Do your medical internship in Sri Lanka and immerse yourself in the local culture. Through this professional field experience, you will gain practical skills while building on your knowledge. Exchange ideas and experiences with the local population on your journey and benefit from a particularly enriching experience, both personally and professionally. Also meet participants from around the world with this international project!
Since January 2015, several groups of student nurses have gone on humanitarian missions for their mandatory internship abroad. The nursing internship in Sri Lanka is open to all students in the medical sector and validated by several academic institutions. This internship in a medical environment is not limited to nursing students, it is totally adapted to physiotherapy students and is open to professionals such as doctors, nurses, pediatricians, dentists, researchers, care workers, pharmacists, physiotherapists, etc.
As with all of our nursing and medical internship programs abroad, this project in Sri Lanka allows you to gain university credits and field experience, while contributing to the UN's goal of universal access to health care.
- You will be able to discover a new way of doing your job.
- You will have the chance to share time with the local community.
- You can discover Sri Lanka during your free time.
- You will learn about the health care system, procedures and common diseases in Sri Lanka.
- During evenings and weekends, students can explore the beautiful sites of Sri Lanka, such as Kandy, Galle or relax on the south coast and its beautiful beaches.
This medical internship in Sri Lanka combines a total immersion in Sri Lankan culture with international medical experience in a hospital setting. This is a unique opportunity for interns to gain experience in a foreign country and environment, with constant supervision by local health professionals.
Sri Lanka's health care system is known to be one of the most advanced in the South Asian region. It is a model for developing countries, since even if these establishments do not have the equipment and resources of the Western world, they offer access to care to all inhabitants, even those from the most disadvantaged backgrounds.
The nursing internships and medical placements in Sri Lanka take place in our public partner hospital. This is not a "humanitarian" mission, an intervention in refugee camps or third world health conditions. These are not rescue missions but learning missions, in an environment similar to a European hospital.
Our local NGO is affiliated with the Sri Lankan government's Ministry of Health and has full authorisation to place trainees in government facilities who will receive the necessary supervision from health professionals. Interns will have the opportunity to work in several departments depending on the availability of the nursing staff.
The NGO offers international students the opportunity to follow the health care teams in different departments to discover the practices in Sri Lanka. In public facilities, students are allowed to participate in care, but only the local health care staff has the authority to decide on the students' scope of practice after assessing their skills and educational background.
At the time of registration, students will be asked about their level of study and the skills they need to acquire during their internship in order to brief host institutions and supervisory teams as much as possible before their arrival.
During the evenings and weekends, students can explore beautiful Sri Lankan cities, such as Kandy and Galle, or relax on the south coast and its wonderful beaches. Cultural and sports activities are also organised.
All medical and nursing interns receive a free introductory session on Ayurveda during their internship. This is a 3-4 hour session at the Government Ayurvedic Hospital in Galle, one of the best institutions in Sri Lanka.
If participants want to extend their Ayurveda learning beyond one day, they can opt for a full week of Ayurvedic sessions that can be included in their course. For example, for a 5 week internship, do 4 weeks at Karapitiya Hospital in different departments + 1 week of Ayurveda.
- Arrival on Saturday
- Pick up from the airport (arrival must be between 8am and 5pm) and transfer to the guesthouse. Meeting with other volunteers and project coordinators.
- Sunday free
- Monday morning (depending on arrival time): orientation session
- Nursing internship in Sri Lanka from Monday to Friday:
After breakfast, you will be driven to your project and introduced to your work team. Lunch break between 1 and 2 pm. After lunch, you will continue to accompany the doctors during their visit and assist them in making diagnoses. On evenings and weekends, you can relax or join a group of volunteers for a trip or an activity.
Below is a list of the most common questions:
1. In what type of hospital will the internship take place?
Nursing and medical placements in Sri Lanka take place in public hospitals. This is not a "humanitarian" mission with third world health conditions. These are not rescue missions but learning missions.
As a general rule, the assignment form (services) and the name of the tutor will be communicated 2 weeks before the beginning of the internship.
2. What is the hospital placement in Sri Lanka?
In public facilities, students are allowed to participate in care, but only the local health care staff has the authority to decide on the students' scope of practice after assessing their skills and educational background. At the time of registration, students will be asked about their level of study and the skills they need to acquire during their internship in order to brief host institutions and supervisory teams as much as possible before their arrival.
3. What missions are available?
Students may choose up to 2 hospital-based services.
Theoretical and practical classes will also be given every week by the trainees' supervisor, a medical intern, on local diseases, tropical diseases, symptoms, treatments, etc.
Finally, the local NGO offers the trainees an initiation to Ayurvedic treatments during 4-5 days during their internship for an additional cost.
For physiotherapy students, the NGO offers an internship that combines a hospital setting with a centre for the disabled.
4. Where are student interns housed in Sri Lanka?
The NGO makes sure to facilitate the logistical aspect by choosing accommodation close to the internship site. Students will be accommodated in a guesthouse 15-20 minutes from the hospital. The groups already formed will still be together but may also meet with other groups in the same facility.
5. Visa and Insurance
For UK nationals in Sri Lanka, you just need to fill out a free online form (ETA) on the Sri Lankan immigration website. Visas cost $35.
For stays longer than 4 weeks, it is possible to obtain an extension at the immigration department of Battaramulla, in Colombo, capital of Sri Lanka. This extension costs US$100. We provide all the necessary elements for the procedures, as well as on-site assistance.
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1. Documents needed for your file
2. Average budget and fundraising
4. Themeals, transport and currency in Sri Lanka
It welcomes international volunteers to Sri Lanka and offers them sustainable volunteering programs. They work with many local communities in the city of Galle and carry out their work in the fields of education, health care and animal protection.
The association's offices are located in the volunteers' house, in order to ensure optimal security and to be available for the volunteers on all fronts: transportation, logistics, meals, advice for trips and excursions, emergencies, etc.