The Luxury Of Time

Frequently Asked Questions

What is a sabbatical?

Traditionally a Sabbatical is a paid period of time off, gifted to long serving employees of a company. But the Touareg Sabbatical isn’t your typical sabbatical. It’s a sabbatical with purpose. There will be no practicing golf swings, sipping cocktails and sleeping late, the Touareg Sabbatical is all about giving back and getting an idea up and running..

Do I have to quit my day job?

Not at all, but it is going to be up to you to arrange 3 months leave with your company.

How is Volkswagen/Touareg involved?

Volkswagen will be giving you an allowance to help you achieve your idea.

What will Volkswagen be providing?

A Volkswagen Touareg, an allowance of R100k per month for the duration, access to promotional material to get your idea out there, and a camera crew to document your journey.

What do I have to do?

All you have to do is submit an idea that you have a burning desire to see come to life.

There will be an application process where you will be asked to give more thought to your Sabbatical, but to get the ball rolling, send your idea and we will be in touch.

What if my idea isn’t chosen?

With only one idea ultimately chosen there are going to be some disappointed people, but just because your idea hasn’t been chosen for the first iteration of the Touareg Sabbatical, doesn’t mean we won’t be in touch to see how else we can help bring it to life in the future. But rest assured, your idea, remains your idea. We won’t broadcast it to the world.

When does the application process close?

Applications will close on 28 February 2019

What time frame do I have to work with?

The Sabbatical needs to be taken as 3 continuous months between 1st March 2019 and 31st July 2019. We will discuss and agree exact dates with the chosen candidate.

How will my idea be funded?

Volkswagen will give you and allowance of R100,000 per month and there is a discretionary fund of R300,000 that you can apply for all or part of. The rest is up to you. We will help promote your idea on social and paid media platforms, but other than the above, fund raising is down to you.

How will an idea be chosen?

Once you have submitted your initial application there will be a committee of Volkswagen SA stakeholders that will assess the ideas. If you are successful in this “first round” you will be contacted with next steps and asked to provide a bit more information. Full details of the process are available in the terms and conditions on this site.