Hospital Internship Assistance

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founded in 1989
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High­lights

This volunteer project is best suited to pre-medical and medical students, aiming to gain valuable experience in a real life hospital setting.
Shadow local doctors, nurses and medical professionals in a goverment hospital.
Observe pracices you may not get to see at home and help with treatments (if experienced)
Learn more about overseas healthcare systems
By joining the medical volunteering project in Kandy, Sri Lanka, you will get the chance to observe the patients at one of the oldest and the largest hospitals in Kandy. This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Age 18+
Singles
Couples
50+
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.

Location
Kandy, is an amazing destination high up in the hills approx 3 hours drive from Colombo with incredible views, dense forests and a buzzy atmosphere with locals and tourists. Kandy is the last royal capital of Sri Lanka and is famous for it’s culture and temples such as Temple of the Tooth and plenty of others. The city has bustling markets with all kinds of interesting and diverse goods and services from unique handicrafts, exotic foods, arts, music and dance. Kandy has a really cool vibe and is somewhere you can happily explore for an extended period of time.

Project Tasks
Witness and learn from various methods of treating patients
Acquire knowledge and practices from an overseas healthcare system
Get involved in treatments if experienced 

Typical day

Monday to Friday
During Monday to Friday you will volunteer at the hospital from 08.00 to 13.33. Working hours can be changed according to the medical department’s requirement.

Free-time activities

Here are a few things you can do in Sri Lanka!

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.

Adam’s Peak
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.

Tea Plantations
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.
Water Sports
Swimming
Sightseeing
Shopping/
Souvenirs
Climbing
Hiking
Museum/
Opera

Require­ments

In order to join the program you need to be at least 18 years old on the program start date. There might be exemptions if you can provide the permission of your legal guardian(s) or if your are accompanied by your parents.
Language Skills
You need to speak English (basic level)
Criminal Background Check
required
Education Requirements
Medical at University level
Required Documents
Proof of medical training/ or a healthcare student
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Other Skills
Medical professional or student.
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday

What's Included

Services by Involvement Volunteers IVI
Accommodation
3 meals p/day weekdays / 2 meals p/day weekends
Arrival airport transfer (Sat/Sun arrivals)
Filtered drinking water, coffee & tea
1 day orientation
Daily transportation to project
In country 24/7 support & emergency assistance
Fundraising support
University course credits (where applicable)
Certificate of Completion
Airport Pickup at Bandaranaike International Airport

Airport 
Bandaranayake International Airport (CMB)

Arrival Time(s)
Sunday 05:00 to 21:00
Accommodation
Accommodation is included for the duration of your volunteer program. The volunteer house is conveniently located around 2 km from Kandy and about a 15 min walk to the nearest supermarket and ATM. You’ll share rooms with 4-6 other volunteers of the same gender with a shared toilet per room. A fridge, safety deposit boxes, lockable rooms, hot showers, bed linen and fan are included with volunteers expected to bring their own towel. Laundry facilities are available at a small fee. The centres do not have Wi-Fi. Most volunteers will purchase a local data plan and connect this to their personal devices.

Dorm Room
Food & Beverages
3 meals per day are provided during weekdays and 2 meals per day on weekends. Safe filtered drinking water is provided along with tea and coffee. You can expect meals with rice, coconut, spices, roti, lots of vegetables & sparing amounts of meat. 

Internet Access
Sorry, no access at the project site
What's NOT included?
Visa, flights, travel insurance or vaccinations are NOT included in the program fees.
Flight Tickets
The nearest airport is Bandaranaike International Airport (CMB) in Colombo. We assist you to find cheap flights to Sri Lanka.
Travel Insurance
Going abroad is an adventure and it is always best to be prepared. Sudden illness or injury, cancellation or theft - a travel insurance for Sri Lanka provides security and is a plus to have.
Vaccines
If you are intending to volunteer in Sri Lanka you should seek medical advice before starting your social journey. Check your required vaccinations for Sri Lanka.

Dates & Fees

NO CREDIT CARD FEES

Details on arrival

Program starts every Monday. Arrivals on Sat/ Sun. If arriving on Sat, an extra night is charged.

Availability
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Duration
1 - 20 weeks

Program fees

Costs: Prices in USD
1 week (min. stay)
$710
2 weeks
$870
3 weeks
$1,150
4 weeks
$1,430
8 weeks
$2,570
12 weeks
$3,700
20 weeks (max. stay)
$5,450
Average fees
$491 /week

Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated. Involvement Volunteers IVI will let you know about the final price during your application process.
Deposit (15%)
The deposit is simply to reserve your volunteer placement. Payments are handled by PayPal, our trusted global payment provider. If you don't have a PayPal account, you can also pay using a credit card.
Final Payment (85%)
Your final payment will be agreed with Involvement Volunteers IVI during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.

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Hospital Internship Assistance

By joining the medical volunteering project in Kandy, Sri Lanka, you will get the chance to observe the patients at one of the oldest and the largest hospitals in Kandy.

$491/week

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