Sri Lanka Highlights
- Ride and bathe elephants on safari
- Lively town centre with bars, restaurants and street food
- Canopy walk in the tea plantations
- Temple that is said to hold the tooth of the Buddha
- Stunning beaches for water sports including diving
- Our famous placement tailoring service
- Supervised clinical experience
- Extensive pre-departure preparation
- Support from in-country teams, 24/7
- Private, spacious, catered housing
- Free local language lessons
Kandy and Beyond
Sri Lanka, an island off the southern tip of India, is a land of great beauty and it has a rich culture that is greater still. Our base in Kandy is in a very central location. Bars and restaurants, cake shops, markets, coffee shops and more can be found in the town, as can the street food vendors selling spicy local delicacies. If you’re keen to explore you’ll find adventures aplenty. For example, you can head over to the nearby elephant orphanage or go on safari to see leopards, elephants, jaguars and much more. Trekking into the hills is fun too; just remember to pack your walking shoes. You can also take a stroll through the canopies of the tea plantations, or head to golden beaches for the water sports, diving or simply to soak up the sun.
home away from home
When you land at the airport our team will be there to meet you with open arms. You’ll then be taken to the comfort of our private property in the city of Kandy. The house is open and airy, meaning plenty of space to find peace and quiet. The rooftop patio is where we host our famous weekly barbecues (be sure to look out for monkeys sprinting across the rooftops below). While you’re with us your Program Manager and their assistant will be on call to support you around the clock. Our skilled caterer will prepare your breakfast and dinner, taking into account any special dietary requirements you might have. To make sure you feel completely safe, our trained security guard watches over the house day and night.
In addition to your main placement in Kandy, spending a week with a master Ayurveda practitioner offers a once in a lifetime experience. In a remote village, accompanied by a guide, you’ll learn the ancient art of Ayurveda or ‘tree medicine’ from a master healer. As with add-ons in our other destinations, you’ll live with a host family for the duration of your stay. You’ll work with a traditional Ayurveda healer who has knowledge that has been passed down for generations. You will help him diagnose and treat ailments and learn how to create Ayurveda medicines from plants and barks found in the jungle. In the afternoons you’ll take ox and cart rides, visit Ayurveda spas for full body massages, swim in the nearby lake at sunset and a whole lot more.
Placements in Sri Lanka - Kandy
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"Sri Lanka presented the opportunity for a different kind of cultural and educational immersion".
Edward Spraggon, University of Queensland 2016Read more
"I would recommend my placement with Work the World to others without a doubt".
Kate Henderson, University of Auckland 2015Read more
Spending time in the hospital has really improved my communication skills.
Christina Hitchen, University of Leeds 2015Read more
"I definitely broadened my horizons and had the trip of a lifetime doing so".
Abbigail Howson, 2015Read more
With an open mind your elective will be one of the most memorable experiences.
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