As if you needed another good reason to come to Hawaii. The NYTimes just wrote about the 6 top spots for your remote office. Needless to say, Hawaii made the list “To consider squeezing in a working vacation or two.” They called it “A golden opportunity for those tempted to take their work on the road after a year of staying put.”
This novel and successful concept takes it one huge step further. The program is about to spring to life again in Honolulu for the second time. At the bottom of the post you can watch a video from the first cohort earlier this year.
It first began last year during COVID in order to bring visitors to work remotely in Hawaii, who volunteer to help Hawaii while they are here, and be offered free round trip airfare, and much more. The organization at the helm is Movers and Shakas, which is sponsored by both the State of Hawaii and local businesses.
To qualify, individuals need to be employed full-time and be able to work remotely from Honolulu. In exchange for the free airfare and discounts on accommodations and more, they are asked to contribute their skills and knowledge to the local community during a stay of at least 30 days. Participants commit to 8 to 10 hours per week, in addition to their remote job, in order to take part. This is also a fantastic way to “try on” the idea of moving to Hawaii.
Once again, the group seeks to draw “World-class talent” to complement that which is already in Hawaii. By doing so, they aspire to incent “both new and returning talent to build a better Hawaii.” Members will be able to leave a footprint on Hawaii by sharing their expertise while they are here. That according to Movers and Shakas.
Movers and Shakas‘ next cohort starts soon.
It will be a group of 50 socially-minded individuals who will stay in Hawaii for between 30 and 60 days. Cohort members will continue their remote jobs while also taking part in the skill-based team volunteering projects that include community building, networking, local experiences, and more.
The first cohort of 50 fellows was selected from nearly 90,000 applicants from around the country who “Continued their full-time remote jobs while building personal relationships, contributing their professional skills to local nonprofits, learning about Hawaii’s unique culture and getting dirty in group work days around Oahu.”
Hawai residents are now also able to join. Again, help with accommodations is provided, and there will even have an Olympic Village-style co-located accommodation.
When to apply.
The applications for the October cohort will be open starting June 21 and will close on July 12.
This program requires an 8 to 10 hour per week commitment, in addition to your remote job. You just stay the entire time, from October 2 through October 31, and attend all required events. Those chosen will “Actively participate in team-based volunteer projects for at least 15 hours/month for 2 months (2nd month can be remote) [and] respond to weekly surveys in a timely fashion.”
Participants must have legal authorization to work in the U.S., be employed full-time and able to work 100% remotely, and commit to program requirements.
Attend an Info Session on June 14th at 2 pm HST
If you want to learn more, you should register for the upcoming webinar. Use this link. Read on for more details and to watch the video from the inaugural cohort that started last December.
How the program works.
The all-volunteer organization will handpick people in order to “earn a free flight to Hawaii and perks, and will also give back to our islands through community-building activities.” In return, those selected must remain in Hawaii for a minimum of one month.
Free transportation is provided, and those selected will also be able to obtain discounts on accommodations, have access to working space, and will participate in community activities.
“The minimum commitment for M&S participants is at least 30 consecutive days on Oahu from Oct. 2nd to Oct. 31st. We hope you choose to stay longer (at least the two months of your volunteer project) and continue to contribute to Hawaii, potentially making it your home.”