Sri Lanka Kandy
City Population: 125,400
Attractions: TEMPLES, BEACHES AND SURFING
Sri Lanka has something to appeal to everyone. Adrenaline junkies will love the world-class surf, trekking and rafting whilst animal-lovers can swim with dolphins, spot sperm and blue whales on annual migration, watch sea turtles laying their eggs and track wild elephants in the National Parks. Cultural types will find the UNESCO heritage temples and famous pilgrimage sites enlightening and foodies will love the spice-laden cuisine.
Kandy is the perfect base from which to explore. At 500m altitude it feels a world away from the hot, humid coastline and the views are stunning. Students usually group together to trawl the antique and jewel markets by the lake, watch a Kandyan dance show or visit the Buddhist Temple of the Tooth. At weekends travelling further afield to enjoy the rest of Sri Lanka. If you are here during July / August you will be lucky enough to witness the festival of Esala Perahera – one of Asia’s biggest street parties complete with of dancing, drumming, fire-displays and elephant parades.
Food, accommodation and staff
In each of our destinations we have a large, secure Work the World house - your home for the duration of your placement. Our base in Kandy is modern and bright with stunning views over the beautiful lake around which the city is centred. Conveniently located within walking distance of the city centre, the house accommodates up to 36 students in comfortable, shared rooms, with large living rooms, outdoor verandas and a garden to relax in or brush up on the free Sinhala language classes.
The house has its own team of staff employed from the local community, available 24/7. Meals are included and we try to combine local specialities with home favourites to keep everyone happy and well fed. Specific dietary requests are catered for and the kitchen is always open for snacks and fresh drinking water. Once a week we run our famous Work the World barbecues.More about our team in Sri Lanka
Working with Kandy's hospitals and community
To make sure there is a bilateral benefit to our elective placements in Sri Lanka, and that the hospital staff working with out students are rewarded for their work, we make regular donations to departments on top of standard placement fees. We also sponsor English language lessons for staff and support local customs to show our appreciation.
Recently we invested in a much-needed photocopier machine for the nurses team:
"a very big thank you and express our deepest gratitude for donating us a wonderful photo copier. We have more than 1800 nurses and lot of documents related to their administration. Some times we failed to get any thing done. I struggled a lot with authorities for years and it was ignored and failed. Now within few seconds we can get it done our own".
Chief Nursing Officer (Matron)
In 2013, Work the World donated over $250,000 to our partner hospitals around the globe.
Ayurvedic Medicine Experience
Whilst the Western world may see Ayurvedic medicine as a complementary “relaxing” therapy, in Sri Lanka it is highly esteemed and often the favoured approach when it comes to treatment. Anything from stomach upsets to broken bones or cancers can be attended to by an Ayurvedic practitioner and you are likely to find patients in the hospital who have either tried this first or are using it in conjunction with any care they receive from the hospital.
We have developed a unique Ayurvedic Medicine Experience to help you understand why traditional treatment plays such a key role in Sri Lanka, identify with patients cultural needs and perhaps even recognize the cause of unusual symptoms. You will live in a rural village, working alongside a venerated Ayurvedic doctor in an orthopaedic hospital, whilst also enjoying the cultural side of living in a small Sri Lankan community.More about the Ayurvedic Medicine Experience
At the end of the day I walked back to the house feeling amazing because I had done something that I actually felt had made a difference
Emma Duckers, De Montfort University 2014Read More
I don't know if it was the friendly people, the beautiful beaches, the elephant rides, the crazy ‘tuk tuks’, the friends I made in the house or a little bit of everything, but I definitely fell in love with Sri Lanka.
Constanza Morales, Universidad Autónoma de Tamaulipas 2014Read More
Every day I find myself returning back to colorful and exciting memories and images of this trip
Alyssa Weissinger, D'Youville College 2014Read More