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Volunteer Sri Lanka Medical!

Are you a medical student or working in the medical field and want to gain valuable medical experience abroad? Do you dream of making a huge impact on the lives of those suffering without proper access to healthcare? Then keep reading about this exciting medical volunteering experience in Sri Lanka.

Sri Lanka is an amazing country filled with friendly people, rich history and culture, and beautiful scenery and wildlife.

Many travelers come here every year to experience grand temples, mystical ruins and peaceful beaches lined with clear blue waters. This Sri Lanka medical volunteer program is an eye-opening experience for you. You will gain invaluable work experience while immersing in local cultures and making a difference. We offer medical volunteer and internships opportunity in the Teaching Hospital (THK). Established in 1982, this hospital is the largest tertiary care center in the Southern Province.

This project will be amazing for your future career and offer you a lot of work-experience in varieties of medical fields. Besides, your help will assure that the Sri Lankans get an easy access to adequate health care facility.

Are you interested in a once in a lifetime chance to provide care to those less fortunate and gain valuable medical experience while on an exciting adventure in a fascinating country? Then contact Global Crossroad for more information today!

Volunteer Responsibilities & Impacts

Depending on your level of education and experience, your duties during the medical volunteer program in Sri Lanka will vary. Volunteers are not permitted to partake in major diagnostic work or surgery.

Therefore, you will mostly shadow and learn from the local doctors. If you are an experienced medical professional, you will involve in providing basic care and first aid, administering medication, checking on patients and helping with rehabilitation, counseling and assisting with personal hygiene, and assisting with administrative work.

Through this work, not only will you have an impact on the people you help, but yourself as well by gaining valuable hands-on experience in the medical field.

Skills and Qualifications

In order to work in this Sri Lanka medical volunteering program, you need to have some sort of background in the medical field. Whether you are a doctor, nurse, medical student or pre-med student, there is plenty of good you can do in this project.

You should also be a kind and flexible person with great love and passion for helping those in need, as well as possess a great respect for other cultures and traditions. You should be interested in gaining medical experience in a foreign environment and be willing to go outside your comfort zone to help people and tackle exciting novel challenges on a daily basis.

Every day of volunteering in your medical project will be greatly rewarding and filled with novel and fun experiences.

On arrival in Sri Lanka you will be picked up at the airport and brought to your accommodation where you will have the rest of the day to settle in and get comfortable.

  • First Day: - On your first day of volunteering in your medical project Sri Lanka, you will be given a briefing by our staff on everything you need to know and escorted to the clinic or hospital you will be working in to get introduced to the staff and prepare for your upcoming volunteer work.
  • Weekdays: - Your medical work begins in earnest on the second day of the project, and while each day will vary greatly depending on the needs of your placement, a typical day will look like this:
  • 7.00 AM - 7.30 AM – Start the day with a delicious Sri Lankan breakfast together with your fellow volunteers and host family.
  • 7.45 AM – After breakfast, you head out for your project placement for an exciting and rewarding day.
  • 12.00 PM – At noon you will get a break to enjoy the lunch you brought with you from your host family, which is a great chance to get to know your new colleagues on a more personal level, immersing yourself in their culture.
  • 3.00 PM – Around this time your work as a medical volunteer in Sri Lanka will be over for the day, and you can spend the rest of the afternoon and evening to discover Galle, sightsee, relax, socialize or go shopping.
  • 6.45 PM – The day rounds out with a delicious home cooked dinner together with your host family and fellow volunteers, a great chance for some cultural exchange.

Volunteer Sri Lanka Medical: Program Dates

Start Dates:

All Volunteer programs in Sri Lanka start every Monday. However, Global Crossroad is very flexible and understands that various travel constraints that you might face.


Global Crossroad is committed to offering the most affordable and highest quality Sri Lanka Volunteer trips. We strive to keep our costs low. The humanitarian side of the business is our passion.

Global Crossroad's Volunteer opportunity in Sri Lanka application and registration fee cost US $299. The application fee covers the cost of advertising, program promotion, and office expenses (rent, utilities, and staff salaries in USA office).

In addition to the application fee, you are required to pay a weekly program fee. You will pay your weekly fee directly to your host family and project. This way, the fees that you pay will benefit those who rightfully deserve them, and not for company profit.

Duration Medical Project
  1 Week    $380
  2 Weeks    $560
  3 Weeks    $740
  4 Weeks    $920
  5 Weeks    $1100
  6 Weeks    $1,280
  7 Weeks    $1,460
  8 Weeks    $1,640
  9 Weeks    $1,820
  10 Weeks    $2,000
  11 Weeks    $2,180
  12 Weeks    $2,360

Airport Pickup and Transfer to Galle (2 hours)- $100/per person
Language and Culture - $250
Comprehensive Travel Insurance $3.49/day ( below 28 years) and $4.49/day ( above 28 years) »
How your fee is allocated?

Program Fees Cover:

  • Accommodation (volunteers house or host family)
  • Food (local food 3 times a day)
  • In-country support
  • Program Orientation
  • Personalized project
  • Pre-departure information
  • Certificate of completion
  • Fundraising ideas and letters
  • Discount for returning volunteers

Program Fees Exclude:

  • Visas
  • Airfare
  • Personal expenses on soft drinks and foods
  • Daily transportation
  • Airport return transfer

The Volunteering programs in Sri Lanka fees will cover expenses that will begin on the first day of the program (usually the first or third Monday of the month) to the last day of the program. If you arrive before the first day of the program or you decide you stay beyond your program’s last day, you will be responsible for the additional expenses, which would typically be around $30 a day for room and meals at a hostel.

