What drives Selina?
A little history…
In 2007 Rafael Museri and Daniel Rudasevski were living in Pedasí, a small fishing town in Panama. They ran real estate projects and while developing the town, they began to build a tight-knit social circle with locals and travelers.
The two friends had a project in mind. After traveling the world and staying in many places, they believed they could begin to change the world of hospitality and share this community with other travelers. This is how the first Selina was born in Venao, a surf town near Pedasí in 2014.
Once the model was proven to be a success in Venao, the expansion began. Selina is growing quickly in Central America and starting to move into South America, North America and soon Europe.
Every Selina aims to be a contributing member of the communities in which we operate. Selina Gives Back is our holistic volunteering program for staff, guests and “Amigos de Selina” (friends from the neighborhood) who want to volunteer with us. Selina commits 2% of labor time so our staff can volunteer in Selina Gives Back activities. Whether it’s promoting arts and culture, or taking care of the environment, SGB offers the chance to give back.
The SGB activities we promote at locations are all free and include:
Sharing your Talent:
- Assisting future “Chef Kids”
- English instruction for locals
- Painting, building, and improving local infrastructure
- Teaching arts & crafts
- Inclusive surf classes
- Yoga lessons for locals
Protecting the Environment:
- Beach Cleanup
- Town Cleanup
- Environmental Education
Open SGB activities:
- To support local initiatives that contribute to building the identity and culture of local communities