Kandy Medical Project

By joining the medical project in Kandy, you will have the opportunity to observe patients at one of the oldest and largest hospitals in the region.

Additionally, you will get to explore the scenic highlands of Sri Lanka, famous for its tea plantations. During your time at the hospital, you will learn about the medical system, medical techniques, and procedures by observing alongside highly experienced and knowledgeable hospital staff.


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Program Description

The fall of the Kandyan Kingdom in 1815 led to the establishment of Western (English) Medicine and the initiation of hospitals throughout the island. Dr. John Davy, an army surgeon and physician, served Governor Sir Robert Brownrigg from 1817 to 1819. He came to Kandy with the British Troops and resided next to Diyawadana Nilame on Malabar Street (now known as Anagarika Dharmapala Mawatha). A Military Hospital was built in a renovated existing building, located at the present site of the “Kandyan Art Association.” It later served both military and civilians, particularly for Cholera and Smallpox.

After 1821, Indian laborers came to Sri Lanka for coffee and later tea enterprises, leading to the need for civil hospitals due to poor nutrition, Cholera, and Malaria. The civil medical department separated from the military service, and Colonial Surgeons were appointed to the Central Province. The medical Board also appointed vaccination officers responsible for vaccinating the public against Smallpox. In 1861, an infectious disease hospital in Deyyannewela (the Smallpox Hospital) was established. This pauper hospital was later expanded to become the General Hospital Kandy, with one of its earliest buildings being the Cholera ward in 1866.

Teaching Hospital Kandy has strong links to the University of Peradeniya and conducts undergraduate training programs for university students studying Medicine and Postgraduate Institute of Medicine (PGIM), a national institute attached to the University of Colombo. PGIM appoints post-graduate trainees, registrars, and senior registrars to this hospital regularly, as it is one of the oldest hospitals providing the entire range of medical and surgical specialties under a single institution’s administration. Teaching Hospital Kandy also serves as a training center for student nurses from the Nurses Training School in the Hospital. Additionally, it offers teaching facilities for foreign students seeking exposure to Tropical Diseases. This hospital has over 2200 beds.

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

Add-on: +Learning

There is no +Learning add-on available for this program.

Aims & Objectives

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


Monday to Friday

The program functions from Monday to Friday and the normal hours at the hospital will be from 08.00 to 13.30. Working hours can be changed according to the medical department’s requirement.

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

Starting Dates

During 2023

This program starts every week.

During 2024

This program starts every week.

Participant Criteria & Requirements

Standard Requirements

Minimum age: 18

Maximum age: 

Minimum English level: Basic

CRB required: On Signup

Passport copy required: On Signup

Resume copy required: On Signup

Required qualification: Yes

Additional Requirements

For this placement, it is a must that participants are Medical Students. You should get a prior confirmation from us 04 weeks before your arrival. You should email the following documents 04 weeks prior to your arrival.

  • Detailed Curriculum Vitae (CV).
  • Certification letter from the university stating that you follow a medical degree.
  • A letter from you (addressed to the Kandy General Hospital) requesting the hospital to grant permission for you to take part in the medical project.
  • University Insurance Certificate.

It is also advised that you are :

  • Physically and mentally prepared to take on these medical initiatives.
  • Proficient understanding of healthcare principles.
  • High level of efficiency, accuracy and responsibility and can work under pressure and is a team player.
  • Older participants or over 65 years are required to have a medical clearance as proof of their physical fitness as they may perform various activities.
  • Recommended a COVID – 19 Vaccination, purchase travel insurance, medical and Covid – 19  insurance prior to your arrival.
  • Recommended vaccinations often include hepatitis A, typhoid, tetanus and polio.

Additional Equipment

Medical Belongings:

  • Please bring your own scrubs (Light Blue) and stethoscope. In addition, you can also bring your own face mask and medical gloves.
  • Bring a complete set of medical uniform and medical shoes,preferably a medical uniform or a Doctor’s coat.
  • Refillable water bottles and hydration packs to stay hydrated throughout the day particularly during your medical internship.

Dress Code:

  • Wear modest and tidy clothes if you are visiting temples during your free time . Wherever you go into a temple ladies MUST cover their shoulders and knees, and basically the more that is covered the better. For men it is also best to cover as much as possible in a religious site.
  • The locals do tend to dress more conservatively and the safest choice of clothes to bring is “smart casual” as a great compliment and a sign of respect for their culture.
  • Comfortable sandals are a must, and should be easy to take off as most Sri Lankans do not wear shoes indoors.

Personal belongings such as:

  • Bring Personal toiletries such as basic soap, shampoo, toothpaste and towels.
  • Bring a hat, sunglasses to protect from the heat of the sun when having your personal activities during your spare time.
  • An environmentally friendly sunscreen or lotion is also advised to protect you from the heat of the sun and please carry with you preventive agents during outdoor activities, such as mosquito repellents for insect bites or other insects that may irritate your skin.Protective measures against mosquitoes, you might consider a net for your bed.
  • Medicines you may require and especially if you have to take specific medicines on a regular basis, bring them along. Also you can bring a simple first aid kit with yourself.
  • You might want to bring a prescription of Keflex, or another type of oral antibiotic that can help with stomach ailments.