Help with ayurvedic farm-hotel in Vieques Island a Spanish Virgin Island, Puerto Rico


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    My name is Sylvia, I am native from the beautiful Island of Puerto Rico. I have developed a farm/ orchard/ small guest house project on the island of Vieques, a Spanish Virgin Island, which is part of Puerto Rico. Vieques on its own is a very enchanted place with virgin white sand beaches, turquoise water, coral reefs and a beautiful little mountain range. Also the most powerful bioluminescent bay in the world.

    I have created some amazing services for our guests, such as yoga, massages and vegan food, all together to create a space to recharge, rejuvenate and reconnect with nature and ones self. We are finishing our second stage of construction and expansion during the 'low season" from August to December. We are making more coins, building a wellness center and expanding our communal house and services. we are also creating an Ayurvedic apothecary

    At the moment we are only looking for a Hotel front desk position and Ayurvedic massage therapist.
    For the host position a Background in Hospitality is a most.
    For massage therapist, Ayurvedic therapy background is required
    This are both paid positions with great benefits and housing

    * * * * * * * * * * * * HOTEL HOST ASSISTANT * * * * * * * * * * *
    Our Hotel feels more like a home with a lot of communal areas and great activities for the guests. The interaction with Our hosts and the guests is more like when you are hosting a gathering in your house.
    The task are varied and the days are mixed with different activities ranging from greeting guests and checking then in with a tour of the property, helping serve snacks, creating the infusions for the hotel, maintaining the communal areas tidy and presentable, helping guests plan their trip and a bit of answering emails. It is a very multitasking job and you need to enjoy being around people and being able to handle with a good spirit may things at once.
    It's an overall a great fun position
    It requires good presence, with this we do not mean clean cut. Tatoos, funky hair and and groove fashion is welcome. But you need to be clean, respectful, multitasking, and responsible. Good knowledge on computers is necessary

    The staff house is two and a half acres on top of a hill with a beautiful view of the varied landscape all the way to the sea.
    The staff house has a magnificent view to the ocean, balconies and hammocks, super beautifully decorated
    all rooms are beautifully decorated and comfortable
    Each staff member will have their own bedroom

    Hourly rate starts at $9 an hour.

    6 month minimum, starting now

    * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * YOGA // MORNING HELP * * * * * * * * * * * *
    3 months minimum , starting now

    We offer yoga everyday at 7am. It's next to the natural water pool on a deck with the beautiful sounds of the morning, fresh air and breeze. We of course tailor the class to all levels and if there is someone that is their first time yoga class we take it down a notch to facilitate the class to the starters. In general we welcome a vigorous flow to start the day. The class starts slow as to wake up the body, and we work it up to a vinyasa flow.
    On full moon we like to offer a class at night to celebrate the energy of the moon and we are happy to create any other yoga events such as a mindfulness class in the forest, or something special for a solstice for example.
    We have created a some task around the yoga // morning help position which are as follow:
    6-7am prepare the yoga area, open the pavilion (our communal house with is attached to the yoga deck), start up the infusions which are left made from the night before, infuse drinking water with fruits and flowers and tighten up the space.
    7-8:15am yoga in the deck
    we provide all the mats, blocks, straps, singing bowls, incense, bells and speakers for music is desired.

    8:30-12 pm help serving the Ayurvedic vegan breakfast to guest.
    Our kitchen is open to the communal house and the eating area is part of the pavilion
    We are a small hotel of 11 rooms, and we only serve one dish a day. The service aspect is simple and very enjoyable as It is a great time to get to know the guests staying with us and interacting with them.

    yoga// morning help would be 5 days a week. from 6am-12noon. there is a fix payment of $200 a week for this shifts
    If you would like put in some extra hours work in exchange of pay ($8 an hour), I am happy to discuss other tasks you might like to do such as service in the night time dinner, gardening, kitchen help or housekeeping.

    ABOUT ME*️️️️️️️️️️️*️️️️️️️️️️️*️️️️️️️️️️️
    I grew up in San Juan and went to college in the States for arts and photography. Eventually I ended up in New York, like so many. Work and love conspired and I stayed in that incredible city for almost 15 years. I returned to my beloved Island in 2006. Puerto Rico was struggling through a depression and I wanted to bring back all I had learned and try to make things better here. I also yearned to connect again with the wisdom of the land, the warmth and humor of its iconic people. After working for 5 years in the movie industry as well as designing restaurants I was ready to take a leap and create something in the spirit of the times. A fledgling culture of local, sustainable businesses were beginning to take root, an exciting development for our tough little Island, and I wanted to be part of that. I turned my home into a small guest house. My house is a typical Puerto Rican home decorated with family furniture and photos. It has a communal vegetarian kitchen and provides services such as yoga, workshops, off the beaten path tours, and communal dinners with local chefs that resource all their supplies from our farms. In 2012, this place was officially designated as a hotel: in San Juan, our capital city. We continue to thrive, supporting the growth of our neighborhood and its local businesses, and supporting the community.

