Work in a privately-run animal hospital based in the coastal town of Negombo.The focus is on animal health and care. During your internship, you'll work with domestic pets and farm animals – a great opportunity to closely observe and learn from the local veterinarians. You may also get the opportunity to assist with minor procedures and you also generally assist the staff on their daily routines.

If opportunities arise while you're there, you may get a chance to travel with the vets out to farms to treat any animals in need. These could include cattle, goats, chickens, pigs, and domestic pets as well. You'll assist the vets in animal handling, disease identification, pregnancy diagnosis and routine vaccinations. The practice is well established, with between 4 and 6 qualified vets who all speak English. You'll gain valuable international veterinary work experience by assisting the vets and staff.


Hi, I'm Karen, Project Coordinator for Sri Lanka, and I'll be working with you to arrange your ultimate experience here, so if you've any questions, please contact me:
+44 (0)1903 502595,
or email: info@travellers
Price: £745 (approx. US$955) for 1 week
£250 (US$320) for each additional week.
Excludes flights. Please see Full Price List & prices in other currencies
Duration: From 1 week to 12 weeks or longer, subject to visa requirements.
Start Dates: All year round – You choose your start and finish dates.
Requirements: Minimum age 18. No qualifications required, just lots of enthusiasm and love of animals!
What's included: Arranging your Programme
Full pre-departure support and assistance
Payment Protection insurance
Meeting you at the nearest Airport and return transfer at the end of your placement
Transfer to your accommodation
Daily transport to and from your Project
Local in-country team support and backup
24-hr emergency support
Certificate of Completion
What's not included: Flights, Insurance, Cost of Visas.
Who is this
Programme suitable for?
SOLO travellers or travelling with friends.
GAP YEAR BREAKS from School or University.
GROWN-UP GAPPERS, career breakers and retired.
ANYONE interested in working with animals and gaining valuable intern experience overseas, or study abroad.
Also suitable as a summer placement or short break.
Open to all nationalities.


  • An exciting opportunity to travel, see the world and experience a foreign culture first-hand.
  • New skills, more confidence and invaluable personal and professional development.
  • An opportunity to take a break from the traditional academic track or your current career path in order to gain life experience and global cultural awareness
  • An entry on your CV or Résumé that will enhance your career opportunities and make you stand out from the crowd.
  • Make friends, form relationships and build memories that will last a lifetime.
  • Opportunities to enjoy some exciting adventure and cultural activities while on your programme.
  • And best of all ... an unforgettable experience!


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Volunteer assisting on the veterinary internship in Sri Lanka
An intern observing during the examination of a puppy.


Thank you for the experience you gave me, it was stunning and a memory that always always always brings me warmth. Tim Hancock

Work in a privately-run animal clinic based in the coastal town of Negombo where the focusis on animal health and care. It is a fully functional animal hospital with between 4 and 6 vets plus additional staff who all speak English. Facilities and services available include:
• Pet Vaccination Clinic
• Orthopedic and general surgeries
• Digital X rays
• Ultra sound scanning
• Ultra sonic dental cleaning
• Nebulizing
• Pet micro chipping and microchip reading
• Pet Exportation/Importation consultation
• Breeding consultation
• Medical laboratory
• Hospitalization care
• Pet Grooming salon
• Dog Training
• Pet Shop/ pet food/ accessories/ training equipment.

The patients at the hospital include dogs, cats, birds, rabbits, cows and calves, goats, and many more species.

During your internship, you'll work with domestic pets and farm animals – a great opportunity to closely observe and learn from the local veterinarians. You may also get the opportunity to assist with minor procedures and you also generally assist the staff on their daily routines.

If opportunities arise while you're there, you may get a chance to travel with the vets out to farms to treat any animals in need. These could include cattle, goats, chickens, pigs, and domestic pets as well. You'll assist the vets in animal handling, disease identification, pregnancy diagnosis and routine vaccinations.

Surgeries usually take place after 4pm and you may have the opportunity to assist in these as well, depending on whether you'd like to get involved in them.

