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THERE ARE TWO WORDS, embedded in this description. We will ask you that you WRITE the words in the subject line of our email, just so we know you read everything, :) Sorry, we get a bit too many cut-and-paste inquiries. :)
We are avid travelers ourselves. We have cycled from Norway to Spain, we have done a few trips. We hiked to erupting volcanoes, we crashed weddings in various countries. We even traveled with the Workaway format. We LOVED it.
Now, we want to do the same, but on the hosting side of the equation. This place is truly paradisiac and we decided to call it home for a while.
We are a married couple, Ed is Mexican and Livi is Lithuanian. Been together since 2004. Funny, sarcastic, somewhat sporty, witty (we think). We have used our skills to travel and see the world and we are currently starting a few ventures in the Riviera Maya, Mexico. We have a photography project, we have a property management project... And other things that come up that are compatible with our skillset, such as translations, electrical work, photography, etc.
We are looking for people like us: Able to sit down and focus on tasks at hand efficiently and productively but also able and willing to explore and experience the locations in which one finds oneself. We have traveled far and well, and we have done it without being rich, using our skills to benefit us and others. So far, so good :)
It is VERY important that you read the accommodation section BEFORE you submit a request and make sure it is of your interest.
Help with Computers / internet
Yoga, meditation ... holistic everything. Its everywhere. We do not participate directly in any of it, but you should be able to find options based on your interests.
Spanish is also everywhere :)
There are a couple of Spanish schools in town, and we have a lot of Spanish learning materials that we have shared with people. We use Spanish in the office every day and practice with volunteers who take lessons.
The area is full of attractions, parks, cenotes and ruins in seemingly every direction.
We can help in pointing those out. The second word is chachalaka.
We need office people.
At least for 5 hours a day, we need people behind computers. <-- Important. If you are not the type that can sit and work at a desk for stretches of time, then this is clearly not the compatible option.
Ideally with their own laptops: Blog post creation. SEO, Graphic Design, marketing, social media savvy are very good skills to have.
Any person with a college degree, a good command of English (Native, or with advanced schooling on the language) and proficiency with MS Office and internet. We can use most people as long as you speak and write English to a Native level and can research and do tasks online for a total of 5 hours per day. This means: In an office environment, sitting, working. All are welcome!
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As of RIGHT NOW, we would love to get:
VIDEO people. Proficient users of Premiere. People that can record and edit videos from a blog article: Create a script, shoot video, edit, and deliver well recorded short videos. Content will be provided.
We also would like CONTENT creators. Blog entries, website info entries, descriptions. English majors or marketing majors. Bloggers, etc. This is a production-driven gig. We need people who can research, write and deliver well-written articles on various topics. Articles. Not article ;)
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We want people to assist us with creating, promoting, marketing the various projects we are working on. Creating marketing campaigns, content for blogs, working on social media, helping us interact and distribute content on various social media platforms.
We work hard. Harder and longer than 5 hours per day :) We are easy-going but work is work and we have accomplished what we have because we focus and get things done. We still have fun doing so, but make no mistake, we work.
We are flexible on times ... you can get up early and go for a swim or go to Spanish classes, or use your time as you like.
HOWEVER, because the place where you will be staying IS the office for some of the admin staff, we ask you that you use it as "YOUR HOUSE" only when no business activities are taking place.
The workday starts around 10AM and goes until about 7PM. With one our in the middle, for lunch. Sometimes we will have specific times we will need help, we will let you know. Many volunteers have joined Spanish lessons or Yoga classes in the morning and cycle to the beach very early, then come to work after they are done with their morning "rituals". Days off are floating, and are easy to program according to your plans.
Open to couples, single people. Just be aware that you will SHARE the space: one bed, private room.
Spanish, English, Lithuanian, Some Russian
The condo is in *PLAYA DEL CARMEN*, in the outer part of town. It is -NOT- luxurious in ANY way. It is very basic, and it is not up to first-world comfort levels, and not too warmly decorated, as it doubles as an OFFICE. The good thing is that we do have high-speed internet, and A/C. So if you wanted to work on your projects while you are here, you may.
Really, truly basic, and scarcely furnished.
The only good thing: It's in a secure complex, has a pool that you can use... and well, it is in the Mexican Caribbean.
Getting to and from the beach takes about 10 minutes by car, and unless you RENT a scooter, it is not the easiest of tasks.
We have a room with a double bed that is used by volunteers. The room is one of two in a two-bedroom apartment.
During the day, we WORK in the apartment that you will be using to stay.
