Remote workers looking for a change of scenery may have found their solution with this new initiative in Hawaii.
The program, Movers & Shakas, is open to 50 lucky people who are already employed and want to strike that perfect work/life balance (think spending your afternoon hiking, surfing, or even shark diving). The program is open to any U.S. citizen 18 years or older who currently lives in the country and winning applicants must agree to move within one month of being selected, organizers shared with Travel + Leisure.
Those who can't wait for a WFH setup with beach view can apply online by Dec. 15. Chosen applicants are required to stay for a month and will be responsible for arranging their own accommodations at one of Hawaii’s resorts, hotels, vacation rentals, or homes. They will also be required to volunteer for a few hours each week with a nonprofit that fits their skills, according to organizers.
The program also provides a free round trip flight to those selected.
“Working from Hawaii can provide a much-needed respite from the isolation and burnout caused by remote work,” Jason Higa, the CEO of FCH Enterprises, one of the companies behind Movers & Shakas, told T+L. “With the lowest rate per capita of COVID infections [among states] 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.”
In fact, Hawaii has reported an average of just 5.9 cases per day per 100,000 people over the last seven days, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, lower than any other state.
Since October, Hawaii has allowed visitors to skip the islands’ mandatory quarantine if they arrive with a negative COVID-19 test taken at a certified laboratory within 72 hours of their trip. Several airlines, like Hawaiian Airlines and United Airlines, have started offering testing for flights to the islands.
On Wednesday, however, the island of Kauai will opt out of the testing program and instead revert back to a mandatory two week quarantine for visitors.
This program isn’t the first volunteer-travel effort Hawaii has started. The islands are also encouraging tourists to give back during their stay, and offering perks like a free night to do so.
Alison Fox is a contributing writer for Travel + Leisure. When she’s not in New York City, she likes to spend her time at the beach or exploring new destinations and hopes to visit every country in the world. Follow her adventures on Instagram.
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