Select From a Range of Volunteering and Activities.

Your Group Will Have an Amazing Time in Sri Lanka

We have Programmes for groups over age 16, and with schools/youth organisations, led groups from age 14

 

Fig and Gecko Leaflet                     Find out about our HQ, accommodation, and some activities 

Youth Directors' Leaflet                  This is an overview of the information on this page

Youth & Young Leaders' Leaflet    This is a leaflet for distribution to youth club members/young leaders

Youth Poster                                     This is a poster for your youth club or school


Quick Price Guide

  • 2 weeks from £749 / 4 weeks from £1,099 pp (not including discounts for groups of 2 or more)

  • 1 leader's/Organiser's place at £349 for every group of 8 paying full price

  • Organise a group of 4 or more, join us with them, and get 20% off for the organiser  (up to 4 weeks)

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Young Leaders

Be amazed In Summer 2017, Mark of SYCT in London, brought his young leaders to join us in Sri Lanka, and had a time they'll never forget.

Watch Mark's video review below

You can read also read a written review by Mark on our Volunteers' Reviews page, along with those of our volunteers.

VIth Former; Seniors/ Freshmen

University Groups

your group may choose from a range of menu items before your arrival, based upon our Fig and Gecko volunteering menu (being written). We will also do our best to accommodate suggestions where possible / practicable.

We cannot cater for people with allergies, nor can we guarantee that the food we serve, nor the products we buy to make that food, will be free of items people may or may not be allergic to.


Select From our Menu in Advance

your group may choose from a range of menu items before your arrival, based upon our Fig and Gecko volunteering menu (being written). We will also do our best to accommodate suggestions where possible / practicable.

We cannot cater for people with allergies, nor can we guarantee that the food we serve, nor the products we buy to make that food, will be free of items people may or may not be allergic to.


Your Dedicated Project Youth Leader

As an indication of our commitment to supporting youth workers and the development of youth leadership, and we will be appointing a dedicated Project Leader for Give A Fig's Youth Development Programme. They will work with you to support any enquiries you may have before joining us, to support you with any paperwork, and ensure that everything necessary for you to have an incredible time in Sri Lanka is put in place. They will also help you to tailor your programme to suit your requirements.

As an indication of the quality of the experience we offer, this youth leader is one of a number who has previously volunteered with us who have expressed an interest in returning, and we delighted that their experience has been such that they want to return to volunteer with us to support other youth groups, and of course, ushttp://www.giveafigvolunteering.com/youth-leadership/us.


Young Leader and Youth Development in Sri Lanka

Work with Others; Make a Difference:

You will work with a variety of people in Sri Lanka as you carry out programmes you have selected, whether they be professionals, teachers, farmers, women, children, students, or activity leaders. The people you work with will be those you are supporting, those supporting you, people hoping to be supported, as well as people happy to spend time with English speakers in order to develop their language skills. The people will gladly involve you in their cultural activities, and you may well not realise it at times, but the culture of communication and meaning here in Asia, is different to that of the west. All a learning curve, that as a tourist you may never notice, but as a volunteer you may pick up on more readily. We'll explain to you about the culture and prepare you for most eventualities.

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Build Skills, Discover Abilities

Due to the variety of circumstances you will find yourself in you will use and build different skills, and discover abilities you may not have realised you had. You may go to a village to build a toilet, or to work in some houses, but you'll soon attract the village children and be playing games, and teaching English. In fact, you'll attract the adults too, and may end up cooking, for example. Or you may be going to teach English, and be asked to help with a village activity.  

Take Risks in a Safe Space:

The great thing about Sri Lanka is that risk taking here takes place in a culture that is polite, supportive, and friendly. The people are not materialistic in a western sense, and designer labels carry no meaning. There is literally no such thing as street cred, and if there is, you and I would not pick it up.


Be Challenged, learn resilience, develop adaptability

You will be challenged. Even when something has been planned, and agreed, it may well not go as we thought it would, or there may be a lst minute change. Not something in the west we do very well, but in Sri Lanka changing something alst minute is quite the norm. You will learn to fit into the new circumstance, and of course, we will be on hand to ensure these e[pxected 'unexpected happensing help you to build your experience, not hinder it. An example might be going to teach a Year 7 class, and be dragged into a Yr 11 class to tecah English, or to meet the pupils for a Q&A.    


Be Amazed:

Sri Lanka is an unusual, and beautiful country. It boasts wildlife on almost every corner, and its culture is everywhere and vibrant. There are festivals throughout the year, and a wide variety of landscapes and possible experiences. You will be amazed not just how much is packed into an island, but also at how much you will pack in, and unpack too. 

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What You Will do

  • Step out of your comfort zone - in a safe place
  • Experience a different culture, way of thinking, and climate
  • Build skills, discover skills, qualities, and abilities.
  • Step back and be proud of your achievements
  • Work with others - your team mates, Sri Lankan staff on the placements, villagers, and children.
  • Be challenged - and adapt to very different circumstances, with different expectations, and values.
  • Be challenged - by new circumstances, and through carrying out roles you'd possibly never imagined.
  • Be amazed
  • Love Sri Lanka,
  • Want to come back
  • And Most of All - Make a Difference - in Your Life and Theirs!

What You Could Do

  • Join with local villagers
  • Teach in schools, pre-schools, and teach monks in villages.
  • Volunteer with turtles - looking after them, and building infrastructure.
  • Build village infrastructure, such as toilets.
  • Camp out under a dark sky, go on day hikes and swim in mountain streams and pools
  • Go white water rafting.
  • See elephants and other creatures in their natural environment.
  • Snorkel
  • Relax on a beach.
  • Be a part of a university project studying elephants or monkeys.
  • Carry out activities with the Sri Lankan Youth Service
  • Have Photography and Photoshop days