Playa Viva 2018 Social Impact Report

Playa Viva opened in 2009 and had set up a set of core values and mission to promote and implement a positive impact on the local community and ecosystem.  However, the team never did a true baseline study from which to measure the impact the work of the hotel would have in the community and…

Closing out Season 9 with a new round of volunteers

We are eternally grateful for all volunteers past and present who have contributed to the Playa Viva project. Here’s a little about our most recent volunteers. If you are interested in volunteering, please send inquiries to volunteer@playaviva.com Rachel Bubb USA 3-months, Agriculture + Community Garden Intern What’s your “story”? (Where are you from and what…

Reflecting back on 2017 and Season 8

Wow, another year  has flown by at Playa Viva. After having spent all of 2017 working with the wonderfully dedicated Playa Viva staff and numerous volunteers who came to us from around the world, I can say I have seen a lot happen in just one year. I started working with Playa Viva a little…

A beginner’s guide to community-based conservation

Written by Lissett Medrano I really wasn’t sure what I was getting myself into when I decided to quit my job of 5 years and move to a small rural community in Guerrero, Mexico to work with sea turtles, especially since I had never “worked with turtles” before. But after spending 10 months working alongside…

Season 9: Meet the Playa Viva Volunteers

It’s a new season at Playa Viva and a new round of volunteers have joined our team. Have a read about what they’re up to over the next few months.   Débora Newlands, Brasil, Turtle Sanctuary What’s your “story”? Where do you come from? Tell us a little about how you arrived here. Olá! I’m…

Taking a hard look at sustainable seafood

I’ll never forget when a guest asked me the question, “Was this fish caught today?” Her head turned toward the sea as she watched a local fishermen stroll by on the beach. She asked, “did one of these local fishermen catch it?” I was totally unprepared to answer her question. Seafood had actually been on…

Poachers to Conservationists: Sea turtle conservation in rural Mexico

Written by Lissett Medrano As we celebrate oceans this month, today is specifically dedicated to one of earth’s most ancient sea creatures—sea turtles. As we honor this incredible species, it’s important to also recognize the efforts being made at the local level to preserve these endangered species. For the past four months, I’ve had the…

“Our Oceans Our Future”

#WorldOceansDay Happy World Oceans Day! At Playa Viva (“Living Beach”) it’s in our name to keep our coast and ocean healthy, alive, and thriving. Our oceans are essential to life as we know it on the planet: 70% of the oxygen we breathe comes from the ocean, they help regulate our climate, provide a significant…

Who are the Playa Viva Volunteers now?

See what our volunteers are up to now! We have a lot of exciting volunteer projects in the works and found some wonderful people to carry those projects out. Read on to find out more! Farm to Table: Christabel Courtauld, UK Where are you from originally and what were you doing before you arrived? I…