From: United Kingdom
01/01/2018 - 30/04/2018
We are a young professional couple who have left successful city careers (in banking and sports media) in London to become our own bosses managing a successful guesthouse in Tortuguero, located on the Caribbean coast of Costa Rica.
We are a compassionate, motivated, hard-working, fun-loving and easy going couple. Our background in London of charity event management and a desire to be taken outside of our comfort zones started us on this journey. This has since allowed us to travel the world, joining various voluntary projects before embarking on our new careers.
Our current work in Tortuguero includes but is not limited to; handling all finances and accounting, offering excellent customer service in Spanish and English, taking and managing bookings via different platforms, controlling the social media accounts, organising tours and transport, dealing with the cleaning staff, tradesmen and local businesses. Throughout these experiences we have taken on art, décor and DIY projects as well as gardening, harvesting and preparing home-cooked meals for guests. We take an active role within the local community, promoting recycling, animal welfare and fund-raising for local projects. In addition we are promoting and selling a range of natural, organic repellents and coconut oil products, especially important here living next door the national park.
We have also taken the opportunity to host our own workawayers, something we have always wanted to do and a fantastic way to enrich our time here.
In our previous careers we have both worked customer facing roles and led teams but we are equally happy working on our own. In our private time we love to cook and experiment with different foods especially home grown. We love sports, literature, film, music, and we are starting to learn yoga and meditation.
Hotel/Hostel management &responsibilities
Customer facing interpersonal & sales skills
Computer literate – financial, excel, word, photoshop, booking.com (pulse), hostelworld, airbnb, etc…
Social Media – experience running facebook pages/events plus twitter, instagram, trip adviser etc…
Languages - Tom lived in Spain for 2 years and speaks very good Spanish and Hollie is currently learning here in Costa Rica
House-sitting, animals, farming, gardening, carpentry, DIY, cooking
TEFL, guitar, dj, music, sports
34 & 38
We have a keen interest in health, nutrition, sustainability, self-sufficiency and green awareness
Special dietary requirements