Kandy and Beyond

  • Kandy is… “A buzzing Buddhist heartland set amid verdant valleys as far as the eye can see.”
  • Go on safari to spot wild elephants, and relax on  paradise beaches along the coast
  • Explore vast tea plantations across the country
  • Climb Sigiriya rock for a panorama that stretch to the mountains on the horizon
  • Local culture is steeped in tradition, and Kandyan people will be pleased to share it with you
  • Ayurveda Week: Spend an extra week in Sri Lanka learning about traditional herbal medicine in a remote village’s Ayurvedic clinic


Our Kandy house is situated in a secluded residential area. The large rooftop offers stunning views of green forested hills and Kandy Lake. The house is big and has an airy, open feel inside — perfect for socialising after placement, whether that’s over a meal in the dining room, or relaxing on the sofas in the lounge areas.

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.

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In addition to your main placement in Kandy, spending a week at our Ayurveda experience really is something you won’t forget. During your time in Kandy you'll notice that many people combine modern healthcare with more traditional treatments, such as Ayurvedic medicine. Throughout the week, each morning you’ll head to the small health clinic where you’ll learn the ancient art of Ayurvda. The doctor is a skilled healer who creates medicines from plants and barks.

Each afternoon you’ll take part in cultural activities such as canoe trips through dense jungle, ox and cart rides, wild elephant safaris and even full body massages at Ayurvedic spas.

Spices, dried food and cereals, Nepal

Electives in Sri Lanka - Kandy

Katherine Hughes

"I loved experiencing a new and vibrant culture in a beautiful country that is so different to mine and meeting so many wonderful people".

Kathryn Hughes, Cardiff University 2017

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Meijerink, Joost

"This was definitely my biggest adventure yet, and a decision I will never regret!"

Joost Meijerink, Hanze Hogeschool 2017

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Lowery, Ashley

"Work the World exceeded every expectation. I made amazing friends, and had unforgettable experiences. It was better than I could have possibly imagined!"

Ashley Lowery, Michigan State University 2017

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Cook, Melissa

"It was the best thing I’ve ever done, and I wish I could go back and do it all over again."

Melissa Cook, Dundee University 2017

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Ed Spraggon

"Sri Lanka presented the opportunity for a different kind of cultural and educational immersion".

Edward Spraggon, University of Queensland 2016

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