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Electives in Sri Lanka for Nursing Students

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

Nursing intern takes the blood pressure of an elderly man in a community outreach program in Sri Lanka

Taking your Nursing Elective in Sri Lanka will expose you to the nursing profession in a developing country where facilities are of a basic standard but the staff is skilled and dedicated. You will gain an invaluable amount of work-experience in a variety of departments within the hospital where you are placed.

You must be a nursing student to do an Elective placement. Projects Abroad have years of experience with elective students and will coordinate with your university to ensure your placement can meet the objectives of your module. Our in-country staff will help with any pre-departure paperwork and answer your queries.

While you are in Sri Lanka you will have a qualified supervisor who will be on hand to discuss specific case studies with you and ensure your time in their hospital or facility is worthwhile.

Nursing Student Electives in Sri Lanka with Projects Abroad

You will be placed in one of various local government hospitals. The exact placement will depend upon your chosen specialism, or whether you choose to rotate through departments. Whichever you choose, the staff are ready for you to learn and are receptive to enthusiastic students who integrate well into their team. You will learn a lot from your time with them.

Departments available include General Medicine, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Maternity, ENT and Pediatrics. We also have opportunities in private clinics. You could, for example, gain some experience with Ayurvedic practices that will give you a well-rounded understanding of medicine and healthcare in Sri Lanka.

Volunteer Profile Former volunteer Chloe Gwynn's story from the Nursing Elective project in Sri Lanka
Chloe Gwynn
All of the staff in the hospital was so welcoming and helpful. Always willing to answer questions as well as ask questions about the UK healthcare system. It was incredible to learn about the differences between healthcare in Sri Lanka and in the UK. One main point I will take away with me is the amount of waste there is in the UK health system, so in future I will try to cut my own waste as a nurse. Read more...

Projects Abroad also organizes regular medical outreach work and workshops for our medicine and nursing interns. Alongside qualified medical staff, you could help to carry out basic medical checks in the local community. You may have the opportunity to visit local schools and centers to give presentations and raise awareness about various healthcare issues.

You will live with a local host family while interning in Sri Lanka and experience family life the Sri Lankan way. In your free time you will be able to explore the coast and towns of the region with the vibrant Projects Abroad volunteer community.

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