SRI LANKA

Launches February 2016

Trip Timeline:

Application process begins: October 1st, 2015
Application deadline: December 15th, 2015
Finalist interviews: Week of December 20th, 2015
Launch Date: February 1st, 2016

NOW ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS:

What is Shift_Space?

We facilitate life-changing experiences in carefully selected destinations around the world and our next trip is heading to the beautiful island country of Sri Lanka, located in the heart of Asia.

Interested in joining 15 other entrepreneurs, freelancers, and remote workers in Sri Lanka for 2 months?  You bring your job or project, we’ll supply you with your own private villa and 24-hour access to our workspace.

Come see the world… and bring your job with you! 

About Our Sri Lanka Campus:
Our campus is located on a luscious waterfront property only 5 minutes from one of the best beaches in Asia. We’ve built out our entire place to ensure everything is tailored to your needs.
Campus Amenities:
  • 12 stand alone villas. Each person gets their own villa but you have the option to sign up as a group of two people and share a villa.
  • Shared workspace with high speed internet & plenty of space.
  • Organic farm that grows tea, vegetables, spices, & fruit. Over 3 acres with walkways to explore.
  • Outdoor pool
  • Private restaurant. Overlooks the river and serves both Western & Sri Lankan food.
  • Full-service bar
  • Ayurvedic Spa
  • Riverside bonfire pit & BBQ area
About Our Villas:
Our campus features 15 private on-site villas, each equipped with the following:
  • Air-conditioning and ceiling fan
  • Comfortable bed with luxurious bedding.
  • Personal WIFI router
  • Desk area
  • Satellite TV with 40 channels
  • Modern bathroom complete with a rain shower
  • Mini-bar
  • Private balcony with view of the lagoon

Note: Each customer will be assigned their own private villa.  You do have the option of signing up as a pair of two & sharing a villa.  However, we do not offer an option to be assigned a random roommate.

Photos of our Sri Lanka Campus

What to expect

A typical day with Shift Space in Sri Lanka

A typical day consists of equal parts busting our ass on our projects and experiencing everything Sri Lanka has to offer.

Most participants will stay local during the week and then take weekend excursions to nearby cities/countries.  We promote a healthy work/life balance for everyone.

It’s proven that we do our best work when we’re happy and healthy!

villa-pool-daytime-workspace-800A typical day in Sri Lanka consist of…

8:00AM Surf or Yoga
9:30AM Breakfast (free)
10:00AM Work session #1
12:30PM Lunch with friends overlooking the ocean
1:30PM Work session #2
4:00PM Quick ride into town for some groceries and afternoon snack.
5:00PM Skill sharing workshop (optional)
7:30PM Dinner onsite or nearby
8:30PM Relax, movies, nightlife, etc

You fall asleep with the same thought that you had last night: Why don’t I just buy that hut on the beach and live here forever?

sri-lanka-train-800Each week you can expect…

  • Family dinner once per week
  • Mastermind group meetings
  • Skill sharing workspace
  • A group of people hitting the town
  • Yoga on Monday mornings taught by Anne
  • Weekend excursion in Sri Lanka (Bath elephants, hike in a national park, wildlife safari, cultural tours, surf trip, etc)

We will also be offering two optional international excursions.  One to Singapore and one to Thailand.  More details coming soon!

Click here to see a full day-by-day detailed itinerary of the whole two-month trip.

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Lonely Planet’s 2013 Top Destination in the World:
SRI LANKA

Why Sri Lanka?

Sri Lanka: The Pearl of the Indian Ocean

Although it has long been popular with backpackers, Sri Lanka has only recently sprung onto the world’s stage as one of the top travel destinations on the planet.  In 2013, Lonely Planet named it the Top Destination in the World, in 2015 Forbes named it the Coolest Place in the World For Wildlife, and if that isn’t enough, Sri Lanka also just won the Best Eco Destination Award at 2015 World Tourism Expo.

These are more than just awards and titles, they are testaments to a country over-flowing with culture, scenery, wildlife, and adventure.  Simply put, Sri Lanka has it all.  World-class beaches, misty mountains, amazing tea, majestic temples, mighty elephants, stealthy leopards, and giant whales.  Not to mention some of the best food in all of Asia!

Sri Lanka’s also known as the “nation of smiling people” and the country is full of wonderful people excited to welcome visitors into their part of the world.  Each weekend, we will be venturing out to discover a new part of this diverse island, using local guides and helping get tourism dollars into the hands of the local population.

