Gaby Alvarez, Activity, Community and Education Supervisor at Selina Tamarindo, describes the hostel’s role in creating local partnerships. The goal is to engage hostel guests in helping meet the community’s specifically defined needs.
Guests can take part in a weekly beach cleanup organized by Selina, for instance, or volunteer through local foundation efforts for the conservation of howler monkeys in the area. Noting that the Selina grounds host one of Tamarindo’s largest howler monkey families, Alvarez always reminds hostel clients that they are guests in the monkeys’ home and not the other way around. Selina models a way to live respectfully within the native animal habitat.
Special events such as the regular Bohemian Night aim to strengthen Selina Tamarindo’s community connections. Local artisans have the opportunity to exhibit their work at the hostel and thereby gain international market exposure. Meanwhile, all Selina Tamarindo staff members are required to do mandatory community service on a monthly basis as a condition of employment.
To the detractors in Tamarindo’s well-established hostel sector who balk at the corporate backing Selina enjoys, Agustin Lucero, Events and Marketing Supervisor, has but one conciliatory response.
“We’re a place where people in the community can congregate, collaborate and celebrate together. Selina has an open door for everyone, no matter what your age or preferences. We welcome collaborations with other hostels and community organizations, and look forward to creating fruitful and impactful relationships around the area.”