Sri Lanka Highlights

  • Go on safaris through the country’s beautiful jungle
  • Explore the peaceful town to enjoy bars, restaurants and street food
  • Help wash elephants in the nearby elephant orphanage
  • Visit an ancient temples said to hold the Buddha's tooth
  • Paradise beaches and water sports including diving


  • Our famous elective 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 commonly known as the Teardrop of India, is a land of great beauty and is rich in culture. Our base in Kandy is in a very central location. A number of unique bars, restaurants, and food and craft markets 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. For example 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 lush 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. We have two beautiful houses in the city, which are 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 elective in Sri Lanka. Our skilled chefs 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 guards watch over the houses day and night, making Kandy the perfect base for our electives 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. Sri Lanka is the only location in our portfolio that offers this one-off experience. In a remote village, accompanied by a guide, you’ll learn the ancient art of Ayurveda or ‘tree medicine’ from a master healer. You’ll live with a welcoming host family for the duration of your stay. During the mornings you’ll work with a traditional Ayurveda healer who has knowledge that has been passed down for generations. You will help diagnose and treat ailments, and learn how to create Ayurvedic medicines from plants and barks found in the jungle. This is the perfect complement for all Sri Lanka electives. 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.

Spices, dried food and cereals, Nepal
Spices, dried food and cereals, Nepal

Electives in Sri Lanka - Kandy

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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Hitchen, Christina

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Spending time in the hospital has really improved my communication skills.

Christina Hitchen, University of Leeds 2015

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Howson, Abbigail

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"I definitely broadened my horizons and had the trip of a lifetime doing so".

Abbigail Howson, 2015

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Yin Foo, Rachael

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With an open mind your elective will be one of the most memorable experiences.

Rachael Yin Foo, University of Wollongong 2015

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