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Join GoEco on the tropical coast of southern Sri Lanka to gain experience in the nursing and medical fields!

Program Highlights
  • Become more passionate about your major
  • Gain international experience and enhance your CV
  • Observe practices in a renowned teaching hospital, private hospital or rehabilitation center
  • Live in close proximity to world-class beaches
  • Explore Sri Lanka with fellow volunteers on weekends to make lasting memories
  • Enjoy weekly rooftop yoga sessions, nighttime fishing trips, weekly movie nights, monthly bike tours and monthly barbecues

Your schedule at a glance (Minimum one-week commitment):

Arrival Day, Saturday: Arrive into Bandaranaike International Airport (CMB). A team member will be waiting to pick you up for transfer to the volunteer villa. Meet and greet with fellow volunteers. Welcome training session will be provided if time allows.

Day 1, Sunday: Volunteers will receive an area orientation tour and project training if not done on Saturday. Enjoy the rest of this day by exploring local beaches with fellow volunteers or joining an adventure! ( See “Travel Highlights” below for recommendations!)

Days 2-6, Monday-Friday: Gain valuable experience at your assigned placement.

Day 7, Saturday: Departure day for volunteers staying just one week. Free time for volunteers who are extending. 

Remaining Weeks: The following weeks will follow the schedule of volunteering Monday-Friday and having weekends free. Departures are on Saturdays.
Location of the Project:  Galle, Sri Lanka
Project length:  Min 1 week - Max 12 weeks
Arrival Airport:  Colombo Bandaranaike International Airport (CMB)
Volunteer Work:  Observational work, patient care
Age:  Min. age 18
Number of Volunteers:  Up to 28 international volunteers
Important Note:  For public sector placements volunteers should apply at least 3-4 months in advance.

What's Included

Accommodations:  Shared rooms in a volunteer villa
Food:  Three meals per day
Airport Transfers:  Private airport transfers are provided on both arrival and departure days
Orientation:  Upon arrival, volunteers will receive a walking tour and welcome/ introductory training presentations.
Support:  Comprehensive and professional pre-departure travel guidance, 24/7 GoEco emergency hotline, experienced local field team.

What's not Included

Flights, visas (if required), travel health insurance, personal expenses.
This program is located near Galle,  a beautiful area in southern Sri Lanka that is surrounded by lush greenery and is in close proximity to world-class beaches! Many of the nearby beaches are prime surfing spots, and others are more relaxing. There is even a turtle lagoon nearby. Galle is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, complete with Dutch-colonial buildings, ancient religious buildings, museums and more. Galle is also quite trendy, and is home to cafes, boutiques and boutique hotels.
This program is ideal for both non-medical students as well as medical students who are looking to specialize! Most of the volunteer work is observational, and varies depending on placement. 

Beginner Medical and Nursing Students (Pre-med students who have not enrolled in medical or nursing school  yet and first-year students)
Volunteers who are beginner medical and nursing students will be placed at a small, private hospital where they will observe the operations of different units.There are regular learning sessions given to volunteers by medical staff on a variety of relevant topics.

Advanced Medical and Nursing Students (Medical and nursing students in their second year or higher)
Medical and nursing students with some experience will be placed in the teaching hospital, which is the third-largest hospital in Sri Lanka. Volunteer work is mainly observational, and may include the observation of these units: medical, surgical, psychiatric, pediatric, emergency and more. More advanced medical students may have the opportunity to volunteer in specialized units such as vascular surgery, nephrology, paediatric cardiology, oncology and neurosurgery. Please note that for public sector placements volunteers should apply at least 3-4 months in advance.

Both beginner and advanced medical and nursing students may spend time observing in a physiotherapy and rehabilitation center as well, depending on availability.

Schedule: Volunteers will wake early, around 6:00 AM, enjoy breakfast and arrive at their placement by 7:00 AM. Volunteers work between three to five hours per day, Monday-Friday, with lunch on-site around noon. Evenings are free except on days with evening surgery observations.
Internet:  Each volunteer may use up to 5 GB of WiFi in the volunteer house during their stay.
Laundry:  Laundry services are available for an additional fee.
Accommodations:  From April 24, 2020 volunteers will be staying in shared rooms in a volunteer house that is close to the beach. There are more than 10 bedrooms and 11 bathrooms. Rooms are shared with 4-6 people and are single-gender. There is a private pool for use. The house has eco-friendly features including solar heating panels. There may be up to 52 volunteers in the house at a time. Photos shown below are of the new accommodation.
Food:  Three meals per day will be prepared by the main and assistant chef, using local, fresh ingredients. Tropical fruit is available during every meal and there is a salad bar set up during most lunches and dinners. Vegan, nut-free, gluten-free and lactose-free diets can be accommodated. The local team will do their best to accommodate special diets, but notice must be given in advance. Tea, coffee and filtered water are available 24/7.
Please take note of this program's minimum requirements:
  • Minimum age of 18
  • Basic level of English
  • CV
  • Police clearance
  • Pre-med, medical or nursing student
Volunteers can enjoy weekly evening yoga sessions on the rooftop, night fishing trips, weekly movie nights, monthly bike tours and monthly barbecues! Additional travel adventures are available for an additional fee, and a few recommendations are listed below:

Adventure Tour (Highly Recommended):
Extend your stay in Sri Lanka by participating in a seven-day Adventure Tour! This adventure tour includes a game drive, visits to waterfalls, a long train ride, an overnight stay at a riverside eco lodge, visit to temples, a village walk, visit to a spice grove, a visit to Lion Rock, time in the local market as well as a trip to Negombo Beach!

Additional Recommendations:
Elephant safari
Rainforest hike
Surfing lessons on nearby beaches
Whale watching (during the season)
Cooking class
Fort Galle visit
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