Sri Lanka has something for everyone. Adrenaline junkies will love the world-class surf, trekking and rafting whilst animal-lovers can swim with dolphins and track wild elephants in the national parks. Into history and culture? The UNESCO temples are something to behold. There are even a few tropical beaches thrown in for good measure.
Sri Lanka Highlights
- Take a safari through untamed jungle to spot leopards, jaguars and more
- Explore the town’s bars, restaurants and traditional street food
- Visit lush tea plantations to get a sense of rural life
- Visit an ancient temple said to hold the Buddha‘s tooth
- Unwind on paradise beaches at the weekend
The Work The World House
Our house in Kandy will be a hub of activity throughout your internship overseas. Think of it as your home from home. You will share the house with other healthcare students from around the world, which gives the house a lively atmosphere.
You’ll find the Kandy house at the heart of the city, just a stone’s throw from Kandy Lake.
Outside the house, you can hop into a tuk tuk and zip off to visit ancient temples, cool off in a hotel pool, ride up to the Big Buddha statue to watch the sunset over the bustling city below, and have some fun in the local bars and restaurants.
The house itself is open and airy, which is perfect for the warm climate.
The layout also offers plenty of social areas in which you and your housemates can unwind after a day on the wards.
Management team: Based in the house, they oversee your entire Work the World experience — 24/7 — from the moment you land to the moment you leaveCatering team: cook a variety of both local cuisine and familiar home comforts, accommodating all dietary requirementsHousekeeper: keeps the house clean and tidy from top to bottom, making sure you're comfortableLanguage teacher: visits the house twice per-week. During their lessons, you’ll learn everyday phrases and clinical terminology to help you get more from your overseas internshipSecurity team: Monitor the house 24/7 for extra peace of mind
Support in the Hospital
Before you officially start, our Kandy team will take you to look around your internship hospital. You’ll meet your supervisors and other staff from the departments you’ll be spending time in. This will help you adjust a little before diving in.
The team will come back to visit you at intervals right the way through your placement. This is just to make sure you’re getting what you need from the experience and everything is running smoothly.
We will assign your clinical supervisors before your internship start date. Build rapport with them and they’ll give you insight into the healthcare system in a way that only a local practitioner is able.
The fundamental idea is that we support you all the way through your clinical internship, if and when you need it.
Internships in Kandy
In addition to your main placement in Kandy, spending an optional week at our Ayurveda Experience is a must. Each morning, you’ll head to the small local forest clinic. This is where you’ll learn about the ancient healing art of Ayurveda. The (world-famous) local doctor is a skilled healer who creates medicines from plants and barks. Each afternoon you’ll take part in activities like canoe trips along narrow jungle rivers, ox and cart rides, wild elephant safaris and even full-body massages at an Ayurvedic spa.
"Doctors are so revered in Sri Lankan culture that patients rarely speak against them or challenge them."
Daisy Tudball, Barts & The London School of Medicine & Dentistry 2022Read more
"My time in the hospital was really interesting. The saying ‘you only get out of it what you put into it’ could not be more accurate. I had the four best weeks of my life."
Michiel Notelaers , Universiteit Gent 2022Read more
"The hospital staff were really welcoming and keen to get me involved. Most spoke really good English, and it was fascinating that all patient notes were in English too."
Samantha Jolliffe , University of Surrey 2022Read more
"I was fortunate enough to be able to go overseas as part of my degree, but I would recommend going overseas on a nursing placement to anyone!"
Charlotte Tincknell, Kingston University 2022Read more
"There were stark differences when it came to confidentiality, privacy and dignity."
Jennifer Pilling, Manchester Metropolitan University 2019Read more
What healthcare disciplines do Work the World cater for?
Work the World organize short-term educational healthcare internships for the following disciplines: 1. Nursing and Midwifery 2. Medical 3. Physical Therapy 4. Radiology 5. Pharmacy 6. Dentistry 7. Occupational Therapy 8. Paramedicine
WHAT IS THE WORK THE WORLD HOUSE LIKE IN SRI LANKA?
Our house in Sri Lanka is situated in the heart of the city of Kandy. The house itself is open and airy - perfect for the warm climate, and there are plenty of social areas for you and your housemates to unwind after a day on placement.
WHAT TRAVELLING OPPORTUNITIES ARE THERE FOR ME WHILST I’M IN SRI LANKA?
Sri Lanka has something for everyone. Adrenaline junkies will love the surf, trekking and rafting whilst animal-lovers can swim with dolphins and track wild elephants in the national parks. There are even a few tropical beaches thrown in for good measure.
How much does it cost to do a Work the World internship?
Costs vary depending on where you go and the duration. Details of inclusions and costs can be found here.