to conflict-of-law provisions.
Judicial proceedings (other than small claims actions) must be brought in state or federal court in San Francisco, California, unless we both agree to some other location. You and We both consent to venue and personal jurisdiction in San Francisco, California.
– If your Country of Residence is outside of the United States, these Official Rules will be interpreted in accordance with Irish law. The application of the United Nations Convention on Contracts for the International Sale of Goods (CISG) is excluded. The choice of law does not impact on your rights or most favourable conditions as a consumer according to the consumer protection regulations of your Country of Residence. If you are acting as a consumer, judicial proceedings that you are able to bring against Us arising from or in connection with these Official Rules may only be brought, at your choice, in a court located in Ireland or a court with jurisdiction in your place of residence. If We wish to enforce any of our rights against you as a consumer, We may do so only in the courts of the jurisdiction in which you are a resident.
Miscellaneous. The Selection is void where prohibited. If any provision or part-provision of these Official Rules is held by a court of competent jurisdiction to be invalid, illegal or unenforceable, it shall be deemed modified to the minimum extent necessary to make it valid, legal and enforceable. If such modification is not possible, the relevant provision or part-provision shall be deemed deleted. Any modification to or deletion of a provision or part-provision under this clause shall not affect the validity and enforceability of the rest of these Official Rules. To the extent permitted by applicable law, We may suspend, modify or terminate the Selection if We believe, in Our sole discretion, that malfunction, error, disruption or damage is impairing or will impair the administration, security, fairness, integrity or proper conduct of the Selection, in which case the participation to the Sabbatical will be permitted among the eligible Submissions received that were unaffected by the problem, if possible, or as otherwise deemed fair and appropriate by Us.
Applicants acknowledge that We may cancel, suspend, modify or terminate the Selection or the Sabbatical if We consider it necessary or appropriate to do so for reasons or circumstances which are beyond Our reasonable control. Such reasons or circumstances shall include but are not limited to, fire, storm, flood, earthquake, explosion, war, invasion, rebellion, sabotage, epidemic, labour dispute, any action or threatened action endangering air travel and any act or omission (including laws, regulations, disapprovals or failures to approve) of any third person (including subcontractors, customers, governments or government agencies).
If due to circumstances beyond Our control, We are unable to offer the Selection or the Sabbatical, or can only do so under altered conditions, We reserve the right to cancel this Selection or the Sabbatical or run them under such altered conditions. Furthermore, Applicants waive and release Us and the Sponsor from any and all claims and causes of action arising from or related to any such cancellation, suspension, modification or termination. No transfer, refund, cash redemption,
substitution, cash equivalent or replacement of any Prize by any winner is permitted. Any part of the Sabbatical that has not been enjoyed nor benefited from by any Participant will be forfeited and will not be substituted.
With reference to any Italian Participants please note that this Selection does not constitute a Contest under the provisions of the Italian D.P.R. 430/2001.