As with most internships, the amount of work and type of work available to you will depend on your own level of knowledge and experience.

Example Schedule:

The hospital is open Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 4.00 p.m. and those are the hours that you'll generally work, although these can change at short notice, depending on what's needed. The hospital sometimes stays open until late in the evening if there are lots of surgical operations to be done. Again, you may be asked to work during this period, but this will all add to the benefit you'll derive from the work experience.

On a day-to-day basis, mornings will be spent in the Clinic and afternoons could be either in the clinic, the Laboratory or conducting home visits.

Your weekends are free time to explore your surroundings or to generaly just relax. However, you may be asked to work once in a while over a weekend if a pressing need should arise.

Surgeries happen at night time and you may get a chance to participate in this should you be available.

The practice is generally closed on government holidays.

Volunteer intern assisting the vet in the clinic on the veterinary internship in Sri Lanka
A volunteer intern assisting the vet in the clinic.
Volunteer intern assisting and observing in the clinic on the veterinary internship in Sri Lanka
This work experience gives you an excellent opportunity to observe and assist the vets and nurses at the clinic. Here a dog is being treated.
Dog with growth being treated in the clinic on the veterinary internship in Sri Lanka
This poor dog is in a bad state but is finally in a good place for treatment.


Your accommodation during your internship has been specially organised to accommodate elective students on the programme. It is approximately 15 minutes from the airport and 20 minutes from the capital city of Colombo. One of the project members will warmly welcome you on your arrival at the airport and will show you around and introduce you to everyone.

You'll live in a very comfortable modern house with single rooms. Facilities include:

  • Fully furnished bed rooms
  • Kitchen (kettle, coffee, tea and milk provided)
  • Free Wi-Fi Internet facility
  • Study and research area
  • Launderette
  • Recreation garden area
  • Outdoor Tennis court
  • 24 hour on call assistance
  • Dining area
  • Board games

Wi-Fi / Internet: FREE Wi-Fi is available in the accommodation.

There are many outdoor and indoor entertainment activities around this area such as sandy beaches, zoo, parks, theatres, cinemas, restaurants (KFC, McDonalds, Pizza Hut in case you miss home food) , pubs and etc. The location is easy reach by means of trains, buses and taxis should you wish to go further afield during the weekend.

Three meals a day will be provided. The menus are designed specially with a wide range of Sri-Lankan, Asian and a mixture of Western food.

For vegetarians, you'll be happy to know that you'll be in a tropical destination that has number of vegetables and other dishes already in the cuisine. But if you have any other special dietary requirements, please let us know and will be happy to organize it for you if it is available to buy in Sri Lanka.

Accommodation on the internships in Sri Lanka
One of the bedrooms in the accommodation. All the Law and Veterinary interns are placed in the same accommodation in Negombo.
Accommodation on the internships in Sri Lanka
The exterior of the accommodation house in Negombo. There are lots of facilities and it is well placed for exploring - and it's only 20 minutes from the Capital, Colombo.


Read important information about the Support & Backup you receive before you leave and during your programme.

Read about the Safety and Security measures we take to ensure your safety and wellbeing while on our programme.

Negombo is a well established beach town that is very popular with locals and tourists alike. It has a vibrant fish and street market and some substantial hotels. Much of the beach in Negombo is private so you generally have to go to through a hotel to get to the beach. Brown’s Beach Hotel can be a good choice where, for a very small charge you can spend the day on the beach or using the hotel's facilities, including their swimming pool.

What the veterinary practice hopes to gain from work experience volunteers:
The practice hopes that by working with you, they will learn more about the way things are done in your home country and that this knowledge may possibly help them to improve their own practices. They are also hopeful that their English will improve as a result of interaction with you, and that their exposure to your culture, and vice versa, will be of benefit to them.

Once you have applied for a placement, we'll contact you and send you our Welcome Pack. You'll also receive Log-on details and password for our Volunteer Extranet where you'll have access to all the documentation and information which we've put together to facilitate preparations for your adventure! Your Project Co-ordinator for your country will liaise with you throughout the arrangements process, as well as while you're on your placement and on your return home.

