Medicine Volunteer Projects in Sri Lanka
- Placement location: Balapitiya, Galle, Kalubowila and Kalutara
- Role: To work in a number of different departments observing and learning from experienced local doctors and nurses
- Type of placements: Hospitals and outreach work
- Requirements: Volunteers must be aged 17 years or over
- Accommodation: Host family
- Price: From
- What’s included? Food, accommodation, transfers to and from our specified airport, transport to and from work where required, insurance, personal webpage, induction and orientation, 24/7 support
- What’s not included? Flights, visa costs, spending money
- Length of placement: From 2 weeks
- Start dates: Flexible
Volunteering on a Medicine project in Sri Lanka is an eye-opening experience. As a Medicine volunteer you will gain a great deal of valuable work-experience in a variety of departments. The facilities are generally of a basic standard.
We have Medicine placements based in Balapitiya, Galle, Kalubowila and Kalutara. Volunteers normally work in a variety of departments on a two week rotation system, with common departments being General Medicine, Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Maternity, ENT and Paediatrics.
It is also possible to spend a few days working in neurology, the mortuary, rheumatology and the chest clinic. If you let us know your particular interests, we can usually arrange for you to work within your areas of preference.
Requirements for Volunteering in Sri Lanka
Volunteers should be 18 or over to join the Medicine project in Sri Lanka. Your exact role within the hospital will be determined by your level of medical experience as well as the enthusiasm and effort which you show to the local staff. On arrival you will be introduced to your supervisor, their role is to ensure that you have the opportunity to learn as much as possible during your placement.
There are also opportunities to spend time at a hospital specialising in traditional Ayurvedic medicine. This will give you a well-rounded understanding of medicine and healthcare in Sri Lanka and in the developing world in general.
Outreach Work in Sri Lanka
Projects Abroad also organises regular medical outreach work and workshops for our medical volunteers. This will give you a greater understanding of the medical system in Sri Lanka. On a monthly basis, you will travel to a local town to carry out basic medical checks on the local community, whilst being supervised and supported by qualified doctors. This provides you with the opportunity to carry out extremely valuable work in a community based environment.
There will also be the opportunity to visit schools and centres to give presentations and raise awareness about various healthcare issues. In addition to this, volunteers have the opportunity to attend a monthly seminar held by a local doctor to provide more information about any procedures you have observed at the hospitals and answer any questions you may have.
You will live with a local host family while volunteering on your Medicine project. In your free time you will be able to explore the coast and towns of the region with the Projects Abroad volunteer community.
You can join a standard Medical Project in Sri Lanka for two or three weeks if you don't have time to join us for four weeks or more. Please be aware that if you join the project for two weeks you will only be able to spend time on one or two wards during your time at the hospital.
You can read more detailed information about the aims of the project in our Sri Lanka Medicine & Healthcare Management Plan.