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Volunteer Medicine & Healthcare in Sri Lanka

Medicine & Healthcare in Sri Lanka - Volunteer in Hospital

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.

Volunteer Physiotherapy in Sri Lanka

If you are looking for experience in Physiotherapy, then consider volunteering in Sri Lanka with Projects Abroad.

Physiotherapy volunteers mainly work in government hospitals. Hospitals here are large with over two hundred doctors working in all departments. You will be busy, and will learn a lot from your time here. You will shadow existing staff, who although they are very busy, are keen to give you time so you can learn from them.

By becoming a valuable member of their team, and showing how enthusiastic you are, you may find you get given more hands-on work to do. You could work with a variety of patients such as those needing rehabilitation, elderly people and stroke victims.

Physiotherapy in a Care Setting

If you prefer, you can work in a care home with disabled children. Children here benefit from one-to-one treatment that is not just physically beneficial, but also help stimulate them mentally too. This is a placement with severely disabled children and the work will be intense. Anyone who has Physiotherapy experience will be valued at this care home.

Volunteers also get involved in identifying and working with children from local orphanages that need to receive physiotherapy or other treatments. As with all our Medicine & Healthcare projects, your exact role will depend on your personal level of experience and knowledge. You will work on a one-to-one basis with each child giving them valuable physiotherapy support and also concentrated attention, which will help them thrive.

While in Sri Lanka, you will live with one of our host families, which is a chance to experience the real Sri Lanka. We also have a lively Projects Abroad volunteer community you can spend your time with while exploring the coastal towns of the surrounding region.

You can join the Physiotherapy Project in Sri Lanka for two or three weeks if you don't have time to join us for four weeks or more.This project has been selected by our local colleagues as being suitable for short term volunteering for both the host community and the volunteer. Although you will gain a valuable cultural insight and work intensely within the local community please be aware that you may not be able to make the same impact as someone volunteering for a longer period.

Volunteer Nursing and Midwifery in Sri Lanka

If you wish to volunteer in Sri Lanka as a qualified Nurse or Midwife the hospitals and clinics we work with are very willing to receive you. If you are currently training, or even just considering one of these areas as a future career, you can still have a role to play; shadowing professionals who will be able to teach you all about the field they work in.

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

Medical Elective Placements in Sri Lanka

Medicine & Healthcare in Sri Lanka - Volunteers in Hospital

You can do a Medical Elective in Sri Lanka in Medicine, Physiotherapy, Nursing and Midwifery

If you wish to do your elective in Sri Lanka, you will most likely be working in a large hospital, an hour outside of Colombo. You will shadow one of our supervising doctors who are all very experienced at working with medical and healthcare students, as they always have a large number of native students in training there. They will be keen to test out your knowledge, as well as giving you the benefit of their training and experience.

Outside of the hospital you will live with a local host family, who will provide you with all your meals outside of your normal working hours. When you aren't at work there is plenty to do in the local area, including some of the most beautiful beaches in Asia, and there is always a substantial Projects Abroad community available to spend time with.

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