Help with daily tasks at our eco-friendly campground

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Help with daily tasks at our eco-friendly campground

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  • Description
    We are currently trying to fill work exchange positions starting in December 2022.

    We live off-grid which mean we get most of our power from solar panels so we are providing an eco-friendly place to say.

    It is a small family business and we take pride in offering accommodations that are both exceptional and reasonably priced. Everyone should be able to come visit this astonishing island. Hosting work exchange participants provides yet another avenue for people to experience Hawaii, regardless of their income bracket.

    Our guests come from every corner of the world and our place is frequented the most by European visitors, who are looking for a more genuine, less touristic experience.

    I find it disheartening that in many hotels, social interaction among guests is not supported and is often discouraged. It is important that social interaction among people remains a fundamental component of travelling to a new place, so we enthusiastically encourage it here.

    Type of help:
    General Maintenance
    Help in the house
    Art project

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities:
    Staying here you will have tons of opportunities to meet people from all over the world. It is not uncommon to hear three different foreign languages being spoken around our dinner table. If you make an effort to connect, you can expect to make lasting friendships with people from all walks of life and from all corners of the world.

    Being here provides the chance to live the life in "real Hawaii" away from all of the touristic parts. Our area of the Island has a rich heritage of farming and was once where a significant portion of the world's sugar was grown. We encourage you to stay as long as you can so you will be able to learn some of the secret spots the tourists will never know. One of the beautiful things about the Big Island is that sometimes you have a whole beach, waterfall, trail, bay, garden, park, fishing spot, etc... all to yourself.

    Finally, it is important to note that this opportunity provides an excellent chance for you to peel back the veil and see how short term rentals really work. Have you ever thought about renting a space on airbnb? learning these tasks and going through the motions at this established rental will help you have a better understanding of what it takes and what best practices should be considered should you decide to go forward in the hospitality field.

    The daily tasks at my place have been broken up into four categories. In the most basic terms they consist of 1) housekeeping/cleaning indoor rooms, 2) housekeeping/cleaning outdoor glamping tents, 3) laundry, or 4) maintenance. You will only be assigned one category for a one week term and then the responsibilities will be rotated based on the number of work exchange participants that are currently staying here. During that week, you must take ownership of that category and you will be provided with a detailed checklist to help you succeed in your assigned role.

    You should expect an average of 2 hours of time devoted to your tasks daily (slightly more at first as you get familiar with the place and the tasks). You will have 1-3 days off per week for exploring the island based around the schedule of guest check-ins and check-outs.
  • LocationUnited States, Hawaii, Hawaii County, Pepeekeo

  • Work
  • Type of work General maintenance
    Help in the house
    Helping with tourists
  • Hours per day 2 Hours per day
  • Work requirements: Government ID. Willingness to learn. 18+. You must have your own health insurance coverage.
  • Host's preferences
  • Availability: Send a message to inquire.
  • Duration of stay: Minimum of 2 weeks
  • Maximum number of helpers: 4
  • Last minute requests: Okay
  • Host
  • Languages:English
  • Has pets? 2 outdoor cats.
  • Smokes at home? No
  • Accommodation: You will be staying in an outdoor 4-person dormitory. The space is co-ed so both men and women will be staying in there. You will have your own single bunk bed (and it is a real bed). All necessary linens and towels will be provided.

    You will receive a cooler for all of your refrigerated food items. You will have to swap frozen water jugs from the deep freezer as needed to keep your items cold. You will have access to store any items in the deep freezer. You will be able to put limited shareable items (such as condiments, butter, dressings, etc…) and medications in the small Camp Kitchen propane refrigerator. You are welcome to use either kitchen or the grill area to prepare your meals. Shared spices, oils, coffee, and paper towels are provided. Bottled drinking water is provided. Guests often leave many food items designated “free” on a daily basis both in the fridge and in the free bin. These items are free for your use.

    You may harvest and have any fruits grown here on the property.

    You are welcome to use any of the three dining areas as well as any of the three shared bathrooms with hot showers. Soap, shampoo, body wash, bug spray, sun screen, after-sun lotion, and TP are provided for you.

