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Digital nomads can stay free of charge in Sardinia — here is the right way to apply – EAST AUTO NEWS

Digital nomads can stay free of charge in Sardinia — here is the right way to apply


Clarese Partis, a 39-year-old software program designer from Los Angeles, has at all times wished to work from an offbeat spot removed from the crowds.  

So when she was supplied such a possibility, she immediately grabbed it. 

Final week, Partis landed within the Sardinian village of Ollolai in Italy for a free keep paid by the native municipality. It is a part of a program aimed toward digital nomads who need to quickly relocate to work within the middle of the island, amid farmers and grazing sheep. 

She’s the primary digital nomad to reach — and already she stated it seems like a life-changer. 

“I’ve been touring as a digital nomad because the previous two years, final in Zanzibar,” stated Partis, however “when the chance for Ollolai got here alongside I used to be excited to present it a strive.” 

“I felt I wanted a change of place,” she stated, although “not a touristy one, however [instead] surrounded by nature, recent air, mountains, stunning seashores, the place I might discover extra solace, peace and a slower-paced life-style.” 

The small village of Ollolai

Ollolai is positioned within the wild Barbagia space removed from the Sardinia’s VIP-packed coastlines — a spot the place outdated traditions survive and bandits as soon as lived in caves. 

Via time, locals left in the hunt for a brighter future elsewhere, emptying the traditional district, now lined in avenue artwork depicting rural life. 

Clarese Partis working from her residence in Ollolai, Sardinia.

Supply: Antonio Meloni

Up to now century, Ollolai’s inhabitants shrank from 2,250 to 1,300, with solely a handful of infants born annually. 

The village adopted a extremely publicized measure in 2018 to revive the outdated district: promoting crumbling properties for 1 euro.

Partis and Francesco Columbu, the main of Ollolai.

Supply: Veronica Matta

“That was a significant success — many foreigners purchased and restyled dozens of forsaken dwellings,” stated Mayor Francesco Columbu instructed CNBC. “Now, after investing in high-speed web, with this new venture ‘Work from Ollolai’ we need to make our village a digital nomad hub.”

Free stays for distant staff

Ollolai’s city corridor has earmarked 20,000 euros ($21,460) to host 30 distant staff from everywhere in the world, who can keep within the village, separately, over the following two years.

On-line purposes are open by means of December. Those that are chosen can keep free of charge for as much as three months at a time, which is the utmost interval non-Europeans can stay in Italy and not using a visa.

For now, Partis plans to remain only one month, although she stated she may take into account prolonging her Sardinian expertise at a later stage. 

Partis overlooks the view from her balcony, with Veronica Matta, who’s overseeing the “Work from Ollolai” program.

Supply: Antonio Meloni

The following teleworker is arriving from Singapore, stated Veronica Matta, head of native cultural affiliation Sa Mata, which handles the “Work from Ollolai” program with the mayor’s workplace. 

“We count on plenty of Individuals,” she stated. “Our aim is to revive Ollolai with new individuals of various cultures and languages that will share their expertise [as] digital nomads with the residents.”

The finances, from the city corridor’s coffers, will go towards renting properties from native households for the digital nomads, at a value of roughly 350 euros a month for a furnished two-bedroom dwelling. Utilities, payments and city corridor service taxes may also be lined, stated Matta, however transportation and airplane tickets usually are not.

The properties, which used to belong to shepherd and farmer households, who prior to now used to sleep on the bottom ground with their animals, include an workplace and high-speed web connection.

Employees shall be invited to locals festivals and festivals, in response to Matta. Partis stated she was invited to a celebration in town’s piazza the evening earlier than.

Partis provides her landlord 1 euro as a symbolic gesture.

Supply: Veronica Matta

“I simply needed to give my landowner a symbolic one euro for the home rental,” stated Partis. “Locals are so heat and welcoming, and it is not as a result of they need to promote you one thing, like in touristy locations.”

“I like to mingle with the individuals right here,” she stated.

A reciprocal association

Winners can keep free of charge in Sardinia — if, that’s, they comply with give one thing again to the area people earlier than they depart, stated Matta.

“This isn’t a free vacation,” stated Matta. “They should have a confirmed background as a digital nomad and depart a concrete piece of labor on the finish of their keep — be it a convention, an essay, analysis paper or documentary.”

Partis and Matta be part of a welcoming occasion in Ollolai, Sardinia.

Supply: Veronica Matta

Partis plans to present a lecture on what it means to be a digital nomad, on the whole and particularly in Ollolai, she stated.

Matta burdened that “skilled distant staff from all fields are inspired to use: expertise, media, finance, actual property, structure — additionally artists, writers, musicians, scientists and lecturers.” 

However that is supplied they depart behind a “information jolt” that enriches the village tradition, she stated.

Extra stunning than anticipated 

Partis already loves her new residence within the village’s historic district. It has two bedrooms and a beautiful panoramic balcony with views of a pristine valley and woods, the place she finds inspiration whereas working, she stated.  

Clarese Partis with Veronica Matta, searching from Partis’ balcony.

Supply: Antonio Meloni

For now, she stated she’s balancing her work and need to sightsee throughout Sardinia.

“I am nonetheless settling in. There are days I spend touring to discover the attractive locations round, and others I shut myself at residence catching up on my work,” she stated.  

She stated a typical day in Ollolai is much like her life elsewhere: yoga meditation within the morning, adopted by work, then a stroll outdoors and a drive to the coast or the mountains to benefit from the silence and views. 

“I do not drink so the bar will not be my high place to hang around,” she stated. “As an alternative, I really like going to the farmers’ market to select recent components akin to truffles, making pasta and gnocchi with pesto. The meals is superb.”

She stated that Ollolai is extra stunning than she ever anticipated, and the friendliness of its individuals stunned her. 

“There may be a lot to discover in Sardinia. I am glad I’m right here with sufficient time to immerse myself within the island and its tradition.”

Digital nomads can stay free of charge in Sardinia — here is the right way to apply – EAST AUTO NEWS
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