- Explore the city’s ancient Buddhist temples and stupas
- Go tea picking in the region’s vast and beautiful plantations
- Spot endangered wildlife on safari in the national parks
- Take a hot air balloon ride over the jungles of Dambulla
- Relax on unspoiled, white sand paradise beaches
ANURADHAPURA AND BEYOND
Housing more than 50 ancient Buddhist temples, shrines, and stupas, the sacred city of Anuradhapura truly deserves its title of UNESCO World Heritage Site. The new town is a different beast entirely. Bustling streetside markets, both local and international restaurants, bars, and festivals run by the charming Sri Lankan locals. Further afield you'll climb to the top of Sigiriya – an immense column of rock – to visit the palace ruins at its summit. Taking a sunrise hot air balloon ride over the jungles and paddy fields of Dambulla is also highly recommended. On safari you’ll see elephants, leopards, and a host of other big game. And finally, to experience tranquility, venture to the unspoiled, white sand beaches at Trincomalee – the only fitting description for them being ‘paradise on Earth’.
HOME AWAY FROM HOME
One of our of the locally-based ground team members will welcome you from the airport and shuttle you to the comfort of the spacious Work the World house. The house is in a prime location where you’ll have the chance to settle-in before your welcome briefing. The house is gated, and is exclusively for the use of Work the World students only. Your Programme Manager and their team of caterers and housekeepers will be in and around the house to help with your every need for the duration of your stay with us. Our chef – a culinary wizard – will produce delicious local dishes and familiar western favourites, not to mention the mouth-watering weekly house barbecues. We’ve left no stone unturned to bring you the most authentic experience possible.
In addition to your main placement in Anuradhapura, spending a week with a master Ayurveda practitioner offers a once in a lifetime experience. You’ll trek into the wilderness with an experienced guide to find a remote village in which you’ll learn the ancient art of Ayurveda, or ‘tree medicine’. Your teacher will be a skilled healer whose knowledge was passed to him by his father and his father before him. While in the village you’ll stay with our host family and, in the mornings, work with the healer to treat ailments by creating medicines from plants and barks found in the forest. Your afternoons will be filled with cultural activities like ox and cart rides, swimming in the local lake at sunset, and full body massages at Ayurveda spas. This truly will be a once-in-a-lifetime experience.
Electives in Sri Lanka - Anuradhapura
MEDICINE IN anuradhapura
Your placement in Anuradhapura will cast medicine in an entirely new light. The conditions you’ll observe will be an excellent example of this – dengue fever, typhoid, and frequent and severe injuries caused by a high volume of traffic accidents are common here. You’ll also have the chance to work across multiple departments like ICU, OBG, general medicine, general surgery, oncology, and beyond. It may surprise you to learn that doctors are even more highly regarded than their western counterparts. You will, however, have to display your own enthusiasm to prove your worth and have a placement you'll remember forever. Hit the green ‘ENQUIRE NOW’ button to find out more.
MIDWIFERY IN anuradhapura
There are a number of differences between practicing midwifery at home and in Sri Lanka. You’ll see women giving birth with little to no pain relief (medication is expensive), C-sections are also surprisingly common making up around 40% of all births. Despite the lack of resources our partner hospital’s OBG Department is a shining example of a department well-run. You’ll have the privilege of working with some of the country’s most experienced specialists who’ll be happy to share their knowledge and expertise with you. All you have to do is show enthusiasm and amazing opportunities will present themselves. Hit the green ‘ENQUIRE NOW’ button to find out more.
NURSING IN ANURADHAPURA
Nursing in Anuradhapura will provide you with the opportunity to get to grips with challenges typically faced by local healthcare professionals. working in our partner hospital, you’ll gain a wealth of experience across a spectrum of areas of interest. If you like, you can rotate through multiple departments to experience a more diverse placement both clinically speaking, and in terms of gaining a broader understanding of how departments interact. You’ll also observe cases that are either rare or entirely non-existent back at home – dengue fever, tuberculosis, and malnutrition to name but a few.
PHARMACY IN Anuradhapura
The dispensaries in our partner hospital serve a range of departments, including Surgical, Renal, Oncology, and Outpatient and Inpatient wards. You’ll have the chance to spend time in each of these. Preparing and dispensing medication in these departments will open your eyes to the challenges faced by professionals in your field when dealing with critically low resources. This could give you the opportunity to witness and assist local pharmacists working with various drugs, including those used in chemotherapy, and preparing ointments and lotions for patients. You could also help with the provision of surgical items to all units, and work in the drug stores, managing stocks and purchasing medicines.
RADIOGRAPHY IN anuradhapura
The Radiography Department in our partner hospital is relatively well-equipped. The machines the department has are far from state of the art, but the staff here don’t let that get in the way of providing an excellent level of care to patients. The services offered by this department come at a relatively affordable rate, meaning that even patients from the most dire financial backgrounds are able to receive care. The most interesting aspects of this placement will be that you’ll help diagnose rare conditions that will be completely alien to you, and observe instances of extremely advances cases. Hit the green ‘ENQUIRE NOW’ button at the top right of the page to find out more.
PHYSIOTHERAPY IN anuradhapura
Practicing in Anuradhapura will open your eyes to a side of physiotherapy you never knew existed. During the Sri Lankan Civil War there were vast numbers of amputations, and as such our partner hospital equipped itself with the country’s best and brightest to facilitate rehabilitation – you’ll have the privilege of working alongside these specialists on a daily basis. Typical cases you’ll see includes cerebral palsy, fractures, stroke, MSK, burns, and Guillain-Barre syndrome. The practices and equipment used by local specialists may surprise you – some rehabilitative tools may be entirely homemade, some innovative techniques you may take back home with you. To join one of the best teams in Sri Lanka, hit ‘ENQUIRE NOW’ to find out more.
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