    You are welcome to use the TV room which has both Netflix and Amazon Prime Video. You will have access to unlimited free high speed Wifi.

    You will be able to use the washing machine (clothes must be hung on the covered clothesline to dry as we do not have a dryer). Washer detergent is provided.

    You will get a small locker to lock up items.

    You are welcome to use of our waterfall swimming area (a primary feature of our property).

    We will provide a limited transportation run to Hilo to allow you to stock up on groceries and supplies at a minimum of once per week. We may be able to provide other excursions at the discretion of the house manager, but you should otherwise expect to be responsible for figuring out your own transportation. If you are travelling with a vehicle you will be able to use a free parking space. You are welcome to borrow our bicycles.

    You would receive a free property branded tee shirt (based on size availability).

    We would like to clarify a few things that are not included in your stay. Again, transportation is not provided (other than the weekly restock trip mentioned above). You will not be permitted to use our vehicles. Groceries are not provided. You will not be permitted to occupy fridge space (other than the exceptions mentioned above). The propane fridge is very small and must be reserved for guest use only. Cleaning/housekeeping is not provided so you will be required to thoroughly clean up every space you use (kitchens, bathrooms, and common spaces) so those shared spaces are always cleaner that you found them. There is no power in the outdoor sleeping dorm (all charging of electronics must occur at the main house)
  • Additional info
  • House Rules:

    Pets are not allowed.

    You have an obligation to clean up any messes you encounter (whether or not you made the mess). Keep the attitude that every space should be better as you’re leaving then when you found it.

    Only one person can sleep/cuddle/etc.. In each bed in the dorm. Couples would have to sleep separately for the comfort of everyone staying in the dorm.

    You will be expected to maintain a level of professionalism and friendliness whenever a guest is present. You serve as a representation of Hamakua House at all times when around guests.

    You should avoid bringing visitors here. An occasional pickup or drop off is OK, but absolutely no overnight visitors.

    You must smoke outside and remain cognizant of where your smoke is blowing. All cigarette butts and other trash must be properly disposed of and shall not be discarded on the ground.

    We will not tolerate the use of any hard drugs on the property and you shall not drink to the point of inebriation.

    You are expected to yield to the guests any time they are looking to use a property amenity. For example, if a couple from one of the cabanas wants to cook dinner, you might be forced to wait or to use a different kitchen to prepare your own food.

    Days off can not be scheduled in advance. In most cases you will not know when you may observe a day off until 6 pm on the night before (based on the schedule of guests checking out). Consecutive days off will not be possible.

    You may not travel to other islands in the middle of your stay. Island hopping must be planned either before or after your stay with us.

    We expect you to help us uphold these rules and let us know if they are being violated. The rules are in place to keep everyone safe.

    Other Info:

    Public transportation can be a challenge on the Big Island, but the County does operate a limited bus service called Hele-on. If you plan to use this service you should search the web for their bus schedules and consider calling the bus office for advice on how to use the service (crazy, but calling on by phone is almost necessary). We are located a 1 mile walk from the Honomu bus stop, so use that stop in your planning.

    Otherwise, there are many car pools on Craigslist and hitchhiking culture is alive and well here (and much safer that on the mainland).

    The cruiser style bikes we have are not good for trips more than a mile or two as they are single speed. Several stores in Hilo rent bicycles and several others rent both surfboards and paddle boards.

    We are about 6 miles from Honoli'i beach, which is considered to be the most popular surf spot on this island and there is a designated beginner area there.

    This part of the island is not the "beachy" side. Its known more for lush tropical rain forests, world renowned waterfalls, hiking trails, and beautiful green scenery. We are about a three mile walk (only one mile as the crow flies) from the coastline (no beach). The Hamakua Coast is dramatic cliffs meeting the ocean, but you can find some excellent fishing spots down there. It is about a three mile walk to Akaka Falls, Onomea Bay, or the Hawaii Tropical Botanical Gardens. Its 20 minute drive to Hilo. You are looking at about an hour drive to Waipio Valley, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, or Puna. There are countless little things in between. We have several great detailed guidebooks and can offer advice if you have specific questions.

    Finally, it is a rainforest here so be aware that is does regularly rain here (true for basically the entire East side of the island).