The Waterfarm Volunteer program is a 14 day, 21 day and/or 28 day program, open to strong able-bodied individuals who have a passion + interest in assisting in the day-to-day operations of an organic permaculture farm on the Big Island of Hawaii. We are remotely located 45 minutes from Hilo, 20 minutes drive from Pahoa in the quiet neighborhood of Kalapana Seaview.
In exchange for 5 hours/week and $95/week tuition, accepted Waterfarm volunteers receive training in permaculture farm operations, tent accommodations throughout one’s stay, complimentary electricity + WiFi access, private kitchen + shared bathroom access, staple food items (organic coffee, organic coconut oil, apple cider vinegar, hawaiian sea salt, farm-harvested honey), and access to organic farm-harvested greens, produce + teas as available, based on our farm-harvesting practices.
Preference is given to candidates with previous permaculture and/or farm experience + education. We are looking for hard-working, kind, compassionate communicators + adventurers who wish to deepen their Hawaii experience with an authentic, farm-based community + service oriented stay.
Tuition does not include transportation to/from Hilo airport (ITO), which can be arranged a week in advance for $45/one way, or $90/round trip. Accepted candidates into our Residence Volunteer program must provide proof of health insurance for the duration of their stay. To request an application for our program, please email: email@example.com
Open 2019 dates: December 4th-31st
Open 2020 dates: January 1st-10th
All other 2019 and 2020 dates are currently filled. Mahalo for your understanding. Applications are prioritized + processed in the order they are received. We apologize in advance if your preferred dates are not available + appreciate your patience. Processing an application generally takes 2-3 weeks, so please factor that timeframe into your travel plans. We do recommend travel insurance. Thank you.
Q: Do I need a car for an extended stay?
A: We are walking distance from Kehena beach + the Seaview Park, however the nearest food store is located about a 10 minute drive down the road, next to Uncle Robert's Awa bar. The Hele-On Bus does have a stop a few minutes walk away from the Waterfarm, which can be accessed to visit + shop in Pahoa, our nearest village.
Q: How many volunteers are there at one time at the Waterfarm?
A: We currently only have space for two volunteers at a time in our shared camping accommodations.
Q: What type of training will I receive while volunteering?
A: Volunteers will receive training on the variety of foods our farm grows in a tropical climate, as well as hands-on experience in creating cuttings for our organic farm stand. Volunteers also may participate in our farm tours for guests, harvest fruit, produce + teas, and assist in the day to day operations of our small permaculture farm (ie.weeding beds, watering crops, distributing mulch, collecting eggs, etc).
Q: May I stay and volunteer longer than 28 days?
A: Longer stays are negotiable upon successful completion of your original term.
Q: How do I get started?
A: Email firstname.lastname@example.org to request an application. We look forward to hearing from you!
Volunteers are provided tent accommodations
Volunteers help water, weed, care for and harvest our organic, non-GMO crops
Private kitchenette + shared bathroom facilities are available throughout one's stay