Based in the city of Galle, you can obtain overseas hospital work experience in the Sri Lankan healthcare system while you explore this beautiful, historic city on the Southwest Coast.
Our main partner hospital in Galle is a government hospital with nearly 1600 beds! The public hospital provides free healthcare for Sri Lankan citizens and is one of the busiest teaching hospitals in the south of the Island. Students will spend time in a number of different departments, including an emergency treatment unit, maternity ward and paediatrics unit. We also work with two private hospitals – very popular with Sri Lanka’s growing middle class. Students will have the chance to experience both types of hospital, providing an invaluable insight into the Sri Lankan healthcare system.
Our students are accompanied to the hospitals each day by our local team, where they will be assigned to a doctor to shadow for the day. Students complete 25 hours of overseas hospital work experience per week and are rotated between different departments each day, to ensure they experience as many medical cases as possible and gain an understanding of how a hospital functions. All our medical mentors are experienced teachers and speak English.
This Course Is Suitable For
This course is for students aged 16+ looking for overseas hospital work experience combined with an inspiring cultural journey. We accept students interested in pre-medicine, pre-midwifery, pre-nursing and pre-dentistry, and we can tailor the course to each student’s individual career aspirations. Students of any nationality are welcome to join us.
This Course Includes
✓ A minimum of 25 hours hospital-based work experience per week
✓ Shadowing experienced Consultants, Doctors and Healthcare Professionals
✓ Weekly language classes
✓ Mock multiple mini interviews (MMIs) conducted by experienced interviewers with feedback
✓ A minimum of one day volunteering in the local community
✓ Animal conservation and welfare volunteer opportunities
✓ 24/7 Staff from UK office on project with students
✓ Accommodation, breakfast and dinner
Course Learning Outcomes
Gain medical work experience required for the UCAS application
Develop an in-depth knowledge of the role of a Doctor, Nurse, Midwife or Dentist
Gain insight into a different country’s healthcare system
Spend time in public and private hospital’s different healthcare settings including clinics, wards and surgical theatres
Learn about the differences between public and private hospitals and those who access the two
Gain an appreciation of a different culture and country
Learn some basic local language phrases and put them into practice for day-to-day tasks
Spend at least one day volunteering
See the impact humans are having on local wildlife and natural habitats
Visit and clean remote beaches which act as safe egg laying places for some of Sri Lanka’s wild turtles
We hire private accommodation for all of our students and staff. The accommodation is only a 10-minute drive to the hospitals and 15 minutes by tuk-tuk to the town centre. The house features large gardens and a private swimming pool; so you can make the most of the tropical weather!
Students will stay in twin or triple rooms, with Western style bathrooms. Our staff also stay at the same accommodation and we always have a female member of staff on duty at night. Breakfast and dinner is included each day, with a mix of Sri Lankan food and Western meals.
All students are met on arrival at Colombo Bandaranaike International Airport (CMB) by a member of the Medical Projects team. All in-country transport is provided using our tried and tested transport partners and drivers. Students are accompanied back to Colombo airport at the end of their trip.
Food & Drink
A continental breakfast is provided each morning at the accommodation before heading to the hospital. The food provided may vary from day to day but generally, students can expect to have toast, fruit, eggs, tea, and coffee provided.
Lunch is usually taken at a local cafe or restaurant in the town centre. Alternatively, students can visit the nearby supermarkets to buy food.
Dinner is provided each evening at the accommodation, except for one night a week where we visit a local restaurant. The food is a mixture of Sri Lankan curries, and rice dishes, with occasional Western food included. There is always a vegetarian option available.
Our staff are on hand at the hospital whenever there are students present, to ensure that all students are with their doctors and getting the most out of their placement.
We always have a minimum of one member of staff staying in the same accommodation as students, and at least one female member of staff on duty overnight.
Students are accompanied by staff during their weekend trip, transport, and afternoon activities, unless explicit parental permission has been given for unaccompanied free time activities.
Although delivering an amazing learning experience is our main focus, we also understand students want to socialise and explore with their free time. Our team have a variety of optional excursions and socials available, to ensure students make the most of their time in Sri Lanka. During free time, students can opt to do a tour of Galle Fort, take part in rainforest hikes or boat safaris, and visit local temples, markets, and beaches.
One day per week, each student takes part in some local volunteering projects to give something back to the local community. Our students visit our partner turtle sanctuary, where they help to care for the turtles by cleaning tanks, fetching sea water for the tanks, prepare food for the turtles, and may even have the chance to release newborns back into the ocean. Our students often also help to keep Kosgoda beach clean and unspoiled, by collecting any plastic waste or garbage which might have washed up.
Students staying for two weeks or more have the opportunity to take part in a weekend trip to Udawalawe National Park. Udawalawe is home to large populations of water birds and wild elephants. Students will take part in wildlife drives to spot some of the native animals, including elephants, water buffalo, deer, wild boar, and small populations of leopards. Students will then spend the night at a hotel near the park, before visiting Udawalawe Elephant Transit Home the following morning. The home is one of only sanctuaries in Sri Lanka supported by the world-famous Born Free Foundation, due to the high quality of care the animals receive. Here, students can view the elephants and see how they are so carefully looked after.
Registration fee for all courses is £300. Then the following balance payments are due 90 days before you join us.
1 Week – £800
2 Weeks – £1300
3 Weeks – £1800
4 Weeks – £2300
12th July – 18th July 2020
19th July – 25th July 2020
26th July – 1st August 2020
2nd August – 8th August 2020
2. Lunch money (around £5 per day)
3. Visa (around £50 if required)
4. Spending money (approximately £80 per week)
5. Travel Insurance
Ready to join us?
Great! Simply follow the link below, fill in our application form and secure your place!