Jobs

We have a few seasonal positions available in India and Sri Lanka for winter 2017/2018. We have loads of applications for these positions so do what you can to stand out and convince us that you’re right for Soul & Surf and you get our philosophy. We’re not right for everyone so be sure to know what we’re about.  For example If you’re looking for a surf camp, party, party vibe we’re not for you.

If you’re looking to be part of a team with a great ethical philosophy and are willing to be a part of this small team and be more than just your job title, to be a team player, to be a host, to be part of the overall quality control, to share our core beliefs and ethos, to work hard to achieve good things and to be a thoroughly good person then we’ll stick with you in the long term, help you to grow your role and train you to achieve more and the benefits will grow.

Apply using the form on this page and give us a quick overview paragraph or two with the reasons why you’d be a good fit for Soul & Surf in particular demonstrating a good understanding of us, our ethos and our background, plus your CV and salary expectations. If you don’t put all this lot together for us we’ll have to presume you’re not really serious about the position.

Head of Vibes - Sri Lanka

December 2017 – 3-6 month contract

Soul & Surf (Sri Lanka) is currently seeking the services of a professional, sociable and motivated westerner to aid the directors and the General Manager of our surf & yoga retreat.

We’re looking for someone who is young, dynamic, fun-loving and great with people, 100% committed, highly organised, financially-minded, reliable, composed, a hard working team player, good at managing people, quality-oriented, have great interpersonal skills and be sales driven. Your brief is simple. We all need to feel loved – particularly at Soul & Surf. All of our guests AND all of our staff should feel welcome, happy, supported, cared for and loved.

You will be a host as much as an organiser, an administrator, a team leader, a problem solver, a complaints fixer, a smiling face, a friend to guests and staff. Your role is 100% about people. People come first.

Experience of working and living in developing countries is a distinct advantage, experience in India or Sri Lanka even more so. You must have an interest in surfing or yoga or both.

Use the form below to contact us and give us a quick overview paragraph or two with the reasons why you’d be a good fit for Soul & Surf in particular demonstrating a good understanding of us, our ethos and our background, plus attach your CV. If you don’t put all this lot together for us we’ll have to presume you’re not really serious about the position.

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General Manager - Sri Lanka

December 2017 for 6 month contract

Soul & Surf (Sri Lanka) is currently seeking the services of an experienced hotel General Manager to help operate our retreat.

We’re looking for someone who is dynamic, fun-loving and great with people, 100% committed, highly organised, financially-minded, reliable, composed, a hard working team player, good at managing people, quality-oriented, have great interpersonal skills and be sales driven.

  • The ideal candidate will have:
    • Worked as a Hotel/Retreat/Hospitality Manager for at least 2 years
    • Have experience working in a developing country for an extended period of time
    • Proven revenue management skills
    • Strong F&B operations skills
    • Have proven skills and experience in the day to day running of a hotel, gaining and retaining the respect of staff, both local and foreign, and creating a management presence which customers can easily identify.
    • Have a passion for surfing, meditation or yoga, or any combination of those

Use the form below to contact us and give us a quick overview paragraph or two with the reasons why you’d be a good fit for Soul & Surf in particular demonstrating a good understanding of us, our ethos and our background, plus attach your CV. If you don’t put all this lot together for us we’ll have to presume you’re not really serious about the position.

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Head of Service - Kerala

October 2017 – February 2018

We’re on the look out for a dynamic, motivated Head of Service to help run our cafe in Kerala next season.

You’ll be leading a team of western & local service staff to be versatile, helpful, thorough, efficient and friendly ensuring the smooth running of the café service whilst assisting the cafe manager in the operation of the cafe. You will also be heavily involved in the implementation of new and exciting menu items, new styling of the café and the ongoing quality control of both the food output and the look & feel of the café.

The role will also vary from managing and motivating the western and local service team, arranging rotas, training new staff, some counter service & waiting tables and assisting the manager in daily cashing up, bill processing, etc.

The trick with this role is the marriage of two cultures. The kitchen crew, café manager and some waiters are Keralan, we also have 2-3 western service assistants. You will be in the tricky middle position to ensure that all service staff work to the same level whilst being culturally sensitive.

You should have had at least 2 years experience in running a cafe, bar or restaurant and ideally have worked in a developing country and be used to the various challenges that come with it.

Use the form below to contact us and give us a quick overview paragraph or two with the reasons why you’d be a good fit for Soul & Surf in particular demonstrating a good understanding of us, our ethos and our background, plus attach your CV. If you don’t put all this lot together for us we’ll have to presume you’re not really serious about the position.

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Surf Instructor India — Level 1

Late January 2016 until end of May 2016.

