Come and volunteer to help with hotel and community projects in Barra de Potosi, Mexico

  • Mexico
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  • Last activity: 24 Mar 2023



 Min stay requested: at least 2 weeks



  • Description


    I have been blessed to live for almost 25 years in a tiny fishing village Barra de Potosi, a wonderful small community of friendly people, in a relaxed rhythm, living close to family and the ocean. There is a lot of joy here. We are located on the Pacific Coast of Mexico surrounded by ocean and mangrove tree-lined lagoon on three sides and with one of the most beautiful beaches I've seen...great for swimming and occasional surfing yet only 20 minutes away from an international airport and 30 minutes away from a lively beautiful Mexican fishing town more developed for tourism, Zihuatanejo which has may of the more modern world kinds of things. I can say that after all these years, I still awake every morning feeling totally in love with Barra de Potosi...the beauty of it, the people, the pace and the magic.

    I operate a small B&B in the village and am also the founder of a Children's Library Project a small ngo serving the children of Barra as a kind of activity and cultural center. The library is in a separate building across the street from the hotel.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Art Projects
    Language practice
    Help with Eco Projects
    Farmstay help
    Creating/ Cooking family meals
    Help around the house
    General Maintenance
    Help with Computers/ Internet
  • UN sustainablity goals this host is trying to achieve

    UN sustainablity goals this host is trying to achieve

    UN goals
    No poverty
    Zero hunger
    Good health and well-being
    Quality education
    Gender equality
    Clean water and sanitation
    Affordable and clean energy
    Decent work and economic growth
    Industries, innovation and infrastructure
    Reduce inequality
    Sustainable cities and communities
    Responsible consumption and production
    Climate action
    Life below water
    Life on land
    Peace, justice and strong institutions
    Partnerships for the goals
  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    This village is the real Mexico in la 'Costa Grande' which is the birthplace of so much of the tropical Mexican culture as expressed in wonderful Mexican music, film and art. The opportunity to learn about the local culture and make friends with the villagers is an integral part of the experience. Added to that, the constant interchange with visitors in the hotel who come from other parts of Mexico and other parts of the world, makes the cultural exchange more widely varied. It will be possible to experience how people live in a rural coastal fishing village in Mexico. It will also be possible to connect with other volunteers working in area projects for weekend activities.

  • Help


    In the village of Barra, I have a small B&B of 6 rooms. I need a little help with the people part of the operation, occasionally greeting guests keeping communication going in case I cannot be there to make sure they are well attended and happy. I also need help with lighting candles and fairy lights at night and closing up at closing time. I have a great local staff for cleaning and cooking. Some help with gardening or maintenance projects are helpful at times. I could also use help with the internet aspect of promotion.. some site updates and upgrades etc.

    I also am the founder of a small NGO here in the village which is the Children's Library Project. We have a small library on a property next door to the hotel full of wonderful books and art supplies. For over 15 years we have offered all kinds of educational after school activities for the children of the village in the library. I are sometimes also looking for volunteers interested in participating in the library.

    Covid update regarding the library: The Children's Library has been closed since the covid outbreak in March f 2020 when the schools also were required to be closed due to covid. The schools have just recently partly opened for in person classes. But the library is in the process of reorganizing and will be reopening only in a few months with the help of a group of young people in the village who themselves grew up using the library. Together, we will be organizing the new program. This is a wonderful new phase of the library to come. But it will be several months as the new team settles in with the new library planning before we will be opening with a new curriculum for the children. In the meantime, there will be work going on in the library of maintenance and some building projects. We may be looking for volunteer help with those things. It may be possible to organize special workshops or classes and other more impromptu activities with the kids as we work on the library transition with the new crew if you have special skills to offer and can work with a spontaneous self initiated context. Most structured activities with the children and other community members will be on the horizen. Talk with us about details to be updated.

    Ideal would be volunteers who love meeting and interacting with people from all over the world and are bilingual in English and Spanish, (if you happen to speak Mandarin or French that's a big plus as I'm studying both), Hoping to find someone sensitive to cultural differences and who is a good team worker for occasional interaction with staff and good interfacing with neighbors and the community. For the library part, someone who loves children, can work with them and has an interest in literacy, permaculture, yoga or art. (Please note the Covid update above regarding changes in the library as it transitions.)

    I am hoping for someone who loves the idea of some combination of these skills and activities splitting between the library and the hotel.

  • Languages

    Languages spoken
    English: Fluent
    Spanish: Fluent
    French: Beginner
    Chinese (Mandarin): Beginner

    This host offers a language exchange
    This host has indicated that they are interested in sharing their own language or learning a new language.
    You can contact them directly for more information.

  • Accommodation


    I have a small room w double bed to offer to a single person or a couple. It has a private ensuite bath with hot water, a small patio area with hammock, fountain and the use of an adobe kitchen (woodfire chiminea). I will provide the use of a regular kitchen and all utensils also. Volunteers must do their own cooking.

    Please talk to us about details regarding food. We will contribute basic food staples (vegan whole foods only including eggs) but will appreciate if volunteers can contribute to their food supply as well. We don't mind if you want to augment your food suppy yourselves with animal products and or other off season or higher cost items we may not be able to provide.

    I'm thinking of a trade of 5 hours 5 days a week of work time. I mostly am looking for help during the months of December, January, February and March but other months may be possible also.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    Close by in the village there are lots of activities that are nature oriented like ocean swimming, surfing, hiking, horseback riding, boat and kayak excursions on lagoon and ocean, snorkeling and fishing. There is very good inexpensive public transportation here. There is a lot to do in a range of traveling 30-40 minutes including other beaches and small towns, an active archaeological site with museum, Zihuatanejo and Ixtapa for shopping, other beaches, busier town energy, nightlife, many restaurants, music music places etc. There are fantastic places to visit by bus only 4-5 hours away where you can see another kind of Mexico...Colonial cities and cool mountainous climate. Mexico City is a half hour flight away.

    I live very quietly, mostly stay within the village and the beach and lagoon nearby. We do the shopping usually weekly in Zihua and may take the opportunity to visit an eco-tianguis on Saturdays where there is live music, food and many friends gather. Barra is a friendly community There are also other volunteers in other projects nearby. There are many opportunities to meet and make friends in the extended area of Barra and Zihuatanejo.

    The B&B itself is not a place of late night noise, heavy drinking or drug use but we enjoy occasional gatherings with guests in the evening with cocktails and music, or sometimes accompanying them kayaking the lagoon or some other excursion activity. Sensitivity to and respect for the local culture is very important to us in both operations. I will always be available to give support and perspective for these details and general information about the cultural traditions of the area.

  • 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

  • Can host digital nomads

    Can host digital nomads

    We have reliable highspeed internet with wifi.

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?


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    Hours expected

    5 hours a day, 5 days a week

Host ref number: 155927912779

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