Sri Lanka – Medical and Nursing Program

Travel to 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 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: Airport pickup according to scheduled flight and shared transfer to volunteer villa. Meet and greet with fellow volunteers.

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 icon Location of the Project: Galle, Sri Lanka

Project length Project length: Minimum 1 week – Maximum 12 weeks

Arrival Airport Arrival Airport: Colombo Bandaranaike International Airport (CMB)

Volunteer Work Volunteer Work:  Observational work, patient care

Age Age: Minimum age 18

Number of Volunteers Number of Volunteers: Up to 28 international volunteers

Important Note Important Note: For public sector placements, volunteers should apply at least three-four months in advance.


What’s Included

Accommodations Accommodations: Shared rooms in a volunteer villa

Food Food: Three meals per day

Airport Transfers Airport Transfers: Shared airport transfers are provided on both arrival and departure days at specific hours. Upgrades to private transfers are available for an additional fee.

Orientation Orientation: Upon arrival, volunteers will receive a walking tour and welcome/ introductory training presentations.

Support Support: Comprehensive and professional pre-departure travel guidance, 24/7 GoEco emergency hotline, experienced local field team.


What’s not Included

Flights, online ETA Visa (around $35), travel health insurance and personal expenses

This program is near Galle, a beautiful area in southern Sri Lanka that is surrounded by lush greenery and is in 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, specialty shops and boutique hotels.


This program is ideal for both non-medical students and medical students who are looking to specialize! Most of the volunteer work is observational and varies depending on placement.


Pre-Medical and Students (students who have not enrolled in medical or nursing school yet)
We will place volunteers who are premedical at a public hospital where they will observe the operations of different units. There are learning sessions given to volunteers by medical staff on a variety of relevant topics.


Medical and Nursing Students (Medical and nursing students enrolled in a recognized university)
Medical and nursing students 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 volunteer in specialized units such as vascular surgery, pediatric cardiology, oncology and neurosurgery. Please note that for public sector placements volunteers should apply at least three-four months in advance.


Both premedical and medical / nursing students may observe 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. During the weekends and local holidays, the program does not run and volunteers can enjoy sight seeing activities.

Internet icon Internet: Each volunteer may use up to 10 GB of Wi-Fi in the volunteer house during their stay.

Laundry icon  Laundry: Laundry services are available for an additional fee. Additional data can be purchased at affordable rates.

Accommodations icon  Accommodations: Volunteers will stay in shared rooms in a volunteer house that is close to the beach. There are over 13 bedrooms and 14 bathrooms. Rooms are shared with up to six people and are single-gender. There is a private pool for the volunteers. The house has eco-friendly features including solar heating panels. There may be up to 52 volunteers in the house at a time.

Food icon  Food: Three meals per day will be prepared by the in-house chefs, 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 with advance notice. Tea, coffee and filtered water are available 24/7.

  • Online ETA entry visa. We will send you the full instructions following the application.
  • Minimum age of 18
  • Police clearance form
  • Proficiency in English
  • CV
  • Police clearance
  • Pre-med, medical or nursing student

Volunteers can enjoy weekly evening yoga session on the rooftop, night fishing trips, weekly movie nights, monthly bike tours and barbecues! Additional travel adventures are available for an additional fee, and we list a few recommendations 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 and 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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