Trip Details

After your introduction week, you will be observing patients alongside a doctor or a nurse at one of the oldest and largest hospitals in Kandy, Sri Lanka.

The fall of the Kandyan Kingdom in 1815, led to the establishment of Western (English) Medicine and initiation of Hospitals throughout the Island. Dr. John Davy was an army surgeon and physician to Governor Sir Robert Brownrigg from 1817 to 1819. He came to Kandy with the British Troops and lived next to Diyawadana Nilame resident in Malabar Street. (At present it is named as Anagarika Dharmapala Mawatha). A Military Hospital was built in a renovated existing building and was located at the site of the present “Kandyan Art Association”. Later it served both military and civilians, especially for Cholera and Smallpox.

After 1821, Indian labourers came to Sri Lanka for coffee and later tea enterprises. Civil hospitals were needed due to poor nutrition, Cholera and Malaria. Once the civil medical department was separated from the military service, Colonial Surgeons were appointed to Central Province. This medical Board appointed vaccination officers who were responsible for vaccinating the public against Smallpox. In 1861 there was an infectious disease hospital in Deyyannewela (the Smallpox Hospital). This pauper hospital was later expanded to become the General Hospital Kandy. One of the very first buildings of the Kandy Hospital was the Cholera ward in 1866.

Teaching Hospital Kandy with strong links to the University of Peradeniya, conducts undergraduate training programmes for the university students studying at the Medicine and Post Graduate Institute of Medicine (PGIM) which is a national institute attached to the University of Colombo. PGIM appoints post-graduate trainees, registrars and senior registrars to this hospital on a regular basis as this is one of the oldest hospitals which provides the entire range of medical and surgical specialities under the administration of a single institution. Teaching Hospital Kandy is a training centre for student nurses who are coming from the Nurses Training School in the Hospital. It also provides teaching facilities for foreign students who seek exposure on Tropical Diseases. This hospital has over 2200 beds.

By joining this project, your main task would be to observe or monitor the patients, treatments, techniques,  alongside the local staff working at the hospital.

 

The project aims to give understanding and learning for volunteers interested in the field of medicine and get exposed to various methods of treating patients in need.

Trip Itinerary

Monday to Friday

The normal working hours for each day are usually from 8:00 am until 1:30 pm although these could change if it is deemed necessary by the hospital routines. Your working schedule will be arranged by the hospital staff when you arrive to ensure that you gain the best possible experiences during your stay.

A typical weekly schedule can look like this:

Monday

  • Breakfast
  • Volunteer at the Hospital
  • Lunch
  • Volunteer at the hospital
  • Dinner
  • Free Time

Tuesday

  • Breakfast
  • Volunteer at the hospital
  • Lunch
  • Volunteer at the hospital
  • Dinner
  • Free Time

Wednesday

  • Breakfast
  • Volunteer at the hospital
  • Lunch
  • Volunteer at the hospital
  • Dinner
    Free Time

Thursday

  • Breakfast
  • Volunteer at the hospital
  • Lunch
  • Volunteer at the hospital
  • Dinner
  • Free Time

Friday

  • Breakfast
  • Volunteer at the hospital
  • Lunch
  • Volunteer at the hospital
  • Dinner
  • Free Time

Evenings: Volunteers are free to sightsee around the local area, do some shopping, and/or plan for the next day.

Weekends – Weekends are free. You are welcome to relax and hang out at the volunteer accommodation with other volunteers or you can use this time to travel and explore Sri Lanka with your new friends.

This schedule can be changed and/or amended depending on weather conditions, local conditions and unforeseen circumstances.

 

Trip Accommodation

Kandy, the last royal capital of Sri Lanka is a major tourist destination. About 115 km from Colombo at 465 meters above sea level. Famous for the Temple of the Tooth and many other temples the city could be called the cultural capital of the island. This bustling market town is rich in cultural diversity and has plenty to offer to the tourists from songs dances and handicrafts to ancient temples and adventure activities. Kandy was a royal capital and the last stronghold of the Kandyan kings against foreign powers, holding out against them for about 300 years. The two main Buddhist Chapters are based here and formed the last centre of independent Buddhist thought during colonial times.

Accommodation

You will be accommodated in one of our centres which are located 2-4 kilometres away from Kandy centre. The accommodation holds 4-8 people per room on a single gender basis. Private rooms can be requested and are subject to availability, please contact us before hand if you would like a private room.

Food Arrangements
You will be provided with three meals a day on weekdays and two meals per day on weekends. The meals are a mix of Western and Sri Lankan food, consisting mainly of vegetarian dishes including rice and vegetables. You can also eat out at any of the local restaurants.

Mandatory Orientation Day
On the Monday of your first week at this location, you will join our orientation day, to familiarize you with the surroundings as well as local culture. Your program will continue as usual from Tuesday onward throughout the rest of the week.

Schedule

  • Welcome, introduction to Sri Lanka and projects, House rules, Code of Conduct, and handling of documents
  • Sinhalese Language Lesson
  • Cultural Lesson

Facilities
Our house is located 2 kilometres away from the city centre, where you can find anything you might need.

The nearest ATM and supermarket are a 15 minute walk away from our accommodation.

Sights & Surroundings
The places to visit during your weekends or on your project holidays are the Royal Botanical Gardens, Knuckles mountain range, Udawatta kele sanctuary, Hortons plains national park and the railway museum.

Trip Country Info

Sri Lanka

Population: approx. 20 million
Capital: Sri Jayawardenepura Kotte and Colombo
Language: Sinhalese, Tamil
Currency: Sri Lankan Rupee (LKR)
Time zone: UTC +5:30

Sri Lanka’s over 2000 years of history and culture can still be seen in every corner of its cities and the details of its ever-beautiful ancient temples. With eight UNESCO World Heritage sites and its short distances between the main sights, Sri Lanka is a country that, despite often being overlooked in itineraries, has left travelers filled with awe.

Visit the sacred home of the world’s oldest living tree in Anuradhapura, wander around the colonial architecture of Colombo, get sun-kissed at the untouched beaches that inclose the territory, snorkel in the crystal-clear waters, head to the hills for a cooler temperature and get surrounded by lush natural, visit two thousand year-old temples or get overawed at the sight of hundreds of elephants in Minneriya.

While traveling through Sri Lanka you will experience adventures from the highest and chilliest mountains like the famous Adam’s Peak – a stairway mountain considered sacred in three different religions, thru the elephant shelters, to the most peaceful beaches up north near Trincomalee and their tiny- one floor- hostels facing the calm sea.

Tru Experience Travel welcome people from all over the world to join ongoing Sri Lankan programs and you can even compose your schedule the way you like it. With this flexibility it enables you to say when you are on site and when you spend time with the new friends you have made from all over the world.

Participant Criteria & Requirements

Standard Requirements

A complete uniform set and a stethoscope should be brought with you.
Detailed CV
Certification letter from the University stating that you follow a medical degree.
A covering letter, requesting your participation at the hospital
Minimum age 20

Additional Requirements

No requirements have been provided.

What's included

  • 24/7 support in case of emergencies
  • Accommodation
  • Airport Pick up
  • English speaking coordinator
  • Meals
  • Orientation

What's not included

  • Airport drop off
  • Flights
  • Travel insurance
  • Vaccination
  • Visa