Volunteers needed in Oaxacan surfers' paradise of Puerto Escondido, Mexico



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    We are Tommy, Sheldon and Zach, 3 guys from England and Canada who recently bought a hostel in the Oaxacan surfers' paradise of Puerto Escondido. It's a big, colourful villa with a pool, in a quiet neighbourhood within walking distance of the beaches. The hostel offers an intimate atmosphere and attracts guests of all ages from all over the world, some of whom can end up staying for a long time or returning to stay with us.

    Because plans tend to change so often, especially on the road, please contact us within a week of your potential/desired arrival date, we have no idea who we will need a month from now.

    Currently we are also looking for someone who has experience with web design.

    We also look for artists to occasionally do some murals so feel free to send a message and maybe we are in need of some new art.

    Please read on.

  • Type of help

    Type of help

    Help in the house
    Helping with Tourists
    Art project
    Help with Computers / internet

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Puerto Escondido is a VERY cool town. Surfing is definitely one of the most popular activities, but there's more to Puerto than just surfing. Go out on the open water for a fishing trip and return not only with fresh caught tuna, but also up close interactions with dolphins and turtles. Learn how to dance salsa or take Spanish lessons at one of the excellent language schools. Go deep sea diving, snorkeling, kayaking, whale spotting or simply relax on the beach and dance the night away in one of the many bars. You will not be stuck for activities during your stay in Puerto Escondido, that's for sure!

    The hostel is close to the best swimming beaches of Puerto Escondido and a 5 minute walk from the beginner/intermediate break at Playa Carrizalillo. We are just steps away from the Rinconada, which has a bunch of great restaurants ranging from Middle Eastern cuisine to seafood straight from the ocean, to pizza and even sushi. You can basically walk to anything that you need and taxis to nearby neighborhoods in Puerto Escondido cost only 40-50 pesos.

  • Help


    We are looking for 2 types of people for 2 different positions:

    1) Someone who is happy to work hard in short bursts and have lots of free time. This person needs to be conscientious in their tasks, with an attention to detail in order to maintain the high standard of cleanliness we aim to provide for our guests. This help involves getting comfortable with a broom and mop, folding a lot of sheets (neatly) and making some beds. The 'silver lining' is that you would mostly be doing alternating days of taking care of laundry and keeping the place tidy, including bathrooms, but no start before 10:30am, leaving you with tons of free time to explore the surroundings, enjoy the nearby beaches or just chill in a hammock. Minimum stay commitment required: 2 weeks.

    2) Someone who is sociable, dynamic and who speaks enough Spanish to be comfortable answering phone inquiries. This person needs to be open, friendly and pro-active, handle bookings and payments and make guests feel right at home. In other words, checking people in and out, interacting with guests and some light housekeeping. The work schedule works so that for two weeks you work 4 days in a week and then the 3 days a week, 8hrs per shift (25 hours max a week) - which might involve a lot of time hanging by the pool during low season. Minimum stay commitment required: 1 month.

    If you've read the above carefully and think this could be your gig, please write 'Viva Vivo' followed by 1 or 2 according to the position you're interested in. We are currently looking for volunteers to arrive by the second week of SEPTEMBER 2019.


    We are in need of a website and social media update. Ideally we would like someone who has skills in website design/graphic design, photography, photo/video editing and as a bonus some social media management experience as we want to flesh out the usual channels and try to reach more potential guests. I imagine the updates to take about 2 weeks and I would ask that you spend just 20hrs per week on the task keeping to a schedule. Which would afford you plenty of time to explore or relax as you see fit.

    WE ARE LOOKING FOR ARTISTS!!! All types of styles.

    We are very proud of our gallery that we call a hostel. We are currently in the process of renovating the place and have a whole bunch of walls that we want to adorn with some more beautiful murals to add to the collection. The standard is very high and so we would ask to see a portfolio.

    Our hostel receives thousands of guests a year who all come away with the impression that this is a creative space. And your work would be enjoyed by all that pass through.

    We have our hearts set on some murals but some walls are to the artist's creative freedom. Please contact us with a link to any portfolio. Thanks

  • Languages spoken

    Languages spoken

    English, Spanish

  • Accommodation


    Volunteers will stay in the staff dorm, which has its own bathroom. Cooked breakfast included daily. Staff prices at the bar.

    Artists will stay in the brand new guest dorms. Breakfast included once hostel re-opens to the public.

  • 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

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    Hours expected

    30h/week on average maximum

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