Join our Midwifery internship in Sri Lanka and learn more about midwifery practices in a developing country by shadowing midwives at work. You’ll encounter conditions that you’ll have only read about in textbooks before, and spend time in maternity units at hospitals. This means you’ll gain insight into all aspects of care for new mothers and babies.
This is a great way to add valuable experience to your CV and prepare for your future career as a midwife. You’ll also learn new skills at our medical workshops and take part in our community outreaches. On these outreaches, you’ll do practical health checks, which assist those who don’t have regular access to basic healthcare.
You’ll live and work in the towns of Panadura or Kalutara, and stay with a local host family. You’ll have the opportunity to explore the tourist sites in your leisure time, and take part in social events with other interns and volunteers.
Children aged 3-14 must be accompanied by at least one adult paying full price
We offer discounts for families and groups of friends travelling together. Call us on +971 (0) 5025 48846 for more info.
When you apply you only pay 1195 AED, which comes off the total price.
Looking to do more than one project? Call us on +971 (0) 5025 48846 to see if we can offer a discount.
Completely flexible dates
Anyone aged over 18 can join
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
A supervisor/mentor at your work placement
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
Support to help you complete registration or internship documents, if applicable
What's not included?
Visa costs (where applicable)
Medical Electives for Students
This project is also perfect for university medical and healthcare elective students. The real-world insight and knowledge you gain will help shape you as a future medical professional. You will also learn to work with different people and get a broader perspective of global healthcare systems and issues. This benefits your career for years to come. We can organise a placement that meets all of your university's requirements.
What will I do on this project?
On this internship, you’ll get to learn a great amount about midwifery practices in Sri Lanka. Things you can do include:
- Observe midwives as they go about their daily work in different maternity units
- Take part in medical outreaches which benefit the local community
- Learn from local doctors and gain new skills at medical workshops
- Learn about traditional Ayurvedic medicine, an alternative healthcare practice
Your work will focus on the following areas:
Observe midwives as they go about their daily work in different maternity units
Your main role on this internship is to shadow midwives and other medical staff as they go about their day. You’ll have the chance to rotate through different maternity units, such as theatre, labour, and postnatal. This allows you to learn about all the different aspects of care for new mothers and babies.
Take part in medical outreaches which benefit the local community
We organise monthly medical outreaches in disadvantaged communities. These provide basic healthcare checks and treatment for those who would otherwise not have access to medical care. While not directly related to midwifery, you’ll still gain insight into medical practices in Sri Lanka. It’s also an opportunity to take part in practical work, such as taking blood pressure and dispensing medication.
All of your outreach work is supervised by a medical professional.
Learn from local doctors and gain new skills at medical workshops
To ensure you get the most out of this internship, we also organise regular workshops for all our medical interns. These are run by local doctors, and give you the chance to learn new skills. For example, they will teach you techniques that you can put into practice at the medical outreaches. You’ll also find out more about the symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment of common diseases in Sri Lanka.
Learn about traditional Ayurvedic medicine, an alternative healthcare practice
You also have the option to learn about traditional Ayurvedic medicine. This is not offered as part of the standard Midwifery Project, so please let us know if you are interested in pursuing this option.
Ayurveda is one of the world’s oldest holistic treatment systems, and includes treatments such as herbal medicine, special diets, and acupuncture. In Sri Lanka, this traditional practice is officially recognised, and there are hospitals specifically dedicated to Ayurvedic medicine where you can intern.
Where in Sri Lanka will I work?
Colombo is the largest city in Sri Lanka, and a bustling commercial and tourism hub. You will either be working at a specialised women’s hospital, or at a teaching hospital where local medical interns complete their rotations.
Panadura is a large town situated on the coast, around 30 km south of Colombo. You’ll be working in a government-run women’s hospital.
Balapitiya is a small town on the south-west coast of the country. Here you’ll be working at a local base hospital, in the gynaecology, obstetrics, and paediatrics departments.
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
Our projects work towards clear long-term goals, with specific annual objectives. Every volunteer and intern we send to these projects helps us work towards these goals, no matter how long they spend on our projects.
Every year we take a step back and look at how much progress we've made towards these goals. We put together a Global Impact Report, which documents our achievements. Find out more about the impact our global community of volunteers, interns and staff make, and read the latest report.
Having a year before the start of my degree in midwifery, I decided to start a midwifery placement with Projects Abroad. I thought the project would give me vital experience and prepare me for the start of my course back in the UK.
Midwifery Internship in Sri Lanka
Over the 10 weeks volunteering in the hospital I witnessed 61 births in total and worked in the labour room, baby clinics and the operating theatre. I also visited some of the antenatal and postnatal wards as well as the special care baby unit.
Midwifery Internship in Sri Lanka
Meet the team in Sri Lanka
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