Aloha! Hawaii just created a long-term-stay program for U.S. residents to get away from the U.S. mainland. In exchange the remote workers must deal with volunteering program.
Movers & Shakas, a state- and company-funded initiative, will provide airfare for up to 50 remote workers. Those remote remote workers must able to volunteer at least a month in Hawaii. The program will begin on 15 December 2020.
A spokesperson for the program said that depending on how the Oahu pilot program goes. The future volunteering remote workers heading to other islands could be eligible for the free roundtrip airfare.
The Participants must spend a few hours per week to a non-profit that fits their skillset. In exchange, the remote workers will also get exclusive access to deals at local-run hotels and restaurants. According to the spokesperson of the program.
“We wanted to help fill the gap from the decrease we’ve experienced in the 7-day visitors to our state,” according to Jason Higa. He is a co-founder of the program and CEO of FCH Enterprises. With many people now working remotely, he said, there’s an opportunity for “professionals seeking a safe, warm environment to continue living their normal lives while contributing to the Hawaii community.” This agreement aims to alleviate the strain tourism-dependent businesses in the state are seeing during the pandemic.
Hawaii currently has the lowest rate per capita of COVID infections in the U.S. It makes Hawaii as one of the safest places to live and work. Visitors in Hawaii must obtain a negative coronavirus test from an approved lab 72 hours prior to their arrival in the state or quarantine for 14 days.
Source: Washington Post
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