Our HQ and accommodation: the Fig and Gecko
Our commitment to you and our work here has led us to renovate oine of Anuradhpura's oldest and finest houses, a 1930s property set in an acre of land, full of mango trees, visited by troops of monkeys, giant squirrels, mongoose, and hornbills by day, and a great owl, fruit bats, and civets by night, Our HQ is a language, education, and cultural centre; a place where we teach English, and where young people studying hospitality and catering gain real experience through working in a hostel setting and developing their English as they look after you during your stay. People in the Anuradhapura area wishing to study for IELTS, have the opportunity to meet and speak English with people form all over the world, giving you a fantastic opportunity to meet the local population and find out about Sri Lanka. Everything that we do as a non-profit volunteering company is thought through and linked together to support development.
Our Fig and Gecko Hostel and Training Centre
Give A Fig Volunteering have blended our commitment to Sri Lankan development with the belief that you, our volunteers and interns should have the best support possible,
Your accommodation with us, the Fig and Gecko Hostel, is a training centre for Sri Lankan youth enrolled on hospitality / catering / hotel management courses, and on government English courses that we teach English on. We are therefore able to provide you with excellent service, and the students on the courses gain excellent first hand experience (overseen by their college lecturers) of working in the industry they are training for, which increases their employability. We know that this approach works, as we have seen young people who work with you develop confidence and go on to pass interviews, which at 18 and over in the professions, civil service, private sector, and hospitality industry, are often conducted in English.
What you can expect:
- Projector room
- wi fi 4g
- Clean sheets and towels.
- washing machine
- indoor games (board games)
- space to chill/study/relax
- safety: fire escape/fire extinguishers/fire alarms
- Lockers for your belongings
- excellent accommodation,
- good food
- Thursday night Sari and Buffet Night
- filtered cooking and drinking water on tap
- good service from our trainees
- solar heated hot water in your showers and sinks
- Toilet paper. (This is not standard in Sri Lankan homes or hotels catering for locals.
What accommodation does your payment include?
Your volunteering with Give A Fig includes half board in our bunk bed accommodation in our Fig and Gecko Hostel for 4 days/week. Most people like to go away weekends, and so we charge extra for your room on the weekends, at our published rates. If you fully vacate your room for us on these days, (we will lock up your cases and equipment) we will reimburse you the cost of the B&B accommodation - at the end of each weekend, or at the end of your volunteering - at the price you paid.
We have plenty of chill out space in the accommodation, both inside and outside, and a lovely garden to sit in, which is well presented, clean, and well maintained.
Our Standard Accommodation
Our standard accommodation is bunk bed accommodation in either an 8 bed female dorm, or an 8 bed male dorm.
Bunk bed roobicle in the Fig and Gecko
We have 5 twin bed roobicles, for which we charge an additional £2.oo/night for the roobicle.
Ensuite in the Fig and Gecko
You are welcome to book our twin ensuite, which will cost an additional £5 /night.
For a great Sri Lankan experience you might like to stay in one of our approved homestays for some or all of the period of your volunteering, or when on a tour. We are able to offer a range of homestays from the traditional Sri Lankan village brick home, to others that have built to western standards. Even the latter, usually the homes of professionals and business people, do not have hot showers (many people don' understand why we westerners want one in a hot country), but we have ensured minimum standards for you in the homestays, and information about each is available on request.
Hotels or Villas
We are able to arrange hotels or villas for your stay for some or all of your time with us, according to your budget. This will be an additional charge to what you have paid for your volunteering. We are also able to rent fully catered small hotels or guest houses for groups, which will be an additional charge.
- Due to the conservative nature of Sri Lankan society, our dorms are for single sex occupancy.
- Couples may request twin rooms.
- Group accommodation may be discussed prior to booking and a range of options are possible.
Self-Catering Bungalows in Colombo
At times we offer self-catering bungalows for 2 sharing, 100 yards from Colombo’s most popular beach.