We’re looking for experienced, qualified, insured instructors from anywhere in the world with a can-do positive attitude to teach our hotel guests daily, our local kids surf club weekly, keep our equipment in good working order, to drive our jeeps and cars, to spend a couple of evenings a week hosting at events with the guests and to assist the manager in all of the day to day running of the surf department. We offer accommodation in a shared room, staff meals, yoga lessons, industry standard salary and time in the water.

As a key team member you will be required to act as a host throughout a guests stay, attending meals and events and helping your head surf coach to get things done about the retreat.

Experience of working and living in developing countries is a distinct advantage, experience in India even more so. Current surf coaching qualifications (ISA, ASI or equivalent), beach lifeguard and professional liability insurance are a must.

Use the form below to contact us and give us a quick overview paragraph or two with the reasons why you’d be a good fit for Soul & Surf in particular demonstrating a good understanding of us, our ethos and our background, plus attach your CV and salary expectations. If you don’t put all this lot together for us we’ll have to presume you’re not really serious about the position.

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Surf Assistant

From October 1st 2016 until end of May 2017. 3 months max per assistant.

We’re looking for surfers from anywhere in the world to assist our surf team. An assistant must be a competent surfer, ready to guide and help and advise experienced surfers, be able to drive a 10 person jeep on Indian roads, assist the instructors in surf lessons, load and unload surf boards, etc. all with a positive, friendly attitude. It’s a physical job so we need to be sure you are up to it. To be really clear, this is not a surf holiday with a little bit of work here and there, it’s a short-term but full-time job in an interesting, engaging environment and culture.

In return we’ll give you accommodation in a shared room, staff meals, yoga lessons, a good local wage and some time in the water. As a team member you will be required to act as a host throughout a guests stay, attending meals and events and helping your head surf coach to get things done about the retreat.

Experience of working and living in developing countries is a distinct advantage, experience in India even more so.

Use the form below to contact us and give us a quick overview paragraph or two with the reasons why you’d be a good fit for Soul & Surf in particular demonstrating a good understanding of us, our ethos and our background, plus attach your CV and salary expectations. If you don’t put all this lot together for us we’ll have to presume you’re not really serious about the position.

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Masseur / Therapist

October 2017 — January 2018 (4 months) or,

February 2018 — May 2018 (4 months)

The is a freelance, commission based position and will suit a masseur/therapist with a unique offering and the desire to spend winter immersed in the unique, inspirational culture of India and also to surf if that’s your thing. Please don’t expect this to be a gig where you just show up at a pre-prepared studio 5mins before each session. Our masseur is a key part of our team and will need to manage all aspects of that department and to get to know our guests in order to book treatments. That means problems solving, fixing, organizing, promoting, admin, accounting and beyond. Be prepared to roll your sleeves up and get your hands dirty…

1) Could you please write a small paragraph about your philosophy/approach to the massage therapy.
2) What inspires you to help others?
3) Can you share which were your own discoveries whilst experimenting working with others through the years: sensitivity, empathy, awareness, etc. The link between your creativity and the body work.

Use the form below to contact us and give us a quick overview paragraph or two with the reasons why you’d be a good fit for Soul & Surf in particular demonstrating a good understanding of us, our ethos and our background, plus attach your CV. If you don’t put all this lot together for us we’ll have to presume you’re not really serious about the position.

 

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Cafe Service Assistant

We’re looking for travellers, already in India or in SE Asia, to work for a month or two throughout our October to May season working as either service/drinks prep/waiting/baking at our cafe (our manager decides what and when depending on schedules and peoples skills). The work is 6 hours maximum a day, at variable times, 6 days a week.

You get paid for this work with a bed in a shared room, staff meals, 50% off in the cafe, yoga classes and surf boards/lessons/trips (when space is available – guests always come first!).

Please don’t apply if you’re hoping this will just be a free holiday, we and your colleagues in the cafe require you to work. It’s hot and it can be difficult. But it can be extremely rewarding too.

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Guest Chef

October 2016 to May 2017

There’s an ‘experimental’ role we’re looking at. What we are offering is a kind of drop-in cultural swap session for western cooks. Come and assist our chef in the kitchen for 4-6 hrs a day, for a month or two, learn some local dishes, swap ideas, add some of your own healthy living dishes to the menu, help our chef with western ideas of service, presentation, organisation and standards. In exchange we offer a bed in a shared room, staff meals, 50% off in the cafe, yoga classes and surf boards/lessons/trips (when space is available – guests come first!).

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If more than one posting interests you (in either Kerala and/or Sri Lanka), select your most preferred one, and mention your interest for the other ones early in your blurb.

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