Trip Details

An incredible opportunity to gain medical experience as a volunteer at the Teaching Hospital in Kandy! Medical students are invited to apply for a placement here to learn from the highly trained and experienced doctors and nurses. One of the oldest and largest hospitals in Kandy, it has strong connections with the University of Peradeniya. As a result, it runs several undergraduate study programs at the Post Graduate Institute of Medicine, part of the University of Columbo.

Registrars, Senior Registrars and post-graduate trainees are regularly posted at the hospital because of its vast range of medical and surgical specialties. In addition to other training taking place at the hospital, it also provides teaching facilities for foreign students to extend their knowledge and understanding of tropical diseases. During your time on the program, you will experience a wide variety of ailments and methods of treating them which will benefit your studies immensely.

Aims & Objectives
The project aims to give understanding and learning for participants interested in the field of medicine and get exposed to various methods of treating patients in need.

Trip Itinerary

Monday to Friday

The normal working hours for each day are usually from 8:00 am until 1:30 pm although these could change if it is deemed necessary by the hospital routines. Your working schedule will be arranged by the hospital staff when you arrive to ensure that you gain the best possible experiences during your stay.

A typical weekly schedule can look like this:

Monday

  • Breakfast
  • Volunteer at the Hospital
  • Lunch
  • Volunteer at the hospital
  • Dinner
  • Free Time

Tuesday

  • Breakfast
  • Volunteer at the hospital
  • Lunch
  • Volunteer at the hospital
  • Dinner
  • Free Time

Wednesday

  • Breakfast
  • Volunteer at the hospital
  • Lunch
  • Volunteer at the hospital
  • Dinner
    Free Time

Thursday

  • Breakfast
  • Volunteer at the hospital
  • Lunch
  • Volunteer at the hospital
  • Dinner
  • Free Time

Friday

  • Breakfast
  • Volunteer at the hospital
  • Lunch
  • Volunteer at the hospital
  • Dinner
  • Free Time

Saturday & Sunday

The weekend is yours to relax or explore beautiful Sri Lanka 🙂

This schedule can be changed and/or amended depending on weather conditions, local conditions and unforeseen circumstances.

Trip Accommodation

Kandy, the last royal capital of Sri Lanka is a major tourist destination. About 115 km from Colombo at 465 meters above sea level. Famous for the Temple of the Tooth and many other temples the city could be called the cultural capital of the island. This bustling market town is rich in cultural diversity and has plenty to offer to the tourists from songs dances and handicrafts to ancient temples and adventure activities. Kandy was a royal capital and the last stronghold of the Kandyan kings against foreign powers, holding out against them for about 300 years. The two main Buddhist Chapters are based here and formed the last centre of independent Buddhist thought during colonial times.

Accommodation & Food

You will be accommodated in one of our centres which are located 2-4 kilometres away from Kandy centre. The accommodation holds 4-10 people per room on a single gender basis. Private rooms can be requested and are subject to availability, please contact us before hand if you would like a private room.

Food Arrangements
You will be provided with three meals a day on weekdays and two meals per day on weekends. The meals are a mix of Western and Sri Lankan food, consisting mainly of vegetarian dishes including rice and vegetables. You can also eat out at any of the local restaurants.

Facilities
Our house is located 2 kilometres away from the city centre, where you can find anything you might need.

The nearest ATM and supermarket are a 15 minute walk away from our accommodation.

Sights & Surroundings
The places to visit during your weekends or on your project holidays are the Royal Botanical Gardens, Knuckles mountain range, Udawatta kele sanctuary, Hortons plains national park and the railway museum.

Trip Country Info

Sri Lanka

Population: approx. 20 million
Capital: Sri Jayawardenepura Kotte and Colombo
Language: Sinhalese, Tamil
Currency: Sri Lankan Rupee (LKR)
Time zone: UTC +5:30

Sri Lanka’s over 2000 years of history and culture can still be seen in every corner of its cities and the details of its ever-beautiful ancient temples. With eight UNESCO World Heritage sites and its short distances between the main sights, Sri Lanka is a country that, despite often being overlooked in itineraries, has left travelers filled with awe.

Visit the sacred home of the world’s oldest living tree in Anuradhapura, wander around the colonial architecture of Colombo, get sun-kissed at the untouched beaches that inclose the territory, snorkel in the crystal-clear waters, head to the hills for a cooler temperature and get surrounded by lush natural, visit two thousand year-old temples or get overawed at the sight of hundreds of elephants in Minneriya.

While traveling through Sri Lanka you will experience adventures from the highest and chilliest mountains like the famous Adam’s Peak – a stairway mountain considered sacred in three different religions, thru the elephant shelters, to the most peaceful beaches up north near Trincomalee and their tiny- one floor- hostels facing the calm sea.

Tru Experience Travel welcome people from all over the world to join ongoing Sri Lankan programs and you can even compose your schedule the way you like it. With this flexibility it enables you to say when you are on site and when you spend time with the new friends you have made from all over the world.

Participant Criteria & Requirements

Standard Requirements

A complete uniform set and a stethoscope should be brought with you.
Detailed CV
Certification letter from the University stating that you follow a medical degree.
A covering letter, requesting your participation at the hospital
Minimum age 20

Additional Requirements

No requirements have been provided.

What's included

  • 24/7 support in case of emergencies
  • Accommodation
  • Airport Pick up
  • English speaking coordinator
  • Meals
  • Orientation

What's not included

  • Airport drop off
  • Flights
  • Travel insurance
  • Vaccination
  • Visa