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
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.
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.
Electives in Sri Lanka - Kandy
Dentistry in Sri Lanka
The experience you’ll get as a dentist in Sri Lanka is one of a kind. As soon as you set foot in our main partner hospital’s Dentistry Department, you’ll begin to understand what an opportunity working in a low resource environment like this really offers. The placement is in a small team environment, meaning you’ll get excellent supervision and access to a breadth of local knowledge. You’ll gain experience across a broad range of areas in your field, whether it be orthodontics, the outpatients department maxillofacial or one of the other busy areas. Hit the green ‘ENQUIRE NOW’ button to find out more.
Medicine in Sri Lanka
Practicing medicine in Sri Lanka will be a very different experience to what you’re used to in the UK. Doctors here are greatly respected as a result of the country’s caste system, which by extension you’ll also experience. But you will certainly still have to prove your worth among your peers. You’ll observe and treat cases of ailments uncommon in the UK such as Dengue fever and Typhoid, and severe injuries caused by a high number of road traffic accidents. You’ll also have the option to work across a range of departments including oncology, ICU, OBG, general medicine, general surgery and many more. Hit the ‘ENQUIRE NOW’ button to find out more.
Midwifery in Sri Lanka
Midwives in Sri Lanka will quickly understand the contrast between maternity at home versus the developing world. Working in our partner hospital’s fantastic OBG department you’ll see women giving birth with little to no pain relief whatsoever as a result of the high cost of medication. C-sections are also very common making up 40% of all births. Moreover, you’ll be working alongside a number of niche specialists who’ll impart their wisdom and experience upon you. Hit the ‘ENQUIRE NOW’ button to find out more.
Nursing in Sri Lanka
Our main partner hospital in Sri Lanka offers you the chance to gain extensive experience across a broad range of departments. It’s common for students to rotate through departments to get a more varied experience, and a broader understanding of Sri Lanka’s healthcare system. It’s also the case that you’ll see instances of ailments that are either rare or non-existent in the UK, including dengue fever, tuberculosis and malnutrition to name but a few. As the hospital is connected to a large nursing college in the city, you’ll have the chance to interact with local students, too. This will be great for exchanging skills and information that you’d otherwise miss.
Physiotherapy in Sri Lanka
On this exceptionally varied placement you’ll work in the Rheumatology Department’s Physiotherapy Unit. You will have access to a number of areas including the neurosurgical ward (focusing mostly on respiratory cases), surgical ICU and cardiothoracics, you’ll gain a wealth of experience unique to this destination. There is also an Outpatients Department in which you’ll help rehabilitate patients using basic gym equipment and other treatments. This OPD sees an average of 150 patients per day. Common complaints include cerebral palsy, stroke, fractures, burns, MSK, Guillain-Barre syndrome, and beyond. Hit the ‘ENQUIRE NOW’ button to find out more.
"Sri Lanka presented the opportunity for a different kind of cultural and educational immersion".
Edward Spraggon, University of Queensland 2016Read more
"I would recommend my placement with Work the World to others without a doubt".
Kate Henderson, University of Auckland 2015Read more
Spending time in the hospital has really improved my communication skills.
Christina Hitchen, University of Leeds 2015Read more
"I definitely broadened my horizons and had the trip of a lifetime doing so".
Abbigail Howson, 2015Read more
With an open mind your elective will be one of the most memorable experiences.
Rachael Yin Foo, University of Wollongong 2015Read more