Gain medical experience in a
busy government
hospital

Shadow local professionals across multiple departments

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  • Duration
    1-12 Weeks
  • Minimum age
    17+
  • Start dates
    1st & 3rd Saturday
  • From
    £270
  • Duration
    1-12 Weeks
  • Minimum age
    17+
  • Start dates
    1st & 3rd Saturday
  • From
    £270

Sri Lanka medical volunteers

Gain invaluable experience assisting in a hospital in Sri Lanka, where you will get up close clinical exposure and learn all about the health care system in the developing world.

You will be volunteering in a government hospital called Balapitiya Base Hospital, around a 15 minute drive from our accommodation. This large hospital has over 500 stations and is run by 20 doctors and 2 surgeons.

"My time in Sri Lanka whilst doing the medical experience was amazing! I spent 3 weeks in the government hospital there and enjoyed every minute of it. The family I stayed with were so welcoming and helpful! I would definitely use the mighty roar again!"

There is also the opportunity to volunteer within a small private hospital in nearby Ambalangoda. You will have the opportunity to closely shadow a doctor where you will get to learn more about medicine and procedures in Sri Lanka.

With an extensive list of departments you will have the opportunity to witness a variety of cases that are a large contrast to what you may find in your local hospital at home.

Your varied role and the ever-changing scenarios of a busy hospital will mean no two days will be the same. You will generally be observing from Monday to Friday from 9am to 2pm, but you can of course volunteer for longer – hope to 8 hours per day. You will also be able to split your time between the government and private hospital so you can get a complete overview of the healthcare system there.

On your first day, you will be introduced to your supervisor whose role is to ensure that you have the opportunity to learn as much as possible during your placement.

This unique experience will open your eyes to the world of medicine in Sri Lanka and offers you the chance to gain vital international work experience. You will get hands on training, supervised under experienced English-speaking medical experts. Be fully involved in the day-to-day activities of the hospital, observing the doctors and nurses where you can help out in simple but practical ways, vastly increasing your own knowledge.

You will have the opportunity to be placed in many different departments so that you can receive a broad view of the hospital or just in one and two for more specialist experience. Your time in the clinics can involve a variety of work, including time spent in maternity wards, operating theatres and recovery wards (a full list is below).

Our Sri Lanka medical experience is the perfect programme for university students who are currently studying anything medical related or recent school leavers. Whether you are just looking for experience to enhance your C.V and career or are looking to organise an elective placement overseas, this programme is ideal for you. Our UK and local teams are able to complete any paperwork required by your university or other scheme.

For anyone wanting to volunteer from a non-health related background, you will only be allowed to volunteer at the private hospital.

Located along the west coast of Sri Lanka that is famed for its beautiful beaches, this unique programme will allow you to enjoy the ultimate slice of Sri Lankan paradise.

You will be staying just a stones throw away from palm tree lined beaches that have crystal clear waters from the Indian Ocean. You will get to explore Sri Lanka’s rich cultural heritage, discover their stunning coastlines and live within the local community where everyone is so friendly.

Depending on your duration at the programme and if there is anything specific you wish to be involved in, you will get the opportunity to observe and assist with many departments. Some of the these may include; outpatients, emergency treatment room, general medicine, obstetrics, gynaecology, antenatal, postnatal, labour room, paediatrics and more.

Your level of medical experience as well as the enthusiasm and effort you show to the local staff will determine your exact role within the hospital.

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The real Sri Lanka Experience

Seeing all of Sri Lanka and meeting the amazing people there could have not been any more perfect. An incredible 3 weeks that I will never forget.

Samantha's story

Volunteering with my family in Sri Lanka

My family and I chose to volunteer in Sri Lanka last August for 3 weeks. We wanted to introduce the children to volunteering so that we could all help give something back to a local community.

Sue's story

Sea turtle conservation in Sri Lanka

My daughter and I volunteered with sea turtles last August and we would 100% recommend The Mighty Roar; we have even looked at doing another project in the next year.

Jennie's story