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 welcome all types of travelers. While here, you’ll probably share a family dinner, make good friends and hopefully make some cool memories. We enjoy sharing the space we have created and helping you fall in love with Playa Maderas.
This development has it's 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 build 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, our kids are 2, 3 and 5. 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.
Cooking / shopping
Help with Eco project
Helping with Tourists
Help with Computers / internet
Travelers coming to the hotel and to Playa Maderas area are coming to a beach which is off the beaten track. Here you live with us, your try new food, you have tons of time for exploration of cultural Nicaragua. Our staff is all local Nicaraguan and so you are able to practice your Spanish and be able to be part of a project. Often time you'll find yourself learning something you never expected and that is the whole point. We have a 10 acre reserve behind our hotel and the owner has been working on a Center for Art and Ecology. We invite you to try something new and be part of our volunteer team
Join as as a host, chill pool side, go surfing and get a really cool local experience through cultural exchange; work on an art project or team up with us to use your skills to do something amazing that fits your skills. Cooking, Helping with Tourist, Building, Help with an Eco Project, Art project or help with Computers stuff are all types of volunteer work we need help with.
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 2, 3 and 5; there are other residents too. We take care of you and invite you to spend time with our family.
We have various projects relating to sustainable development if your interested and we are always bringing sustainability awareness to our community through partnering with locals orgs on beach clean up etc.
If you are a couple, and one or both of you have experience as an student, in hospitality, 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 1-3 months. Want to stay longer let us know.
We offer accommodation depending on your skills and time commitment, for our most committed volunteers it is a private room with shared bath and we give you all your breakfasts and dinners. 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.
There are 5 shuttles a day to San Juan del Sur which is great to be close to. There are many coffee shops, gifts shops and restaurants, and you can find anything from italian gelato to home made breads. Most volunteers go into town once a week to get some supplies or explore.
If you are interested in sailing, boating, fishing, surfing; community work, teaching, Spanish classes you are very close to those opportunities.
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
More than two
Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week.