• Anuradhapura is… ‘A UNESCO World Heritage site rich in Buddhist history, culture and breathtaking natural beauty.’
  • Explore the city’s candlelit Buddhist temples by night and get blessed by local monks
  • Go tea picking in the plantations, spot wildlife on safari, and take scenic train journeys through the hills
  • Soak up sun on paradise beaches and swim with reef sharks and sea turtles
  • Sri Lankan’s are a light-hearted people. You’ll be encouraged to join in local traditions, festivities and feasts
  • Ayurveda Week: Spend an extra week learning about herbal medicine in a village’s Ayurvedic clinic
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The Anuradhapura house is located on a tree-lined street in a charming neighbourhood in this historical city. There’s an indoor courtyard on the ground floor and an outdoor rooftop where you can relax with a book and sunbathe in a hammock after placement. A hub of activity, there are comfortable bedrooms as well as well-furnished communal chill-out areas where you can socialise with new friends.

Your Programme Manager and their assistant run the house and will provide 24/7 support. You’ll also have a housekeeper, a chef who’ll cook you two incredible meals every day (weekly BBQ nights are a lot of fun), and a language teacher who hosts lessons twice a week.

Anuradhapura, Sri Lanka


In addition to your main placement in Anuradhapura, spending a week at our Ayurveda experience 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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Elizabeth Rix, University of Nottingham 2018

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Sarah Turner, Cardiff University 2018

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Keira Gee and Maddi Rosindale, University of Lincoln 2018

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