Electives in Kandy

Nursing Electives, Sri Lanka (Kandy)

Nursing Electives

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. Please note that we cater to all branches of nursing.

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Medical Electives, Sri Lanka (Kandy)

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.

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Midwifery Electives, Sri Lanka (Kandy)

Midwifery Electives

As a midwifery student in Sri Lanka, you’ll quickly understand the contrast between maternity at home versus in a developing country. Spending time in our partner hospital’s fantastic OBG department you’ll see women giving birth with little to no pain relief whatsoever. This comes as a result of the high cost of medication. C-sections are also common, making up around 40% of all births in the country. You’ll also learn from a number of local specialists whose wisdom and experience you can tap into.


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Dentistry Electives, Sri Lanka (Kandy)

Dentistry Electives

The experience you’ll get as a dental student in Sri Lanka is unique. As soon as you set foot in our main partner hospital’s dentistry department, you’ll begin to understand the experience a low resource setting offers. This placement is in a small team environment, meaning you’ll get excellent access to a breadth of local knowledge. You’ll gain experience across a range of areas in your field, whether that be orthodontics, the outpatients department, maxillofacial or all of the above.

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Physiotherapy Electives, Sri Lanka (Kandy)

Physiotherapy Placements

On this exceptionally varied placement you’ll undertake your placement in the rheumatology department’s physiotherapy unit. With access to a number of areas including the neurosurgical ward, surgical ICU and cardiothoracics, you’ll gain a wealth of experience unique to this destination. There is also an OPD 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.

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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 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 meeting your expectations each and every day.

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.

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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

Sri Lanka Kandy

£1590 £1740 £1890 £2040 £2190 £350


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’ll 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.


Spices, dried food and cereals, Nepal

"I had many preconceptions about what medicine in a Sri Lanka would be like. Most of them turned out not to be true."

Anthony Green, University of Warwick 2019

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"I made incredible memories and it was a once in a lifetime opportunity with amazing people."

Sophie Dye, University of Nottingham 2019

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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.  Their vision was to create independence and improve life skills with recreational activities"

Lucy Simpson, Leeds Beckett University 2019

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