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What does the cost of the program cover?
Participating in Amble offers you access to discounted lodging in a beautiful place, while giving back to an organization that helps conserve that place.
At this time, the program is not all-inclusive and does not cover transportation or food. Creatives will also be provided a welcoming and closing bonfire celebration + meal with other creatives and community hosts, at no additional cost.
Wait, am I paying to do work?
Think of it this way—for work on small creative project, the program provides creatives with a deeply discounted rate for one-month of lodging for your destination sabbatical.
Instead of paying the full cost for a cabin or hotel room for one month, creatives are able to offset full market-rate costs for lodging by supporting community hosts on small creative projects. Furthermore, through our relationship and partnership with these community hosts, we are able to provide access to unique accommodations—many of which are unavailable to the public.
Here’s an example—instead of paying $250/night at a nearby lodge or $150/night for an open-air tent cabin (with a fold-out bed and no sheets) for one full month, you are paying $60/night for unique and exclusive accommodations in a cozy, furnished cabin with a private room, full bath, kitchen, WIFI and living area in the heart of Yosemite National Park.
How many hours of creative work are required?
Participants should spent no more than 1/3 of their time on projects, which translates to about 15-20 hours (or, 2-2.5 days) a week.
We will work with participants and community hosts to identify the best fit work best for how hours are distributed through the week (i.e. full days or a few hours a day throughout the week).
Remember, we are your advocates and it's our job to make sure your time is protected, even if you wish to spend more time on the work. Our main goal is to provide a rejuvenating and unique sabbatical experience for creative professionals. We will be available throughout the month to ensure there is a fair exchange, with milestones and deliverables met, and a workload that does not exceed 15-20 hours a week.
We will be keeping a close eye to make sure there are no project scope creeps and that you are giving yourself time to recharge, explore and take time away during your sabbatical.
What is Amble’s role? Can I do this myself?
Amble leverages our strong relationship with community hosts to lead, define and manage design projects, and in turn offer meaningful and unique experiences for creative professionals.
Our role is to work with these organizations to identify creative project needs and find qualified, talented creatives specifically suited for their projects. Once selected, our team will work with these creative professionals and organizations to outline goals, set realistic milestones and deliverables, and set expectations before even arriving for their sabbatical.
Once you do arrive, our team will be on-site to help our community hosts, who often don’t have the resourcing or capacity to support or manage these projects themselves.
There are lots of other models (i.e. artist residencies) or ways to travel—for free!—in exchange for your time. We encourage you to explore all of your options to find the best fit for you! For starters, check out WWOOF and Habitat for Humanity.
How can I ensure the project can actually be accomplished in a month?
Amble works with community hosts to protect your time away, by identifying smaller projects that can realistically be tackled in this amount of time, and acting as project manager during the sabbatical, to ensure your meaningful experience.
We also recognize every project is unique and every person has their own ways of working.
Once applicants are selected, we will schedule two calls before the sabbatical—one with our team to get a sense of how they work, share a bit more about the project and discuss what is accomplishable. The second call will be between our team, the creative professional and community host. This will provide the community host an opportunity to share more about the project, answer questions and come to a consensus with creatives on realistic goals and deliverables. Our team will provide an agreement following this call outlining these milestones and deliverables, as determined and agreed upon between all parties.
Can my employer pay for me to participate?
Absolutely! In an ideal world, this program is covered 100% by your employer, at no cost to you.
Following the pilot in November, we look forward to working with more employers to offer Amble as a unique employee benefit for enterprise companies.