Sri Lanka has something for everyone. Adrenaline junkies will love the world-class surf, trekking and rafting whilst animal-lovers can swim with dolphins and track wild elephants in the national parks. Into history and culture? The UNESCO temples are something to behold. There are even a few tropical beaches thrown in for good measure.

The Work The World House

Our house in Kandy will be a focal point during your trip with us to Sri Lanka. You can think of it as your home away from home. You’ll live with other healthcare students and graduates from around the world and this gives the house a lively, social character.

Our Kandy house is situated in the heart of the city and a stone’s throw from Kandy Lake.

Hop in a tuk tuk just outside the house and you can visit ancient temples, have fun in the local bars and restaurants, cool off in a hotel pool, or ride up to the Big Buddha statue to watch the sunrise over the bustling city below.

The house itself is open and airy — perfect for the warm climate — and there are plenty of social areas for you and your housemates to unwind after a day on placement.

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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 start your placement, our team in Kandy will take you to your hospital. They’ll introduce you to your supervisors (and other staff you’ll be spending time with), which will help you settle in. From then on, the team will visit you throughout the rest of your placement. This is to make sure things are running smoothly.

We will assign your in-hospital supervisors prior to the start of your placement. If you’re willing to build rapport with them, your supervisors will give you insight into the healthcare system that only a local practitioner can.

The fundamental point is that we support right the way through your clinical placement if and when you need it.

Medical electives in Sri Lanka


Our programmes are open! You can book your Work the World overseas placement with total confidence. Once you’ve secured your space, you can make unlimited changes to your travel dates, absolutely free.

You’ll find peace of mind in the knowledge that our well-established safety measures help mitigate the risks associated with Covid, whichever destination you travel to. This is because our safety blueprint gives us control over each and every aspect of your experience from your in-country team's safety training to sanitisation of your private accommodation.

Need a last-minute placement? We have developed a fast-track that lets us plan and build you a world-class trip, faster than ever.


Electives in Kandy

Nursing electives in Sri Lanka

Nursing Electives

Our partner hospital in Kandy is huge, and you can get experience in a range of departments. The hospital has many specialist ICUs you can get experience in including: surgical, medical, cardiothoracics, the coronary care unit, psychiatry, OBG, and general medicine. When it comes to patients, you’ll see people present conditions that are either rare or non-existent in the UK. These could include tropical infectious diseases like dengue fever, chikungunya, and chagas, or things like tuberculosis and malnutrition.

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Medical electives in Sri Lanka

Medical Electives

In Kandy, you can get experience in departments including psychiatry, surgery, OBG, and general medicine among others. For cultural and religious reasons, the practises and attitudes towards medicine in Sri Lanka may differ from what you’ve learnt. Our partner hospital is also known for its extraordinarily broad range of ICUs including: surgical ICU, medical ICU, cardiothoracic ICU, the coronary care unit, and cardiac ICU. Treatments are free at the point of care for patients in Sri Lanka, but a lack of resource is still a real challenge for local staff. Our medical electives in Sri Lanka offer you the experience of a lifetime.

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Midwifery electives in Sri Lanka

Midwifery Electives

Our partner hospital in Kandy is a tertiary referral hospital so it sees a lot of complicated pregnancies. To give you some idea of the numbers, c-sections make up around 40% of all births in the country. You can actually see what this looks like as a midwifery student in Sri Lanka by spending time in one of the theatres dedicated to OBG cases. You might also want to rotate through wards like antenatal, labour, and postnatal wards, and the premature baby unit. You have access to the hospital’s lactation management centre too.

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Dentistry electives in Sri Lanka

Dentistry Electives

The dentistry department at our partner hospital is separated out into four units — the OPD, restorative dentistry, orthodontics and maxillofacial. The department offers a range of treatments like root canal treatment, wisdom tooth removal, restorations, pulpectomies, and infection management. You’ll see equipment like cavitrons, drilling machines, and sterilisers, and curing lights have recently been introduced. The maxillofacial unit provides routine oral surgeries, major oral surgeries like cleft lip and palate surgeries, and some emergency surgeries. If you spend any time in maxillofacial, you will probably see cases of oral cancer too.

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Physiotherapy electives in Sri Lanka

Physiotherapy Placements

Physiotherapy in Sri Lanka lets you experience a very different healthcare system. You'll do your placement in our partner hospital’s rheumatology department. You’ll technically be under the physiotherapy unit, but you can spend time in the neurosurgical ward, surgical ICU, and cardiothoracics too. There’s also an OPD where you can help rehabilitate patients using a variety of treatments. You’ll get plenty of experience with equipment and treatments here — short wave diathermy, exercise machines, interferential therapy, infrared lamps, mechanical traction units (back & neck), wax baths, and ultrasound therapy among them. Patients present a huge range of conditions including cerebral palsy, stroke, fractures, burns, MSK, and Guillain-Barre syndrome.

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In addition to your main placement in Kandy, spending an optional week at our Ayurveda Experience is something you won’t forget. Each morning you’ll head to the small health clinic where you’ll learn the ancient art of Ayurveda. The doctor is a skilled healer who creates medicines from plants and barks.

Each afternoon you’re free to take part in activities like canoe trips along narrow jungle rivers, ox and cart rides, wild elephant safaris and even full body massages at an Ayurvedic spa.


Medical electives in Sri Lanka
Medical electives in Sri Lanka

"I was fortunate enough to be able to go overseas as part of my degree, but I would recommend going overseas on a nursing placement to anyone!"

Charlotte Tincknell, Kingston University 2022

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"There were stark differences when it came to confidentiality, privacy and dignity."

Jennifer Pilling, Manchester Metropolitan University 2019

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"My experience in OBG opened my eyes to the resilience of local patients."

Isobel Butler, Bournemouth University 2019

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"It struck me how forward thinking the staff were."

Lucy Simpson, Leeds Beckett University 2019

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"I came home realising that despite being overstretched and understaffed, their system works."

Siwan Jones, Cardiff University 2019

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What healthcare disciplines do Work the World cater for?

Work the World organise supervised healthcare electives for the following disciplines: - 1. Nursing (all branches) 2. Medical 3. Midwifery 4. Physiotherapy 5. Radiography 6. Pharmacy 7. Dentistry 8. Occupational Therapy 9. Paramedic Science

What other countries can I travel to on a Work the World elective?

Work the World provides a huge variety of flexible placement opportunities throughout Asia, Africa and Latin America. These include 1. Tanzania 2. Zambia  3. Ghana 4. Vietnam 5. Mexico 6. The Philippines 7. Nepal

What is the Work the World house like in Sri Lanka

Our house in Sri Lanka is situated in the heart of the city of Kandy. The house itself is open and airy -  perfect for the warm climate, and there are plenty of social areas for you and your housemates to unwind after a day on placement.

What travelling opportunities are there for me whilst I’m in Sri Lanka?

Sri Lanka has something for everyone. Adrenaline junkies will love the surf, trekking and rafting whilst animal-lovers can swim with dolphins and track wild elephants in the national parks. There are even a few tropical beaches thrown in for good measure.