In other words, you are staying IN our office. (Our office IS an apartment, but an office nonetheless)
This means there will be as many as three to four people working in the living room, and the other bedroom. We will ask you that you do not consider the space outside your room as part of your apartment, at least not during daytime hours (10AM to 7 PM)
This means you must cook your meals, and have things cleaned up before 10AM, when people arrive to work.
It also means you will be asked to time your lunch preparation time (if you cook in the apartment) to match the Lunch hour of the team. They will leave, or eat there. You may use the apartment kitchen then.
Sorry if this sounds intrusive, or too forward, but we believe being as direct as possible, helps us avoid misunderstandings.
The room is inside a TWO BEDROOM, ONE BATH condo, that is shared with our team and you.
It is up to volunteers to do the dishes, clean the counters, sweep the floors, etc. This is HUGE because it can go from normal to 'yuck' in 10 minutes if you just assume 'it gets cleaned often'. Very important to do as much as possible, and keep the day to day at a good level.
The building is a residential building and other full-time residents live there, so we need to keep the noise down as good neighbors would. We have ONE bicycle that can be used to move around town.
The apartment has a washer and dryer for clothes you are free to use them when the office is not inactive time.
Please do not leave the dryer working during work hours :)
- NO DRUGS -
- NO hard core partying -
The condo where you are staying is rented and we are responsible for it and everything in it. We are also liable to be asked to leave if a volunteer does something inappropriate. Obviously, we want to avoid that. Please have that in mind when applying. You need to be able to behave in a respectful manner your surroundings, and those who may share the room/apartment with you. The first word to mention is chachalaking.
It should be clear and evident... but we just want to make sure we mention it. :)
THERE IS HIGH-SPEED INTERNET AT THE VOLUNTEER CONDO. If you are relying on Youtube or Netflix or Facebook to keep you entertained, this will only be a possibility AFTER the office closes, please.
THERE IS NO TV.
There is A/C in the units, we just ask you to use it sparingly, as the electricity bill is the highest expense in this part of Mexico.
Volunteers are welcome to come and use the internet at the office, where all the work takes place, just be mindful that we are working during the day. This has to do with balance. We know you need access so you can use it ... but we need it too, for work :)
IF you will be WORKING on a personal project or paying job while on your volunteering period and internet access is crucial for your work this will be suitable for you. But it is VERY important: We ask you to please be productive for the hours you give us. Please make sure that if you need more than we can provide, we understand ... but we can only offer what we have to offer.
Food and supplies.
- This section has now changed - We will give you a weekly amount of money as food allowance, and will cover all the costs of things that are needed for the apartment (cleaning supplies, etc.
You MUST be able to, for example, if you run out of toilet paper... or drinking water or trash bags we will ask you to get them at the store and we will reimburse you.
By now, it has turned to having you pick your own groceries with a weekly budget. This leaves you some room to pick what you like, not what we like. ;)
We realize we are responsible... but we need to be able to ask you to help us with certain things on certain occasions such as drinking water or toilet paper, and things for the condo where you live.
The level of enjoyment depends on expectations: some volunteers have different expectations than others. Some people realize that this is a small town in the Caribbean and is famous for the beach, not the internet bandwidth and expect less. Some people try to maintain the same level of comfort and connectivity as they would have in a developed, first-world modern city. It truly depends on expectations.
We hope this description sets the right expectations so you will know what we can provide. :)
There are many, many Cenotes less than 20 minutes in any direction. LOTS of activities:
There are diving schools in Playa, Akumal, and Tulum that offer diving certifications in the mornings. There is a kiteboarding school in every direction. You throw a stone, you hit either a diving instructor or a kiteboarding instructor in the head. The Yoga instructors will casually and graciously duck away. Karma! ;) They also have the cave diving certifications. Lots of things to explore in your free time.
The area is world-famous for a reason. Lots of people come through or come directly to visit this area. Incredibly beautiful. Playa is about 45 minutes away. Public transport is cheap, efficient and air-conditioned! Very regular too! You walk out, you flag down, you get in, 45 minutes and 40 pesos later, you are in Playa del Carmen.
Closest airport is Cancun. From there, the A.D.O. A bus will take you to Playa for 220 pesos.
From Playa, you can take a taxi and they will drop you off very close to our place.
We will offer accommodation and a food allowance. We will show you and/or point where the supermarkets are (Accessible via bikes or taxi) for you to buy specialty item foods as needed.
You will get space in the fridge and a dry cupboard to store things. We will probably offer more, but we rather not promise now, and then get busy or not be available and then not fulfill the promise. You will need to fix your meals AND clean after yourself. We will have a professional cleaner come help, but only once every other week so the day to day is up to you.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Five hours - five days a week