Anuradhapura Highlights

  • Explore the city’s ancient Buddhist temples and stupas
  • Go tea picking in the region’s vast and beautiful plantations
  • Spot endangered wildlife on safari in the national parks
  • Take a hot air balloon ride over the jungles of Dambulla
  • Relax on unspoiled, white sand paradise beaches


  • Our famous elective tailoring service
  • Supervised clinical experience
  • Extensive pre-departure preparation
  • Support from in-country teams, 24/7
  • Private, spacious, catered housing
  • Free local language lessons


Housing more than 50 ancient Buddhist temples, shrines, and stupas, the sacred city of Anuradhapura truly deserves its title of UNESCO World Heritage Site. The new town is a different beast entirely. Bustling streetside markets, both local and international restaurants, bars, and festivals run by the charming Sri Lankan locals. Further afield you'll climb to the top of Sigiriya – an immense column of rock – to visit the palace ruins at its summit. Taking a sunrise hot air balloon ride over the jungles and paddy fields of Dambulla is also highly recommended. On safari you’ll see elephants, leopards, and a host of other big game. And finally, to experience tranquility, venture to the unspoiled, white sand beaches at Trincomalee – the only fitting description for them being ‘paradise on Earth’.


One of our of the locally-based ground team members will welcome you from the airport and shuttle you to the comfort of the spacious Work the World house. The house is in a prime location where you’ll have the chance to settle-in before your welcome briefing. The house is gated, and is exclusively for the use of Work the World students only. Your Programme Manager and their team of caterers and housekeepers will be in and around the house to help with your every need for the duration of your stay with us. Our chef – a culinary wizard –  will produce delicious local dishes and familiar western favourites, not to mention the mouth-watering weekly house barbecues. We’ve left no stone unturned to bring you the most authentic experience possible.

Anuradhapura, Sri Lanka


In addition to your main placement in Anuradhapura, spending a week with a master Ayurveda practitioner offers a once in a lifetime experience. You’ll trek into the wilderness with an experienced guide to find a remote village in which you’ll learn the ancient art of Ayurveda, or ‘tree medicine’. Your teacher will be a skilled healer whose knowledge was passed to him by his father and his father before him. While in the village you’ll stay with our host family and, in the mornings, work with the healer to treat ailments by  creating medicines from plants and barks found in the forest. Your afternoons will be filled with cultural activities like ox and cart rides, swimming in the local lake at sunset, and full body massages at Ayurveda spas. This truly will be a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

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Anuradhapura, Sri Lanka
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Anuradhapura, Sri Lanka

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