Join us on our Medicine internship in Sri Lanka and learn directly from doctors in busy hospitals. This is a great opportunity for you to learn about a different healthcare system than you’re used to. You’ll also add valuable work experience to your CV.
You can choose a specialty, or rotate through different hospital departments for a broader range of experiences. We also organise seminars where doctors teach you to diagnose, treat, or prevent different diseases.
Many disadvantaged people in Sri Lanka do not have regular access to basic healthcare. You’ll help us address this by taking part in regular medical outreaches. You’ll also work to raise awareness about important medical issues through educational workshops.
You’ll live and work in several coastal towns on this beautiful island nation. Discover a different way of life while living at your host family and explore all that Sri Lanka has to offer in your time off.
Children aged 3-14 must be accompanied by at least one adult paying full price
We offer discounts for families and groups of friends travelling together. Call us on 09 889 0587 for more info.
When you apply you only pay $495, which comes off the total price.
Looking to do more than one project? Call us on 09 889 0587 to see if we can offer a discount.
Completely flexible dates
Colombo , Panadura , Galle , Balapitiya (Read More)
Host family Read More
Anyone aged over 18 can join
What's included in the price?
Food (three meals a day)
Travel and medical insurance
Airport pick-up and drop-off
Full induction and orientation by an experienced staff member on arrival
Transport to and from your work placement
In-country support and 24-hour back-up from our team of full-time local staff
Emergency assistance from our international emergency response team
Project equipment and materials, including access to our database with thousands of resources
A supervisor/mentor at your work placement
Training and workshops from our experienced local staff
Regular social events and community activities with other volunteers and interns
Access to our local office with internet connection
Certification of project completion
Access to our alumni services and discounts
Visa support and advice
Fundraising support, including your own personalised fundraising website
Pre-departure preparation by your own specialist Volunteer Advisor
Personalised MyProjectsAbroad website, with all the information you need about your project, accommodation and destination
A free cultural awareness course
Membership to our volunteer social media groups, to share information and to get in touch
Support to help you complete registration or internship documents, if applicable
What's not included?
Visa costs (where applicable)
Medical Electives for Students
This project is also perfect for university medical and healthcare elective students. The real-world insight and knowledge you gain will help shape you as a future medical professional. You will also learn to work with different people and get a broader perspective of global healthcare systems and issues. This benefits your career for years to come. We can organise a placement that meets all of your university's requirements.
What will I do on this project?
With a range of observational and hands-on activities, this internship gives you a well-rounded medical experience abroad. You will be able to get involved in:
- Observe local doctors and medical staff during their rounds
- Participate in medical outreaches which serve disadvantaged communities
- Learn about traditional Ayurvedic medicine practices
- Raise awareness about important healthcare issues
Your work will focus on the following areas:
Observe local doctors and medical staff
Your main role on this internship will be to learn from doctors and other medical staff. You’ll have the chance to witness consultations and procedures, and ask questions about what you’ve seen. Wherever possible, doctors will take the time to explain what they are doing, and how they came to the diagnosis.
Participate in medical outreaches which serve rural communities
Get involved in practical work on our regular medical outreaches. These provide basic yet important medical care to members of disadvantaged communities, as well as free food and medication. They serve over 100 people at a time.
You’ll assist the doctors in checking vital signs such as blood pressure and sugar levels, and dispense medication under supervision.
Learn about traditional Ayurvedic medicine
We offer interns an exciting opportunity to learn more about traditional Ayurvedic medicine. Sri Lanka has special hospitals that are dedicated to this practice. Ayurvedic medicine is one of the world’s oldest medical traditions. You’ll get involved with preparing herbal medicine, caring for patients, working in the clinic, and much more.
Raise awareness about important healthcare issues
We also run educational outreaches and workshops in local schools and community centres. You’ll give presentations on specific healthcare issues, with the goal of raising awareness around prevention and treatment.
Where in Sri Lanka will I be working?
Interns in Colombo will work in the southern parts of this bustling city. Colombo is the former capital and the largest city. It’s also the financial hub of Sri Lanka, and a popular tourist destination.
You will be based in a major teaching hospital, a hospital focusing on women’s health, or a private hospital.
Located on the west coast of Sri Lanka, Panadura is an unusual town in that it is surrounded on all sides by water, namely the Indian Ocean and the Bolgoda lake and river. It’s situated 27 km from Colombo.
You will be placed at a local base hospital here or in a hospital focusing on women’s health. There is also the option to work at a hospital in a neighbouring town 18 km away.
Galle is a major Sri Lankan city, located at the southwestern tip of the country. It is situated 119 km from Colombo. Here you will have the chance to work at a major teaching hospital, or at a private one.
The old part of the town is a designated UNESCO heritage site, due to its historic fortifications and blend of European and South Asian architecture. It’s a charming city to explore in your time off, with a variety of beautiful buildings, museums, cafes, and small shops.
Balapitiya is another town on Sri Lanka’s west coast, and can be found 80 km south of Colombo. You will either work at a teaching hospital, or intern at a private one.
The town is situated next to two lakes, which together form the protected Madu Ganga wetland. Over 300 species have been discovered so far, with many more still to be encountered in the depths of the mangrove forests. Some of the country’s oldest temples can be found on the islands in the wetland area.
We set out the aims and objectives of our projects in documents called Management Plans. We use them to properly plan the work you’ll do. They also help us measure and evaluate our achievements and impact each year.
Ultimately, our Management Plans help us make our projects better. This in turn means you get to be part of something that makes a real impact where it’s needed. Read more about our Management Plans.
Measuring Our Impact
Our projects work towards clear long-term goals, with specific annual objectives. Every volunteer and intern we send to these projects helps us work towards these goals, no matter how long they spend on our projects.
Every year we take a step back and look at how much progress we've made towards these goals. We put together a Global Impact Report, which documents our achievements. Find out more about the impact our global community of volunteers, interns and staff make, and read the latest report.
I had always dreamt of going back and helping in any way that I could. Little did I know that making the decision to volunteer in Sri Lanka with Projects Abroad was going to become the best seven weeks of my life.
Medicine Internship in Sri Lanka
Working at this hospital was definitely very interesting as I had the chance to see variety of illnesses such as dengue fever, lots COPD cases and even a leprosy case.
Medicine Internship in Sri Lanka
Meet the team in Sri Lanka
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