Playa Viva

    If you live in the USA, and would like to take a suitcase of medical supplies selected specifically for the medical project below, please contact We are pleased to partner with OC Not Just Tourists to provide useful and requested medical supplies for clinics and hospitals across the globe. Your only expense will be the cost of shipping from California to your residence in the USA. If you choose to do this, you will make a Big Impact!

    Project #1

    The Gregorio Torres Quintero Primary School serves about 100 children from ages 6 through 12 years old.

    An asterisk (*) before an item indicates this item is most urgently needed.


    General School Supplies:
    Chalk, Colored Pencils, Compasses, Crayons, Dry-Erase Markers, Erasers, Glue Sticks, Pencils, Pens, and Solar Calculators

    Reference Materials:
    (Spanish) Dictionaries

    Flash Cards:
    (English and Spanish) Alphabet

    Laminated Wall Charts:
    (Spanish) Human Body, Language, Math, Science, and World Maps

    Text/Reading Books:
    Biology, General Science, Health, Language/Grammar, and Math

    Art Supplies:
    Craft Scissors

    Computer Hardware/Software:
    Working Laptops

    Educational Games/Toys:

    Sports/Outdoor Activity:
    Field Cones for Soccer Training, Netball/Basketballs, Soccer Balls, and Team Uniforms/Kits for Soccer

    New or Gently Used Children’s Clothing and Shoes

    Office Supplies:
    Scissors and *60m of Fabric (Roughly 1m Long) to Make Curtains

    Project #2

    The medical clinic in the village Juluchuca provides medical assistance for about 1,500 citizens from Juluchuca and surrounding villages. It deals with about 30 patients a day. The most common issues dealt with are colds, flues, diarrhea, dermatitis, family planning/birth control, vaccines, checking the weight and length of new born babies, and also minor injuries. The local doctor and patients would benefit and appreciate very much if visiting guests could help by supplying the needs from the list below.


    General Medical:
    Blood Pressure Cuff (‘Sphygmomanometer’) – Digital, Examination Gloves, Manual Resuscitator (Both Child and Adult Size), Pen-Torches/Flashlights, Scissors, Spacers for Asthmatic Patients, Tweezers, and Urine Dipsticks

    Cough Treatments

    Project #3

    The Community Yoga Project is part of a larger project entitled the Juluchuca Garden & Nutrition Project. The overall goal is to foster greater physical and mental well-being, as well as health/nutritional awareness for the residents of Juluchuca. The aim of the Community Yoga Project is to bring about awareness of physical, mental, and emotional health.

    An asterisk (*) before an item indicates this item is most urgently needed.


    Sports/Outdoor Activity:
    *Yoga Mats and Props

    Initiatives Supported

    All the needs are current as of November 23, 2020

    Listed on this page are the specific needs requested by the community project(s) so you can choose exactly what to pack for a purpose and express your gratitude to the local community with the supplies you take them.

    Candy and balloons are not on the needs list as they are harmful for the children and the environment for the following reasons:
    • Few of the children benefiting from these projects have access to toothpaste, toothbrushes, or a dentist. The candy promotes cavities.
    • The balloons once they become deflated are a choking hazard for local wildlife.

    Instead of taking candy or balloons, use that space for additional requested supplies, as they are priceless.