Electives in Anuradhapura
- Spot endangered wildlife on safari in the national parks
- Explore the city’s ancient Buddhist Temples and stupas
- Go tea picking in the region’s vast and beautiful plantations
- Take a hot air balloon ride over the jungles of Dambulla
- Relax on unspoiled, white sand beaches
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.
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 home comforts for breakfast, lunch and dinner. And don’t worry — they accommodate 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 extra 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.
- 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.
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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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