Here is just a partial list of the in-country excursions that you will have the option of participating in during your 60-day Shift Space:

  • Spot elephants & leopards during a wildlife safari in Yala National Park.
  • Taste some of the world’s best tea right where it’s grown during a tour of Sri Lanka’s lush tea country.
  • Take a tour of the country’s 8 UNESCO World Heritage Sites including the ancient cities of Polonnaruwa & Sigiriya.
  • Hire a boat and head out to the ocean to find out why Sri Lanka is one of the best places to spot the largest creature in the world: The Blue Whale.
  • Learn how to cook with a local chef who will guide us through Sri Lanka’s numerous native spices.
  • Cross one of the world’s most beautiful hikes from you bucket list by climbing Adam’s Peak.
  • Other daily excursions include: Tours of Sri Lanka’s largest city Colombo, visit to the historic fort in Galle, cultural tour in Kandy, and more!

Come see why Sri Lanka is quickly becoming one of the top destinations in the world!

Sri Lanka in Pictures

The Sri Lanka On-Site Team

  • Brandon
    BrandonCo-Founder & Community Director

    Former corporate sales rep turned nomadic entrepreneur. Street food ninja, avid outdoorsman, life long learner, craft beer geek, and live music junkie. Co-founder of The Yoga Nomads.

    Brandon is in charge of selecting locations and crafting world class experiences for Shift_Space.

    • Anne
      AnneCommunity Manager - Asia

      An active yogi who enjoys live music and exploring the beautiful world around us.  Anne is a people person whose often spotted sipping chai tea, connecting with like-minded people, and speaking Spanish.

      Anne is in charge of organizing the chaos and building our sense of community at Shift_Space Sri Lanka.  Think of her as your personal tour guide and new best friend.

      READY TO CHANGE YOUR LIFE FOREVER?

      Pricing

      • One Person - One Villa
        $2,495monthly
        • Your own stand alone villa. Includes private balcony, bathroom, Satellite TV, personal wifi router.
        • 24/7 access to the community workspace. Only 10 steps from your villa.
        • Breakfast every day prepared by local chef.
        • Transportation locally via shuttle. Hop a ride to the beach, town, grocery store, bar, etc.
        • Onsite chef available to prepare lunch/dinner. You only pay cost of food.
        • Free use of pool and bar onsite. Cost of drinks not included.
      • Two People - One Villa
        $1,595monthly
        • Your own stand alone villa. Includes private balcony, bathroom, Satellite TV, personal wifi router.
        • 24/7 access to the community workspace. Only 10 steps from your villa.
        • Breakfast every day prepared by local chef.
        • Transportation locally via shuttle. Hop a ride to the beach, town, grocery store, bar, etc.
        • Onsite chef available to prepare lunch/dinner. You only pay cost of food.
        • Free use of pool and bar onsite. Cost of drinks not included.

      Frequently Asked Questions

      What's a Shift Space?

      A temporary living and working community for entrepreneurs, freelancers, and remote workers. Example: 20 like-minded people live and work remotely in Berlin for 2 months while working on their own side projects.

      What type of people participate in Shift_Space?

      Digital Nomads, Playmakers, Disruptors, and Dreamers.  Most participants earn their living as Developers, Designers, Freelancers, or Entrepreneurs.

      Am I required to collaborate with other participants?

      No – you’re not required to do anything. However, don’t be surprised if you end up partnering with another participant and try to take over the world.

      Do I need a passport?

      Yes. To travel internationally you need a passport. We recommend taking care of this asap if you haven’t already as it can take several weeks.

      Can I come for a shorter time instead?

      As a participant, you’re free to come and go as you choose. However if you’re accepted into the program, your financial commitment is set in stone whether you stay for the full 2 months or leave early.

      What if I want to explore the region? (i.e. weekend excursions in Singapore, Croatia, or Peru)

      You can and should explore the region! A big part of the Shift Space experience is about travel. Most people find their creativity skyrockets by surrounding yourself with new sights and smells.

      What’s included with the price?

      • Your own stand alone villa (includes private balcony, bathroom, rain shower, satellite TV, mini-bar, personal wifi router)
      • 24/7 access to the community workspace (10 steps from your villa)
      • Breakfast every day
      • Transportation locally via shuttle (Beach, town, grocery store, bar, etc)
      • Weekly team dinners (free)
      • Mastermind groups & business pitch workshops, (participation is optional)
      • Onsite chef available to prepare lunch/dinner (only pay cost of food)
      • Free use of pool and bar onsite (drinks not included)

      What’s NOT included in the price?

      • Airfare (we’ll help coordinate if needed)
      • Most lunches and dinners (all breakfasts are free)
      • Drinks at the bar

      What's Sri Lanka like?

      Lonely Planet ranked it as the top destination in 2013. If that’s not enough for you, check out this article on the NY Times.

      Simply put, Sri Lanka has it all.  World-class beaches, misty mountains, amazing tea, majestic temples, mighty elephants, stealthy leopards, and giant whales.  Not to mention some of the best food in all of Asia!

      How's the WIFI?

      High quality and reliable. As location independent entrepreneurs ourselves, we fully understand the importance of good WIFI.

      In Sri Lanka, each villa has their own personal WIFI router on top of the workspace.

      Where will we be working?

