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If you are interested in volunteering at Playa Viva, please complete the Playa Viva Volunteer Online Application. Playa Viva accepts up to five (5) volunteers at a time. This is an immersive volunteer experience that requires a minimum commitment of three (3) months with preference given to those who can stay longer. Please note that volunteers must be at least conversational in Spanish, and must be fully vaccinated for COVID-19. We test for language ability during the interview process. If you are only looking for a free short-term bed & breakfast, please do not apply. We accept volunteers via personal recommendations from guests and friends of Playa Viva as well as through Workaway and from educational programs dedicated to permaculture, sustainable development, education, green building and sustainable design.
Playa Viva is a sustainable boutique hotel on the beach in Mexico. We hire for our yoga/massage/host role from early October to mid-July. We are looking for several candidates to work a 4-8 week “turn” on site at the hotel. This role requires that you are proficient (certified) to provide massage as well as to lead yoga classes (certified).
This role is similar to a GO role at a ClubMed (except at sustainable boutique hotel) in that you will need to be a host/hostess, be outgoing, and enjoy meeting and spending time with new people. Being a host is a large part of the role outside of teaching one yoga class per day and providing massage/spa services (this is how you earn extra income). Speaking some Spanish is helpful but not required. You should also love the outdoors and nature because while Playa Viva’s EcoLuxury is a “glamping” experience, you will be immersed in nature.
If you are certified in yoga and massage, love to work with people, enjoy traveling, share values of sustainability, enjoy great food (especially Mexican food), like new and exciting adventures, have no problem being away from “home” for a month, are OK living off-the-beaten path in a fairly isolated hotel environment (if you get “island fever,” this position is not for you) and love the beach, then this the right role for you. Do not apply unless all of these apply to you.
It is important that you are able to make all guests feel welcome regardless of how you might feel about them. If you fulfill these qualifications, are looking for an exciting adventure and can find the best in all people and enjoy everyone—from little kids to young adults to couples, the elderly and people of all walks of life, regardless of age, race, ethnicity, religion or sexual orientation—then please apply.
Total Compensation varies from $1500 to $2500 per month depending on your volume of massages performed.
a) Welcoming guests when they arrive and conducting an orientation session.
b) Joining guests during meals and engaging in conversation discussing your experience at Playa Viva and talking with guests about hotel activities and in the local community.
c) Serving as backup bartender (one night per week you are the bartender). Bartending experience is a plus but any restaurant, hotel or other
hospital experience will be sufficient; we will train related to bar duties.
d) Leading excursions with guests and serving as backup to our activities director.
e) Engaging guests in getting the most out of their experience while at the hotel.
How to apply for this role: Complete ONLINE application. If you qualify, you will be contacted to set up a Skype interview followed by in person interview (if possible based on geography).
What did you enjoy most about your experience?
“Mi experiencia como voluntaria fue excelente. Trabajé en diferentes áreas del hotel y pude conocer parte del trabajo que se lleva a cabo en cada una de ellas, desde limpieza hasta producción de comida. Así mismo, todo el personal del hotel es muy amable y las conversaciones con ellos son agradables. Por otro lado, vivir en casa blanca y convivir con los demás voluntarios también fue valioso para mí porque pude practicar otro idioma y compartir experiencias y vivencias con ellos. Además de que al estar en un lugar tan tranquilo me fue muy fácil disminuir mi ritmo de vida”
Sustainable Tourism Volunteer
“Working with the homies on the farm. They were super welcoming. The work was enjoyable and different every day. Likewise, living in Juluchuca was great, an awesome town that truly felt immersive. I also thought Nick was an amazing connection and support to me while working with the Tianguis. It was great to have Melissa’s support and his while pushing forward on farm system work. I thought the degree of independence given to me was amazing and I appreciated it a lot. Also the jumping into the ocean was dope and letting volunteers use the Playa Viva facilities respectfully.”
“I really enjoyed working with the guys on the farm and living in Juluchuca. I also liked the daily structure, watching the sunrise every day, having two manageable shifts and delicious meals, and relaxing at the end of the day.”
“Working on the farm, the social life and exchange with the co-workers, the possibility of getting in touch with more people through the farmers market, the village life, the calm, the nature.”
“I loved getting to know the staff members and everyone in Juluchuca. I also loved working in the kitchen and interacting with the guests.”
“I enjoyed many things about my experience. Living in Juluchuca was amazing, I really enjoyed interacting with the locals. I also really enjoyed working in the kitchen and learning new recipes from the staff.”
Kitchen and Farm Volunteer