Just returned having spent 4 fantastic weeks im Sri Lanka. From the moment I booked to the day I stepped foot in Colombo airport the support from the Pmgy team has been amazing. Ashika and his team were fantastic, going above and beyond to get me into other projects during the sinhalese new year as my project did not start until the following Friday. The accommodation is basic but liveable. I was at lion house, anti the lovely lady who made our meals and cleaned was fantastic particuarly if you have any food allergies. Its the perfect opportunity to meet new people from all over the world, and gain new friends.
I was on the medical project so spent 2 weeks at the Roseth private hospital and 2 weeks at the balapitiya hospital. I also did 2 health clinics each week. To do this you have to be on a medical or nursing degree programme. I learnt a lot here, although should warn the hospitals are purely observational. The closest to hands on I got was, with 1 lady passing out on the emergency treatment unit floor and me having to carry her with 2 others onto the bed.
There is the opportunity to go to other projects as medical runs during the mornings. I went to the orphanage, I also got to work at the turtle hatchery.
There is plenty of opportunities to travel whilst in Sri Lanka. Weekends are your freetime. I went to Hikkaduwa frequently after projects. I also went to Mirissa Beach, Unawattuna, Galle and our local Ambalangoda. I went to Kandy on the arranged Pmgy trip. This was a brilliant weekend and well worth the money.
The Sri Lanka Pmgy team are brilliant, I dont have a bad word to say. Ashika, Nalaka, Kasun, Manoj, Ranji and Thamari go above a beyond to make you feel part of the family
I also want thank Josh our fab geordie intern who made my month the best and most memorable month ever.