Kokua Crew

Kokua Crew

Our motto: "Serving God with a purpose." Family, our value. Adventure, our lifestyle.

About Kokua Crew

Kokua Crew members are invaluable to the overall operation of the University of the Nations and YWAM Kona.

This is a full program where individuals work, have fun, fellowship, enjoy “family” meetings with worship and guest speakers, and even have the option of going on low budget weekend tours around the beautiful island of Hawaii!

Our Kokua Crew volunteers work in positions where it greatly blesses the campus to meet the daily needs of every staff and student that come through our gates. Our Kokua Crew work hard but they get regards and gratitude from our Ohana here on campus. They truly are servants for the Lord and we love them!

Contact Details

Do you have a heart to serve here at the University and who want to be a part of our family here at YWAM, Kona? If you have professional skills, great! If not, we will show you what to do.

We are excited that you are considering becoming a Kokua Crew member at the University of the Nations!

If you have any questions, email or call us. We have specific arrival dates, please confirm before booking any plane tickets.

If you have any questions, email us at: [email protected]


Kokua Crew are essential in various operational areas of the campus where they serve with their skills and fellowship.

The current areas of service include the kitchen, grounds, maintenance, security, the library, housekeeping, our boutique, mailroom, administrative office positions, within the IT and media teams, and as teacher’s assistants for preschool through grade 12.

Volunteer Activities

Come and join in our short-term volunteer program called Kokua Crew.

The new Kokua Crew program is a set commitment period of 6 weeks or 3 months, with specific arrival and departure dates, where you will serve in any of these 10 critical departments on campus for the time you are with us. Our Kokua Crew program is similar to Mission Builders. They find this program to be filled with fellowship and friendship where they connect with other Christians from all around the world ~ a once in a lifetime experience!

Kitchen (all volunteers serve here at least part of their stay)




Foundation School

Korean Foundation School


Learning Centre

Boutique (Thrift Shop)


Join Kokua Crew

A Day in the life of a Kokua Crew Volunteer.

Our Kokua Crew volunteers awake at 5.30am to be shuttled to campus for devotionals which start 6am. At the conclusion of our devotions, breakfast is served at 6.30am and at 7am we commence work. We work from 7am until 3pm Monday to Friday and stop for our lunch break from 11.30am to 12.30pm. During your day you can be dealing with ministry leaders, staff, students, children, and other amazing Christians like yourself! People from across the world come together to support the University of the Nations campus through: 

Working in the kitchen preparing meals

Cleaning the campus grounds

Teaching/caring for children in our preschool or foundation schools

Sorting our campus mail.

Kokua Crew "Read me"

Our volunteers must

  • Have a minimum level of English language proficiency in order to be able to join us. We ask that your  English language skills are at least professional-level proficiency as this is essential for you to be  able to fully participate during your time serving here with us.
  • Be between the ages of 18 and 75 years of age, as this is our campus policy
  • Be in good health (able to work 40 hours per week – 8 hours per day)
  • Have a heart to serve in any capacity
  • Each applicant must pay a non-refundable $65 as an application fee to be considered.

Mandatory Kokua Crew Meetings

The Kokua Crew must attend our family meetings and devotions for fellowship and spiritual input. It is to develop lasting friendships and to ensure each of our volunteers have a Word from the Lord on a daily basis to be spiritually filled during their time with us! For this reason these meetings are mandatory, these include the following:

  • Monday and Friday morning Devotionals at 6am
  • Monday Morning Worship at 8am (1hr praise and worship)
  • Tuesday Night Family Meeting starting at 6pm which includes international campus speakers
  • Thursday Night Ohana Meeting at 6pm which includes international guest speakers

Transition Period

Here on campus we have what’s called ‘Transition Week’, where staff and students arrive/leave campus and our Kokua Crew volunteers need to step into their place and bless the campus during this time. During transition week you are pulled from your regular work areas/hours to work in the Kitchen in different shifts for 10 straight days. So please come with an open heart to serve in whatever capacity!

What we Offer our Kokua Crew

If you choose to serve as a Kokua Crew volunteer you will benefit from the following:

  • Love Feast (Dress up dessert night)
  • Small groups and bible studies
  • Weekly Teachings
  • Free tours of the island, visiting beaches, historic sites, and the Volcanoes National Park

Accommodation and Meals

The fee is $600 for a 7 week session and $900 for the 12 week session.

Meals are provided by our campus kitchen, where they serve three meals a day including breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Our accommodation is 1 mile down the road from campus in an apartment complex called Hale Ola. This is a three star accommodation facility, and volunteers are designated rooms according to marital status which is in line with our Christian ethos and campus policy. In most cases, most of our crew lives in community with others, sharing rooms, bathrooms, toilets, showers, laundry facilities, kitchens, and common areas.

We love that living in community cultivates fellowship and friendship during our Kokua Crew member’s time with us in Kona, Hawai’i. With many volunteers coming through Hale Ola from all over the world, it’s a place where you can make life-long friendships and have an experience you will never forget!

We look forward to meeting you soon, Mahalo!


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