The Flutterby hostel is located in Uvita, a little tourist town on the Pacific coast of Costa Rica, which gives an idea of what looked like the coast Pacific before the tourist boom. The hostel is not necessarily very easy access, but it's such a success, to him alone, it doubles the number of travelers in the area. Indeed, it benefits from proximity to the Marine Park National Ballena, a sumptuous and wild 50 m Beach and a great concept. So much so that, the Lonely Planet "fell madly in love with this collection of ramshackle huts in the trees and colorful dorms in a family Robinson style".
In 2008, the owners, two Californian sisters, finally find the field of their dream to build a hostel, located in a place of great natural beauty of the coast Ballena. They open 1 year and a half later.
Several cabins, cabins in the trees and elevated dorm rooms are available, offering a wide range of possible accommodations. From the hostel it is easy to go swimming, surfing, diving, visit the Marine Park and many other opportunities for excursions. There is even a wall of climbing on the property. Furthermore, a large communal kitchen, a bar and two open rooms to managers, feel at home, in this beautiful quiet environment two not between Robinson Crusoe and Peter Pan. The hostel turns with the friendly help of volunteers.
The hostel has, since the beginning, was designed in a sustainable manner, because the owners grew up on a farm and have always been close to nature. In addition, once embarked on the project, they quickly realized that be durable was cheaper and more profitable. They took the advice of friends and read many books, leading to a property built almost entirely in the open air, thus reducing the use of light and electric ventilation system, while creating a unique atmosphere. Moreover, the overall design is made of small items/buildings, which are less impact to the environment.
To stay in harmony with the surrounding nature, the hostel develops new projects continuously to make the hostel the most eco-friendly as possible:-the implementation of a system of biogas for reuse some waste and create a new energy source;
-reprocessing of greywater (mainly the waters of the washing machine and showers), allows significant savings of water and to ensure that contaminated water is not donated such what in nature;
-the set of buildings is built in wood from local forests of reforestation.
Some of these projects have been desired from the beginning but many benefit from the contribution of volunteers, who are encouraged.
Moreover, the hostel contributes to awareness of visitors thanks to the instructions to limit consumption of water in the bathroom, light evening and also by viewing politics from the hostel. These are the small daily gestures that participate in the global mess or the economy of natural resources. There is often very little to participate in the preservation of its environment and to raise awareness for his protection. It is necessary to account on the awareness of citizens and their actions in what is their responsibility. A Flutterby, for example limited water consumption of the toilet with a clear poster, funny and that rhyme, painted on wood is present in all the toilets in the hostel. "If it's yellow, let rest. If it's Brown, flush with water. "Thank you to CONSERVE water or piss in the back of the garden.
Finally, everything from the hostel is bought locally and if possible second hand. Everything is thought out to limit the environmental impact until the stones available in the kitchen fire to limit the use of lighters. In addition, many buildings are made of recycled materials, such as the walls of showers produced in glass bottles.
On a social level, the hostel has for improvement. First it job very few premises and not on a permanent basis and runs entirely on volunteers who are working hard. Flutterby, the volunteers are working 35 hours per week, far more than in any other hostel. Volunteers are chosen (telephone interview) based on their experience as a server, receptionist, or another business giving the notion of urgency and hard work. Moreover, construction or electrician skills are also required. But these aren't the ecological knowledge, or even a consciousness in terms of environment which is sought. It feels within the hostel. Despite very beautiful actions and a very good atmosphere, it seems that the two do not meet. So that volunteers are not necessarily very well aware of environmental issues and are ill-placed to inform visitors.