We are a small boutique hotel and ecological community located overlooking the surf break at Playa Maderas. We celebrate down to earth hospitality and a barefoot lifestyle. We closed down to the public about a year ago and have been hosting friends and family ever since for extended stays. Now that COVID-19 has forced us to further close down for the next year, we have adapted our place to host long term couples looking to stay 2- 4 months in a nice spot as long as you do the entry quarantine, normal social distancing etc. The facility is amazing and you will be pretty much be here all the time, you will have totally independent living area. This is great place to stay if you work online or need a nice place to reset, and also can give back a bit to us through teaching.
We are looking to host a couple who can stay with us and assist in teaching our kids in the mornings who are just starting school at our project. We have 3 kids ages 5, 7 and 9. And we will have another 2 kids joining us that are 4 and 6. What you do is really up in the air. From the basic's reading/math etc to surfing, skating, playing music, art and ecology, yoga and playing with kids and just sort of being good vibes all around. We are open for anything, depending on your talents and experiences. We enjoy sharing the space we have created and helping you fall in love with Playa Maderas. With the COVID-19 situation, we just want a couple who can understand the precautions we take and that are looking for a sweet experience to make the most of this interesting situation.
This development of this project has its roots in the arts, permaculture and using food to gather people from all over to the same table, we are well known for family dinners. In the beginning we moved here to start an art school. We spend years playing with permaculture ideas while camping, then we built a hostel and now we built a boutique hotel. We have various houses on our property and are working now to open the Center for Art and Ecology. We speak Spanish and English. We have lived here for 14 years. We are a family of 5 from Oregon and Nicaragua. We love the beach, school, walking in the forest and baking. Our kids are bilingual. We invite you into our world and we give you an experience at our place and at our pace.
Travelers coming to our project and to Playa Maderas area are coming to a beach which is off the beaten track. Here you live on the property but be independent from us, so you'll have tons of time for exploration but we do think it's best to social distance given your position as a teacher. We want you to have a great experience. Often time you'll find yourself learning something you never expected and that is the whole point. It will definitely give you time to grow as a person.
This project could involve children. For more information see our guidelines and tips here.
Join us as an informal teacher, a friend, a coach, whatever it needs to be for our kids, who we are just about to start their school year. Chill pool side, go surfing and get a really cool local experience through cultural exchange, work on an art project or help get the garden growing.
Life here is down to earth, fun and really is an amazing life experience because you stay with us here. We built a place we always wished we would find as travelers and now you can stay. We are a family of 5, kids that are 5, 7 and 9; there are probably won't be other residents too, so you'll have the whole hotel to yourself. The property here is 10 acres, so lots of room to explore and be independent.
If you are a couple, and one or both of you should have some experience as teacher; also possibly experience as an artist, surfer, musician, designer, like cooking or generally a creative and down to earth person you'd fit in here. Let us know what your talents are and we will see where you fit in.
We are looking for volunteers to stay for 2-4 months. Want to stay longer let us know. Talk soon.
We offer accommodation depending on your skills and time commitment, for our most committed volunteers it is a private room with private bath and access to cooking area. Generally our goal is that you have a great volunteer experience, which for us is a good life experience.
Playa Maderas is small community of hostels and hotels that is located 10km North of San Juan del Sur. It is known for it's Surf break. Thanks to unique conditions created by offshore winds from Lake Nicaragua, the largest lake in Central America, you can count on world-class surf 300 days out of the year. We are located just five minutes uphill from Playa Maderas. Maderas is something special, offering a perfect playground to the beginner/intermediate surfer . If you are a beginner, take a surf lesson with experienced bilingual teachers who know the waves like the back of their hand.
The Playa Maderas community is well know for a very open and cross cultural place. The large majority of the business are owned by Nicaraguans, and you will meet locals all the time. If you are interested we can set you up with community programs that work with art education. We have done several fundraiser over the years for art education, if you are interested in art or a creative person we invite you to be part of a project.
If you are into nature you will have lots of time to explore the 5 bays that are with in walking distance, there are many tides pools and lots of wildlife. Playa Maderas is also cool because there is Dry Pacific Tropical forest right up to the beach. You will see lots of Howler Monkeys, bird and at night the Kinkajou's. Our property has 10 acres of forested with a nature trail to explore on.
We hope we have provided enough of a picture so that you write us. Let us know when you can come and what your interests are and we are happy to reply. Best. Tyler and family.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Can host families
Yes, it would be best to have someone who has their own work/ projects online.