Give Back on Vacation

Join us for an unforgettable 5-day experience working with rescued farmed-animals on the beautiful Big Island of Hawaii! We are currently home to over 130 rescued/surrendered animals including horses, cows, goats, sheep, pigs, chickens, turkeys, cats, and dogs. This experience will provide participants with a meaningful educational experience caring for and connecting with rescued farmed and tamed feral-breed animals; working side-by-side with our founder, Paula Buck, and her husband, Josh.​ 

Experience what it's like to work at a farmed-animal sanctuary!

WHEN: Sept 4th-Sept 9th, 2022 (5 nights, 5 days)
COST: Friends & Family (max 3 people)- $1095.00 per person 
            Private studio (max 1 person): $1576.00 per person

Sleeping accommodations for our Voluntourist Vacations is very limited! Depending on how many duos, trios, or singles reserve their spot, we could have as many as 9 participants or as few as 3. Don't wait until the last minute to book. Email us at bigislandfarmsanctuary@gmail.com to reserve your spot today!

 

WHAT’S INCLUDED:

  • Lodging*

  • Lunch

  • Transportation from lodging to sanctuary and back each day

  • Souvenir sanctuary t-shirt and cap, muck boots (borrowed)

       *Lodging is a clean and cozy studio apartment about 10 minutes from the sanctuary that includes a large bathroom and a fully equipped kitchenette which includes a mini fridge, microwave, sink, hot plate, coffee pot, toaster, cutlery, utensils, BBQ tools, etc. There is a full-size washer and dryer (shared) and a huge, gorgeous, fully equipped lanai (wrap around patio in main house) with ocean views.

 

WHAT’S NOT INCLUDED:

  • Airfare to and from Hawaii

  • Transportation from and to airport*

  • Breakfast, dinner, and snacks

  • Activities outside of the sanctuary

        *While you can Uber from the airport to the lodge and back, Uber isn’t always readily available on our island and can be very costly. We highly recommend getting a rental car. This will give you the freedom to explore the island during your downtime.

 

ITINERARY:

     Sunday

  • Arrive at lodge any time after 4pm. We suggest stopping at a grocery store in Kona or Hilo (depending on what airport you fly into) to grab food and essentials. Our founder will be there to meet and great you! Get some Zzzzs because tomorrow starts at 7 am!

     Monday-Thursday

  • 7:00am: We will pick up the group and make a quick stop at a local coffee shop for those who need their morning java.

  • 7:30am: Arrive at sanctuary, briefing with founder about day’s projects.

  • 8:00am: Feed, morning chores, sanctuary projects (Projects can be anything from mending fences, paint projects, rock fence maintenance, building shelters, general cleanup, and more.).

  • 11:30am: Free time with the animals- spend an hour with our residents, including horses, cows, goats, sheep, pigs, turkeys, and chickens. Many of our animals love to be brushed, cuddled, and hugged… and our pigs are always down for a good belly rub! Our founder will be available for questions and conversations during this time.

  • 12:30p: A delicious plant-based lunch provided at the sanctuary.

  • 1:00pm: We will take you back to the lodge. Use the rest of day to rest and relax or experience the island as you wish. See you tomorrow morning at 7am!

    Friday

  • Check out time for the lodge is 9am. We’ll meet at the sanctuary where you can park your rental car, and we’ll all load up in the van for a scenic trip down to beautiful Green Sand Beach before saying our goodbyes back at the sanctuary around 1pm.

 

REQUIREMENTS

  • Participants must be at least 21 years of age or accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. Minimum age with parent or legal guardian is 15 years of age.

  • We consult with incoming participants to determine their strengths, knowledge, and desires so we can create a mutually enriching exchange of work, skills, and ideas. While you don't need to be in top physical shape to join our program, please know that there will be walking, bending, sitting, standing, raking, and lifting (up to 50 lb).

  • Long pants are required while working on the sanctuary grounds. We also recommend long sleeves and, at the very least, a strong (reef safe) sunscreen. The sun is ruthless here and the last thing you want is a sunburn ruining your trip.

  • Muck boots will be provided for you to use while here and are required while on the sanctuary grounds.

  • Our weather can be anything from sunny to raining, and breezy to windy. We highly recommend sunglasses. We will provide you with a souvenir baseball cap.