Dance and kitesurf with locals at one of the most beautiful beaches in Ecuador
Here at Workaway we now have an amazing 40,000+ hosts involved in our volunteer exchange projects and communities from all over the world. From agricultural help, kite surfing, renovating castles and most things in between, we are so proud to be associated with amazing hosts on every continent. So, we’ve started a feature to help recognise what a difference cultural exchange can make to both travellers and hosts. Going by the name of ‘Workaway Host of the Month’ we’ll help you discover more of what it is like to be a host as we peek into their daily lives and learn how their projects have changed since welcoming you into their homes.
This month, we talk with Juan who helps run a guest house in Ecuador on a remote beach in Santa Marianita. Drawing on his experience hosting over 100 Workaway volunteers, he shared valuable wisdom and his compassion for helping others. We’re already imagining the beautiful breeze coming off the waves and know you’ll be wanting to book a flight ASAP!
I think to travel is to look for life and feel the experience of everything all around us, and I think a lodging place makes that experience more or less pleasant. It is the reason why at the guest house we make everyone feel part of our family, from our volunteers, guests, local helpers, customers and our beloved animals. Where can everyone feel comfortable, safe, happy, and calm to share in a privileged and beautiful location.
Our guest house is for all kinds of travellers, we have rooms and dorms available for all types of needs and with appropriate facilities (weekend travellers, backpackers, families, retired, athletes), however our strongest targets are kiters and retired people coming for longer stays.
Gastronomically it is recognized as the best of Ecuador with products such as the “camotillo” a fish that feeds only on shrimp therefore their meat is delicious, the “tuna” your product emblem, unmatched in this part, the ceviche of “picudo” and the immense variety provided by the Pacific.
Thank you so much to Juan for sharing about this lovely project in Ecuador! Do you want to be our next WA Host of the month? We are always on the lookout for hosts who have a great story to tell! Email us and you could be in our next feature!