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International Nursing Internships in Sri Lanka

Project Overview
  • PLACEMENT LOCATION: Panadura, Galle and Colombo
  • ROLE: To gain knowledge by observing local nurses and other medical staff at work
  • TYPES OF PLACEMENTS: Hospitals and outreach work
  • ACCOMMODATION: Host family
  • LENGTH OF PLACEMENT: From 4 weeks
  • START DATES: Flexible

Nursing volunteer records the blood pressure of an elderly woman in an outreach in Sri Lanka

Interning on a Nursing internship in Sri Lanka with Projects Abroad is a worthwhile and eye-opening experience. As a Nursing intern you will gain a great deal of work experience in a variety of departments at the hospital you work in. The facilities are generally of a basic standard, so you will be able to see how nurses manage with less modern equipment than you may be used to.

As a Nursing intern, your role will be mainly observational and you will shadow nursing staff and doctors throughout the working day. How much responsibility you are given will be determined by your level of medical experience as well as the enthusiasm and effort which you show to the local staff.

You will have your own supervisor who will ensure that you have the opportunity to learn as much as possible during your internship. If you choose to rotate through departments, you will spend two weeks within each one. You may specialize in just one department.

There are also opportunities to spend time at a hospital specializing in traditional Ayurvedic medicine. This will give you a well-rounded understanding of medicine and healthcare in Sri Lanka.

Interning Abroad as a Nurse in Sri Lanka with Projects Abroad

A local Sri Lankan woman gets her blood pressure checked by an intern in Sri Lanka.

Projects Abroad conducts outreach work in Sri Lanka, offering the opportunity to carry out vital work in a community based environment. We organize regular medical outreach work and workshops for our medical interns. This will give you a greater understanding of the medical system in Sri Lanka. Alongside qualified medical staff, you could help carry out basic medical checks on the local community. You may also be given the chance to visit local schools and centers to give presentations and raise awareness about various healthcare issues.

Interns also have the opportunity to attend a monthly seminar held by a local doctor to provide more information about any procedures you have observed at the hospitals and answer any questions you may have.

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

You can read more detailed information about the aims of the project in our Sri Lanka Medicine & Healthcare Management Plan.

Sri Lanka Medicine & Healthcare Management Plan

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