Currently, we are looking for a couple to help with house and cat care from 15th-18th September to 12th-15th of October (exact arrival/departure dates are flexible). It would be minimum work with much time left over to learn Spanish, surf and enjoy our beautiful Sayulita. We operate an arts/nature retreat in a beautiful surf town/fishing village in Sayulita, Mexico. We are a married couple, both poets and artists, who love to dance and are interested in music. I am a US and UK citizen and Martin is Mexican. We have lived in Sayulita for 16 years.
Help in the house
Helping with Tourists
Help with Computers / internet
There is much opportunity to learn Spanish or practice speaking it if there is already some familiarity with the language. Sayulita is a culturally diverse village, but also very traditionally Mexican. The food tradition, Mexican cuisine, is there in abundance. We live in Mexican neighborhood and there is much opportunity to speak Spanish and to interact with friendly locals many of whom are very interested in learning and practicing their English. The town is still very traditional with many festivals and events which are exclusively about the culture and traditions.
We have a small hostel, a "nature getaway" arts/writing retreat, in the beautiful, Pacific coast surf/beach/fishing village of Sayulita, Nayarit, Mexico. We need help with cleaning/maintenance, including laundry and gardening, helping keep the 3 cats company. We live in a Mexican neighborhood and have a good relationship with the families and neighbors around us. There is plenty of opportunity to interact with our friendly and kind neighbors, all who are eager to learn and practice Spanish.
Not frequently, but we do sometimes have guests arriving who need to be given keys and there is a need for prep work prior to their arrival, laundry and just quick easy daily maintenance and help making sure everything is running/operating smoothly. Also, we have three cats who could always use more attention and human conversation, which they enjoy!
Other than that there is plenty of leisure time to enjoy the area, great restaurants, surfing, the beach and many of the amazing and interesting locals that make the village such a fun destination. It's a rich and diverse cultural area, with many traditional aspects of Mexican life in full bloom. It's an international town with people representing many countries and cultures, but predominantly traditional Mexican families who are the mainstays of their traditions and who are the town leaders.
There is opportunity to learn or practice Spanish. There is a Spanish language school, many yoga studios, live music and night life, frequent events and festivals, a turtle sanctuary with frequent new hatchling releases, many surf competitions, Cumbia dancing and music every Friday night on the beach, etc. It's a foodie town with an array of traditional Mexican restaurants and taco stands and also international cuisine, It's still a traditional town with much local color and interest, very artistic with many musicians, writers, artists and a weekly open-air artisan/organic farmer's market.
The nearby Bahia de Banderas is a whale and dolphin breeding ground and Sayulita has 3 bay sailing excursions/tour companies along with a host of surfing schools and hiking adventures, so there is much to offer for sports and outdoor fun.
Sayulita is easy to get to - about a 30-40 bus ride north from the Puerto Vallarta airport. Also, it's a 3-4 hour easy bus ride from Guadalajara. From the town center and principle beach, our casa is a direct 15 minute walk south on Sayulita's main road, Av. Revolucion, and is easy to find and to get to. We are close to nearby paths leading to 4 secluded beaches.
English, Spanish - many people in the village speak English
We have several apartments and often move our Workaway people around - from one apartment to another - depending on what's available. Each apartment has it's own kitchen with everything needed to cook meals, an en suite bathroom and a private entrance. We do not provide meals, however, since Sayulita is a very desirable destination, very expensive with accommodations being limited, we feel that we are offering a good advantage for those who desire to be in Sayulita and who are agreeable to the arrangement. We are flexible and easy regarding the work we are asking in exchange.
Sayulita has grown and expanded into a desirable international tourist destination, but, basically It's still a simple life in a traditional Mexican small town where everyone knows one another. It's an amazing town which gained fame as a surf spot but also known for attracting artists, writers, musicians and with a full array of many interesting and colorful and very friendly people and a good social life, which we enjoy. It has always been a very international town.
To repeat fun things to do. There is opportunity to learn or practice Spanish. There is a Spanish language school, many yoga studios, live music and night life, frequent events and festivals, a turtle sanctuary with frequent new hatchling releases, many surf competitions, Cumbia dancing and music every Friday night on the beach, etc. It's a foodie town with an array of traditional Mexican restaurants and taco stands and also international cuisine. There is a yearly International Film "FestivalSayulita" which attracts guests from all over the world.
It's still a traditional town with much local color and interest, very artistic with many musicians, writers, artists and a weekly open-air artisan/organic farmer's market. The nearby Bahia de Banderas is a whale and dolphin breeding ground and Sayulita has 3 bay sailing excursions/tour companies along with a host of surfing schools and hiking adventures, so there is much to offer for sports and outdoor fun.
We have been very happy with the Workaway people we have had. We are friendly, accommodating people, but for us personally, due to ALL the fun going on and the demands on our time/energy, one thing we ask is that professional decorum be maintained and that, although we do enjoy socializing, night-time socializing in the town center that includes us, be kept to a strict minimum.
To add - we are mindful of our privacy, therefore, it's important to us for those involved in our lives be mindful of our privacy in a small-town environment - to not disseminate information about our lives and our doings. We are community-minded and caring people. We are happy to share positive aspects of life but, do not participate in gossip, as life can be enjoyed better without such things.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
2-3 hours a day, many days much less