Dentistry interns and healthcare staff after completing a dental outreach and medical camp in Sri Lanka.

Dentistry Internship in Sri Lanka

Learn directly from dentists at a hospital and get involved with doing health checks during community outreaches

Join our Dentistry Internship in Sri Lanka and prepare for a career in the dental field. You’ll learn by observing dentists examine and treat patients in local hospitals. They’ll teach you how to diagnose and treat dental diseases and conditions, and let you observe procedures. Use this opportunity to expand your knowledge of dentistry and add valuable work experience to your CV.


You’ll get practical experience by taking part in monthly medical outreaches in disadvantaged communities. You can get involved in hands-on tasks, like doing basic health checks, and you’ll work under supervision.  


You will work in the towns of Panadura or Horana, and experience all that daily life has to offer in Sri Lanka with your local host family.


Children aged 3-14 must be accompanied by at least one adult paying full price

We offer discounts for families and groups of friends travelling together. Call us on 01903 708300 for more info.

When you apply you only pay £195, which comes off the total price.

Looking to do more than one project? Call us on 01903 708300 to see if we can offer a discount.

Project Overview

Start Dates:

Completely flexible dates

Minimum Duration:

Four Weeks

Placement Location:

Panadura , Horana (Read More)

Accommodation:

Host family Read More

Requirements :

Anyone aged over 16 can join

What's included in the price?
  • Accommodation

  • Food (three meals a day)

  • Travel and medical insurance

  • Airport pick-up and drop-off

  • Full induction and orientation by an experienced staff member on arrival

  • Transport to and from your work placement

  • In-country support and 24-hour back-up from our team of full-time local staff

  • Emergency assistance from our international emergency response team

  • Project equipment and materials, including access to our database with thousands of resources

  • A supervisor/mentor at your work placement

  • Regular social events and community activities with other volunteers and interns

  • Training and workshops from our experienced local staff

  • Access to our local office with internet connection

  • Certification of project completion

  • Access to our alumni services and discounts

  • Visa support and advice

  • Fundraising support, including your own personalised fundraising website

  • Pre-departure preparation by your own specialist Volunteer Advisor

  • Personalised MyProjectsAbroad website, with all the information you need about your project, accommodation and destination

  • A free cultural awareness course

  • Membership to our volunteer social media groups, to share information and to get in touch

  • Support to help you complete registration or internship documents, if applicable

What's not included?
  • Flights

  • Visa costs (where applicable)

Is a Dental internship in Sri Lanka right for me?

Are you planning on a career in dentistry? Maybe you’re a current student or recent graduate? If so, this internship is ideal for you.


You’ll gain invaluable dentistry work experience in Sri Lanka, as you learn directly from experienced dentists. We encourage you to ask questions and take notes to get as much out of your experience as possible. It will also help grow your CV, and give you excellent points to to talk about in applications or interviews.


Your role in the hospital dental unit is mostly observational. This means that you can join us and learn without having previous experience or training. However, you do need to be at least 18 years old. More hands-on work is available at the discretion of local staff, and is dependent on your level of training or studies.


During your time abroad, you will have the help of our Projects Abroad medical supervisor. Their role is to ensure your internship runs smoothly. You will also have a dentist at your placement who will oversee your time at the hospital.


However, all Dentistry interns will have the chance to do practical work at our regular medical outreaches. These outreaches help people in disadvantaged communities, where there is no access to healthcare services.


This internship is available year-round, but you need to stay for a minimum of four weeks. However, our start and end dates are flexible, so you can choose a time that suits you.

Female Dentistry intern poses with a Healthcare staff member in Hospital during a Dentistry internship placement in Sri Lanka.

Medical Electives for Students

This project is also perfect for university medical and healthcare elective students. The real-world insight and knowledge you gain will help shape you as a future medical professional. You will also learn to work with different people and get a broader perspective of global healthcare systems and issues. This benefits your career for years to come. We can organise a placement that meets all of your university's requirements.


