An expecting mother has a health check done by a Projects Abroad Midwifery intern in Sri Lanka.

Midwifery Internship in Sri Lanka

Gain work experience and learn directly from local midwives in different maternity units at hospitals

¿De qué se trata?

Join our Midwifery internship in Sri Lanka and learn more about midwifery practices in a developing country by shadowing midwives at work. You’ll encounter conditions that you’ll have only read about in textbooks before, and spend time in maternity units at hospitals. This means you’ll gain insight into all aspects of care for new mothers and babies.

This is a great way to add valuable experience to your CV and prepare for your future career as a midwife. You’ll also learn new skills at our medical workshops and take part in our community outreaches. On these outreaches, you’ll do practical health checks, which assist those who don’t have regular access to basic healthcare.

You’ll live and work in the towns of Panadura or Kalutara, and stay with a local host family. You’ll have the opportunity to explore the tourist sites in your leisure time, and take part in social events with other interns and volunteers.

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Duración Mínima: 

1 semana


18 o más
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Is a Midwifery internship in Sri Lanka right for me?

Are you planning on a career in midwifery? Maybe you’re a midwifery student or recent graduate looking for work experience? If so, this internship may be the perfect choice for you.

You’ll get to learn from skilled midwives and other healthcare professionals at hospitals.You’ll get insight into how mothers and newborns are cared for in a developing country. You’ll also be able to add midwifery work experience in Sri Lanka to your CV, and have interesting points to talk about in applications or interviews.

This internship is largely observational, but you will be able to learn a great deal. You’ll get to rotate through different maternity units, from theatre to labour. Practical work is available in the form of our regular medical outreaches. Here, you’ll do basic health checks for people in disadvantaged communities.

Please note that you need to be 18 years or older to join this project.

The internship is available year-round, from a minimum of four weeks. However, our start and end dates are flexible, so you can choose a time which suits you.

A group of interns from Projects Abroad are seen decorating the childrens room at a local hospital whilst on their midwifery internships in Sri Lanka.

What will I do on this project?

On this internship, you’ll get to learn a great amount about midwifery practices in Sri Lanka. Things you can do include:

  • Observe midwives as they go about their daily work in different maternity units
  • Take part in medical outreaches which benefit the local community
  • Learn from local doctors and gain new skills at medical workshops
  • Learn about traditional Ayurvedic medicine, an alternative healthcare practice

Your work will focus on the following areas:

Observe midwives as they go about their daily work in different maternity units

Your main role on this internship is to shadow midwives and other medical staff as they go about their day. You’ll have the chance to rotate through different maternity units, such as theatre, labour, and postnatal. This allows you to learn about all the different aspects of care for new mothers and babies.

Take part in medical outreaches which benefit the local community

We organise monthly medical outreaches in disadvantaged communities. These provide basic healthcare checks and treatment for those who would otherwise not have access to medical care. While not directly related to midwifery, you’ll still gain insight into medical practices in Sri Lanka. It’s also an opportunity to take part in practical work, such as taking blood pressure and dispensing medication.

All of your outreach work is supervised by a medical professional.  

Learn from local doctors and gain new skills at medical workshops

To ensure you get the most out of this internship, we also organise regular workshops for all our medical interns. These are run by local doctors, and give you the chance to learn new skills. For example, they will teach you techniques that you can put into practice at the medical outreaches. You’ll also find out more about the symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment of common diseases in Sri Lanka.  

Learn about traditional Ayurvedic medicine, an alternative healthcare practice

You also have the option to learn about traditional Ayurvedic medicine. This is not offered as part of the standard Midwifery Project, so please let us know if you are interested in pursuing this option.

Ayurveda is one of the world’s oldest holistic treatment systems, and includes treatments such as herbal medicine, special diets, and acupuncture. In Sri Lanka, this traditional practice is officially recognised, and there are hospitals specifically dedicated to Ayurvedic medicine where you can intern.

What types of midwifery placements are available in Sri Lanka?

On this Midwifery Internship, you can rotate through some of these Obstetrics and Gynaecology units:

  • Prenatal
  • Labour
  • Antenatal

There may also be the opportunity to observe procedures in theatre, or shadow staff in the Paediatrics department.

Two medical interns take a break during a community outreach organised by Projects Abroad in Sri Lanka.

Where in Sri Lanka will I work?

As a Midwifery intern, you’ll either be based in Colombo, Panadura, or Balapitiya. Sri Lanka has an extensive and affordable public transport network, so it should be quite easy for you to travel around and explore the country in your leisure time. Sri Lanka is famous for its incredible natural landscapes and historical monuments.


Colombo is the largest city in Sri Lanka, and a bustling commercial and tourism hub. You will either be working at a specialised women’s hospital, or at a teaching hospital where local medical interns complete their rotations.


Panadura is a large town situated on the coast, around 30 km south of Colombo. You’ll be working in a government-run women’s hospital.


Balapitiya is a small town on the south-west coast of the country. Here you’ll be working at a local base hospital, in the gynaecology, obstetrics, and paediatrics departments.

