Come and help us with both ordinary and creative tasks in La Cruz de Huanacaxtle, Mexico




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  • Description


    We are 2 German women in our 50s and 60s, who love living in this small fishing village 20 miles/30 km north of Puerto Vallarta on the Bay of Banderas in the state of Nayarit.

    We manage 7 apartments with long term renters, plus 1 guestroom for the workawayers, and offer a Shared Kitchen and lots of spaces to hang out.

    The population of La Cruz is a mix featuring
    - a Mexican village,
    - plus a snow bird population of mostly US and Canadian retirees during the winter months,
    - plus year round or part time sailors anchored in the La Cruz Marina close to the apartments.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    General Maintenance
    Help around the house
    Art Projects

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Travelers have the opportunity to live and volunteer in a complex environment:

    - there are Americans, Canadians, and Germans living on the property in the middle of a Mexican fishing village;

    - those of us living on and/or visiting the property range in ages from 2 till 75, tho most of us are in our 60s; and

    - we constantly switch back and forth between 3 languages (English, Spanish, and German) with various skill levels and improvisational abilities.

    Welcome to life in the midst of a Mexican fishing village with lots of visitors close to the ocean.

  • Help


    -------- JAN 15 - APRIL 30, 2021 -------------

    We are asking all of our workawayers to stay a minimum of 4 WEEKS.

    We are looking for ONLY COUPLES (or two friends traveling together who are ok with sharing a bed) with the following skills and experiences:

    1) HANDYPERSONS help:
    painting walls, balustrades, surfaces inside and outside, both with acrylic and oil based paints


    3) Watering our +/-200 plants.

    4) Help with childcare, as my daughter, her husband, and their 5 year old daughter and 2 year old son will be visiting Jan - Mar 2021

    5) CREATIVE ARTISTS motivated to paint one or several murals of seagulls, and frigate birds, or anything else creative you would like to do.

    These murals can be lifelike, or more creative (see samples of the art).
    Please send us pictures of any previous art work you have done.

    We are looking forward to hearing from you.

  • Languages spoken

    German: Fluent
    English: Fluent
    Spanish: Beginner

  • Accommodation


    You will be staying in our Gecko Rooms with a shared bathroom (see pictures under PHOTOS).

    In addition, we offer:
    - a fully equipped Main Kitchen occasionally shared with some of our guests/renters
    - filtered drinking water in your room and the kitchen
    - WiFi
    - a swimming pool
    - a 5 minute walk to the nearest beach (which is not a surfing beach)
    - 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 host.

    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.

    There is one very friendly and shy dog living on the property.


    What to do locally:

    The Bay of Banderas offers 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.

    In addition the Bay of Banderas offers a network of very affordable local buses, that run every 10 - 15 min, both
    * south into Puerto Vallarta and its attractions as a major city with a population of 200,000 people, and
    * north into Sayulita (about 1 hour each way) and San Pancho (about 90 min each way), which are 2 Mexican tourist destination villages on the Pacific ocean.

  • A little more information

    A little more information

    • Internet access

    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

    • Can host families

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?


  • ...

    Hours expected

    10 -12 hours a week (meals not included)

View of the pool court yard
Some of the apartments
Main Kitchen for workawayer use
The Gecko Room for workwayer use
View from the bed
View from the door
View from the Gecko Room outside
The entrance to the Gecko Room
Our workawayer wall
Kika and Ernesto's iguanas
Benji's Golondrina (swallow)
Thanja's Tiburones (sharks)
Gigi's Tree
The closest beach
The La Cruz Marina

Host ref number: 154616445949