Join a Timeshare Tribe
Tribewanted.com is a new concept in timeshare vacations that combines the traditional location-sharing arrangements with a tropical island. The catch is that all participants in the "tribe" are responsible for overseeing the eco-friendly development of a Pacific Island. Essentially, it's a real life variation on Survivor, with teamwork, construction and a tropical island, but without the contests and voting, though there will be a documentary crew on site taking weekly videos of the people and the project.
For $220 to $660, you can join for 1-3 years and visit the island, near Fiji, for 1-3 weeks (airfare is not included). During your visit, you will be filmed while you participate in the development of a sustainable village community. Broadcasts will be put on the Tribewanted website for other participants to view. The fact that members must work together in the building process and the development process - from selecting island locations to which buildings will have solar panels - is where the "tribe" concept comes from. There will be a local tribal chief overseeing the project.
500 people have signed up so far, and there is room for 5,000 to work on the project in total. It seems like a good choice for the adventurous, but not the ultimate in comfort yet, if you prefer to take more relaxing vacations.
At the end of the three year building period - which is when Tribewanted.com's lease on the island expires - the island will be returned to the local community. Depending on what kind of work is done by the "tribe," it could be Fiji's next hot resort, or it could just be some fun memories for those who participated.