Recibimiento en el aeropuerto, vuelos y visado

Cuando llegues al aeropuerto, personal de Projects Abroad te estará esperando. Puedes encontrar más detalles sobre tu llegada al aeropuerto, orientación y visado en nuestra página de Procedimientos de Llegada a Sri Lanka.

A typical day on the Midwifery Project

Once you’ve enjoyed a hearty breakfast at the home of your host family, it’s time to head to work. You’ll travel to your placement via bus or rickshaw. Sometimes you may even be within walking distance. Whichever option you take, a staff member will accompany you on your first day to show you the way.

A typical day on this project runs from 8.30am - 12.30pm, and then from 2pm - 4pm, Monday to Friday. However, these hours may vary. The exact schedule will be discussed during your induction.

Activities will vary according to your midwifery placement you’ve chosen in Sri Lanka. In general, you will spend your day observing midwives, doctors, and nurses at work. You’ll shadow staff in different maternity units, ranging from prenatal to theatre and labour. This is an exciting opportunity to gain insight into all aspects of maternity and child care.

On medical outreach days, you’ll get to take part in more practical work. Here you’ll help to take vital signs such as blood pressure or blood sugar, dispense medication and food, and assist wherever needed. This is important work that provides basic medical care in disadvantaged communities.

When you’re done for the day, it’s time to sit back and relax. We organise regular social events for our interns, so that you can get to know each other while having fun and learning about the local culture. Or explore your new surroundings, watch the sunset from the beach, and try out some Sri Lankan-style cuisine from a neighbourhood restaurant.

Projects Abroad male intern is seen performing a check up on a baby as part of his midwifery internship in Sri Lanka.

What are the aims and impact of this Midwifery Project?

The main aim of this project is to provide you with an educational experience. Many of the interns who join us are looking for international work experience in a country different from their own. This is a great way to prepare yourself for your future career as a midwife, while enhancing your CV.

We give the opportunity to learn from qualified local professionals, and gain insight into midwifery practice in Sri Lanka. You will also take part in valuable cross-cultural exchange, sharing knowledge and experiences with medical staff.

Projects Abroad also organises monthly medical outreaches in disadvantaged communities. Here you’ll provide basic medical treatment to locals under supervision. This is important work, as the communities we work in don’t have regular access to basic medical services. 

We have identified the following goals as the focus of our medical work in Sri Lanka:

  • Promote the exchange of medical knowledge
  • Promote awareness of non-communicable diseases, such as diabetes and high blood pressure
  • Improve access to basic healthcare for disadvantaged groups
  • Improve hygiene standards
  • Reduce the number of cases of Dengue fever

Join us on a Midwifery Internship in Sri Lanka and learn from skilled midwives as they care for new mothers and babies.

Local Sri Lankan women provide their details for medical staff at an outreach organised and run by Projects Abroad.

Planes de gestión

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Básicamente, nuestros Planes de Gestión nos ayudan a mejorar nuestros proyectos. Esto significa que formarás parte de algo que tiene un impacto real donde más se necesita. Lee más sobre nuestros Planes de Gestión.

Midiendo nuestro impacto

Nuestros proyectos trabajan hacia objetivos claros a largo plazo con objetivos anuales específicos. Cada voluntario e interno que enviamos a nuestros proyectos nos ayudan a trabajar para alcanzar estos objetivos, sin importar cuánto tiempo participen en sus proyectos.

Cada año miramos hacia atrás y vemos cuánto hemos progresado hacia esos objetivos. También creamos un Reporte de Impacto Global que documenta nuestros logros. Obtén más información sobre el impacto que logra nuestra comunidad global de voluntarios, internos y personal y lee el último informe.

Comida y alojamiento

Te alojarás con una familia hospedera en Sri Lanka. Ellos te recibirán en su hogar, dispuestos a compartir sus costumbres y aprender sobre tu cultura. Creemos que esta es la mejor forma de sumergirte en el estilo de vida esrilanqués y tener una experiencia realmente única.


Haremos lo posible por alojarte con al menos otro voluntario o interno de Projects Abroad. Tu habitación será sencilla pero cómoda, limpia y segura.


El coste del programa incluye tres comidas al día.


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Actividades de ocio y tiempo libre

Sri Lanka es muy conocida por sus diferentes paisajes. Hay algo para todos en este vibrante país, desde playas hasta selvas tropicales.

El colorido mercado de Pettah es una visita obligada. Puedes hablar con sus amigables vendedores, comprar productos hechos a mano y disfrutar de la atmósfera electrizante a tu alrededor. Si quieres otro tipo de experiencia, puedes pasar la tarde en el Museo Nacional de Colombo. El templo budista Gangaramaya también es algo que debes ver.

La ciudad Galle es un puerto marítimo con una fuerte herencia holandesa y varios edificios coloniales que puedes explorar. También puedes caminar en sus colinas, bañarte en frescas cascadas y visitar sus tradicionales aldeas en las montañas.

Los parques nacionales de Sri Lanka incluyen safaris donde puedes admirar la vida silvestre, como leopardos y elefantes. O pasa una tranquila mañana observando aves en sus santuario. También hay reservas de vida tropical llenas de increíble biodiversidad.

Puedes compartir todas estas experiencias con otros voluntarios o viajar por tu cuenta.

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