The documents you'll have access to also include a Country Factfile, Safety Guide and any manuals that may assist you on your particular programme (e.g. Teaching Guide, Sports Manuals, Enrichment Suggestions for Animal Care, etc.). We do all we can to make your stay one that you'll never forget. This is a truly awesome, elegant and beautiful country.

On Your Arrival: When you arrive you will be welcomed by a Travellers Representative who will take you to your accommodation and introduce you to everyone. During your first few days you'll be given an induction so that you can learn about the country and its culture, as well as other useful information, like how to use the transport system, banks, safety issues, tipping, and lots more.



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Volunteer Paul White with elephant in Sri Lanka
Volunteer Paul White taking time out to get up close and personal with an elephant!
Volunteers on the beach, sitting in a palm tree in Sri Lanka
It's not all work - there's lots to do and see, like these volunteers spending some free time on one of Sri Lanka's glorious beaches.


Make the most of your time there! To help you do that, we've put together some exciting activities, courses and tours that you can add to your itinerary. These are designed to be fun, but also to enable you to learn, and expand your personal and professional development enjoyment ... but mostly for your enjoyment! :-)

Body and Mind: Meditation and Yoga in Sri Lanka

Price: £495 for 1 week
£795 for 2 weeks
includes food and accommodation, transfers.

The Body and Mind week combines Yoga and Meditation with Ayurvedic treatments to work on a fitter, healthier and more positive you. Located in a beautifully set-up spa, Body and Mind Week will help you to gain psychological and physical well being, will help you to understand the basics of Yoga and Meditation and also educate you about the human body. In addition, you'll enjoy the luxury of Ayurvedic treatments which will deal with any physical aches and pains you may be experiencing at the time.

During the program, you will be taught the Surya Namaskar, commonly known as the Sun Salutation. This contains 12 consecutive postures or Asanas. It is essential for students to master this before moving on to the second stage of Yogasana.

Meditation is the art of focusing your mind, restraining your thoughts and looking deep within yourself. Practicing it can give you a better understanding of your purpose in life and of the Divine. It will also provide you with certain physical and mental health benefits.

PROGRAMME SCHEDULE - Monday to Friday:

  • Early Morning Yoga
  • Breakfast
  • Meditation
  • Head massage. These messages will change every day and include foot massage, back massage, front massage and full body massage.
  • Meditation - Walking meditation
  • Lunch and a relaxed afternoon

This schedule can be changed and/or amended depending on weather conditions, local conditions and unforeseen circumstances.

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An Elephant Experience at Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage in Sri Lanka

Price: £595 for 1 week
includes food and accommodation, plus transfer to and from the Elephant Orphanage.

The Elephant Orphanage is a sanctuary for over 80 retired, abused or orphaned elephants. Visitors from all over the world come to see these magnificent animals. At times, there are also some small babies who have been born into the herd. The daily highlight is the walk from the Orphanage to take the herd down to the river to bathe the elephants. It's amazing to watch an entire herd splashing around and rolling in the river, just a few feet in front of you!

This project is an elephant experience, rather than elephant conservation ... and it is an awesome experience! You'll have about 3 to 4 hours manual work each day and you'll also get to wash and hose down several Elephants. In the late morning or afternoon, you'll usually go down to the river and spend about 3 hours amongst the Elephants. You can watch them relaxing, play with them and sometimes help to bathe them. Your main duties will include:

  • Mucking out the elephant enclosures in the morning (this is hard, muddy work!)
  • Participating in bathing some of the smaller elephants.
  • While the mahouts are bathing the larger elephants, you will be able to relax by the river, chat to the mahouts and watch the elephants play and interact with humans and each other. This is an absolutely beautiful sight and being around these serene animals in such a beautiful setting can have a very calming effect!
  • You'll also have up to two opportunities per week to feed the beautiful baby elephants.
  • There may also be the opportunity to do other things around the orphanage, however this is subject the amount of work available at the orphanage at the time of your project.

