Kokua Program

Kōkua Program

Serving the global missions movement in practical ways

About Kōkua Program

Kōkua Program is a short-term volunteer experience in Kona, Hawaiʻi where you serve the global missions movement in practical ways.

Youth With A Mission (YWAM) is an international movement of Christians from many denominations dedicated to meeting practical and spiritual needs of people across the world.

The University of the Nations Kona campus in Hawaiʻi is YWAM’s largest training and ministry center, equipping hundreds of missionaries each year to serve both locally and globally. 

During your Kōkua Program experience, you’ll volunteer on the Kona campus in different areas, regularly connect with your team, and be involved in the local community. You’ll also have the opportunity to explore the island of Hawaiʻi with your team on your days off. 




7 or 8 Week Experience: $600 (food + housing)

  • June 15 – August 3, 2024
  • 7 week Session

  • August 3 – September 28, 2024
  • 8 week session
  • Non-refundable $65 application fee
  • Refundable $80 room cleaning deposit


11 or 12 Week Experience: $900 (food + housing)

  • January 3 – March 23, 2024
  • 11.5 week session

  • March 23 – June 15, 2024
  • 12 week Session

  • September 28 – December 18, 2024
  • 11.7 week session
  • Non-refundable $65 application fee
  • Refundable $80 room cleaning deposit



— Have a minimum level of English language proficiency
— Be between the ages of 18 and 75 years of age
— Be in good health and willing to serve

 Contact Us:

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Live in community and make lasting friendships during your Kōkua Program experience.

Our accommodation is one mile down the road from campus in an apartment complex called Hale Ola. You’ll live in community with others, sharing rooms, kitchens, and common areas. 


Your meals are provided at the Aloha Cafeteria on the Kona campus, where breakfast, lunch, and dinner are served.

local outreach

Connect with the local community in Kona, Hawaiʻi and meet needs in practical ways.

As part of your Kōkua Program experience, you’ll join a local ministry to serve the community here in Kona. Learn practical skills on how to connect with people in intercultural contexts and partner with local teams who are bringing transformation to these islands. 


Go deeper in your relationship with God and get closer to your Kōkua Program team.

During your time here, you’ll attend daily family meetings and devotions for fellowship and spiritual input. This is to develop lasting friendships and to give spiritual encouragement before you jump into serving in your various areas.

You’ll also join the wider campus in our corporate gatherings which include worship, prayer, and international speakers.

Monday & Friday Devotionals (6am)

Monday Morning Worship (8am)

Tuesday Night Family Meeting (6pm)

Thursday Night Ohana Gathering (6:30pm)


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