• 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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Electives in Sri Lanka - Anuradhapura

"Both the team and the other students I met in Sri Lanka became like a second family to me..."

Rebecca McGrath, Australian Catholic University 2018

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"My trip to Sri Lanka was just incredible. I learnt so much and made some incredible new friends along the way."

Erica Patterson, Monash University 2018

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"The Work the World house was truly a home from home, the staff ensured that it felt comfortable and allowed us to just treat it like a home."

Amy Hindle, University of Central Lancashire 2018

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"I learnt so much that I have taken back to my healthcare practice in the UK, and I made friends for life."

Isabelle Lunn, University of Manchester 2017

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"My one piece of advice for anyone considering the Ayurvedic week is to go in with an open mind"

Ashley Lowery - VILLAGE HEALTHCARE EXPERIENCE, Michigan State University 2017

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