    As some of you know, Puerto Rico is going through a very hard time, after having been turned upside down by the biggest hurricane in modern history. Hurricane Maria left the Island absolutely destroyed, and without power for months. Now, nearly a year later, Puerto Rico is rebounding due to the spirit of its people and to the help of countless organizations and individuals. The recovery has been an empowering process as it has provoked a growing awareness of the need for greater self-reliance. People are committing to a better life, one that involves more farming, renewable energy, and community engagement. New ideas and experiments are everywhere. More of us are turning inwards and looking at this as a once in a lifetime opportunity to transform our Island, live more sustainability, and invest in our people. It is exciting to see the Island rising strong, moving toward a brighter future. It is an amazing time in the life of Puerto Rico. I would like to bring to the Island of Vieques some of the same magic I have been able to create in San Juan , with even more sustainability given the space I have to farm and create. I hope you can join me!

    Finca in Vieques, is part of the new movement toward more farming, renewable energy, low impact living, and community engagement. A fully sustainable farmhouse-style hotel, Finca was designed and runs using the principles of permaculture.

    Thank you!

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    DIY and building projects
    General Maintenance
    Farmstay help
    Help with Eco Projects
    Help around the house
    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

    It will be our pleasure to share this piece of heaven with you in exchange of your help us run the guest house and continue rebuilding the gardens and farm
    We have in our team of workers a knowledgeable arborist and gardener name Charles and and an Organic Farmer Julia. If you come to work on the gardens we assure you a great learning and collaborating experience
    We also have a great team of carpenters, such as Sebastian and Cristian who have constructed hotels and restaurants in Puerto Rico as well as worked as art director in mayor Hollywood movies. There team will help you evolve your skills in these areas.
    I am a well established Interior designer and I have led many groups into building sets for movies, restaurants and I have built already 3 guesthouses. I am known to be very resourceful and to do things in a different way. I am always happy to listen to other creatives in my team and integrate there ideas and learn from them as well.

    I have been studing Ayurveda and I am planning on making all the products in the farm, such as biodegradable shampoos and beauty products provided as toiletries. I am happy to also share all I have learned and I look forward in learning from you, your travels and all the knowledge you bring with you.

    Our Chef is Brittany who has also trained in Ayurveda and is a vegan cook. To work is her is also a treat. she is respectful, knowledgeable and great to work with.

    We offer yoga daily at 7am and everyone from our staff is welcome to come. I actually would like to encourage everyone in the staff to join!

    The island offers an unusual paradise for nature lovers, with almost no sound or light pollution. The Milky Way is visible at night and the bio-luminescent bay is considered by many the best in the world. There are a handful of restaurants, grocery stores, and galleries. If you are someone who thrives in a bustling city, this is probably not the place for you. If you adore nature and like the idea of a quiet, simple retreat where you won't see a single traffic light or billboard, Vieques is just your speed. Finally, you must like dogs as I'll often be around with my gentle giant Maga (a labrador mix) and a recent addition to the pack, a small and vibrant 3 legged dog called Venus....Goddess of beauty and love, a baby golden retriever mix called Lotus and a local Vieques chic : Botas

  • Host offers payment in line with the minimum wage

    Host offers payment in line with the minimum wage

    This host offers accommodation and payment.

    Host has indicated that they will pay at least the minimum hourly wage of their country for each hour worked and that accommodation will also be provided. They are asking for help with a business or business activity. Contact the host directly via the site messenger for more information and details about the wage provided. Any arrangements should be agreed in advance with your host.

  • Help


    Our staff has been carefully chosen. We are a lovely family based on respect, support and community.

    The space we all run together is one that offer wellness services. The energy we each put into the space is very important. When you walk into Finca Victoria you realize the energy. It hugs you. This energy is created by all of us. So the energy you bring into the space and how you relate with your team mates is important. if the team is not solid and together in harmony our services will not be either

    Also the way you live your life matters.
    We all have fun here. But we are here to serve and share. To create a memorable experience to the visitors (and with each other) So a clean and clear mind and body is a must. you must walk the talk.

    Thank you for applying

  • Languages spoken

    English: Fluent
    Spanish: Fluent

  • Accommodation


    The staff house is two and a half acres on top of a hill with a beautiful view of the varied landscape all the way to the sea.
    The staff house has a magnificent view to the ocean, balconies and hammocks, super beautifully decorated
    all rooms are beautifully decorated and comfortable
    Each staff member will have their own bedroom

    We will provide fresh linen and towels.
    Meals are up to each individual
    For those that want to explore the night life you will need to go into town

    Also, there will be a vehicle in the farm that can be use for daily errands and sight seeing. The priority of this vehicle is for work, but we do make time to free it for exploration and tours. The car is managed by our floor manager, and we entice everyone to coordinate together their explorations to make the best use of the car. The car is only used during the day.

    There are other workers with cars that are always happy to share rides.

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    What else ...

    We offer payment

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    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?

    More than two

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    Hours expected

    Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week

Host ref number: 551732921784