Hands-On Medical Volunteer Experience In Sri Lanka
Are you a medical student, doctor, nurse or other medical professional? Are you looking for opportunities to gain hands on medical experience? Or are you interested in sharing your medical experience with in impoverished communities? Then our Sri Lanka medical camp project is a perfect opportunity for you.
- Gain hands on medical experience in a stand alone medical camp in Sri Lanka
- Share your medical expertize and make a difference
- A life changing medical volunteer abroad experience starts at $350
- A highly rated program that has been trusted by thousands of volunteers since 2003
Sri Lanka is a dazzling and diverse country. It's home to the infamous Machu Picchu Inca ruins, half of the biggest lake in Latin America, Lake Titicaca, and to the mysterious Nazca lines. Its people are just as varied and interesting as the different parts of the country.
Despite its natural riches and multi-ethnic societies, Sri Lanka is a poor developing country. It is a country that struggles to look after those who live in the rural villages and communities. In Sri Lanka, there are millions of people who live in the rural villages and suffer from a variety of health issues, as well as from poverty and illiteracy. This unfortunate way of life mostly affects the children, women, and elderly people in the rural communities. Unfortunately, the government cannot afford to implement enough healthcare programs to aid these poor people.
This is hands on medical volunteering opportunity. Through this medical volunteering opportunity in Sri Lanka, you will have the opportunity to serve the local communities by using your education and medical skills and experience.
About the Medical Camp in Sri Lanka
The medical camp in Sri Lanka is part of an initiative to provide basic healthcare services to poor families and communities. Through this stand-alone medical camp, we provide locals with basic medical treatment and assistance. The medical camp goes from one poor village to the other according to the needs of the impoverished population. Skilled medical volunteers like you run the camp and examine and treat the locals. You can be part of this program and use your medical knowledge to help them too.
Through this project, you will treat poor and sick elders, women, disabled individuals, and orphan children who are truly in need medical assistance. You will examine, treat, and give your patients advice regarding healthy habits and practices.
A local will doctor will lead and coordinate the medical volunteer team and help you in every step of your medical volunteer journey abroad. Your team leader will be a knowledgeable and experienced doctor who will run the camp, supervise you, guide you, advise you, inform you about the extent of the local health issues, allocate patients, and deal with any communication barriers.
Please note that there may be occasions where mobile medical camps cannot be offered to remote villiages and communities. In these situations, volunteers seeking hands-on medical experiences will be placed in the hospital to work in collaboration with physicians.
Skills and Qualifications
All medical students and professionals with medical background can be part of the Sri Lanka Medical volunteering program, from physicians, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, nurses, midwives, gynecologists, dentists, paramedics, EMTs to physical therapists, and many others.
Through this medical volunteering opportunity in Sri Lanka, you will experience hands on medical volunteer experience and serve the needy and sick people of Sri Lanka.
In Sri Lanka, Global Crossroad's medical camp will be led, coordinated, and supervised by an experienced and knowledgeable local doctor. He or she will stay with you and your group throughout the medical camp to make sure that every thing runs smoothly and that you have a wonderful medical volunteer experience in Sri Lanka.
Your team leader will advise you, guide you, supervise you, and share knowledge about the local health issues. Your team leader will coordinate all volunteers, delegate tasks, and support all medical volunteers. Your team leader will be your most valuable professional contact during this experience. You can contact him or her for any issues or problems in the camp. There may be local nurses and interpreters there as well.
A Sample Itinerary (one week)
When you join IFRE Volunteer's medical camp in Sri Lanka, your daily activities or program itinerary will change depending upon the needs of the communities. There is no fixed program itinerary. Here is a sample:
Day 1: Orientation and Q&A session about the medical camp
Your Sri Lanka experience start with the orientation of the program. On the first day, an orientation session will take place at the Galle Office. You will meet your team leader and learn about Sri Lanka, its culture, history, geography, politics, demographics, and contemporary issues.
After the introduction to your host country, your will learn everything about the medical camp. Then, you will learn about your responsibilities, health and safety procedures, your accommodation, meals, transportation, and what to do and what not to do.
In the end, you can ask questions and clarify any doubts you might have before revising the daily itinerary for the week. This orientation will help you a lot; you will receive precious information that will help you to serve the local communities and to have a successful volunteering experience.
If time allows, you will visit the medical camp. Depending on how the morning goes, you might start your volunteer activities.
Day 2-5: Beginning of your experience as a medical volunteer in the medical camp
You will have breakfast around 7 am. Then, you will head to the medical camp to make sure you are there before 8 am.
8 – 9 am: Set up camp
At 8 am, you will start preparation the medical camp.
9 – 1 pm: Patient check-ups
You will start examining and treating patients from 9 am to 1pm.
We expect locals to start arriving from 9 am. They will be suffering from many different medical conditions raging from general health issues to colds, ear infections, eyesight problems, and skin conditions, among many other aliments.
In addition to giving them medical treatment and care, you will also give them basic health education on different health topics. The Sri Lnaka medical camp will give you incredible opportunities to help the local people and gain hands on medical experience .
There will be a 30-minute break from 11 am to 11:30 am to rest and to refresh.
1 pm: Closing of the medical camp
Around 1 pm, the medical camp will close. Then, you will return to your host family home where they will serve lunch. In the afternoon, you can talk about the next day's tasks or head to Galle to explore the beautiful colonial streets. If you need any help or advice, the local team is always there to help.
