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…

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…

Jóvenes Construyendo el Futuro

Helping Local Youth Build Themselves a Better Future In December 2018, Mexico’s federal government created a program, Jóvenes Construyendo el Futuro, to respond to an increasingly high number of unemployed youth in nearly every region of the country. The government program, headed by Andrés Manuel López Obrador (AMLO), seeks to create pathways to remove vulnerable…

Pack for a Purpose When You Visit Playa Viva

On your next trip to Playa Viva, the unused space in your suitcase can make a BIG difference.  We’ve teamed up with Pack for a Purpose to give our guests an easy way to deliver necessary supplies to our nearby communities.   These donations all directly support ongoing social impact programs,  with items such as gently…

Tourism can make a positive impact on the local community

Tourism, Playa Viva style, is a force for positive impact and change.  What is the proper role of Playa Viva in that change?  What are the most effective processes to create impact?  We are always learning and improving our understanding of how to positively impact our community. In May of 2019, I was invited to…

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…

Toward a healthier community

  Through our work in the community a new program has emerged. The overall goal of this new program, The Juluchuca Garden and Nutrition Project, is to foster greater physical and emotional wellbeing as well as health and nutritional awareness for the residents of Juluchuca. The process for achieving all three will be focused in…

Sembrado con Amor / Grown with Love

A Story of Regeneration: Moving towards regenerative agriculture on the southern pacific coast of Mexico At Playa Viva, every aspect of our operation attempts to go beyond low-impact and actually make the place—the land and our community—better than it was. In other words, we practice regeneration. Regeneration applies to everything that we do. What we do…

The Bridge to Discovery – Volunteering at Playa Viva

Recently, we were asked, “what is the reason and purpose of having volunteers at Playa Viva?” Never having formalized the rational for this program, it was surprising how easily the answer flowed. Volunteers are a bridge between guests and the local ecosystem, both the landscape of the property of Playa Viva and the people of the local…