Anuradhapura Highlights

  • Discover ancient Buddhist temples and stupas
  • Explore magical tea plantations
  • Visit the region’s national parks
  • Marvel at the jungles of Dambulla from a hot air balloon
  • Unwind on beaches that stretch as far as the eye can see


  • Our famous internship tailoring service
  • Supervised clinical experience
  • Extensive pre-departure preparation
  • Support from in-country teams, 24/7
  • Private, spacious, catered housing
  • Free local language lessons


Home to a number of shrines, temples and stupas, the sacred city of Anuradhapura certainly lives up to its UNESCO World Heritage Site status. The friendly locals will proudly welcome you to its bustling markets, plethora of restaurants, bars, and festivals. Scale the epic Sigiriya – a towering column of orange rock – and discover the ruins of the historical palace that once existed at its summit. Take a journey in a hot air balloon at sunrise over the jungles and rice fields of Dambulla. In Wilpattu National Park you’ll get up close and personal with leopards, elephants and a whole host of other wild animals. Seek tranquillity at the endless golden sandy beaches of Trincomalee, the very epitome of paradise.


You’ll enjoy a warm welcome at the airport and be transported in comfort to the local Work the World house. Set in a central location in a popular city neighbourhood, you’ll have the opportunity to settle in before a thorough welcome briefing. For pace of mind our house is gated and exclusively designed for the use of Work the World students. Your every need for the duration of your stay with us will be taken care of. Our chef – a local culinary expert – will take care of breakfast and dinner, producing mouth-watering local dishes and familiar favourites, not to mention the popular weekly house barbecues. Your comfort and enjoyment is our top priority and we’ve gone the extra mile to ensure your time at the house is as relaxed as possible.

Anuradhapura, Sri Lanka

Ayurveda Add-on

In addition to your main placement in Anuradhapura, spending a week with a master Ayurveda practitioner offers a once in a lifetime experience. Opt for this life changing experience that allows you to venture into the wilderness with an experienced local guide in search of a remote settlement. Here you’ll learn the ancient art of Ayurveda, or ‘tree medicine’, from a wise and talented healer whose knowledge has been passed down from generations before. Whilst here you’ll stay with our host family and, in the mornings, work with the healer to diagnose and treat ailments with remedies found naturally in the surrounding forests. Your afternoons will be taken up with invigorating activities such as ox and cart rides, sunset lake swimming and full body massages at spas specializing in Ayurveda practices. It’s a truly life changing experience to be treasured forever.

Internships in Sri Lanka - Anuradhapura

Emmerson, Claire

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"My advice to someone considering a Work the World placement is absolutely do it! It’s one of the most amazing experiences!"

Claire Emmerson, University of Hertfordshire 2017

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Flowers, Shannon

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"The consultant I worked with was fantastic. He took me under his wing and treated me as a trainee psychiatrist".

Shannon Flowers, Staffordshire University 2017

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Jane Cooper, Trinity College Dublin 2016

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