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Internship in Medicine

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Discover Sri Lanka

For a small country it packs a punch.

With its diverse landscapes ranging from rainforest, to arid plains, to highlands and sandy beaches, Sri Lanka is truly magical.

Historically, this beautiful country has been run by the British, Portuguese and Dutch, gaining independence in 1948, all of whom have left their mark. It is now a democracy that continues to make economic progress, moving on rapidly from the 2004 tsunami and the tensions of the last decade. Sri Lanka is now a peaceful, safe destination for travelers and many international travel magazines have selected Sri Lanka as a go to destination.

Look out for the ancient Buddhist ruins, the city of Anuradhapura, Galle Forte, rolling tea estates, national parks, jackfruit curry and, of course, cricket. Seriously, you need to know your cricket rules.

You will become fully immersed in a medical internship - observing and learning from doctors in various departments.


Program Itinerary

This is a fully immersive and dedicated opportunity to gain work experience in medicine.

Overview

Colombo

Welcome to this super cool island

You'll arrive in the hip city of Colombo which is, we have to admit, one of the most beautiful cites in Asia. Think colonial architecture mixed with cosmopolitan style, breezy boulevards, markets and a hip cafe culture. Heaven, and one to explore at the weekends.

You will be based in one of the pretty coastal towns of Balapitiya, Galle, Kalubowila and Kalutara, south of Colombo.

Accommodation

English speaking host family. Rooms are clean and comfy, but don’t expect any hot water!

Expect 1 - 2 volunteers per family, we will check before you go to ensure you have at least one other volunteer to live with.

Food

3 meals a day provided.
Expect to eat a lot of spicy curries, dahls, salads and exotic fruit.

Weekdays

Medical Internship Gain Valuable Work Experience

Gain Valuable Medical Work Experience

Our medical internships are based in hospitals in the towns of Balapitiya, Galle, Kalubowila and Kalutara and are all set up to provide ‘observational’ experience in general medicine, obstetrics, maternity, ENT, paediatrics and ETU. It is possible to specialise or to rotate on a weekly basis through the departments so you can be exposed to and gain experience in each.

Medical Outreach Workshops
We also organise regular medical outreach workshops to give you a greater understanding of the medical system in Sri Lanka.

The outreach workshops are run monthly in rural community centres and provide an opportunity for local people to come and seek basic medical advice and food, free of charge.

Here you will have the opportunity to give basic medical checks for the local community, whilst being supervised and supported by qualified doctors.

There will also be the opportunity to visit schools and centers to give presentations and raise awareness about various healthcare issues.

Experience
Minimum age is 18, no experience required.
CRB check essential, which costs about £20

Program Details & Costs

Very flexible - you can depart on the first Monday of any month and stay from 2 weeks up to 10. We highly recommend you consider going for longer than 3 weeks as it takes time to bed in and the longer you are there the more impact you can make.

Departs 1st Monday of the month

2020: 6 Jan, 3 Feb, 2 Mar, 6 Apr, 4 May, 1 Jun, 3 Aug, 7 Sep, 5 Oct, 2 Nov, 7 Dec

2021: 4 Jan, 1 Feb, 1 Mar, 5 Apr, 3 May, 7 Jun, 2 Aug, 6 Sep, 4 Oct, 1 Nov, 6 Dec

Costs

2 weeks
1 week induction + 1 week medicine
2020: £14652021: £1465

4 weeks
1 week induction + 3 weeks medicine
2020: £18552021: £1855

6 weeks
1 week induction + 5 weeks medicine
2020: £22452021: £2245

8 weeks
1 week induction + 7 weeks medicine
2020: £26352021: £2635

Depart any Monday during July

2020: 6 Jul, 20 Jul

2021: 5 Jul

Costs

2 weeks
1 week induction + 1 week medicine
2020: £14652021: £1465

4 weeks
1 week induction + 3 weeks medicine
2020: £18552021: £1855

6 weeks
1 week induction + 5 weeks medicine
2020: £22452021: £2245

8 weeks
1 week induction + 7 weeks medicine
2020: £26352021: £2635

Dates Don't Suit?

Don't worry - we can work around this, just get in touch and we'll chat through options more suited to you.

Budget

Flights: £700 (depending on time of year and availability)

Spending Money: Approx £60 per week

Independence

With flexible departure dates and no minimum numbers you can pretty much go whenever suits you.

Immersive

By focusing on your internship you will gain valuable work experience.

Fixed Base

You will stay with a local family for the whole time, so you will have that 'home from home' feeling.

