Electives in Anuradhapura

Nursing Electives, Sri Lanka (Anuradhapura)


Nursing in Anuradhapura will provide you with the opportunity to get to grips with challenges typically faced by local healthcare professionals. We’ll place you in our partner hospital where you’ll gain experience across a spectrum of areas. 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. Please note that we cater to all branches of nursing.

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Medical Electives, Sri Lanka (Anuradhapura)


In Anuradhapura, cerebrovascular diseases, diabetes, and cancer are all prevalent. Tobacco and alcohol abuse have increased in recent years, so you are also likely to see many acute respiratory infections and severe cardiovascular conditions. Areas you can rotate through include ICU, OBG, general medicine, ENT general surgery and oncology. Late patient presentation means you’ll see cases much further advanced than you're used to. Other specialist areas include the vascular transplant unit, paediatric surgery, neurosurgery, and the busy nephrology and renal transplant unit.

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Midwifery Electives, Sri Lanka (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 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 well-run department. You’ll have the privilege of being placed alongside some of the country’s most experienced specialists and they’ll be happy to share their knowledge and expertise with you. All you have to do is show enthusiasm and opportunities will present themselves.

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Physiotherapy Electives, Sri Lanka (Anuradhapura)

Physiotherapy ELECTIVES

Practicing in Anuradhapura will open your eyes to a side of physiotherapy you didn’t know 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 spent time alongside these specialists each day. Typical cases you’ll see include 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.

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Radiography Electives, Sri Lanka (Anuradhapura)

Radiography ELECTIVES

The radiography department in our partner hospital is relatively well-equipped. The machines in the department are far from state of the art, but the staff here don’t let that get in the way of providing a reasonable level of care to patients. The services offered by this department are free, meaning even patients from the most dire financial backgrounds are able to receive care. Perhaps the most interesting aspects of this placement are that you could see rare conditions that may be completely unfamiliar to you, and observe instances of extremely advances cases.

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Pharmacy Electives, Sri Lanka (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, spending time in the drug stores, managing stocks and purchasing medicines.

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Medical Electives, Sri Lanka (Anuradhapura)

Occupational Therapy ELECTIVES

Our partner teaching hospital in Anuradhapura houses a relatively new occupational therapy unit. A large number of patients come through each day due to the lack of provision for occupational therapy in the surrounding area. You can also attend a paediatric psychiatry clinic on Saturdays (if you choose), and in the physiotherapy department, learning in conjunction with a speech pathologist and the physiotherapists.

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The Work The World House

Acting as your home from home, our house in Anuradhapura plays a central role in your overseas experience. You'll live with other healthcare students from countries all over the world and this gives the house a friendly, social feel.

The house is on a peaceful tree-lined street from which you can visit Anuradhapura’s most interesting sights — Whether you want to hire a bike and cycle around the ruins of the ancient city, or you want go to a bar in the evening.

The house itself is a haven — after placement, head to the rooftop, climb into a hammock and soak up some sun.

Or if you prefer, you can access the pool and bar of a local hotel just a short walk along the road.

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In-Country Team

Management team: Based in the house, they oversee your entire Work the World experience — 24/7 — from the moment you land to the moment you leaveCatering team: Cook a variety of both local cuisine and familiar home comforts, accommodating all dietary requirementsHousekeeper: Keeps the house clean and tidy from top to bottom, making sure you're comfortableLanguage teacher: Visits the house twice per-week. During their lessons, you’ll learn everyday phrases and clinical terminology to help you get more from your placementSecurity team: Monitor the house 24/7 for your peace of mind

Support in the Hospital

Before you begin your placement, the team in Anuradhapura will take you to your placement hospital. They’ll introduce you to key department staff and your supervisors, and take you on a tour to help you find your feet. In fact, you’ll regularly see the Anuradhapura team in the hospital. They’ll visit while you’re on placement to ensure everything meets your expectations.

Before your placement is due to start, we’ll assign your clinical supervisors. They key is to build rapport with them so they’ll offer insight into local conditions and practices that only a local practitioner can.

The bottom line is we’ve got you covered. We offer support all the way through your clinical placement as and when you need it.

Anuradhapura, Sri Lanka


What's included?

  • Supervised hospital placement
  • Private catered accommodation 
  • Dedicated placement coordinator
  • 24/7 in-country team
  • Language lessons
  • Airport pickup

*Prices below are in addition to a £300 registration fee.

Destinations 2 Weeks 3 Weeks 4 Weeks 5 Weeks 6 Weeks Extra Week

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£1490 £1640 £1790 £1940 £2090 £350


In addition to your main placement in Anuradhapura, spending a week at our Ayurveda village really is an experience you will never forget. While living in Sri Lanka you'll notice that many people combine modern healthcare with more traditional treatments, such as Ayurvedic medicine. Each morning you’ll head to the small rural clinic where you’ll learn the ancient art of Ayurveda. The doctor is a skilled healer who creates medicines from plants and barks found in the forest. Each afternoon, you’ll take part in cultural activities such as canoe trips through the jungle, ox and cart rides, wild elephant safaris and full body massages at Ayurvedic spas.


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"I found it shocking to see two patients treated in one theatre at the same time."

Gladys Oris, Staffordshire University 2019

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"It was a real culture shock... I found it pretty shocking to see 2 patients being treated in theatre at the same time".

Claire Webb, University of Brighton 2018

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"In some wards there were two patients to a bed. Sometimes there were patients on the floor."

Olivia Ritchie, Glasgow Caledonian University 2018

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"The lack of privacy and confidentiality offered to patients was a shock..."

Faizah Jamil, University of Birmingham 2018

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"I even attended a clinic at a local prison with the hospital’s Psychiatric Consultant."

Bethan Mcelroy, Anglia Ruskin University 2018

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