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Volunteer Overseas

Nursing Elective Placements in Sri Lanka

  • Placement locations: Towns between Negombo and Colombo
  • Role: To gain experience from local staff and add to your previous nursing training
  • Requirements: You must be currently studying at university for a degree in Nursing. If you are not an elective student please go to our standard Nursing project in Sri Lanka page
  • Type of placement: Hospitals and health clinics
  • Accommodation: Host family
  • Price: From Loading...
  • What’s included? Qualified supervisor, 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 4 weeks
  • Start dates: Flexible

An Elective volunteer tests blood sugar levels in Sri Lanka

Taking your Nursing Elective in Sri Lanka will expose you to the nursing profession in a developing country where facilities are of a basic standard but staff are skilled and dedicated. You will gain a great deal of valuable work-experience in a variety of departments within the hospital where you are placed.

Projects Abroad have years of experience with elective students and will liaise with your university to ensure your placement can meet the objectives of your module. Our in-country staff will help with any pre-departure paperwork and answer your queries.

While you are in Sri Lanka you will have a qualified supervisor who will be on hand to discuss specific case studies with you and ensure your time in their hospital or facility is worthwhile.

Options for Elective Students

You will be placed in one of various local government hospitals. The exact placement will depend upon your chosen specialism, or whether you choose to rotate through departments. Whichever you choose, the staff are keen for you to learn and are receptive to enthusiastic students who integrate well into their team. You will learn a lot from your time with them.

Departments available include General Medicine, Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Maternity, ENT and Paediatrics. We also have opportunities in private clinics. You could, for example, gain some experience with Ayurvedic practices that will give you a well-rounded understanding of medicine and healthcare in Sri Lanka.

Outreach Work in Sri Lanka

Projects Abroad also organises regular medical outreach work and workshops for our medicine and nursing students. Alongside qualified medical staff, you could help to carry out basic medical checks in the local community. You may have the opportunity to visit local schools and centres to give presentations and raise awareness about various healthcare issues.

You will live with a local host family during your placement in Sri Lanka and experience family life the Sri Lankan way. In your free time you will be able to explore the coast and towns of the region with the vibrant Projects Abroad volunteer community.

Please be aware that most universities have deadlines by which time your Elective application paperwork must be completed. If your university needs information on the hospital or clinic in which you will be placed, or requires forms to be signed by your project supervisor, we strongly advise completing our application form at least one month before this deadline. We can only provide this detailed information once you have applied and been accepted onto an Elective placement with us.

If you have any questions please call us on 01273 007230.

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