It is becoming clear that people no longer need to be in the same physical location to get work done. In the thriving age of the internet, we are discovering new ways to stay connected each and every day. As more companies realize the benefits of adding remote working options, they are able to open their talent pool globally and getting better work results from happier employees.
Millennials in particular, have shown that they prioritize experiences over ownership with the rapid rise of the sharing economy. The traditional nine to five way of working is no longer enough. Unshackled from their permanent desks, they are giving up the permanence of a home for the excitement of life on the road. These two sweeping cultural shifts happening today, productivity moving to the cloud and the rise of the sharing economy, have culminated in Remote Year.
How it Works
Participants who have already secured their own remote jobs are invited to apply for this innovative program. The program takes place over the course of an entire year, the next session beginning on February 1st, 2016. Accepted participants pay a monthly fee of $2,000 in addition to a $3,000 down payment to reserve their spot.
The fee includes all travel between destinations, all accommodations during the entire year and a common workspace with internet in each city. It also includes a variety of activities and events, such as community impact days, speakers, tours, and other trips.
The Remote Year program takes place in 12 different locations, one month each. There are three legs of the trip which take place in South America, Europe and Asia. The first stop is Montevideo, Uruguay, a vibrant eclectic place with a rich cultural life. Montevideo has been consistently rated as having the highest quality of life of any city in Latin America.
The next stop is Buenos Aires, Argentina, followed by La Paz, Bolivia and Cusco, Peru. Cusco, the former capital of the Inca empire, gives participants the opportunity to explore the archaeological remains of Machu Picchu and Spanish colonial architecture.
The second leg of the trip takes participants to a variety of destinations in Europe, starting with the global cultural epicenter of Instanbul, Turkey. July takes participants to Prague where they will experience the amazing Bohemian nightlife of one of Europe’s most popular cities.
The next stop is Belgrade, Serbia where travelers will take in the historic sites of a beautiful European city with a rich history. The final stop in Europe is Cavtat, Croatia, a quaint city on the Adriatic.
The third and final leg of the trip takes place in Asia. It begins in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, a modern city and Malaysia’s cultural hub. November takes participants to Koh Phangan, Thailand, a laid back island where they can learn to scuba dive, drink beer and play cards on the beach at night. The next stop is Phnom Penh, Cambodia. This French built city is the largest in Cambodia and is known as the Pearl of Asia for is ornate beauty. The last stop is Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam which is the heart of Vietnam’s economy and culture.
The application for Remote Year is available here. It asks simple information about english fluency, the longest length of time applicants have traveled and current field of employment. There is also space to input your linked in profile. If you have a desire to travel the world and work remotely, this opportunity might be perfect for you.
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