Read more about how we organise healthcare electives.  

What will I do at my Dentistry placement in Sri Lanka?

At the hospital where you work, you’ll learn about many different aspects of dental practice. Some of the activities you will get involved in include:


  • Observe professional staff at work in a dental unit
  • Assist where needed on a range of different tasks
  • Take part in regular community outreaches
  • Learn new skills at medical workshops

Observe professional staff at work in a dental unit


Your main role on this internship is to shadow experienced dental staff at work in a hospital dental unit. You will learn more about specific dental procedures and general oral healthcare. You’ll also witness a range of different procedures.  We encourage you to ask questions and show your willingness to learn. Staff here are happy to share their knowledge with you.


Assist where needed on a range of different tasks


You may also have the chance to assist with a range of different tasks during your shift at the hospital. However, this is dependent on your level of training and experience. Tasks may include providing information to patients about oral hygiene, conducting patient screenings, or assisting with patient care. You may also be needed to prepare the area for dental work, or get materials ready for a procedure.


Take part in regular community outreaches


Together with other medical interns, you will be able to take part in regular community outreaches. These provide basic medical care to disadvantaged people who would otherwise not have access to treatment. On these outreaches you will help to take vital signs such as blood pressure and blood sugar levels. You will also help to dispense medication under the supervision of a doctor.


These outreaches may also take the form of educational visits to schools. Here you will raise awareness about good dental practice for healthy teeth and gums.


Learn new skills at medical workshops


Projects Abroad also run regular workshops for all our medical interns. A local doctor will provide you with basic training so that you are able to take part in the community outreaches. They will also teach you about conditions that are prominent in the area, and share information about diagnoses and treatment. It’s a chance to ask questions and build your knowledge.

Where in Sri Lanka will I work?

You will be working either in the towns Panadura or Horana. Both are located quite near to the bustling former capital, Colombo. Sri Lanka has an extensive and affordable public transport network, which means that you can easily travel around on the weekends to explore the sights.

Panadura

Panadura is a coastal town located around 40 km south of Colombo. It’s a large town, with beautiful beaches that are popular with visitors and locals alike. There is an ancient Buddhist temple, over 200 years old, which is worth a visit while you’re here.


You’ll be interning in the dental department of a government hospital.

Horana

Horana is a town situated around 40 km away from Colombo. While Horana is a small town, it still has many of the modern amenities that you might need. These include grocery stores, banks, and restaurants.


You will be working in the dental unit of a local hospital.

AIRPORT PICKUP, FLIGHTS AND VISAS

When you arrive at your respective airport, a member of Projects Abroad staff will be there to meet you. You can find more detailed information on arrival airports, orientation, and visas on our Sri Lanka Arrival Procedures page.

A typical day on the Dentistry Internship

After you’ve had breakfast in the morning, you will travel to your work placement via bus or rickshaw. If it’s close enough, you can even walk. On your first day, Projects Abroad staff will accompany you to show you the way.


A typical day on this internship runs from 9am - 12pm and 2.30pm - 4pm, Monday to Friday. Your hours may vary. If you live close enough to your host family, you can go home for lunch. Otherwise, you can bring a packed lunch with you.


You will spend your time observing staff in the dental unit at a local hospital. This is a great way to experience a day in the life of a dentist and all that it entails.


From screening patients to minor surgical procedures, you will witness a wide range of different activities. Dental staff may need to you assist from time to time, whether you’re sorting case files or preparing materials for a procedure.


On certain days you will break away from your regular schedule to take part in community outreaches. This is a great opportunity to experience medical work in a different setting. On these outreaches, you’ll work under the supervision of a local doctor to check vital signs and dispense medication.


Once you’re done for the day, it’s time to enjoy all that Sri Lanka has to offer. You can spend time getting to know your host family over a delicious dinner, or explore the surroundings. We run regular social events for our interns and volunteers, which is a great way to make new friends from around the world.

