Those who meet its criteria are welcome to apply before 15 December
That fake paradise-island background while video conferencing can now become a reality. The US state of Hawaii has launched a remote working program that comes with free return flights and various local discounts. Applications will be accepted until 15 December.
Handpicked participants will stay in Hawaii for at least 30 consecutive days
Hawaii launches @MoversandShakas – a program to attract former Hawaii residents and out-of-state professionals to work remotely from Hawaiʻi. The program incorporates a unique “give and get” approach, seeking applicants who are passionate about the values of Hawai‘i. #WFHawaii pic.twitter.com/4QI9LnEQoI
— Movers & Shakas (@MoversandShakas) November 29, 2020
The new pilot program Movers & Shakas offers to pay for a return flight if a participant stays for 30 consecutive days or longer in Oahu, Hawaii. It’s open to individuals over 18 years of age who are fully employed and able to work remotely. Currently, the program is set up for US domestic workers only.
Participants will also have to volunteer a few hours of their week at one of the local non-profit organizations, such as Chamber of Commerce Hawaii, Girl Scouts of Hawaii, or Hawaii Literacy.
Participants will earn free airfare, be eligible for significant discounts and contribute to the local community
If participants meet the criteria of the program, they will receive free airfare with Hawaiian Airlines or Alaska Airlines. They will also receive significant discounts on hotels, co-working space, and regular community-building opportunities.
The Movers & Shakas team will handpick fifty eligible applicants and conduct video interviews with the finalists. Those selected are expected to move to Oahu within one month after receiving their award.
“We’re looking for individuals with the right mindset, who are passionate about the values of Hawaii and have the skills and expertise to contribute to our community,” says the official website.
“We believe that the pandemic has permanently normalized ‘telework’ for many companies, and that world-class talent will be drawn to Hawaii not only for its natural beauty and unique culture, but also for its highly developed business and medical infrastructure and the ease of traveling within the United States. By supporting these teleworkers, M&S encourages both new and returning talent to build a better Hawaii.”
Caribbean islands have launched similar schemes
The economy of the Hawaiian Islands is dependent on tourism and it hasn’t been spared by the 2020 pandemic. The idea behind the scheme is to bring money and people with talent and skills to the islands.
Some islands in the Caribbean have launched similar schemes in the last months. Earlier in the year, the British Overseas Territory of Bermuda introduced a program offering year-long stays and extended tourist visa duration from 90 to 180 days. Barbados offers a 12-month visa for those working remotely while in Antigua and Barbuda remote workers can become digital nomads for up to two years.
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