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 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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