The perfect team — Sri Lankans with three different social and religious backgrounds make you feel at home.
"Ruuk Village" wants to take responsibility in coaching and grooming locals mainly from Kalpitiya and to provide a social and an economical amendment for Kalpitiya’s future developments.
"Ruuk Village" believes that only through integrating locals into the "tourism" trade, a region can preserve its natural, cultural and social intricacies. Kalpitiya is very special since the local population is made up of Muslims, Hindus, Christian and Buddhists.
Even when there is instability within a country's political system, locals will still keep their doors opened when the bigger investments have already left the country, when the ROI is going to be low and the investors don't get their profit. Ruuk Village shall become sustainable and does not have to carry the burden generating ROI, Ruuk Village should only become independent to grow on its own.
Most of our team members who helped build Ruuk Village from scratch have moved on with their own adventures in the tourism trade. We still work side by side with these individuals and are proud to observe that they are developing themselves and becoming independent. One good example for this is "Susantha Fernanado" who was one of our first team members who supported and consulted us in many different aspects. Today he has now established himself as an entrepreneur. And we are happy to see this development. And anohter example is "Gihan De Silva" Joined us after leaving school, he gathered valuable experiences and has moved on with his "Kalpitiya By Jeep"start-up.
Gamage, Teamleader, Kandy
After finishing his school studies Gamage has been working for a bank and decided he wanted to gather experience in hospitality.
Gamage took up his appointment at "Ruuk Village" in April 2014. After understanding Ruuk Village's concept of growing together he wanted to take up the new challenge on the property.
We are glad to give him a new challenge/opportunity and also to grow together with his personality.
He is responsible for front office activities, starting from greeting guests at check-in to making sure that all your needs are looked after.
He speaks Sinhala & English and has a basic understanding of Tamil too. This allows him to communicate to all locals in the area.
We hope that Gamage will grow with "Ruuk Village" and that we are able to provide him a sustainable work & life balance.
Susantha - Housekeeping, Kalpitiya
His brother tells us that he is proud to be working within Ruuk village.
It is his first ever job outside his home, so we are constantly encouraging him to take up more responsibility.
He will make sure your cabana is kept clean throughout your stay as well as helping the kitchen team make coconut oil from the Ruuk Village's coconut harvest.
Rani, kitchen Lady-1 ("Küchenfee"), Hatton
Born in Hatton in the tea plantations, she joined our team in 2016 and had years of experience working in house holds before coming to Kalpitiya to cook for our small community.She is living onsite and makes sure the kitchen is efficient as well as being a part of the coconut oil making project.
We want Rani and Mary to spoil our guests with authentic Sri Lankan dishes. She will spoil you with her breakfast alone, with dishes like:
- String hoppers with coconut sambol
- "Pittu" with coconut milk
- "Dose" with a typical Tamil breakfast curry
- always a fresh plate of fruits including many more.
We hope she will enjoy cooking for all Ruuk Village guests in many years to come.
Kanthi, kitchen Lady-2 ("Küchenfee"), Kalpitiya
Kanthi was born in Kalpitiya and had been working in the vegetable fields before coming to Ruuk Village. She joined our team in 2016 and is learning fast, becoming a key member of our team. She is living onsite and makes sure the kitchen is efficient. She is also part of the coconut oil making project.
We want Kanthi and Rani to spoil our guests with authentic Sri Lankan dishes. You should definitely try her prawn & Mango salad.
Shehan housekeeper/Room Boy, Kalpitiya
Shehan left school in 9th grade as he did not enjoy it. He helped his father with fishing in the Kalpitiya main lagoon, and now he is 21 years old.
When Shehan was interviewed (Roshan) we asked him what he wants to become in five years and he said that he wants to learn English as well as how to become a service oriented person.
We are happy to have him on our team and to train him in the basics of housekeeping and service with a note of quality.
We hope that Shehan enjoys what he is learning at Ruuk Village and that Ruuk Village can provide him a home away from home to grow and to learn a new trade.
Ruchira Fernando - Kite Assistant and Rescue BOAT, Kalpitiya
Ruchira was one of the first locals kiting in Kalpitiya main lagoon. He is a shy character. If you want to do something good for him, make him talk to you in English, which will help him indirectly to improve his language skills.
We hope he improves his language skills, so that we can help him to get his IKO or VDWS kite instructor certificate, which will definitely have a direct impact on his future in Kalpitiya
Daniel Kreisel joined the project back in 2014 to develop the Kiteschool together with Roshan. Daniel brings years of kitesurfing experience and holds a sport management diploma.
After he finished his university studies, Daniel started working in the open market for one of the known super markets chains in Germany, but he soon realized that working in an office is not what he wanted. Ever since that realization he has made his hobby his passion.
Every student who gets the chance to have Daniel as their instructor has always praised his patience and didactic methods.
Daniel is also a Ruuk Village(pvt) Ltd Working Director who is onsite while Thileeban and Roshan are absent.
Roshan, CEO, Colombo
Roshan was born in Sri Lanka and is now living in Europe (Zurich, Switzerland), working full time in one of the larest telecommunication infrastructure provider as a "Telecommunication Architect / Engineer", where he makes his living.
In his spare time, he takes the responsibility of daily operations including strategy and guest relations. The local team supports him to guarantee each and every guest who spends time in Ruuk Village feels at home.
With a mixed background (Sri Lanka / Europe), Roshan clearly understands the needs of a guest who wants to discover Sri Lanka.
In 2011, during his first visit to the north western province where he himself had his first kite experience, he realized that Kalpitiya & its citizens need focus.
His mission is to let the local community understand that "good service and quality" does not need to cost a fortune.
Additionally, he wants to share that satisfied customers are the best asset that service provider could have.
Thileeban, Creative Director, Jaffna
Thileeban was born in Jaffna (northern province) Sri Lanka and grew up in Switzerland where he learned to understand and integrate the European and Sri Lankan way of living. Thileeban has initiated many start-ups in Switzerland (www.feinheit.ch , filmerei.ch , http://www.kotturoti.ch) and works full time in Switzerland while remaining dedicated to making "Ruuk Village" a success.
During a visit to his motherland, he bumped into Roshan in Hikkaduwa (southern province) and they were surprised to meet each other thousands of miles away from Zurich where they had previously met a couple of times. Roshan invited him to join him to travel to Kalpitiya where a meeting was supposed to take place with the former land owner of "Ruuk Village". Thileeban accompanied Roshan and was thrilled by the idea of "Ruuk Village". The rest, as they say, is history ...
Ruuk Mobile, Taxi, T2 Volkswagen Wolfsburg
One of the very few Volkswagen T2 vehicles which are still running the streets of Sri Lanka. Built in 1971, "Ruuk Mobile" can be hired to pick you up or bring you to the Colombo airport.