Join Staff

Join a community eager to learn and grow in God and with each other. YWAM Kona offers a place for youth and the young at heart to be in training or in operations. Discover staff opportunities by exploring our schools/ministries or by checking our wish list.   

Short-term volunteers: Check out our Kokua Crew or Mission Builders for six weeks, or a three months term.  

Full-time volunteer staff: Inquire about existing opportunities or pioneer new ones, and after completing your journey with a DTS, join us by filling out our staff application. Our leadership track is recommended for most staff prospects who just completed a DTS.

Staff application requirements

We hope to make your application process as a staff of UofN Kona as simple as possible. Here are the guidelines:

Complete Staff Application Form
Begin your application by applying here:
Please do not forget to hit ‘submit’ when you are finished, so that we can start reviewing your application. If you have paper forms to send, it is preferred they are scanned and emailed. You also must have two completed references before your application is processed.

TB Test
The State of Hawaii requires everyone to be tested for tuberculosis (TB) and to submit evidence of a negative test. Testing must be dated within one year of your arrival.

If you are a non-U.S. resident, please be sure to speak with our Visa Desk – They can assist you with any visa documentation, and/or arrival letters for entering the United States.

Health Insurance
All staff must have health insurance valid in the state of Hawaii for the full duration of their service at University of the Nations, Kona. Proof of health insurance is required to be shown at check-in with Staff Services. U of N Kona does not provide or recommend insurance for anyone on campus – students, staff, Kokua Crew or mission builders – and cannot be held responsible for any of their medical costs.

For further questions or to submit your application forms, please contact Staff Services – / 808-326-4493 (Monday to Friday, 9:00-11:30am Hawaii Time)


❏ Verify your personal information and your department
❏ Visit visa department
❏ Show proof of health insurance (without valid health insurance, you will not be able to complete registration, participate in any staff actives, nor live in campus dormitories.
❏ Pay $5 activation fee (quarterly) and $10 for a staff ID (one-time unless you need a card replacement) – credit/debit card only
❏ You can load money on your staff ID card after completing the check-in process at Gateway. (Staff lunches are complementary from Monday to Friday. All other meals cost $2/plate)


Staff housing is based on availability. After you are accepted, you can send campus-housing request, which is in your acceptance email.

❏ Pay the refundable housing deposit (the amount of a one month fee) and $100 room deposit before arrival. The invoice will be sent to your email 10 days before arrival date.
❏ Check in with your building manager. Show deposit payment receipt, sign housing lease and get your key.
❏ Pay first month’s rent.
❏ The deposits will be refunded upon completion of room inspection when checking out.

Housing Fees:
• $400/month, $15/night 18 yrs+
• $300/month, $11/night 13-17 yrs
• $200/month, $8/night 8-12 yrs
• $100/month, $4/night 3-7 yr
• Family housing maximum of $1700 a month per unit

Got questions on housing? Email

Blessings and thanks for saying “Yes!” to serving alongside our Kona Ohana!

Staff FAQ

To join YWAM you must complete a Discipleship Training School (DTS). After DTS, you can become YWAM staff and serve as a missionary all over the world, or continue on to complete courses or work toward a degree from the University of the Nations.
All staff must arrive in Kona with their own health insurance that is valid in the United States and covers health costs incurred here. U of N Kona does not provide insurance for anyone on campus – students, staff or mission builders – and cannot be held responsible for any of their medical costs. Proof of insurance will be required on your arrival day (for students) when you go to staff services to get your staff ID card (for staff). This insurance must cover your entire time in Kona. Short-term health insurance can be purchased online before you arrive. To find different options available, research “short-term health insurance” and find an option that meets your health needs. For liability reasons, the University of the Nations cannot recommend a health insurance provider.
  • School staff: registrar, DTS staff, upper level courses staff, school leaders
  • Leadership Track, Prayer Room
  • Banyan Tree Cafe: baristas
  • Education: Foundation school teachers, preschool teachers
  • Communications & Media: graphic designers, web designers, writers, video editors, etc.
  • IT / Tech: programmers, project managers, UI designers, etc.
  • Maintenance & Grounds: auto mechanics, landscapers, carpenters, electricians, plumbers, painters, irrigation specialist, heavy equipment operator, architect, etc.
  • Science & Technology
  • Student & Staff Services
  • Finance Office
  • Counseling Office

      If you're interested in staffing with YWAM Kona, apply online

There's a quarterly fee for all staff. $5 for singles and $10 for couples. Those who live on campus pay $400 per month for housing. Lunch is free Monday-Friday. All other meals are not included, but $2 per plate for 8-years and older. See full details.
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International Info / Visas

For International missionary staff and volunteers at YWAM Kona/University of the Nations, Kona, there are specific visa requirements depending on the nature and duration of your voluntary service. After you have completed your application and are accepted, our Visa Desk will email you further instructions specific to you.

If you have further questions, or if you want information prior to applying, please fill out the form below, or contact us directly at


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