Come and help us at a private non-profit animal sanctuary on the big island of Hawaii, US


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    POSITION AVAILABLE AS SOON AS November 1st, 2021.

    Aloha! Thanks for your interest in staying with us. Located on the Big Island of Hawaii in beautiful Naalehu, BIG ISLAND FARM SANCTUARY is a privately owned and operated 25-acre, off-grid, animal rescue, offering a life of love and happiness to farmed and feral animals in need of sanctuary. Through interaction and education, we help people learn the truth about animal agriculture, make a meaningful connection with the animals we commonly call food, and show people how they can help stop the needless suffering of animals and the devastation to our planet, all while improving their own health. Big Island Farm Sanctuary is currently home to 95 farmed-animals including cows, goats, sheep, pigs, turkeys, chickens, dogs, cats, and a horse (and two humans- Paula and Josh).

    Our sanctuary is not a non-profit (the title was created by Workaway). We are simply two hard-working animal lovers who want to rescue animals and share them with the world, without relying on community donations to be able to do so. :) We raise the money to care for our residents via outside businesses we’ve created and outside jobs we work, thus creating the need for help on our sanctuary, and we feel Workaway is a great way for us to get that help while offering a great experience to others.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    DIY and building projects
    Animal Care
    Farmstay help
    General Maintenance
    Help with Computers/ Internet

  • UN sustainablity goals this host is trying to achieve

    UN sustainablity goals this host is trying to achieve

    UN goals
    No poverty
    Zero hunger
    Good health and well-being
    Quality education
    Gender equality
    Clean water and sanitation
    Affordable and clean energy
    Decent work and economic growth
    Industries, innovation and infrastructure
    Reduce inequality
    Sustainable cities and communities
    Responsible consumption and production
    Climate action
    Life below water
    Life on land
    Peace, justice and strong institutions
    Partnerships for the goals
  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    While here, you will have the opportunity to learn all there is to running an animal sanctuary. You will also be able to learn more about the Hawaiian culture. During your free time, you will be able to explore the island and all its beauty and wonder.

  • Help


    For this position we are specifically looking for someone (or a couple) with farm experience. Knowledge of farm animals, repairing fences and shelters, and the ability to know what needs to be done is a must.

    Construction experience is a huge plus (for at least one of you if applying as a couple), as we will be building tiny guest homes for future volunteers.

    The ability and desire to learn basic plumbing and solar power is also important, as we are completely off-grid and rely on our water and solar on a daily basis.

    The work is physically demanding (lots of walking and moderately heavy lifting {up to 50 lbs}). There will be times when one or both of us is off property for work or other reasons, so you will need to be able to work independently, but also as a team and team leader.

    For this position we are looking for someone who wants to stay on for an indefinite period of time (at the VERY minimum 6 months) to manage the farm and train and oversee future volunteers (we are looking to add 2-4 more as soon as we have accommodations).

  • Languages

    Languages spoken
    English: Fluent
    Italian: Fluent
    Spanish: Intermediate
    Sign language (American): Beginner

    This host offers a language exchange
    Josh lived in Italy for two years and loves the opportunity to speak Italian. He also knows some Spanish and would love to become more fluent. Paula spent of her 20s working with Deaf children, but hasn't signed in years. She would love the opportunity to improve her ASL skills.

  • Accommodation


    During your stay, you will live in a 20-foot shipping container tiny home that includes an indoor bathroom with a toilet and shower; a kitchen that includes a fridge, toaster, propane stovetop, coffee press and cooking/eating utensils. A full-size bed with pillows and linen is provided. Wifi is available. This home, while very much livable, could use some finishing touches- another reason we are looking for someone with construction knowledge/experience.

    Our property is just minutes from South Point and Green Sand Beach- two popular tourist attractions. There are two small neighboring towns (Ocean View and Naalehu) that include grocery stores, coffee shops, a few restaurants, gift shops, and laundromats (we do not have on-site laundry accommodations). We are also happy to make suggestions of things to do and places to visit during your free time.

    PLEASE NOTE: The area we live in (South Point) is known for it's wind. Some days it's a light breeze, some days it's absolutely ruthless, most days it's somewhere in between. Wind in a farm setting means dirt and dust flying around. We also have spiders, small scorpions, centipedes, lizards, geckos, mice and rats. We use ultrasonic waves to help keep critters out of the houses. It's not like there are a TON of them, but they do exist and you will see them from time to time while living here.

    Dinner will be available to you each night, should you choose to eat with us. All other food you consume will be your responsibility and will be one of the few costs you have while here. We do require that, out of respect for the animals living here, you follow a vegan diet while on the property (no consuming meat, eggs or dairy). Candidates who are already vegan and able to explain to visitors why these types of animals need sanctuary is a plus. Not vegan? That's okay! We warmly welcome anyone willing to be open-minded to living a vegan lifestyle while here, and learning all the ways it benefits the animals, the environment and even your own health. We are happy to share menu ideas and help you in any way necessary. Our nearby grocery stores have some vegan options available and our bigger towns (Kona and Hilo) have plenty of places to buy vegan food.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    We have a vehicle available for you to use for off-property chores as well as your days off. A valid drivers license is required for this position. You are responsible for fuel costs for personal use of the vehicle.

    Due to living in a high-risk fire zone, there is no smoking of any kind allowed on property.

  • A little more information

    A little more information

    • Internet access

    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

    • Can host families

  • Can host digital nomads

    Can host digital nomads

    We have WiFi onsite and there is a local coffee shop that also has free WiFi.

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?


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    Hours expected

    Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week

Host ref number: 125873824471