One of the things that make us really proud at Cayuga is to see our long time employees develop and excel at what they do at the various hotels and lodges in Costa Rica and Nicaragua.
A great example is Danny Jimenez of Lapa Rios Eco Lodge on the Osa Peninsula of Costa Rica. He started to work with us on March 15th, 1996 when he was 18 years old. He started out in maintenance and then moved on to housekeeping. After passing through the Lapa Rios and Cayuga Collection training and ” grooming” process he is today one of our “˜superstar”™ department heads and team leaders in housekeeping. But his history with Lapa Rios goes back even further.
When John and Karen Lewis started Lapa Rios Eco Lodge in the early 1990″™s and helped build the Carbonera School he was one of the first students. His access to primary education allowed him to develop himself as a professional, by later obtaining a driver”™s license, using computers and learning about management and leadership skills. Right now, his next challenge is to learn English and he is seeing a private tutor twice a week.
Danny is married and has two children. He was able to buy a house in Puerto Jimenez and provide financial stability to his family. One of his sons is applying for work at Lapa Rios right now.
When we asked Danny about the secret of staying for so long at our eco lodge, he said it has to do with the capacity to deal with change. He has seen his hometown of Puerto Jimenez change over the years and also experienced changes at Lapa Rios. For many locals, change is a very difficult thing to deal with, but Danny and two of our other long term employees Edwin Villareal and Jose Parajeles agreed with him.
We hope that Danny never stops to dream and continues his development as hospitality professional. At Cayuga and Lapa Rios we will continue to support his dreams and hope that he is an inspiration for many others. We think that this is a great example of how ecotourism can have a very positive impact on people”™s lives. Learn more about Cayuga and our philosophy of sustainability.