Accommodation and Meal

While volunteering in Sri Lanka medical project, you will be staying with a fantastic and safe host family in Galle. Our host families are selected for their ability to provide you with safe and comfortable accommodation, their willingness to immerse you in their culture and their experience with foreign volunteers. You will share a comfortable room with modern bathroom facilities with volunteers of the same gender and be given three amazing and authentic Sri Lankan meals per day.

Read more about your accommodation and meal in Sri Lanka.

Free Time and Weekend Exploration

When you join medical volunteer program in India, not only will you change the lives of others and your own, you will also have plenty of time to explore the amazing country of Sri Lanka. During the week your evenings will be free to discover everything Galle has to offer, while your weekends (Saturday and Sunday) provide you the opportunity to travel all across the country.

Learn more about your free time and weekend exploration while volunteering in Sri Lanka.

Safety and In Country Support

Global Crossroad takes your safety seriously, and to this end we always carefully vet all our project facilities and accommodation to ensure your safety and comfort. We perform regular inspections of all facilities and provide you with significant support from the moment you book with us until the end of the Sri Lanka medical volunteering project. Your in-country coordinator will be available to help you with anything you need.

Read more about our safety and in-country support.

Volunteer Sri Lanka Medical : FAQs:

Arrival and Departure

You need to fly into Bandaranaike International Airport for our medical volunteer work project in Sri Lanka. A local representative of Global Crossroad will come pick you up at the international airport on your arrival.

Please fly into Sri Lanka only after consulting with our local country coordinator one day prior to the start date of your volunteer project. However, keep in mind that we do not offer any kind of airport drop-off service at the end of your project.


You need to obtain a tourist visa. You can obtain a tourist visa by applying for the Electronic Travel Authority (ETA). The whole process takes a couple of minutes and it can be done online from your home. Check out this link for more information regarding Sri Lankan tourist visas.


Diphtheria, Hepatitis B, Yellow Fever, Measles, Rubella, Mumps, Tetanus, Japanese Encephalitis, Poliomyelitis, and Rabies are the most recommended vaccines by the CDC for those planning to work as a medical volunteer for a week or so.

If you want to learn more about these vaccinations consult with your medical doctor and check out this website 

Where do the volunteers work- hospital or clinics?

While in India, you will either work in hospital or in clinics depending on the availability. In India, Global Crossroad works with a few hospitals. If you are in 4th or 5th year as medical students, or a professional doctors or nurses you can work in more places. Pre-medical volunteers won’t have lot of works to do; they will spend most of their time learning and observing.

Why Medical Volunteering India?

The blend of volunteering and traveling overseas in India is the one that opens your eyes and changes your world perspective, teach you valuable life lessons, and even possibly change the course of your life.

You will gain Hands-on Experience

If you are a medical student and dreaming of being a medical person, then going on a medical volunteer project in India is an exciting way to gain practical medical experience. You get to learn unique methods and techniques used abroad. This is indeed an amazing opportunity to discover and experience the standards of medical practice in the developing country and your home country.

You will gain sense of accomplishment:

One of the most >significant benefits you gain through volunteering abroad is the sense of accomplishments. After joining a healthcare volunteer program, you will work with many other volunteers to make a difference in the life of impoverished people leaving the monetary benefits behind. This humanitarian work will give you a sense of accomplishment and an experience of a lifetime.

You will make a difference:

Being a part of the volunteer in healthcare program in India opportunity not only enriches you with life-changing experiences, but also allows you to make a significant change in the life of disadvantaged India children. You will earn a remarkable sense of accomplishment, pride, and fulfillment knowing that your selflessness and actions have made a significant difference in the lives of those who are less

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You are expected to be open-minded, flexible, humble and patient. You have to be ready to help the people who are in need. Please follow appropriate dress code and as the Sri Lankan common people often have trouble understanding English, please communicate slowly.

Why Volunteer Sri Lanka Medical?

Volunteering in this medical program in Sri Lanka is a life changing experience to gain hands on experience in the medical field while providing significant benefit to poor and disadvantaged people.

You will make a difference.

By providing crucial medical care to those who otherwise would not be able to access it, you will make a significant difference in the lives of your patients, their families and their communities.

You will take on a challenge.

Medical volunteering in Sri Lanka is a great way to challenge yourself and experience new and exciting challenges. By working in this project, you will get to greatly enhance your skills in the medical field as well as improve your people and teamwork skills.

You will collaborate ideas with new people.

Through this medical volunteer project, you will work closely with local medical professionals and volunteers from all over the world, greatly enhancing your ability to work as a team across cultural divides.

You will have Fun While Doing Something Good

Not only will you make a difference in the lives of those you treat, you will have a great and fun-filled experience working with other enthusiastic people and volunteers, experiencing everything this amazing country have to offer.

Other Volunteering Projects in Sri Lanka

If you wish to volunteer in Sri Lanka but lack the medical background or experience needed for this project, have no fear! Global Crossroad arranges many other projects in Sri Lanka, and you can
work in an Orphanage,
teach English,
teaching buddhist monks,
elephant conservation(kegalle),
elephant conservation(pinnawala) and much more

For more information on our exciting programs in India, contact us today.

Medical Volunteer Opportunities in Other Countries

There are sadly many countries in the world in desperate need of medical volunteers, and Global Crossroad arranges volunteering projects to tackle these issues in a wide range of countries. See the list below for some of our most popular and successful medical volunteer programs across the world: