You will be observing patients alongside a doctor or nurse at one of the oldest and largest hospitals in Kandy, Sri Lanka.
During the collapse of the Kandyan Kingdom in 1815, western medicine started to become recognised here and the opening of hospitals throughout Sri Lanka began. Indian workers came to Sri Lanka from 1821 for its coffee and tea prospects. Public hospitals were in great need during this time, due to poor nutrition, and diseases such as cholera and malaria. Later, with a new medical board, they selected vaccination officers to assist in vaccinating the public against Smallpox. The old Smallpox Hospital in Deyyannewela was later extended, becoming the General Hospital Kandy (teaching hospital).
With the help of the University of Peradeniya, Teaching Hospital Kandy hosts undergraduate training programmes for university students who are studying medicine. The Post Graduate Institute of Medicine (PGIM) assigns post-graduate trainees, registrars and senior registrars to train people in medicine and for them to gain hands on experience. The hospital has over 2200 beds and acts as a training facility for inspiring medical students (being overlooked by professional staff).
Volunteering on this project, your main role is to observe or monitor the patients, treatments, techniques, and assist professional doctors and nurses working at the hospital. This is a fantastic opportunity to learn more about overseas healthcare and to share your knowledge with the staff.
Program Duration & Availability
Min duration (weeks):1
Aims & Objectives
For volunteers/ medical students interested in a medical career, to witness and learn from various methods of treating patients and to acquire knowledge and practices from an overseas healthcare system.
Monday to Friday
During Monday to Friday you will volunteer at the hospital from 08.00 to 13.30. Working hours can be changed according to the medical department’s requirement.
This program starts every week.
This program starts every week.
Participant Criteria & Requirements
Minimum age: 20
Minimum English level: Basic
CRB required: On Signup
Passport copy required: On Signup
Resume copy required: On Signup
Required qualification: Yes
For this project, it is a requirement that participants are Medical Students. You should get a prior confirmation from us 4 weeks before your arrival and should email the following documents 4 weeks prior to your arrival.
- Detailed CV
- Certification letter from your University stating that you are enrolled on a medical degree.
- A letter from you (addressed to the Kandy General Hospital) requesting the hospital to grant permission for you to take part in the medical project.
- Volunteers above the age of 65 should have medical clearance.
A complete uniform set and a stethoscope should be brought with you.
Kandy, the last royal capital of Sri Lanka is a popular tourist destination, known for its tea plantations, sacred temples, spice plantations and cultural dance shows. It’s around 115 km from Colombo and sits at 465 meters above sea level. Famous for the Temple of the Tooth, it has a nickname as the cultural capital of Sri Lanka. This bustling market town has a rich cultural diversity and plenty of things to for tourists, from handicraft markets to ancient temples and adventure activities. It also hosts the Kandy Esala Perahera festival each year.
Accommodation & Food
About the Accommodation
You will be accommodated in one of our volunteer houses, which are located 2-4 km away from the centre of Kandy. There is a refrigerator for volunteers to use to store food and beverages.
Available Room Types
|All meals included||Yes *|
|Free beverages||Yes **|
|Persons per room||4-10|
|Wifi in public areas||No|
|Laundry facilities||Yes ***|
* Three meals per day during weekdays and two per day on weekends
** Water, tea, coffee and milk
*** At an additional fee
You will be provided with three meals a day on weekdays and two meals per day on weekends. The meals will be a mix of Western and Sri Lankan style food, including mainly vegetarian dishes of rice and vegetables. You can also eat out at any of the local restaurants.
The volunteer house is located 2 kilometres away from the Kandy city centre, where you can find anything you may need.
The closest ATM and supermarket to the accommodation are a 15-minute walk away.
Mandatory Orientation Day
On your first Monday, you will join our orientation day, to get acquainted with your new surroundings, as well as local culture. Your project continues as usual from Tuesday onwards.
- Welcome meeting, introduction to Sri Lanka and the various projects, general/ house rules, code of conduct and organising important documents
- Sinhalese Language Lesson
- Cultural Lesson- learn more about the do’s and don’ts
- Kandy City Tour
Activities & Events
No scheduled activities outside the project.
Sights & Surroundings
Royal Botanical Gardens
The Botanic Gardens are situated around 5. km to the West of Kandy. Once being only for the Kandyan royalty, they are now open to the public to wander around at their leisure. There’s 60 hectares of beautiful garden to explore, where you will see a huge Javan fig tree, pretty orchids and even monkeys!
Knuckles mountain range
This stunning mountain range is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and hosts many walking trails. You will find small villages, beautiful waterfalls, numerous native wildlife and rice fields. This is the perfect place for people who love the outdoors and adventurous hiking trails.
Sigiriya (Lion Rock)
Another UNESCO World Heritage site, this ancient rock is situated around 91km North from Kandy and is very popular with tourists, who can climb up to the top for some seriously stunning views. Along the way you will see antient rock carvings and paintings on the walls of this sacred rock. It will take roughly just over an hour to climb up.
Yala National Park
Located on the South coast of Sri Lanka, this stunning park hosts one of the highest leopard densities in the world. Not only that, you can also spot elephants, monkeys, birds, buffalo and more. There are numerous tours in Yala, from day tours to over several days of safari.
Around 91km South of Kandy you can climb to the top of this sacred sight, just as the locals do for pilgrimage. It’s a bit of a trek up in the dark but totally worth it to see the sun coming up over the clouds, mountains and lush forest. You will be greeted by stunning views to reward your efforts!
Hortons Plains National Park
You can trek through this beautiful national park to ‘World’s End’, a 9.5km round loop trail, taking around 3 hours. This is a pretty easy walk, but you will be greeted with amazing views out over the countryside and above the clouds! It’s best to visit here early (before 10am) as the clouds can roll in after that and block the incredible views.
Udawatta Kele Reserve
Situated near the Kandy lake, this nature reserve is complete with monkeys and birds- fantastic for wildlife and nature lovers. Here you will find wooded forests, over 400 species of plants and 70 bird species. You can trek through the forest for a relaxing break away from the city.
Kandy and Nuwara Eliya are both popular places to visit a tea plantation, for a refreshing taste of some of Sri Lanka’s best fresh tea! Not only do they produce great tea, the landscape is stunningly green, with endless hills rolling off into the distance.
From this location we do not provide free transport to other locations.