Students doing a Projects Abroad Dentistry internship in Sri Lanka take part in a medical outreach in a rural community.

What are the aims and impact of this Dentistry internship?

The aim of this project is to provide interns with an educational experience that builds their practical knowledge and prepares them for their future career.


Many of the people who sign up for our healthcare internships are students or recent graduates looking to learn and gain real-world experience. We facilitate this cross-cultural exchange by matching interns with medical organisations in developing countries. You’ll learn from qualified and experienced dentists, who are eager to help you develop.


Another one of our goals in Sri Lanka is to improve access to basic healthcare for disadvantaged groups of people. While the government provides healthcare to all citizens, it has limited capacity and can be inconsistent. To address this, we run regular medical outreaches which serve around 150 - 500 patients at a time. This is critical work, as these people would otherwise not have access to medical care. Working with fellow medical interns, you’ll conduct basic health checks and distribute food and medicine.


We also work towards these goals in Sri Lanka:


  • Promote awareness of non-communicable diseases such as diabetes and high blood pressure
  • Improve hygiene standards
  • Reduce the number of cases of Dengue fever


Join us on a dental internship in Sri Lanka that incorporates both observational and practical work, for a well-rounded experience that will boost your CV.

Female Dentistry intern teaches a group of school children about good dental hygiene during her Dentistry placement in Sri Lanka.

Management Plans

We set out the aims and objectives of our projects in documents called Management Plans. We use them to properly plan the work you’ll do. They also help us measure and evaluate our achievements and impact each year.


Ultimately, our Management Plans help us make our projects better. This in turn means you get to be part of something that makes a real impact where it’s needed. Read more about our Management Plans.

Measuring Our Impact

Our projects work towards clear long-term goals, with specific annual objectives. Every volunteer and intern we send to these projects helps us work towards these goals, no matter how long they spend on our projects.


Every year we take a step back and look at how much progress we've made towards these goals. We put together a Global Impact Report, which documents our achievements. Find out more about the impact our global community of volunteers, interns and staff make, and read the latest report.

FOOD AND ACCOMMODATION

You'll stay with a host family in or around Colombo. They will welcome you into their home, eager to share their customs and have you teach them about your own culture. We believe that this is the best way to immerse yourself in the culture of Sri Lanka and have a truly unique experience.


We will always try to let you live alongside at least one other Projects Abroad volunteer or intern at the same host family. Your room will be modest, but comfortable, clean, and safe.


Your programme fee includes three meals a day.


Find out more about our accommodation.

LEISURE ACTIVITIES AND FREE TIME

Sri Lanka is well-known for its diverse landscapes. From beaches to tropical jungles, there’s something for everyone in this vibrant country.

The buzzing Pettah Market is a must-see. You can chat to friendly vendors, buy handmade products, and enjoy the electric atmosphere around you. For cultural enrichment, you can spend an afternoon in the National Museum of Colombo. The Gangaramaya Buddhist Temple is also a highlight, with its vast collection of artefacts.

The town of Galle is a sea port with a strong Dutch heritage and plenty of old colonial buildings to explore. You can also venture inland to hike in the hills, swim in the cool waterfalls, and visit traditional hill towns.

Sri Lanka's national parks include safari parks where you can spot wildlife like leopards and elephants. Or spend an early morning bird-watching in one of the wetland sanctuaries. There are also rainforest reserves crammed full of tropical biodiversity.

You’ll be sharing this unique experience with many other volunteers. This means you can travel solo or spend your free time with the friends you make during your trip. 

SAFETY AND STAFF SUPPORT

Your safety and security is our prime concern. We have many procedures and systems to ensure you have the support you need to enjoy your trip with peace of mind. Our Projects Abroad staff are available 24 hours a day to help, and will be on-hand to make sure you settle in well at your accommodation and placement. If you encounter any problems, they will be available to help at any time.


Find out more about safety and backup.


This placement is fully researched, safety audited, and risk assessed in accordance with the British Standard BS8848 for the Adventure Travel Sector.

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