• Anuradhapura is… ‘A magical city of UNESCO-listed ruins, Buddhist culture and beauty.’
  • Visit candlelit temples and be blessed by local monks
  • Sip tea, learn how to pick your own leaves, spot wild elephants, and take scenic train journeys
  • Kick back on sunny Sri Lankan beaches and snorkel with sea turtles and reef sharks
  • Sri Lankan’s are exceptionally friendly, with a good sense of humour – look forward to taking part in festivities, and enjoying some of the country’s best cuisine


Set in a charming neighbourhood on a tree-lined street, you'll love staying at our Anuradhapura house. When you're not on placement, you could be relaxing in our indoor courtyard, swinging in a hammock on the outdoor rooftop, or having fun at one of our weekly BBQ nights. You can also look forward to comfortable bedrooms, spacious social areas, and a vibrant atmosphere where you can hang out and chat to new friends. 

Available for 24/7 support, our Program Manager and assistant oversee everything at the house. Our housekeeper and chef are also there to take care of the cleaning and to cook two tasty meals a day. Twice a week, we arrange for a teacher to give local language lessons.

Anuradhapura, Sri Lanka


Our week-long Ayurveda experience adds a fantastic extra dimension to your clinical placement in Anuradhapura.Ayurveda and other traditional forms of healthcare are practised in Sri Lanka alongside modern medicine.

Our Ayurveda experience gives you the opportunity to gain firsthand experience of this ancient holistic practice. Each morning, you’ll visit a rural clinic to learn how the doctor uses forest plants and barks to create Ayurveda treatments and medicines. In the afternoon, you'll experience exciting activities and cultural trips. From Ayurveda massages to canoe trips, ox rides and wild elephant safaris, it’ll be a week you never forget.


Placements in Sri Lanka - Anuradhapura

"Due to a lack of resources and trained professionals, the patient to occupational therapist ratio poorly balanced."

Carmen Lai, Swinburne University of Technology 2019

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"I found it shocking to see two patients treated in one theatre at the same time."

Gladys Oris, Staffordshire University 2018

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"It was a real culture shock... I found it pretty shocking to see 2 patients being treated in theatre at the same time".

Claire Webb, University of Brighton 2018

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"In some wards there were two patients to a bed. Sometimes there were patients on the floor."

Olivia Ritchie, Glasgow Caledonian University 2018

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"The lack of privacy and confidentiality offered to patients was a shock..."

Faizah Jamil, University of Birmingham 2018

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