We are shorty to embark on a new community building program and are keen to hear from people with construction / building skills. These positions would suit people wanting shorter and longer term stays. We are also still looking for Work Traders to carry on the normal work of the farm while our building program is in progress. We make a ‘verbal’ contract with our Work Traders and have certain expectations regarding productivity and agreed minimum length of stay. Our preferred stay is 4 - 6 months and perhaps longer. We appreciate that many people from outside the US are unable to stay longer than three months so are unable to make our desired commitment. If they have skills and work experience we find helpful, we may be able to make an exception, at our discretion. We prefer 6 months. Non US Citizens: If you are from outside of the US please discuss your options with us during your application interview. If your country of origin has a reciprocal agreement with the US you might also be able to apply for a Working Holiday Scheme https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Working_holiday_visa Being a Work Trader at Kanekiki has many benefits, however the work expectation is more challenging and is not for the faint hearted. Most people find it a challenge unless they are used to physical labor, having said that it's not slave labor 🙂 We like to have some fun and some days are less physical than others. It has been our experience that the Work Trade positions are suited to people with five or more years full time work experience and perhaps some of that spent doing manual work. This option requires 4 - 5 hours actual productive work, 5 days a week and can include anything from harvesting, to weed whacking using a gas powered weed whacker, clearing land by hand to enable planting of fruit trees, digging out stumps, mundane work like fence maintenance and moving rocks; chainsaw work, tractor driving, using mowers (industrial and domestic), machete work (we have 20 – 30' high elephant grass), to domestic work. Whatever needs doing, work traders must be prepared to be attired in suitable work clothes, boots and safety attire, and be willing to undertake work as directed. The work trade positions take care of the routine maintenance of the farm community doing “the grunt work", labor intensive and/or mundane. We mostly work in 'work crews' and feel a great sense of achievement at the end of the day. These positions offer a great opportunity for someone whose wanting to challenge themselves physically. We have often heard it said that 4 hours work in a tropical environment is like 8 hours physical work elsewhere. Kanekiki offers great opportunities for hands-on learning about living in the tropics, taking care of the land and fruit trees, living in community, improving communication skills and living in a lower tech off grid environment. If you have 5 years full time work experience, hopefully some of that time doing manual work, then you qualify to apply for a Work Trade position. Five years full time work experience is a pre-requisite for Work Traders. If you do not have that experience, you qualify to apply for an Internship, Guest Trader or Guest position, either of these options could lead to an eventual Work Trade option for you. We do have some semi permanent Work-Trade positions available to the right people, this would be negotiated during the initial contract with people who are a good fit for these positions. If you are interested in a semi-permanent position please indicate this on your application.
Work Traders coming to Kanekiki pay a refundable $250 "Surety Bond" when accepting a position at Kanekiki. Details regarding the Bond are on our Cancellation Policy. Please be sure to read.