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Update: We have filled all openings for 2019. If interested in 2020 openings check back with us at the beginning of the year. You will find our little sanctuary located above Miloli'i. You can find our tribe of 6 maintaining and homesteading 8 acres of Mesic Forest with many native endangered species along with sustainable, organic food gardens. Over the last 3 years we have been working hard bringing the Aina back to life. We are always planting something; food crops, trees, medicinal herbs, culinary herbs, and rare plants. We always have something new going and animals to love on.
Cooking / shopping
Help with Eco project
Help in the house
We will be able to provide you an experience involving sustainable plants which have many different uses, along with harvesting and preserving foods, making compost teas, companion planting for pest control and many other off-grid organic practices. We would love to share our self-sustainable farm and sanctuary with other like minded individuals who are wanting to experience working with nature, trying new ideas and gaining knowledge. Living in the Mesic Forest provides a unique glimpse into the Big Island's native plants and we are in full swing working at reforestation and clearing invasive species.We are all about growth and sharing as we continue to pursue a sustainable lifestyle.
Tasks here can include: planting seedlings, weeding, grafting, harvesting what is in season, clearing invasive species, fencing, structure building in our volunteer area, greenhouse, solar dehydrator, bio digester, rock walls to protect food beds, making soil, basic animal care, preparing/preserving foods for storage, composting , KNF, teas, knowledge and uses of many medicinal plants We are currently working on preparing areas for more rare trees, fruit bearing, many varieties of dragon fruit and pineapple along with working on forest restoration. We also sometimes seek those that have other creative skills like painting, murals, construction, sewing, wood carving & help in the kitchen with meals.
You will be living off grid. It is important that you understand you will be living in a forest among nature; this is not a resort, it is our home. You will find bugs, dirt, frogs and no WiFi. Our water comes from the rain and is filtered through a reverse osmosis system; it is a precious resource and conserving it is a priority . We are drier where we are located, and during the dry season we rely on a community well; helping with water runs is required. We can get some heavy rains and high winds in the spring and summer. There may be some days of just waiting it out and have to shift our schedule. Summer heat can get a bit intense so we do things early on those days and relax during the heat of the day. Breakfast and lunch is up to you to fix and clean up; but, we eat a community dinner together on the work days cooked for you (Monday through Thursday). We encourage our volunteers to enjoy the Island and explore on their days off; but please respect and remember they are our days off as well. If you choose to hang out for the weekend (which is OK too) and join us for dinner, then helping out with cooking, dishes, etc. will be encouraged. We all take turns here on the aina.
In exchange for 20 -25 hrs a week Monday through Thursday. The following will be provided for volunteers away from the main living area. We have a single tiny home & a screened covered Hooga for two along with a 10x20 steel framed covered carport. All protected from mosquitoes Clean bedding and air mattresses are provided. Private enclosed compost toilet and an outdoor solar shower and on cold days a heated outdoor shower. Clean drinking water is available at all times and washing machine for 1 load of laundry per week, per person, and bedding every 2 weeks. Soap and TP are provided and first aid items like bandages, etc. We will not provide sunscreen or bug spray... $8 is about the average cost in Kona for a can of either.
Food is provided (or harvested from aina) for Breakfast and Lunch; you are responsible for cooking those meals and cleaning up afterwards. On week nights Monday -Thursday we all normally eat dinner as a group which is cooked while we enjoy the sunset and ocean view. We eat as much as possible from the Aina (all crops are organic here) along with local fruits in season along with fresh baked bread daily. We can accommodate most diets but will only provide very little and limited dairy products, meats, packaged food and drinks. We are OMNIVOROUS. Weekends you are free to travel the Island or relax on the Aina on days off.
Items we suggest bringing- A large water bottle, solar flashlight, hat, long sleeve light pants and shirts ( It does get cool in mornings and evenings at times and best bug protection) Sunscreen, Bug Spray and good shoes to work in. Not a must but a very, very good phone case is recommend. Between humidity, leaving it in the sun and dropping it on lava it has left many without a phone.
Must be willing to work the hours required Monday - Thursday, trust worthy, get along with groups, be alone without supervision sometimes. You are responsible to keep the living spaces you are staying in clean and maintained along with any community spaces shared. We are 1 mile from a bus stop. There are a couple of beaches within 5 miles of the farm. Singles or couples 20 years or older in good physical and emotional health. 4 week min stay. For long term volunteers wanting to stay more than 2 months a 4 week trial period before we commit to longer terms will be required, no exceptions. We are approximately 1.5 hours from Kailua-Kona, and 2.0 hours from Hilo. You are responsible for All transportation on your days off. We will be happy to pick you up at the Kona Airport only. We are 3/4 mile from Milolii bus stop.
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20 -25 hrs a week