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Volunteer Life at Kalani
Kalani's vibrant community is comprised of guests, staff, and volunteers from all corners of the world! We form a group of like-minded individuals who value interdependence, mutual respect, integrity, and responsibility while living together on 120-acres of preserved land on Hawaii Island.
Although community living is becoming more common in western culture, it may take some getting used to. Volunteers often report that it takes about two weeks to settle in and ground into the powerful Hawaii Island energy. Living in close proximity may also test your personal boundaries, so we recommend patience and tolerance as daily ingredients. When living with others, resolving conflict is an art that we can all learn and practice.
Most volunteers also report that living with and providing service to the community was the most powerful and rewarding aspect of their Kalani experience. Allow yourself to be amazed by the pace at which you grow and evolve in our dynamic environment! Please note: We require all volunteers to be 21 years old or older.
In exchange for providing service to your department, you will receive a wide range of benefits, including, and in no way limited to:
Many volunteers ask us to describe in more detail the things that happen aside from the responsibilities associated with your volunteer service. Every individual's experience at Kalani is unique, so we recommend reading the our blog for personal descriptions of what life at Kalani can be like.
Volunteers come to Kalani for many reasons, such as:
- Exploring a service-oriented role
- Learning a new skill or receiving a certification
- Enjoying a retreat from work/study/city life/stress
- Experiencing nature
- Working on self, mind and body
- Becoming part of a community
- Healing, transformation, and letting go!
As with any shared living situation, there are set boundaries that volunteers, as well as guests and staff, are expected to follow. These boundaries, while broad enough to allow for personal expression, are important to respect.
We expect all participants to demonstrate a positive attitude and to act with integrity and honesty. In addition, we ask all volunteers to follow these rules:
- Quiet hours are dailey from 10 pm - 7 am; no amplified music or sound of any kind is allowed during this time.
- No smoking on campus except in designated areas
- Punctuality for service shift
- No music or movie watching without headphones
- No large internet downloads during business hours