Sri Lanka Highlights
- Ride elephants on safari
- Lively town center with bars, restaurants and street food
- Canopy walk in the tea plantations
- Temple that is said to hold the Buddha's tooth
- Stunning beaches for water sports including diving
Kandy and Beyond
Sri Lanka, an island off the southern tip of India, is a land of great beauty and rich in culture. Our base in Kandy is in a very central location. Bars and restaurants, cake shops, markets, coffee shops and more can be found in the town, as can the street food vendors selling spicy local delicacies. If you’re keen to explore you’ll find adventures aplenty. You can head over to the nearby elephant orphanage, or go on safari to see leopards, elephants, jaguars and more. Trekking into the hills is fun too; just remember to pack your walking shoes. You can also take a stroll through the canopies of the tea plantations, or head to golden beaches for the water sports, diving, or simply to soak up the sun.
home away from home
When you land at the airport our team will be there to meet you with open arms. You’ll then be taken to the comfort of our private property in the city of Kandy. The house is open and airy, meaning plenty of space to find peace and quiet. The rooftop patio is where we host our famous weekly barbecues (be sure to look out for monkeys sprinting across the rooftops below). While you’re with us our ground teams will be on call to support you for the duration of your internship in Sri Lanka. Our skilled caterer will prepare your breakfast and dinner, taking into account any special dietary requirements you might have. To make sure you feel completely safe, our trained security guard watches over the house day and night, making it the perfect base for our internships in Sri Lanka.
ADD-ON: Ayurvedic Experience
Sri Lanka is the only location in our portfolio that offers this one-off experience. In a remote village, accompanied by a guide, you’ll learn the ancient art of Ayurveda, or ‘tree medicine’, from a master healer. As with add-ons in our other destinations, you’ll live with a host family for the duration of your stay. You’ll work with a traditional Ayurveda healer who has knowledge that has been passed down for generations. You will help him diagnose and treat ailments, and learn how to create Ayurveda medicines from plants and barks found in the jungle. This is the perfect complement for all Sri Lanka internships. In the afternoons you’ll take ox and cart rides, visit Ayurveda spas for full body massages, swim in the nearby lake at sunset, and a whole lot more.
As a hospital in a British colony island, it was clear that the opportunities would be the best; language barriers would not be an issue.
Rebecca Fawcett, University of Birmingham 2015Read more
One of the best parts about this trip on a social level is all the people you get to meet from all over the world
Megan Snider, Santa Barbara City College 2015Read more
We spent our weekends travelling and exploring Sri Lanka with the help of Work the World to organise the best ways to travel. We sipped tea amongst endless plantations, got amazing views from Little Adam’s Peak in Ella, snorkelled and enjoyed the sunshine in Trincomalee and explored Sri Lanka’s history at the cultural triangle.
Tasha Patel, University of Newcastle 2015Read more
The healthcare system is broadly the same as the NHS, which makes it easy to understand what is going on, however, the cultural differences are vast, making it an extraordinarily interesting experience.
Rebecca McCauley, University of Nottingham 2015Read more
What shocked me most was how late people would present with very serious illnesses and injuries and then perhaps be too late for curative treatment.
Erica Crothers, Charles University 2015Read more
Electives in Sri Lanka - Kandy
Dentistry in Sri Lanka
The experience you’ll get as a dentist in Sri Lanka is one of a kind. As soon as you set foot on the wards you’ll begin to understand what an opportunity working in a low resource environment like this really offers. Because students are able to rotate between departments on this placement, you’ll gain experience across a broad range of areas in your field. What’s more, the placement is normally offered on a one-to-one basis, meaning you’ll get special attention as long as you show your enthusiasm. Whether it be orthodontics, the outpatients department, maxillofacial or one of the other busy areas, the experience on offer here is second to none. Hit the ‘ENQUIRE NOW’ button to find out more.
Medicine in Sri Lanka
Practicing medicine in Sri Lanka will be a very different experience to what you’re used to in the UK. Doctors here are greatly respected as a result of the country’s caste system, which by extension you’ll also experience. But you will certainly still have to prove your worth among your peers. You’ll observe and treat cases of ailments uncommon in the UK such as Dengue fever and Typhoid, and severe injuries caused by a high number of road traffic accidents. You’ll also have the option to work across a range of departments including oncology, ICU, OBG, general medicine, general surgery and many more. Hit the ‘ENQUIRE NOW’ button to find out more.
Midwifery in Sri Lanka
Midwives in Sri Lanka will quickly understand the contrast between maternity at home versus the developing world. Working in our partner hospital’s fantastic OBG department you’ll see women giving birth with little to no pain relief whatsoever as a result of the high cost of medication. C-sections are also very common making up 40% of all births. Moreover, you’ll be working alongside a number of niche specialists who’ll impart their wisdom and experience upon you. Hit the ‘ENQUIRE NOW’ button to find out more.
Nursing in Sri Lanka
Our partner hospitals in Sri Lanka offer you the chance to gain extensive experience across a broad range of departments. It’s common for students to rotate through departments to get a more varied experience and a broader understanding of Sri Lanka’s healthcare system. It’s also the case that you’ll see instances of ailments that are either rare or non-existent in the UK, including dengue fever, tuberculosis, and malnutrition to name but a few.
Physiotherapy in Sri Lanka
On this exceptionally varied placement you’ll work in the Rheumatology Department’s Physiotherapy Unit. Across a number of areas including the neurosurgical ward (focusing mostly on respiratory cases), surgical ICU, and cardiothoracics, you’ll gain a wealth of experience unique to this destination. There is also an Outpatients Department in which you’ll help rehabilitate patients using basic gym equipment and other treatments. This OPD sees an average of 150 patients per day. Common complaints include cerebral palsy, stroke, fractures, burns, MSK, Guillain-Barre syndrome, and beyond. Hit the ‘ENQUIRE NOW’ button to find out more.