Volunteer at our guest house in La Cruz de Huanacaxtle, Mexico right in town yet close to the beach,



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  • Description


    We manage a guest house 20 miles/30 km north of Puerto Vallarta on the Bay of Banderas in Nayarit in Mexico.

    We are 3 German women in our 50s and 60s, who love living in a small fishing village in Mexico with all its potential and its challenges, love being part of an ever changing project with lots of potential for more changes, and love being part of a team of creative people.

    The guest house features 5 guestrooms with ever changing guests, and 4 apartments with long term renters, as well as a shared kitchen for everyone, and lots of spaces to hang out.

    The Shared Kitchen is the social hub to cook, eat, meet, and connect.

    The population of La Cruz is a mixture between a Mexican village in summer, a snow bird population of mostly US and Canadian retirees during the winter months, and year round or part time sailors anchored in the the La Cruz Marina close to the guest house.

  • Type of help

    Type of help

    General Maintenance
    Help in the house
    Art project

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Travelers have the opportunity to live and volunteer in a complex environment:
    - multi-cultural: there are Americans and Germans living on the property plus constantly changing guests, who are mostly from Canada, Mexico, and the USA, but sometimes are also from all over the world such as Brazil, France, Italy, Poland, and Finnland;
    - multi-generational: those of us living on and/or visiting the property range in ages from 4 till 75; and
    - multi-lingual: we constantly speak 3 languages (English, Spanish, and German) with various skill levels and improvisational abilities.

    Add to that over 100 workawayers from 26 countries in over 4 years and it gets lively, challenging, and stimulating.

    We look forward to welcoming you into our extended and multicultural family.

  • Help


    -------- DEC 21, 2018 till MAY 31, 2019 -------------

    We are asking people to stay a MINIMUM of 4 WEEKS

    We are looking for ONLY COUPLES (or two friends tavelling together) with the following skills and experiences:

    HOUSEKEEPING SKILLS for our 5 guestrooms, which includes changing linens, cleaning the rooms, and keeping the Shared Kitchen and the property clean.

    HANDYPERSONS help - we are always looking for individuals with the following professional experiences:
    *️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️ painting walls, balustrades, surfaces inside and outside
    *️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️ general repairs

    If you are a CREATIVE ARTISTS interested in painting a mural of a shark, a dolphin, or a frigate bird, please send us pictures of any previous work you have done

    CLEANING THE PROPERTY is part of your daily tasks.

    We are looking forward to hearing from you.

  • Languages spoken

    Languages spoken

    English, German, a little Spanish

  • Accommodation


    You will be staying in our Glamping Tent with private bathroom (even a hot shower!), sitting room, and bedroom (see pictures below)...

    Outdoor living with indoor comforts at its finest!

    In addition, we offer:
    - a fully equipped kitchen shared with our guests,
    - filtered drinking water in your room and the kitchen,
    - 2 WiFi routers,
    - a swimming pool,
    - a 5 minute walk to the nearest beach (which is not a surfing beach)
    - a 15 minute bus ride to La Lancha or Burros (which are the closest surfing beaches),
    - 3-5 minute walk to grocery stores, affordable local restaurants, and live music bars,
    - inexpensive local buses, that more or less take you wherever you want to go, and
    - on site hosts.

    We do NOT OFFER FOOD as part of the exchange, as we have a Shared Kitchen, and food in Mexico is inexpensive, both in Mexican restaurants and if you prepare your own food.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    We are a drug and alcohol free house. Yet there are a lot of options to party in the neighborhood.

    We also do NOT take PETS.


    What to do locally:

    The Bay of Banderas with surfing, boogie boarding, wind surfing, surf kiting, fishing, turtle egg laying watch, hiking, local markets, artisans, Huichol Indian crafts, sailing and whale watching (November till April) thru contacts in the La Cruz Marina.

  • A little more information

    A little more information

    • Internet access

    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    More than two

  • ...

    Hours expected

    Maximum 15 hours a week (meals not included)

View of the pool court yard
The guest house
A community breakfast
Different courtyard view
Our community kitchen
Our Glamping Tent
Sunset view from private surfboard sitting area
The bedroom in the Glamping Tent
Sitting area in the Glamping Tent
The La Cruz Marina
The closest beach

Host ref number: 154616445949