Juluchuca Limpio is Thriving!

Juluchuca is home to one of the only recycling programs on the Costa Grande.    Why is that?  First, as with many services that many residents of modern cities might take for granted, the reality of a small community in rural Mexico is that local residents must come together to organize services for themselves that…

Meet Lorenzo – Season 11 LTV Coordinator

La Tortuga Viva’s Newest Coordinator Has Hit The Ground Running This past September we welcomed Lorenzo Locci to the Playa Viva team to serve as the La Tortuga Viva Sanctuary Coordinator. A native of the town of Terni in the region of Umbria, Italy, Lorenzo has spent most of his professional career working in conservation…

Proof of Impact Works

Data Collection Leads to Proof of Impact For those who have had the chance to visit La Tortuga Viva’s sanctuary, you will surely remember the little blue signs that designate each individual nest. Each marker includes data about: the quantity of eggs in the nest,  each nest is assigned a number,  the name of the…

Inspiring Young Ocean Conservationists

Bringing Marine Conservation Workshops to Juluchuca’s Youth. It’s no surprise that Juluchucans love the ocean. Whether it’s fishing, swimming, or just hanging out, the local beach is a popular place on evenings and weekends. Residents have a deep knowledge of their local marine ecosystem. They easily recognize subtle changes that occur in the water over…

109 World + Playa Viva = A Priceless Experience

A Retreat That Prizes Service as Well as Mindfulness. This past December we were thrilled to welcome back 109 World to host a second retreat at Playa Viva and to continue their volunteer work with La Tortuga Viva.  109 World is dedicated to “Retreats that improve your happiness and fulfillment through caring for oneself and…

A Place to Come Together

Building A New Community Plaza In Juluchuca What unites a community? What brings us together? These are questions we all ask ourselves at holiday times, and something I’ve thought about often since moving to Juluchuca a little over a year ago. With roughly 500 residents, Juluchuca is certainly a small, close-knit agricultural community. Residents are…

A Season of Impact at Playa Viva

Playa Viva’s Season 10 Social Impact As 2019 comes to a close, it is a wonderful time for all of us to reflect on the past year and Season 10 of Playa Viva.  We want to take the chance to share with you some of our key achievements in the community in 2019 and thank…

Adopt A Nest and Help Save Sea Turtles

Update: Dec 2019 – We Love Early Adopters! Adopting a nest is the best way to support our turtle sanctuary, and your giving makes a huge difference this holiday season!  The program is officially a hit!  Thank you for helping us surpass our goal of 50 adopted nests for 2019, and we are looking forward…

The Secret Lives of Pets in Juluchuca

Update:  Dec 2019 – A Lasting Gift to the Community In May our first spay and neuter clinic was a huge success. We surpassed $3,500 in funds raised, and brought a group of volunteer veterinarians to Juluchuca where they performed 113 successful surgeries, and activated a new generation of animal advocates through a new local…

Adopt A Student and Change a Life

Update: Dec 2019 – The new Adopt a Student Program is off to an incredible start! All 7 of our original candidates had their scholarships funded, plus an eighth student. So far we have 3 in the middle school and 5 in the elementary school. All fees, school lunches, supplies and uniforms are covered. There…