The Secret Lives of Pets in Juluchuca

Help Juluchucans make real impact on animal welfare in their community today! You may know “The Secret Lives of Pets” as a happy kids movie with a sequel coming out summer 2019.  The movie imagines the unseen daily life of pets which are beloved and celebrated members of the family. But in many parts of…

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…

Turtle Beach Night Patrol

A unique and gratifying adventure in conservation As you head out after dark with the turtle sanctuary volunteers on ATVs your work is to scan the beach, to identifying turtle tracks, and locate nests to collect vulnerable turtle eggs. If left on the beach, the nests are susceptible to predation from dogs and racoons as…

The Gift of a New Turtle Sanctuary

109 World Helps Build Our New Turtle Sanctuary Each year 1000s of mother sea turtles return to the beaches around Playa Viva to lay their eggs.  These turtle nests are increasingly vulnerable to both predators and poaching, but since 2001 they have been protected by the dedicated volunteers at La Tortuga Viva.  The volunteers patrol…

The Comedor – Making a Difference Through Food

The holiday season is often a time to reflect on the gifts we’ve been given, and to make an effort help those who are less fortunate than us. For a group of women in Juluchuca, that effort is not limited to the holiday season. They volunteer their time year round at the local Comedor (Soup Kitchen)…

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…

Meet the Playa Viva Volunteers!

  Volunteers are an enormous source of support for the Playa Viva team. Our volunteers come from all over the world and support our work in multiple aspects and bring a multitude of experience. We have volunteers supporting our farm and food production teams, our permaculture team, our kitchen staff, our turtle sanctuary, as well…

Volunteers Come and Go….

The following is an article written by Samantha Orive as she completes her tour of duty as a volunteer at Playa Viva.   Mornings in the quiet town of Juluchuca Guerrero start with a morning concerto starring the local roosters. Although rehearsals go on all throughout the day, it seems that the five am showing not…

La Tortuga Viva: Predator-Proofing 101

  With an average of 6 turtle nests ransacked by predators each night, the more that our volunteer team can reach and relocate to the safe, secure haven of  La Tortuga Viva Turtle Sanctuary, the better! Yet our rivals – mainly coatis and tejones – are a cunning bunch, and as they refuse to rest…