      Each Shift Space has a fully equipped modern workspace designed to maximize productivity, creativity, and collaboration. This is not your average coffee shop. Get ready to make plays on your next big project!

      In Sri Lanka each participant has their own villa with private balcony and their own personal WIFI router. You know, in case you want to work in your pajamas :)

      What is the housing situation?

      Each participant will have their own villa located onsite. Villas have their own personal WIFI router, modern bathroom, rain shower, mini-bar, desk, and private balcony. Workspace is 10 steps from your front door. 

      What’s a typical day/week like?

      First off, everything at Shift Space is optional. We understand that everyone structures their days differently. We offer tools to improve your work life and offer social programs to ensure you’re having a blast!

      What are my obligations once I arrive onsite?

      Nothing is required of our participants.  We will organize team events, workshops, and weekend excursions – however, they are always optional. Your only obligation is to yourself. We encourage you to make the most of your experience – whatever that means to YOU.

      What’s the application process?

      1. Fill out the brief application form (your background, experience, country of origin, etc)
      2. After evaluating your application, we will jump on a skype call to get to know you on a personal level, learn more about your past experience, and allow you ask any questions you have about the upcoming experience.
      3. After discussing you and your application, we’ll send you a note letting you know if you’re accepted. If accepted, we’ll send you a welcome package (guide to Sri Lanka, next step to reserve your spot, etc).  Expect to hear from us 1-2 weeks after your Skype interview.

      What type of food do you serve?

      We have full access to a local chef who will be cooking meals exclusively for our group. The chef can cook both Sri Lankan and Western food. Dietary restrictions can be met (please contact us with your requirements to confirm).

      Sample Menu for Breakfast:
      (
      juice, fruit, tea, and coffee are included with all breakfasts)

      • English Breakfast – 2 eggs, sausage or bacon, grilled tomato, baked beans, and toast
      • Muesli, Yoghurt, and Fruit
      • String hoppers with Fish Curry, Coconut Sambal and Dhal Curry
      • Country Style Bread with Coconut Sambal, Dhal and Chicken/ Fish Curry/ Fried Eggs
      • Additional options available upon request

      Sample menu for Lunch and Dinner:

      • Sri Lankan Lunch Buffet – rice, 4 types of curries, pasta, fruit salad, dessert
      • Seafood Kabobs + sides
      • Indian Naan with Tandoori Chicken
      • Grilled fish of the day + sides
      • Vegetable Kabobs with rice and Indian Naan
      • Additional options available upon request

      How often will our rooms be cleaned?

      Rooms can be cleaned on a daily basis and linen will be changed every three days.

      What about Visas for Sri Lanka?

      Sri Lanka has very favorable visa regulations. Many countries are given free visas on arrival, others require getting visas online before arrival. Check requirements based on country of citizenship at VisaHQ. Let us know if you would like assistance.

      Can I bring my significant other?

      Yes, we offer discounted rates for people applying as a pair.

      Tell me about the Shift Space Sri Lanka Campus

      Our campus is located on a luscious waterfront property only 5 minutes from one of the best beaches in Asia. We’ve built out our entire place to ensure everything is tailored to your needs.

      Overview of the campus:

      • 12 stand alone villas (each person gets their own villa)
      • Shared workspace with high speed internet and plenty of space
      • Each villa has their own personal WIFI router, bathroom, rain shower, mini-bar, and private balcony
      • Organic farm that grows tea, vegetables, spices, and fruit (3 acres with walkways to explore)
      • 10 minute to the beach, town, etc (local transport is included in price)
      • Some restaurants/bars are within walking distance
      • Outdoor pool
      • Restaurant serving Western and Sri Lankan Food (and overlooks the river)
      • Full service bar
      • Ayurvedic Spa
      • Riverside bonfire pit and BBQ area

      How's the beach?

      We’re located nearby Bentota Beach which is considered one of the top beaches in the world. Access to water sports, surfing, etc. Picture of the beach. 

      Couldn’t I do this on my own?

      Of course you could fly to Sri Lanka and find a hostel and some wifi to work! In fact we did that for several years before realizing how inefficient it was to get REAL work done.

      We would burn 5 days in each new location just trying to find suitable accommodation, a decent WIFI connection, restaurants that served good (and cheap) food, etc.

      By the time we finally had a group of friends and a productive schedule nailed down it, our two months were over and it was time to leave!

      Benefits of a Shift Space community VS doing it on your own

      • Wasting time cooking and eating out? We have a chef onsite + free breakfast
      • Tired of hunting for decent WIFI? Our workspace has great WIFI and each villa has their own personal router
      • Struggling to connect with like-minded people on the road? Good thing a dozen other entrepreneurs live next door.
      • Can’t afford to waste 5 days finding an apartment for the month? Be fully operational by the time you arrive in Sri Lanka
      • Economies of scale: We’re renting the entire place out and offer it at a discount to you!

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