Projects Abroad interns at a clinic during our Dentistry internship for teenagers in Sri Lanka

Dentistry Internship in Sri Lanka for Teenagers

Gain dentistry work experience in local hospitals and do health checks in local communities with a group your age

At a glance

Projects Abroad has been awarded the South Asian Sustainable Development Leadership High Award for Volunteerism

  • Learn directly from experienced dentists at a local hospital and perform health checks during community outreaches in disadvantaged areas.
  • You’ll spend most of your time shadowing dentists, learning about different oral conditions and diseases, and how to diagnose and treat them.
  • Broaden your medical knowledge by attending lectures and workshops, and learn basic medical skills which can be used during outreaches.

Start Dates: 

During school break

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Minimum Duration: 

Two Weeks



Is this Dentistry internship in Sri Lanka for teenagers right for me?

If you are an adventurous teenager with an interest in learning more about dentistry, this is the internship for you. You’ll get a direct insight into the day-to-day work of a dentist, which could you decide if dentistry is the career for you.

It’s a different and interesting way to add experience to your CV, and it will help you stand out. It will also give you fascinating points to talk about in applications and interviews. You’ll also be able to develop your personal skills, like teamwork and communication, which are useful for any career you pursue.

You don’t need any qualifications or previous experience to take part. This is an observational role, and we’ll also teach you everything you need to know to participate in outreaches. You’ll also be able to reach out to Projects Abroad staff for help and guidance at any time.

This High School Special runs over fixed dates in the summer, and you can join whichever dates are the best fit for your schedule. It has a set itinerary, so everything you do is organised for you from the moment you step off the plane in Sri Lanka. Throughout it all, Projects Abroad staff will be by your side.

Teenagers hang origami decorations around a clinic during their Dentistry internship in Sri Lanka

What will I do at a Dentistry placement in Sri Lanka for high school students?

You will work at various healthcare facilities in and around Colombo and the Kalutara District during your internship. Be sure to ask lots of questions and make lots of notes, so you can remember everything you see and learn!  These are some of the things you can expect to do on this placement:

  • Shadow local dentists in hospitals and learn about their daily routine
  • Assist with patient screenings and preparing instruments for procedures  
  • Raise awareness of the importance of oral hygiene in local communities

Your work will focus on these areas:

Shadow local dentists in hospitals and learn about their daily routine

You will spend a lot of your time on this placement observing dental professionals at work. This is a wonderful opportunity to ask questions and learn as much as you can from dentists. You will also sit in on consultations and watch medical procedures, such as teeth extractions and tooth cavity cleaning. Depending on the day, you’ll also be able to observe oral surgeries, like endodontics procedures and maxillofacial surgeries.

Assist with patient screenings and preparing instruments for procedures

As you learn more, you will be given various responsibilities such as preparing medical instruments for procedures and assisting during screenings. You will be taught everything you need to know, such as how to correctly clean and sterilise the instruments. You may also be asked to give patients information about oral hygiene.

Raise awareness of the importance of oral hygiene in local communities

People in disadvantaged communities often have little knowledge of disease prevention and good hygiene practices, due to lack of education on the subject. You’ll assist Projects Abroad in raising awareness about oral hygiene and how to prevent tooth decay and other diseases. This will include demonstrating how to correctly brush your teeth, as well as creating posters for classrooms and community centres.

Where in Sri Lanka will I be working?


Colombo lies along the coast, and has a long history as a port city. Here, you’ll see an interesting mix of old and new, with beautiful colonial style buildings alongside high rises and shopping malls. Colombo’s interesting history and culture can be experienced best through its museums, food, and art.  

During your stay, you’ll work in various healthcare facilities. You’ll also attend a two-day medical outreach where you will visit a local community centre. The hospitals you will work at are located in Panadura and Horana, which are one hour out of Colombo. Conditions at the hospitals will be more basic than you may be used to.

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.

What are the aims and impact of this project?

The main aim of this project is to give you the opportunity to experience the dentistry field first-hand.

Many of the teenagers who join us are looking to gain international work experience in the dentistry field. This can either be to prepare for your future career, or to decide whether a job in the healthcare sector is right for you. This trip can help you decide, as you’ll observe dentists in action at hospitals.

In Sri Lanka, there are still communities who lack access to healthcare. Besides a lack of access to healthcare, many people also remain unaware of how they can prevent diseases. At medical outreaches, you’ll help by sharing knowledge about the importance of oral hygiene, and how to prevent oral diseases.

Join us on this High School Special in Sri Lanka and gain dental work experience while also becoming part of our ongoing efforts to improve healthcare services.

Interns gain dental work experience and explore the country on our project for teenagers 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

Every year, thousands of High School Special volunteers and interns actively make a difference around the world. During their time abroad, they contribute towards achieving long-term goals and make a long-lasting positive impact on the communities where they work.

We produce an annual High School Specials Impact Report, which documents some of these achievements. Find out more about the impact of these projects, and read the latest report.

Food and accommodation

You'll stay with a host family in Sri Lanka. 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. You may also stay at a guesthouse.


On our High School Specials, we will always try to have you share a room with at least one volunteer or intern of the same sex and approximate age. Your room will be modest, but comfortable, clean, and safe.


Your programme fee includes three meals a day.


Find out more about our accommodation.

Safety and staff support

Your safety and security is our prime concern. We have many procedures and systems to ensure you have all the extra support you need as a young person travelling abroad. Our Projects Abroad staff are there for you 24 hours a day during the week and over weekends to provide constant support and guidance. Our staff also make sure you feel comfortable and safe at your placement and accommodation. If you encounter any problems, they will be available to help at any time.

Find out more about safety and backup.

When you apply you only pay a $295 deposit, which comes off the total program fees.

Things are changing rapidly these days. If you have ANY questions, please call us at (+1) 917 810 4744 and we’ll fill you in on the latest updates.

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