Physiotherapy volunteer with patient

Physiotherapy Internship in Sri Lanka


Our physiotherapy placement in Sri Lanka is designed to give you hands-on experience in your specialist field whilst giving you the unique opportunity to travel and meet some amazing people along the way. Physiotherapy is an essential cog in the healthcare wheel and it is necessary for helping to restore movement and function for those recovering from injury or illness or dealing with a disability; it’s essential in helping patients regain their independence as much as possible and can also help to reduce the risk of further illness or injury in the future. So not only will the work you will be doing help to add an edge to your CV and give you more exposure in the industry, and working in a developing country like Sri Lanka.
Taking your medical placement abroad will give you hands-on training in a completely different setting. But most importantly of all, you will learn about the world of healthcare and medicine in a place where resources are limited and not everyone has access to the care that they need. Many of our placement volunteers come with an open mind and open heart, and they come back with new found sense of compassion and understanding for those who are not as lucky as we. Not only will this volunteer experience change the way you think, but it will impact your life for the better and give your travel a much deeper meaning.

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What is involved

Your physiotherapy internship gives you an opportunity to live in the tropical paradise of Sri Lanka in the gorgeous southern Province of Galle. Our Physiotherapy internship will work in a rehabilitation centre working with patients with disabilities both acute and chronic as a result of surgery, trauma, tumour or stroke related disabilities and so on. You will be working alongside local physiotherapists, occupational therapists and social care workers. On this program you will supported and guided at all times.

You can also take part in important outreach work, assisting local home visits with doctors for individuals who do not have access to the rehabilitation centre. This program is truly unique and we work closely with you to ensure that your physiotherapy elective gives you the hands on exposure that you need.

Living and working in Sri Lanka is quite a unique experience as you not only get to live in tropical paradise but working in the community will give you a chance to experience the wonderful hospitality of Sri Lankans. On the weekends you can go surfing or get some beach time,  enjoy the serene tea plantations or Ella or go for a wild life safari to Yala National Park.

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Some details

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January April July October January April
9, 16, 23, 30 3, 17 3, 10, 17, 24  16, 23 8, 15, 22, 29 9, 23
February May August November February May
6, 13, 20, 27 8, 22 7, 14, 21 6, 23, 20, 27  5, 12, 19, 26 7, 21
March June September December March June
6, 13 12, 19, 26   18  4 5 , 26 4, 11, 18, 25

What your first week looks like

Arrival day

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Your arrival weekend will be relaxed. We will pick you up from the airport and bring you to your accommodation. Depending on your time of arrival, our team will meet you and give you a local orientation so you can get to know the area you are living in. The next day you will be given health and safety briefing, culture orientation and project training before we take you in for your program.


Your project coordinator or a member of the team will be taking you to the project and after introductions you can get started. All your meals breakfast, lunch and dinner will be the accommodation unless you are at the project site or outside. In the evenings most volunteers spend it either exploring local sights, relaxing at the accommodation or preparing for projects.


Biking in Galle
Our local team will suggest many activities for you to do! Your weekends will be free for you to explore Sri Lanka. We highly recommend you to utilise your time so you can get to see more of the country that you are visiting. We usually make recommendations based on past volunteer experiences. Its always better to book excursions in country with other volunteers.

Weekend activities

Iconic Train Rides

Train Ride Ella to Hatton
Ranked in the top 10 train rides in the world- the journey from Ella to Hatton is a must do!

Yala National Park

Yala Natioanl Park Sri Lanka
Spotting Leopards, Elephants and other wildlife at Yala is absolutely phenomenal

Surfing in Lanka

Surfing in Sri Lanka
With some world class beaches and waves, Sri Lanka is undoubtedly a top surfing destination!


Sigiriya Rock
Visit the Sigiriya Rock Fortress, a UNESCO Heritage Site in the Central Province.

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