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

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 practices and attitudes towards medicine in Sri Lanka may differ from what you’ve learned. Our partner hospital is also known for its extraordinarily broad range of ICUs including surgical ICU, medical ICU, cardiothoracic ICU, coronary care unit, and cardiac ICU. Treatments are free at the point of care for patients in Sri Lanka, but a lack of resources 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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Nursing electives in Sri Lanka

Radiography Electives

The radiology department in our partner hospital in Kandy is one of the few in Sri Lanka that offer all types of radiographic diagnostic services under one roof. This means the department is often busy despite being open 24/7. To give you some idea, on any given day, local staff can perform up to 400 X-rays, 150 CT scans, and 10 MRIs. Undertake your placement here and you can choose to rotate through any (or all) of the following: X-ray rooms, the dental X-ray department, the CT room, the MRI unit, the DSA unit, and the mammography unit.

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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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Biomedical Science Electives

In Kandy, tropical communicable diseases are common. You may even see cases of diseases that you have never even heard of — chikungunya and Chagas disease to name two. You will be familiar with some diagnostic equipment here, but other machines may be outdated when compared with what you’re used to back at home. Due to cultural and religious factors, the approaches and attitudes towards clinical practice in Sri Lanka might differ from what you've been accustomed to. Our partner hospital is also known for its intensive care facilities including a coronary care unit, and surgical, medical, cardiothoracic,, and cardiac ICUs.

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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

"Before I started placement, I was introduced to the hospital and staff, which really helped me overcome my anxieties about beginning my placement".

Lauren Grinstead, Manchester Metropolitan University 2024

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"I loved staying in the Work the World house and made so many new friends because of it!"

Emma Clementson, University of Edinburgh 2024

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"I undertook ward rounds with the consultant and assisted with examining patients. I spent time in the scanning room with one of the registrars, who explained a lot to me".

Iris Tournoy, Gent University 2024

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"Doctors are so revered in Sri Lankan culture that patients rarely speak against them or challenge them."

Daisy Tudball, Barts & The London School of Medicine & Dentistry 2022

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"My time in the hospital was really interesting. The saying ‘you only get out of it what you put into it’ could not be more accurate. I had the four best weeks of my life."

Michiel Notelaers , Universiteit Gent 2022

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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 10. Biomedical Science

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.