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We cannot BEGIN to tell you how beautiful this paradise island is! Nor how cheap to live and get around. It is almost too good to be true! But it is true.

Towering Pagodas, Hindu temples and ancient fortresses to holy rivers and sacred mountains. The local people are very welcoming and friendly, especially in the rural areas. The tea plantations are a must, the lace making, monuments and architectural splendours, etc., but the most appealing is the Elephant Orphanage at Pinnawala. Not to be missed! It's an emotive sight that you'll never forget!

Sri Lanka has miles and miles of amazing beaches. Some of our favourites are:

MIRISSA: Perhaps a contender for the most beautiful beach in the world. Long, deserted and hot. You know you have got away from it all as you sit and watch the sunset over this horizon…The snorkelling is also incredible here.

NEGOMBO: To the north of Colombo lies Negombo, a busting fishing town with golden beaches and a pallet of colour provided by sails and boats against the deep blue of the ocean.

UNAWATUNA: A sleepy peaceful cove with deep still water and a temple overlooking the bay from the protecting cliffs.

HIKKADUWA: A long stretch of beach with plenty of hostels, restaurants and some nice bars, not forgetting the impromptu beach parties held on the beach front bars blaring Bob Marley, Eric Clapton, Led Zeplin and many other classics! Sri Lanka is a conservative island brimming with culture and Hikkaduwa offers an exciting opportunity to holiday for the odd celebratory weekend! Many a volunteer birthday has been seen in over Hikkaduwa cocktails. You can also body board and even surf on this beach.

ARUGAM BAY: This tiny fishing village is Sri Lanka’s newest hot spot and hosts the best surfing and an easy going happy party atmosphere. With its wide sweeping beach in front of the village and year round gorgeous swimming it is no surprise that this bay has developed into a low budget travellers haunt.

White Water Rafting:
Sri Lanka’s boulder stream rivers are the ideal setting for white water rafting. This is the best way to see the stunning environment what this region has to offer. Many tours are available and many begin with days of action, rafting the white waters. This high adventure is suitable for fish time ‘go for it’ rafters and experts alike. Rafting has become a very popular exciting yet safe adventure sport option.

Rock Climbing and Mountaineering:
Mountaineering is an adventure sport that requires skills and levels of fitness that few other adventure sports can match. The mountain ranges in Sri Lanka offer breath taking, enthralling, climbing routes. Climbing is all about discovering the natural world around and with you.

Hiking and Trekking:
There’s no better way to explore the natural scenic beauty of this island with diverse climatic zones. Trekking is an excellent way to explore a country, people, their traditions and beliefs. Paths and campsites have been set up to give nature lovers the experience of a lifetime. All possible steps are taken to ensure local community benefit and nature conservation in keeping with all international camping guidelines.

Canoeing & Kayaking:
This relatively new sport is rated as the most adventurous of all adventure sports. It involves descending a stream as it drops over waterfalls and boulders. In Sri Lanka they have low waterfalls for beginners and some as high as 700 feet for the very experienced - all surrounded by breathtaking scenery.

The driest and best seasons are from December to March on the west and south coasts and in the hill country, and from May to September on the east coast. December to March is also the time when most foreign tourists come, the majority of them escaping the European winter.

The coastal stretch south of Colombo offers palm-lined sandy expanses as far as the eye can see. The Kandyan dances, a procession of elephants or the masked devil dances. Then there are the ruins, ancient and inspiring architecture in the cities of Anuradhapura and Polonnaruwa to satisfy any archaeologist.


Read about Travel arrangements and what happens when you arrive in your new country.

King coconuts being sold from a stand in Sri Lanka
King coconuts are for sale everywhere in Sri Lanka. They're supposed to quench all thirst. Hmmm. I prefer their pineapples. The best in the world. Seriously!
Tuk tuks are the main form of quick and easy public transport when you're dashing around the local areas. They're lots of fun!
Volunteers taking in the views in Sri Lanka
Volunteers taking in an incredible view in peaceful serenity. Wish I was there :-)