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


  • 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

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


In addition to your main placement in Kandy, spending a week with a master Ayurveda practitioner offers a once in a lifetime 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.

Internships in Sri Lanka - Kandy

Meijerink, Joost

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"This was definitely my biggest adventure yet, and a decision I will never regret!"

Joost Meijerink, Hanze Hogeschool 2017

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Lowery, Ashley

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"Work the World exceeded every expectation. I made amazing friends, and had unforgettable experiences. It was better than I could have possibly imagined!"

Ashley Lowery, Michigan State University 2017

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Cook, Melissa

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"It was the best thing I’ve ever done, and I wish I could go back and do it all over again."

Melissa Cook, Dundee University 2017

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Ed Spraggon

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"Sri Lanka presented the opportunity for a different kind of cultural and educational immersion".

Edward Spraggon, University of Queensland 2016

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"I would recommend my placement with Work the World to others without a doubt".

Kate Henderson, University of Auckland 2015

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