Day 6– 7: Off days
You will volunteer during the week, Monday to Friday. The medical camp will close during the weekend. During your time off you can explore Sri Lanka, visit the capital, or find a beach to relax on. Let us know if you need any help organizing activities to do during your weekend off. We have helped many volunteers like you to have great experiences in Sri Lanka during and after volunteering.
The same program repeats the next week.
Important Notice: The sample itinerary above is just to give you a general idea of how we run the medical camp. Prior to your departure, we will send you a final customized itinerary of your medical volunteer trip in Sri Lanka.
Dates And Prices
IFRE Volunteer's medical camp starts on the first and third Monday of each month. However, if you have a small group of more than three volunteers who want to join the program, we can create a customized program to allow your group to start at any date that is more convenient for your group.
Important notice: You can join IFRE Volunteer's International medical camp individually or in a group. We need a minimum of 3 volunteers to run the camp. Therefore, we request that you invite others to make a small group. Or, if this is not possible, please apply at least 2 or 3 months in advance so we can inform you - at least a month in advance - in case we have to cancel the camp setup due to failing to meet the minimum number of volunteers required.
IFRE Volunteer offers the most affordable medical volunteer abroad programs. Our cost is extremely affordable. IFRE Volunteer's international medical camp offers a hands-on medical volunteer experience to volunteers while running the stand alone camp and covering most of the expenses related to the medical camp such as local doctors, nurses, medicine, water, etc.
The IFRE Volunteer's registration fee is $299.
One Week - $625
Two weeks - $900
What Does The Fee Cover?
- Airport pick up and drop off
- Comprehensive travel insurance
- Food (3 local meals a day)
- Support & supervision from local doctors and team
What's Not Included?
- Daily transportation
- Personal expenses
- $100 donation to buy and distribute free medicines to local people - you can pay it locally.
Housing, Food, and Supervision
During your medical volunteer work experience in Sri Lanka, you will stay with a host family near the beautiful, well-kept houses of colonial Galle. Your host family has hosted many other international volunteers before. You will live in a large house with many bedrooms, community rooms with a television, a kitchen, a balcony, electric fans, bathrooms with running water and "Western-style" toilets. You will be sharing a bedroom with one same gender volunteer.
Your local host family will serve Sri Lankan typical food three times per day, which consists of boiled or steamed rice, served with a curry of fish, chicken, beef, mutton, or goat, along with other curries made with vegetables, lentils, or fruits.
Staying with host family will also give you opportunity of becoming further immersed in local culture and understanding Sri Lankan families and ways of life.
Global Crossroad has been running a successful volunteer program in Sri Lnaka since 2003. We have a strong team of professional country coordinators and local staff. The local team will support you throughout your medical volunteering trip to Sri Lanka. The local team will be in charge of all of the logistical support like transportation to and from the airport and to and from the medical camp.
Travel and Extending Your Stay
After you complete your medical volunteer program time commitment, you have the option to stay longer in the country, if you want. You can join another volunteer program and teach English or work with orphans, or simply venture out and explore the rest of the country. We will be happy to help you make the most out of your extension.
Where are the medical camps located?
The medical camp will relocate from community to community in schools, orphanages, clubs and help centers located in the rural villages around Galle, a small and quirky colonial town three hours away from Colombo, Sri Lanka.
Who will benefit from the camp?
This medical volunteer opportunity in Sri Lanka will benefit the most vulnerable locals in rural communities: the elders, women, and children in need. To make sure we can help many locals with their health care needs we provide these medical services for free.
How long will my medical volunteering experience last?
Your medical experience will last one or two weeks, the same as the duration of the medical camp. How long you participate depends entirely on you, on your time, goals and availability.
What kind of tasks will I perform in the medical camp?
In the medical camp in Sri Lanka, you can expect local people sufffering from a variety of health problems. You maybe involved in the following medical tasks:
- Provide basic health care
- Provide first aid
- Administer medication
- Check patients and prescribe medication when needed
- Use your expertise and qualifications when situations arise
- Stitch and dress wounds
- Help patients with physical therapy and rehabilitation
- Record patient details and vital signs including height, weight, blood pressure, body temperature, etc
- Give immunizations
- Promote health education
- Help with personal hygiene
- Do not perform any surgeries or similar procedures.
I am a specialized medical doctor or professional, how can I use my expertise?
The Sri Lanka volunteer medical program aims to give basic medical and health treatment to local people. However, in the camp you can expect many people coming with variety of health issues and medical conditions. Of course, you can use your medical expertise to tream them. But. due to liability issues, our medical limitations, and inability to follow up, we ask all volunteers not to perform surgeries.
Do I need to take equipment and supplies to Sri Lanka?
It helps. We ask all volunteers who want to make the most of this medical volunteering opportunity in Sri Lanka to bring medicines and medical supplies, if possible.
If you can bring medicines or supplies, we will be happy to provide a list of what is needed the most in the area.
What type of supplies should I take with me?
We ask all the volunteers to bring medicines and medical supplies to the camp. Normally, we buy medicine locally and give it for free to those who need it, but sometimes what we have is not enough. Your contribution will help.
List of medical supplies needed (sample):
- Basic medicine for fever, cold and cough
- Latex gloves
- Insect repellent
- Items for basic personal hygiene