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Midwifery Electives in Sri Lanka

  • Placement location: Towns between Negombo and Colombo
  • Role: To gain experience from local staff and add to your previous midwifery training
  • Requirements: You must be a student studying midwifery. If you are not an elective student, please go to our standard Midwifery in Sri Lanka project page.
  • Types of Placement: Hospitals
  • Accommodation: Host family
  • Length of placement: From 4 weeks
  • Start dates: Flexible

Volunteer with local staff on her midwifery elective placement in Sri Lanka

As a Midwifery Elective student, you will gain an immeasurable amount of valuable work-experience. You will be based in a maternity hospital, or the maternity units of larger hospitals. You may witness different midwifery practice than you may be used to. You will find the facilities are generally of a basic standard, but staff are dedicated and caring and you will learn a lot from working alongside them.

You must be a student studying midwifery to do an Elective placement. Projects Abroad will coordinate with your university to ensure your chosen placement fulfills the requirements of your Elective objectives. Our in-country staff are experienced in coordinating Elective students and will help you with any pre-departure queries and will support you throughout your stay. A qualified member of staff will be your supervisor, mentoring you while you are at your placement.

Your supervisor will answer your questions and discuss specific case studies with you. They will ensure that you have the opportunity to learn as much as possible during your placement. You will gain a well-rounded understanding of medicine and healthcare in Sri Lanka and in the developing world in general.

Midwifery Student Electives in Sri Lanka with Projects Abroad

Your exact role within the hospital will be determined by your level of midwifery experience as well as the enthusiasm and effort which you show to the local staff. While you will mainly shadow staff and learn by observing, by becoming a valued member of the team you may be given more to do.

There are also opportunities to spend time at a hospital specializing in traditional Ayurvedic medicine.

Although not always directly related to Midwifery, you can still take part in the medical outreach work and workshops that are organized by Projects Abroad. On a monthly basis, you can travel to a local town with qualified doctors to carry out basic medical checks on the local community. This provides you with the opportunity to carry out extremely valuable work in a community based environment.

You will live with a Projects Abroad local host family while you are in Sri Lanka on your Midwifery project. In your free time you will be able to explore the coast and towns of the region with the volunteer community.

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