Exploring

An adventurers dream, with tea plantations, Galle and squeaky white beaches right on your door step.

Monday to Friday

Our projects are based along the coast, south of the busy city of Colombo. During the week you will be project focused pretty much all day.

Weekends

Weekends will generally be free time. You’re welcome to stay and chill at your house or head off for a change of scene.The transport infrastructure across Sri Lanka is pretty good so getting around will be fairly easy.

Backpacker favourites:

  • Exploring the fort of Galle.
  • Surf and kite surf lessons on the East coast.
  • Train trip inland to visit the tea plantations.
  • Tour the historic city of Colombo.

Hands on Development

Sri Lanka is known to have one of the world’s earliest healthcare systems delivering both western and traditional systems of medicine, especially Ayurvedic. It has achieved a commendable health status for the vast majority thanks to social policies including universal free healthcare and education adopted by successive governments.

However, challenges do remain, which is where our medical interns can assist through our partnerships with government funded hospitals.

Together we aim towards:

1. Cultural exchange.
The internship will create a platform for cultural exchange, with volunteers learning from local staff as well as sharing their experiences with one another. We facilitate platforms where volunteers, local doctors and medical practitioners can share best practices through workshops, in-house seminars or informal exchanges.

2. Improved access to basic health care for disadvantaged groups.
Despite free universal healthcare in Sri Lanka, some disadvantaged groups are still unable to access hospitals. We arrange monthly medical camps with the aim of offering basic medical check-ups and services closer to these groups.

3. Improved hygiene standards.
Poor sanitation can lead to a host of hygiene-related diseases and infections. We raise awareness about hygiene by organising activities in schools and villages, in order to prevent serious illness and improve the overall health of the population.

Leaper's Highlights

Have a read of what our current volunteers are doing from around the world to give you a flavour of Leap life...

Namibia week 1: camera traps, hiking and tree babies Millie Edwards

Waking up to such an incredible view on day 2 and being briefed about the month ahead by our pretty cool hosts – Andrea and Red, definitely made the journey worthwhile and made us excited for the days to come. After a relaxing morning getting used to camp life, we headed off to set up some camera traps, to hopefully catch some leopard action with the help of none other than Chanel No.5. Finishing the day with sunset beers on ‘the saddle’ was the perfect ending to our introduction of the trip.

Day 3. What felt like a very early start we began our first game drive. The afternoon was a mystery with Red telling us we were receiving our ‘babies’, these were our very own trees which we will care for and attempt to grow during the next month. Imi G and Emily have called theirs Patrick and have treated him like one of the family.

On day 4 the manual labour kicked in. We made a new track by clearing rocks so the car can reach a new destination, which was oddly satisfying. George and Magnus got straight on it, heading up the demolition team.

Day 5 & 6. The two day canyon hike was upon us. After a few shade breaks, food stops and the birth of ‘Lucifer’ (George’s staff), we eventually came across our camp site for the night by the Orange River and without wasting any time we jumped straight into the river to cool down and cover ourselves in mud.

Today we began Permaculture across the camp and visited the local community in the afternoon. Football, Rugby, Netball and a lot of singing and dancing was involved and thoroughly enjoyed by everyone. The kids could run laps around all of us and most definitely dance better than our whole group put together.

With love,

Millie & the team

Ex Head-Hunters and Mulu National Park Ellie Walton

After spending a few days in Kuching we’ve been able to explore further. To start of our few days we visited the cultural village of Mentu in Sarawak. Luckily the sun was shining for us so we were able to walk around at our leisure. We were introduced to several tribes and sub tribes, the names of which I struggle to remember due to their complicated pronunciations! One that stuck however, was the Iban tribe as that was the tribe of the recently visited village. Seth, our team leader and tour guide is from the “head hunting” tribe so we had previously learnt of how the Ibans would seek the heads of those who crossed them; they would cut their heads off and display them.

During our down time we thought we’d kick back with a few beers, we were lucky enough to catch karaoke night which definitely gave us a laugh or two… it was a good opportunity to hear some obscure Malaysian music, however we were unable to compete with the locals despite our exceptional rendition of Celine Dion!

After an evening filled with laughter, we flew over to Mulu National Park where we would embark on a new little adventure. From rides in the long boats along the river, to seeking out bats from the deer cave, we were constantly on the move exploring different parts of the exotic national park. We were luckily able to take a dip in the clear water cave pool after touring around caves and the local area, where all browsed amongst the homemade jewellery and gifts.

