Lets face it, we could all use a little change of scenery after working from home for the past 9+ months. If you are still working remotely and don’t go into the office, why not pack your bags and work from somewhere better.. like Hawaii?
Beautiful beaches, perfect weather, nice people, good food, what more could you ask for? All this could be yours, at least for a little while, thanks to the State of Hawaii’s Movers & Shakas Temporary Resident Program, a new remote work program aimed at individuals who want to work remotely from the islands.
“Working from Hawaii can provide a much needed respite from the isolation and burnout caused by remote work,” said Jason Higa, CEO of FCH Enterprises, parent company of Zippy’s and one of the driving forces behind Movers & Shakas. “With the lowest rate per capita of COVID infections in the country, and an abundance of social distancing activities and dining experiences, Hawaii is ideal for those seeking a safe place to work and play.”
Hawaii’s Movers and Shakas Program incorporates a unique “give and get” approach, seeking those who are passionate about the values of Hawaii and who have the skills and willingness to contribute to the local community. Applicants will be asked to take a “Pledge to Our Keiki,” making a commitment to respect the culture and natural resources of Hawaii during their stay. In addition, the program also includes a skill match component, wherein participants commit several hours a week to a Hawaii nonprofit. The participants will apply their expertise to help strengthen local communities.
In return for their volunteer work, Movers & Shakas participants receive exclusive discounts on month-to-month accommodations, flights, restaurants, attractions and other services they need while living in Hawaii. Participants also have access to networking opportunities with Hawai‘i business professionals and with other Movers & Shakas program participants.
Remote workers interested in joining the first cohort of the program are encouraged to fill out an online application by December 15, 2020; 50 applicants who meet the qualifications will be chosen for the first cohort and will receive a free round-trip ticket to Oahu. Future applicants will be accepted on a rolling basis and will expand to neighboring islands at a later date.
I don’t know about you, but I’m totally ready for a chance of scenery, especially with a snow storm in the forecast for next week. Who’s with me? 🏝️