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

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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.

electives in kandy 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.

Fawcett, Rebecca

Case Study

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 2015

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Snider, Megan

Case Study

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 2015

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Patel, Tasha

Case Study

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 2015

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Mccauley, Rebecca

Case Study

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 2015

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Crothers, Erica

Case Study

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 2015

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