CURRENT SITUATION : September 2022


FIRST CHECK THE ORIGINAL 2021 PROJECT PAGE

Get a better understanding about the land, the weather and original planing.

JANUARY 2022: THE PROJECT STARTED. I bought a Hyundai Elentra + a 125cc moto.

JUNE 2022
: MY WIFE AND KIDS WENT BACK TO FRANCE.
It means that I would have to be in and out for the next years.

JAN-AUG 2022: 1st VOLUNTEERING SEASON: We had 67 Volunteers from 18 different countries

12 SEPT – 13 NOV: GOING BACK TO FRANCE

WHAT IS DONE

We have electricity on the land.

INFRASTRUCTURE:

  • Water tower structure with 2500 L capacity
  • Dry toilet Elevated
  • Dry toilet 1st version
  • Shower (without roof)
  • Urinal 
  • Palapa Private (capacity 2 people – Queen size bed): Ocean view, Ladder, Secured wood box, bamboo wall on the back for more privacy.
  • Palapa small dorm (capacity 3 people – 1 bunk-bed + 1 mattress on the floor): Ocean view, Ladder, 2 secured cases to put the luggage.
  • Compost place
  • Secured wood box to store the building tools.
  • The BIG PALAPA DORM isnt finished yet. The main structure and roof is finished.
 

LAND IMPROVEMENT:

  • Retention wall: we started to build the retention wall. it helps redirecting the water where we want it to pass by.
  • Erosion control: We planted Vetiver to avoid erosion and protect the Palapas.
  • Natural Fence: We planted Pinuela + Cactus to start making the natural fence and see how it goes
 
FRUIT TREES: (The goal is to have as much variety as possible and start producing Vegetables in 2023)
We got part of the irrigation system done with perforated flexible tubes.
  • 5x Coco (6 years old) + 8x Coco (1 year)
  • 3x Plantains + 4x Bananos
  • 1x Grocera + 2x Lemon + 1x Orange + 4x Goyavas (1 is giving fruits) 
SECURITY
The last 2 weeks of the first volunteering season, i emploed Edgard Mendoza to secure the place from 1 PM until 6 AM.
He will continue taking care of the place by night for the 2 months that i am gone.
Terreno2022 September STATUS

The PALAPA to RENT

PALAPA DOUBLE MINIDORM4 fullWEB

Water Tower + WC + Shower

DRYWC SHOWER WATERTOWER

THE BIG PALAPA (not finished)

BIG PALAPA SEPT

Natural Fence (Pinuela + Cactus)

NaturalFence Cactus

Retention Wall

Retentionweb

PLANNING 2023

1st DECEMBERI WANT TO START RENTING THE 2 PRIVATE PALAPA (5-6 people) + 2 Tents

THIS IS NOW ON:
BOOKING.COM => www.booking.com/…..PALAPAHOSTEL
AIRBNB => https://airbnb.com/h/palapahostel

1st MAY 2023: Main facilities finished to be able to operate as a hostel (Dorm 12 +  dorm of 4 + private Palapa: capacity of 18 people)

ORGANISATION

HOUSE: I will rent the same 3 bedroom house located at 300 meters from the Palapa Hostel

SECURITY GUARD 24/24 – 7/7: We will have a guard 7/7 – 24/24

1x EMPLOYEE: Employ someone to help me managing the project with volunteers and logistic.
Ollin is a god candidate, he is a natural building teacher. I proposed him a 6 months job from December to May:  Monday-Friday 8 hours/day.

1x WELL BEING VOLUNTEER MANAGER: 1 month minimum (1p) – (1st december)
Organized, easygoing, friendly, speaking english and spanish (intermediate required) to insure the well being of the volunteers
– Insure the communication
– Handle check-in/out
– Help me to organise the different volunteering projects
– Creating fun activities for the free time
My best friend Gilles is coming from Mid-November until Mid January and could take this role at the beginning.

I also have some long term applications from other people, lets see what can be setup.

We need to make a guide book to present to volunteers (Shops / security…)

SOCIAL MEDIA & ONLINE PRESENCE:
I really need the help of volunteers to reduce the time I am spending on this. The Marketing Strategy page has been built to have this part better organised: https://palapahostel.com/marketing

INFRASTRUCTURE

Make sure the BIG PALAPA BUILDING IS FINISHED (1st Floor mostly to become a dormitory).

– Move the INTERNET antenna from the house i was renting to the Land (1st December)

– Buy pickup car to carry construction material (Izusu / Toyota Hilux/ Mitsubishi L200) + Sell the Hyundai Elentra

– Improve fence: Natural fence extension + garden fence + barbwire on top of the wall

– BIG PALAPA DORM: 

Purchase or make 4x bunkbeds
Fill up the ground floor with earth/sand/rocks
Bring the Kitchen on the ground floor of the BIG PALAPA.
Bring the water + Electricity.

– Build “BIG ROOM”: Just a 8m x 4m room with metal bars for the door and windows to be able to live on the place and store valuables.

– 2x Elevated Dry Toilets (Extension of the one already built).

– 2x Showers 

– Kitchen: Build the kitchen with Natural building Technics.

– Bodega: Build a bodega room to secure

– Pila / mini swimming pool (3m x 2m x 1m height): install a cover system on top (shade during the day/protect while not used) + clean it every 2 days + might install a water filter. Build a chill place with roof and soft wall behind it.

– COB OVEN: Build a cob oven t be able to cook bread and pizzas

 

– Build the first Casita if we got time.

FURNITURES & SMALL PROJECTS

– 1 more table 
– 2 more benches
– The kitchen cupboards

– Paint the back wall in white to let people express themselves (Graffiti / paintings…)
– Put vernis and Lin oil (Aceite de linassa) on the 2 palapa

 

ISSUES

Raining water: Make statement of what happened in between September and November (highest raining season) Need to have it under control.
Security: 4 volunteers got stolen during their stay. I gave them some money back to compensate but need a 24/24 7/7 guard. Improve the fences and install cameras once the electricity is well dispatched

Noise: People have complained about the noises: 4:45 AM Bus horn like crazy, then 5 AM, then 6 AM then 7 AM.
Also the dogs barking, the noisy chickens. I am going to buy 100x earplugs in order to sell/provide them to Volunteers / Clients

 

– Management of projects with many volunteers: We had issues to get everyone busy when we had too many volunteers. We were missing tools (only 2 hammers, 1 pick axe, 2 saws…). We need to get multiple projects where different tools are needed to balance well and avoid having people doing nothing.

 

THE KITCHEN PLAN (first idea, need to work on the plan)

Kitchen 2d Plan
Kitchen Air View
Kitchen Roof

THE KITCHEN PLAN (Second idea, On the side of the PALAPA)

PALAPA Kitchen

BARBWIRE FENCE above the wall on the back

1- Insert/plant metal bars (pick/dig hole into the cement and recover with cement), 2- Attach barbwire to all the metal bars (probably weld them).
Wall Fence Barbwire

THE PILA : How to make a swimming pool

ENTER: 1/2 inch almost at the top.
EXIT: at the bottom of 3/4 inch or 1 full inch + another exit of 1/2 inch at 30 cm high.

Pila Small Water ENTER EXIT
We need am electrical pump for the water to flow at least 12 hours a day + filter + products

OPTIONAL (if we have time)

THE CASITA PLAN

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