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International Medical Internships in Sri Lanka

Project Overview
  • 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
  • TYPES OF PLACEMENTS: Hospitals and outreach work
  • MAIN DEPARTMENTS: General Medicine, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Maternity, ENT, and Pediatrics.
  • REQUIREMENTS: Interns must be a minimum of 17 years old
  • ACCOMMODATION: Host family
  • LENGTH OF PLACEMENT: From 2 weeks
  • START DATES: Flexible

A Projects Abroad Medicine internship in Sri Lanka is an eye-opening experience. As a Medicine intern you will gain a great deal of international work-experience in a variety of departments. The facilities are generally of a basic standard.

We have Medicine internships based in Balapitiya, Galle, Kalubowila, and Kalutara. Interns normally work in a variety of departments on a two week rotation system. Common departments are General Medicine, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Maternity, ENT, and Pediatrics.

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.

Projects Abroad also organizes regular medical outreach work and workshops for our medical interns. 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, while being supervised and supported by qualified doctors. This provides you with the chance to carry out important work in a community based environment.

There will also be the opportunity to visit schools and centers to give presentations and raise awareness about various healthcare issues. Interns also 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.

Interns should be a minimum of 17 years old join the Medicine project in Sri Lanka.

Interning Abroad in Medicine in Sri Lanka with Projects Abroad

Volunteer checking the heartbeat of a child in a clinic 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 are able to learn as much as possible during your internship.

There are also opportunities to spend time at a hospital specializing 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.

You will live with a local host family while interning on your Medicine internship. In your free time you will be able to explore the coast and towns of the region with the Projects Abroad volunteer community.

Medicine internships in Sri Lanka are available for shorter periods than 4 weeks. While you will be able to gain valuable medical experience on a short-term trip, we recommend staying for a longer period to allow yourself more time to get to know the local medical system, see more of a variety of conditions and procedures, and develop stronger relationships with local medical staff. Please be aware that if you join the project for two-three weeks you will only be able to spend time on one or two wards during your time at the hospital.


Volunteer Profile Volunteer Anne Gleason shares her volunteer story from the Medicine project in Sri Lanka
  • Name: Anne Gleason
  • Project & Country: Medicine - Sri Lanka
My medical internship with Projects Abroad inspired my career in health care. The doctors and nurses at Nagoda hospital patiently explained each procedure, discussed common diseases and treatments, and taught me about the socioeconomic and cultural dimensions to health care in Sri Lanka. Two years later, I returned to Sri Lanka and collaborated with Projects Abroad staff to establish a community health and school nutrition project in a rural village. Since July 2007, the Healthy Community Curry Kitchen has been providing daily school lunch and bi-monthly community health clinics and education. I am currently pursuing a career as a Family Nurse Practitioner and plan to work in medically underserved communities in the U.S. and abroad.

You can read more detailed information about the aims of the project in our Sri Lanka Medicine & Healthcare Management Plan.

Sri Lanka Medicine & Healthcare Management Plan

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