Join our medical internship in Sri Lanka for high school students and learn directly from experienced doctors. You’ll shadow them on their daily rounds, rotating through various hospital departments. This is a great way to see how they work and how they diagnose and treat different diseases and conditions.
You’ll also get plenty of practical experience doing health checks during medical outreaches. You’ll do things like measure blood pressure and blood sugar levels. Use this experience to boost your CV and university applications.
In Sri Lanka, you’ll live with a local host family and work with a group of teenagers your own age. Seize this opportunity to expand your horizons and learn more about other cultures.
When you apply you only pay AUD$495, which comes off the total price.
Looking to do more than one project? Call us on 1300 132 831 to see if we can offer a discount.
Fixed dates during school holidays
This project is only for 15-18 year olds
What's included in the price?
Food (three meals a day)
Travel and medical insurance
Airport pick-up and drop-off
Full induction and orientation by an experienced staff member on arrival
Transport to and from your work placement
In-country support and 24-hour back-up from our team of full-time local staff
Emergency assistance from our international emergency response team
Project equipment and materials, including access to our database with thousands of resources
Training and workshops from our experienced local staff
Regular social events and community activities with other volunteers and interns
Access to our local office with internet connection
Certification of project completion
Access to our alumni services and discounts
Visa support and advice
Fundraising support, including your own personalised fundraising website
Pre-departure preparation by your own specialist Volunteer Advisor
Personalised MyProjectsAbroad website, with all the information you need about your project, accommodation and destination
A free cultural awareness course
Membership to our volunteer social media groups, to share information and to get in touch
Organised weekend tourism trips
Dedicated full-time staff members with you 24 hours a day
What's not included?
Visa costs (where applicable)
What will I do on a Medical internship in Sri Lanka for teenagers?
During your time as a medical intern in Sri Lanka, you will have many opportunities to learn, help, and explore. You will:
- Observe doctors and nurses as they work with patients who suffer from a range of conditions
- Help doctors and nurses perform basic health checks on medical outreaches
- Expand your horizons by exploring a new country and learning about its culture
Your work will mainly focus on the following:
Shadow doctors and nurses as they work
As a teenage intern in Sri Lanka, your role is strictly observational. This means that you’ll shadow doctors and nurses on their rounds and learn by watching what they do. You can expect to get involved with activities like this:
- Spend time in the different departments of a general hospital
- Visit a hospital specialising in traditional Ayurvedic medicine
- Attend a workshop on medical practices in Sri Lanka. You’ll also attend workshops that teach you basic medical skills, like measuring blood pressure levels
Help with medical outreach programmes
Hoping to do some hands-on work during your medical internship in Sri Lanka? During your time here, you’ll join doctors and nurses at a two-day medical outreach at a community centre. You’ll assist with basic health checks. This could involve measuring blood pressure and weighing.
All of your work during the outreach will be supervised.
Expand your horizons
Finally, as you live and work in Sri Lanka with other teenagers, you will enjoy a range of new experiences. This will include the medical work you’ll be involved in, as well as a range of cultural activities in the evenings.
Over one weekend, we will take you on a trip to Kandy, Sri Lanka’s cultural capital, which is an UNESCO World Heritage site.
You’ll live with a host family, which means you will be able to immerse yourself in the Sri Lankan way of life and eat local food.
Where will I be working in Sri Lanka?
As a medical intern in Sri Lanka, you will be based in the capital city of Colombo.
It’s located on the west coast of the island and has become a popular tourist destination over the past few years. It’s home to palm-lined beaches and a number of fascinating cultural landmarks. Some of the most interesting include Viharamahadevi Park, the Dutch Hospital and the array of fresh produce markets.
There is a lot to see and do, and we will ensure that you make the most of your time in the city with group outings and excursions. Our staff will be right there with you to supervise throughout the day.
As far as your working environment is concerned, you will be based at a general hospital within the city. Our medical outreaches take place in surrounding communities.
We set out the aims and objectives of our projects in documents called Management Plans. We use them to properly plan the work you’ll do. They also help us measure and evaluate our achievements and impact each year.
Ultimately, our Management Plans help us make our projects better. This in turn means you get to be part of something that makes a real impact where it’s needed. Read more about our Management Plans.
Measuring Our Impact
Every year, thousands of High School Special volunteers and interns actively make a difference around the world. During their time abroad, they contribute towards achieving long-term goals and make a long-lasting positive impact on the communities where they work.
We produce an annual High School Specials Impact Report, which documents some of these achievements. Find out more about the impact of these projects, and read the latest report.
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