Once we caught the third plane of the day, we were ready, set and go for the next community project, after a leisurely few days. We look forward to teaching and building within a different community and shift in culture.

Alpacas and Exploring Arequipa Aela Morris

It’s hard to believe that we’ve already been in Peru for a week. It feels like only yesterday that we were jet-laggedly meeting at the hostel in Arequipa for the first time. We’ve done a lot of exploring of the area around the square, and eaten lots of yummy food. We visited Santa Catalina monastery, which was built during the Spanish colonization of Peru, and where nuns still live in cloisters (and, according to pictures, play volleyball in habits). Our guide Arlich took us to an alpaca farm, where they process wool and make products using the same traditional methods that Peruvians have been using for generations. We also went white water rafting, which was insanely fun, even though the water was freezing and we all got soaked. While staying at the hostel, we’ve had four days of Spanish lessons in Arequipa, which we all completed with varying degrees of success. I think that the experience of being in the communities will be the best teacher.

On Wednesday, we took a 6 hour bus ride through the mountains to Cabanaconde, where we played soccer in the street with some local kids and then stayed overnight at a hostel before setting off the next morning for the long trek into Colca Canyon.

3 hours, all downhill, while breathtakingly scenic, stops being fun after a while. Eventually though, we made it to the oasis, albeit in a sweaty, dusty heap. We spent the rest of Thursday and all of Friday hanging out, swimming in the pool, and playing like 1,000 rounds of Go Fish in the bottom of the canyon. We also celebrated one of our group member Yasmin’s 18th birthday. Saturday morning, we rose at the extremely ungodly hour of 4:30 am to start hiking back up in order to beat the scorching afternoon heat. Well, some of us trekked, and some of us, like myself, were too sore from going down and had to get horses to take us up. I’m excited to explore more of Peru and begin our homestay!

"Thank you for the best month of my life and for all the memories I will cherish forever!​​"

I miss waking up at camp every morning surrounded by an incredibly special group of people, knowing that each day would start with a new adventure and end watching the insane Namibian sunset. Red and Dre are two of the most inspiring people and I feel very lucky to have had the opportunity to learn so much from them, and help in a range of ways with their conservation work.

It is strange how quickly you adjust to bush life and nothing will compare once you leave. I cannot wait to visit Kum Kum in the future and see how much has changed.

- Freya

"Amazing hospitality and care"

These 4 weeks in the Namibian desert were definitely an unforgettable experience. We all learnt so much about not only wildlife conservation, but also the essential camping skills and how liberating life is without wifi!

The base-camp was very comfortable, clean, and homely with Red and Dre's amazing hospitality and care. I would definitely recommend this trip to anyone of any age. I have no doubt that the landscape and tranquility cannot be found anywhere else.

- Sascha

"Thank you so much for giving my son life long friends and experiences"

My son has just got back from an amazing trip to Madagascar. The Leap were great in keeping in contact with emails, blogs and can call and get a speedy reply if you need to contact them, thank you so much for giving my son life long friends and experiences.
Many thanks to Milly from The Leap who was amazing.

- Nikki Field

"Awesome, reliable, trustworthy, caring people "

An excellent, very caring group of people who go out of their way to find a solution that works for you. My situation was a little unusual, as my son has Aspergers Syndrome and ADHD and I needed a company who could really listen, understand the situation and find a solution that would work for him.

This fantastic group of people were always there with quick responses and well thought out solutions. Not to mention, it was something that was very last minute. I've had to explain Aspergers to many who have been a part of my sons life over the years - many don't get it, or don't want to get it, or they will only provide a "one sized fits all" solution (which doesn't work) and no options (they don't want to deal with it). This company embraced it and went above and beyond (that's you Jenny).

My son is on his placement now and is loving it - successful because this company listened, responded, and was happy to provide out of the box solutions that worked. Thanks you so much for your part in what will be one of, what will be greatest learning and development opportunities my son has experienced.

- Denise

"Thank you again so much for providing such a wonderful gap year experience - we shall keep on recommending you!"

Just to say Harry is back home now having had an absolutely wonderful time in Ecuador, full of enthusiastic anecdotes and stories of his experiences in the last 10 weeks. I'd just like to say thank you to you and the team for your immaculate organisation of the whole trip and for your phone calls and emails keeping us fully informed of progress along the way.

We have really appreciated this attention to detail and suffice to say it has been as fabulous an experience for Harry as it was for his sister, Lucy three years ago, who still remembers her own trip to Ecuador with equal fondness. They are having fun comparing notes!


- Jane and Bob Caton

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