Volunteer Midwifery Projects in Sri Lanka
- Placement location: Panadura
- Role: To gain valuable midwifery knowledge by observing midwifery procedures within a variety of different units
- Type of placements: Hospitals and outreach work
- Requirements: Volunteers must be 18 years or older
- Accommodation: Host family
- Price: From
- What’s included? Food, accommodation, transfers to and from our specified airport, transport to and from work where required, insurance, personal webpage, induction and orientation, 24/7 support
- What’s not included? Flights, visa costs, spending money
- Length of placement: From 4 weeks
- Start dates: Flexible
Volunteering on a Midwifery project in Sri Lanka is exciting. Volunteer midwives gain a great deal of valuable work-experience in a maternity hospital, or the maternity units of larger hospitals. You will find the facilities are generally of a basic standard, so you may witness different midwifery practice than you are used to.
Your exact role within the hospital will be determined by your level of midwifery experience as well as the enthusiasm and effort which you show to the local staff. You will have your own supervisor who will ensure that you have the opportunity to learn as much as possible during your placement. Whilst you will mainly shadow staff and learn by observing, by becoming a valued member of the team you may be given more to do.
Options for Midwifery Volunteers
We have Midwifery placements based in the coastal towns of Panadura and Kalutara (about 45km south of Colombo) and also in Colombo. You could volunteer in a variety of maternity units such as pre-natal, labour wards, theatre and post-natal.
There are also opportunities to spend time at a hospital specialising in traditional Ayurvedic medicine. This will give you a well-rounded understanding of medicine and healthcare in Sri Lanka.
Outreach Work in Sri Lanka
Projects Abroad also organises regular medical outreach work and workshops for our medical volunteers. Although not always directly related to Midwifery, this will give you a greater understanding of the medical system in Sri Lanka.
On a monthly basis, you can travel to a local town to carry out basic medical checks on the local community, whilst being supervised and supported by qualified doctors. This provides you with the opportunity to carry out extremely valuable work in a community based environment.
Volunteers should be 18 or over to join the Midwifery project in Sri Lanka.
You will live with a Projects Abroad local host family while volunteering on your Midwifery project. In your free time you will be able to explore the coast and towns of the region with the volunteer community.
You can read more detailed information about the aims of the project in our Sri Lanka Medicine & Healthcare Management Plan.