Sri Lanka – Medical and Nursing Program – Images

This program is now open to international volunteers! 

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 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: 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, personal expenses, upgrade fees to private airport transfers can be between $70 – $100 per transfer if required (shared airport transfers are included at no extra fee).

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, specialty shops 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, pediatric cardiology, oncology and neurosurgery. Please note that for public sector placements volunteers should apply at least three-four 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.

Holidays: Due to local holidays, this program will not be running during these dates:

December 24-25, 2020
April 13-14, 2021
May 26-27, 2021
July 19-20, 2021

Internet icon Internet: Each volunteer may use up to 5 GB of WiFi in the volunteer house during their stay.

Laundry icon  Laundry: Laundry services are available for an additional fee.

Accommodations icon  Accommodations: Volunteers will stay 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 up to six 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.

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.

  • Only fully vaccinated participants can enter Sri Lanka (2 weeks after the recommended dose).
  • Online ETA entry visa. We will send you full instructions following 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 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

Volunteer Experiences

Want to join this program?