The Mexican wilderness has inspired a colorful culture and generations of artists. What inspires you? Playa Viva provides a canvas to allow you to express the very best of what you want to contribute to the landscape, community, hotel and fellow guests. Part of our core values is a commitment to creating meaningful community. Thus, Playa Viva serves as your conduit for social and environmental impact. 

If you are so inspired to contribute your trade, craft, special skill and unique value back to the local ecosystem by all means, please let us know how we can assist. We have many ways to give back, from our guests volunteering on local projects to volunteers coming on work/live exchanges. To volunteer, start with this page on Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about Volunteering at Playa Viva.


We have many guests who ask, "how we can engage with the local community and give back?" Thus, we have several initiatives available to you. First, we participate in a program called “Pack for a Purpose” that invites you to bring specific items of need to the local community. We have developed two sets of lists, one for the local schools and another for the local health clinic, both in dire need of supplies.

Beyond “Pack for a Purpose,” you may want to engage specific projects directly with the local community. Past projects have included painting and repair as well as a sports camp for the local kids. We try to meet with local leaders to help identify high priority needs of the local community and then match those needs to the skills or special values that our guests bring with them. If you are interested in Voluntourism, please let us know in advance so we can make necessary arrangements.


If you are interested in joining the work/live exchange program to volunteer at Playa Viva, please read this page on FAQs about volunteering and then complete the Playa Viva Volunteer Online Application. Playa Viva accepts up to 5 volunteers per month.

This is an immersive volunteer experience that requires a minimum commitment of six-weeks to two-months. If you are ONLY looking for a free short-term bed & breakfast, please do not apply.

We primarily accept volunteers via personal recommendation from guests and Friends of Playa Viva as well as through WWOOF Mexico (Willing Workers on Organic Farms) and from educational programs dedicated to permaculture, sustainable development, hospitality, green building and sustainable design.

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