- Experience the joy of knowing someone else's life has been improved because YOU were there.
- Partner with others who understand that a better world begins with changing a single life.
- Your safety is always our priority, every volunteer location has been thoroughly vetted.
- Contribute in the most meaningful way possible by volunteering in one of our life-changing projects.
- One of the most affordable volunteer-abroad programs available worldwide.
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? Sri Lanka is still recovering from its turbulent history of civil wars and many of its citizens are struggling with poverty. There is much economic inequality among the people and the poor segments of the Sri Lankan society have little access to basic necessities, including healthcare. The country also suffers from infectious diseases that is on the rise due to lack of proper health awareness. There is an urgent need to address this issue in Sri Lanka.
Your responsibilities in this program will depend on your skill set and expertise. You will be placed in a renowned local hospital in the department of your choice. Your general duties will include checking patients and providing first aid, vaccinations and medication. Though, you will not be allowed to perform major medical procedures and surgeries, you will be able to shadow and work closely with experienced doctors and other medical staffs. You will also promote health education and medical advice to the patients. By joining this program, you will learn about various procedures and treatment from medical experts and specialists that will be useful for your future career. You will gain a rewarding experience helping patients in need and improving the quality of their lives. You will gain exposure to the healthcare system of Sri Lanka with ample opportunities for honing your medical skills and getting involved in the medical sector of Sri Lanka.
Volunteers below the age of 18 years will need to submit parental consent or must be accompanied by an adult guardian. You need to be a pre-med student, nursing or medical student or have a professional background in Medical or Healthcare for this program.
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Medical Volunteer program - Teaching Hospital Karapitya
I completed a two week medical volunteer program via global crossroads. It was a really great experience as I did not know what to expect.
The global crossroads team before my trip were always readily available to contact and provided all the information required. The placement itself at THK was really interesting and I learnt a lot about completely different health care system in a different part of the world. It was definitely a more observatory role, but during the ward rounds the team would engage and teach along the way.
My homestay with Michael was fantastic - he was always readily contactable and ensured we were as comfortable as we could be (despite the heat!), the rooms and bathroom are clean and the daily meals were great - especially the rice and curry for lunch! It really added to the whole program and I would recommend staying here as it provides you with a more genuine experience as well as having someone there that is able to assist you with transport/bookings etc.