With its diverse landscapes ranging from rainforest, to arid plains, to highlands and sandy beaches, Sri Lanka is truly magical.
Historically this beautiful country has been run by the British, Portuguese and Dutch, gaining independence in 1948, all of whom have left their mark. It is now a democracy that continues to make economic progress, moving on rapidly from the 2004 tsunami and the tensions of the last decade. Sri Lanka is now a peaceful, safe destination for travelers and many international travel magazines have selected Sri Lanka as a go to destination.
It’s famed for its ancient Buddhist ruins, the city of Anuradhapura, the fort of Galle, rolling tea estates, national parks, jackfruit curry and, of course, cricket. Whether you are talking to a Buddhist monk or a kid they will want to find out which team you support.
Our medical internships are based in hospitals in Balapitiya, Galle, Kalubowila and Kalutara and are set up to provide ‘observational’ experience in general medicine, obstetrics, maternity, ENT, paediatrics and ETU. We aim for you to rotate on a weekly basis through the departments so you can be exposed to and gain experience in each.
On arrival you will be appointed to a project co-ordinator who will arrange your schedule, taking into account your preferences.
Medical Outreach Workshops
We also organize regular medical outreach workshops to give you a greater understanding of the medical system in Sri Lanka.
Our outreach workshops are run monthly in rural community centres and provide an opportunity for local people to come and seek basic medical advice and food, free of charge.
Here you will have the opportunity to give basic medical checks for the local community, whilst being supervised and supported by qualified doctors.
There will also be the opportunity to visit schools and centers to give presentations and raise awareness about various healthcare issues.
Minimum age is 18, no experience required.
The main office is about an hour outside Colombo where the Country Director and all members of staff base themselves.All our staff are trained in the UK and in-country to follow best practice procedures, including monitoring, security, and emergency procedures.
The office acts as a general meeting point for all the volunteers.Our overseas staff organize the details of our projects and accommodation to ensure everything is running smoothly.
They are there to assist with any concerns, problems, advice, and general administration that may arise during your time away - available during the day at the office and directly contactable 24 hours a day by phone.
On arrival you will appointed with a project supervisor who will go through your ‘induction’, work schedule and will be your first point of contact.
Your induction will include: • A Welcome Pack with details of the local office and other volunteers, maps, and other useful information (such as banks, doctors, and public transport). • A tour of the area on local transport that you'll need to use regularly. • Advice on local customs and what to expect while you are away to help you feel confident in your new environment.
Project Details: One month before you go you will be allocated your project details. These include addresses and phone numbers of your host family, project and supervisor.
We will help organise your flights to Sri Lanka.
You'll need to fly into Bandaranayke International Airport, also called Colombo Airport, where you will be met by a prearranged taxi who will take you to your host accommodation.
Your project supervisor will contact you as soon as you arrive and will meet you at your accommodation.
A taxi will be organised for you at the end to take you back to the airport.
Your supervisor will organize your accommodation and make sure it is all ready for you on arrival.
You will live with host families who live in small towns and close to your project. There are always multiple host families in each town so you will meet up with other volunteers.
Your accommodation will be clean and comfy, with great food, but don’t expect any hot water!
Your host family will speak basic English.
3 meals a day will be provided.
Expect to eat a lot of spicy curries, dahls, salads and exotic fruit.
Typical ingredients include beef, chicken, fish, seafood, aubergine, lentils, vegetables, potatoes - vegetarians easily accommodated.
The local currency in Sri Lanka is the rupee. US$1 is about 130 rupees.
A realistic amount for exploring at the weekends (budget accommodation & public transport) and occasionally eating/drinking out during the week = about ₤60 per week.
Our projects are based along the coast, south of the busy city of Colombo. During the week you will be project focused but your weekends will be free to travel and explore.
The transport infrastructure across Sri Lanka is pretty good so getting around will be fairly easy.
Top trips include:
November to January are the coolest months (30 degrees Celsius).
Rains – two monsoon seasons; May to August in the south and west, October to January in the north and east.
The Highlands are spring-like all year round.
Head off to Sri Lanka to get stuck into one of our life changing medical intern projects.
We have flexible departures (every Monday) for a flexible duration (min 2 weeks) making it easy for you to include an experience such as this in your gap year plans.
Whilst you will be busy during the week you will have plenty of time to explore this amazing country at the weekends
When you arrive we will hook you up with other volunteers so your social life is taken care of.
Just get in touch if you have any questions.
Over the last 12 years we've taken thousands of young people overseas to experience the trip of a lifetime.
That success has drawn industry-wide recognition. We're an accredited member of both the Year Out Group, an association designed to promote the benefits of well-structured gap year programs, and The American Gap Association.
We're big on safety too; everywhere we work is carefully researched, audited and risk assessed in accordance with the British Industry Standards for organising and managing adventurous activities outside the UK.