Sri Lanka

Development Studies


 1-18 DEC 2019

Sri Lanka


Actors and Issues in Sri Lankan Development: Towards the Sustainable Development Goals

Are you working towards a career in international development? Sri Lanka, with its incredible scenery, delicious food, friendly people, and dynamic history is the perfect place to learn the ins and outs of what it really means to work in the international development sector.

This program will give you a first-hand understanding of the development landscape of Sri Lanka.

First, you’ll get an overview of Sri Lanka’s historical, political, economic and cultural context. This will help you to better understand the current situation.

Through site visits and interactive discussions with a diverse selection of people and organisations working in the development space, you will gain an appreciation of the richness and complexity of the development landscape and its various modes of operation.

Finally, you will be exposed to a number of thematic areas which present some of the greatest challenges for Sri Lanka’s achievement of the SDGs, including:

  • Peace and reconciliation in post-conflict Jaffna
  • Food security, child mortality and nutrition
  • Education, skills and job readiness
  • Water and Sanitation
  • Gender Empowerment
  • Climate Change and disaster preparedness

And along the way, you’ll see a lot of this beautiful country. You’ll gain some valuable industry connections and probably make some lifelong friends too!

About Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka is renowned for its stunning natural beauty, delicious food and friendly people. Sometimes referred to as the “jewel of the Indian Ocean’, Sri Lanka has a rich and colourful history of competing royal kingdoms, invasions from neighbouring southern India, and more than three centuries of European colonial rule. From the mid-1930s the Sri Lankan independence movement gained traction, with Sri Lanka finally breaking away from the British Empire in 1948. This was followed by a period of independent nation-building which was brought to a halt when civil war broke out between Tamils and Sinhalese in 1983. Conflict ensued for almost three decades before the two groups finally reached accord in 2009. Sri Lankan development suffered a further blow in 2004, when more than 30,000 people were killed and many more lost their homes in the Boxing Day tsunami. The war ended officially in May 2009 and since then the country has enjoyed increased stability and growth, driven by tourism, agricultural production, textiles and apparel. Despite reaching Lower Middle Income status Sri Lanka still faces many challenges to its economic and human development, including, but not limited to unequal economic development, food security, workforce skills deficits, responding to natural disasters (Including drought), stalled reconciliation talks and providing opportunities for women, ethnic minorities and people from lower caste-backgrounds to participate in the economy.

DestinationSri Lanka
ItineraryYou will travel to Colombo, Jaffna, Trincomalee and Batticaloa

We’re currently finalising the itinerary for this program – check back soon or sign up and we’ll let you know when this has been released

Non Guaranteed departures will be confirmed once we reach the minimum numbers of students. You will be notified as soon as the tour is confirmed.
Payable as $300 deposit + balance
INCLUSIONSWhat’s included?
• 12 day fully developed itinerary
• Twin share accommodation for 12 nights in 3-star hotels with breakfast and WIFI (single rooms available for a supplement)
• all ground transportation
• all activities
• some meals
• cultural activities as per itinerary
• Academic and support staff on the ground with you
• Expert industry guest speakers and site visits
• 3 hours of survival language training so you can start to communicate with the locals
• 24/7 on the ground pastoral care and support from staff trained in first aid, mental health first aid, and critical incident response
• Pre-departure information kit and briefing (online)
• De-brief on return
• Membership to our alumni group
• Support to negotiate credit with your university so you can access OS HELP funding

What’s not included?
• Return airfares to Sri Lanka
• Travel insurance
• Travel vaccinations
• Passport and Visa costs
• Some meals
• Tourist activities in your free time
• Transport costs in your own time
• Spending money/souvenirs
Whats Not Included• Return airfares to Sri Lanka
• Travel insurance
• Travel vaccinations
• Passport and Visa costs
• Some meals
• Tourist activities in your free time
• Transport costs in your own time
• Spending money/souvenirs
Why Choose Roam

Superbly Organised and Well-Prepared

The entire trip was of huge benefit. The chance to work closely with fellow students in a wholly new environment really fosters a unique energy and ethos that enables engagement on a level I had never previously experienced in university life. I feel privileged to have been able to visit so many fantastic sites, meet so many interesting people and really get to feel the fabric of life in Vietnam. The unit affords you the opportunity to put a lot of the theoretical ideas you have been reading about in classes into real-world practice which, personally speaking, has given me a renewed vigour and confidence in my continuing studies. Scope Global provided an inventive and varied timetable in which we

Spencer Platten, Student
Vietnam Study tour 2017

It Could Not Have Been Any Better!

In July 2018, Kelly Payne from Scope Global and I as the academic coordinator took a group of 24 students on a 2.5 weeks study tour to Vietnam. The study tour aims to provide students with new insights about the historical, cultural, economic and political context that has shaped development in Vietnam. It was the first time I was in Vietnam with my students… after the first meeting with Kelly it was clear that she is highly committed to make this tour a success and we started to work together on the program. I am so glad that I continued working with Scope Global. Without Kelly’s outstanding support before, during and also after the tour (already revising and planning the

Dr Thomas Wanner, Senior Lecturer, University of Adelaide
Vietnam Study tour 2018

Deserves a Medal

As far as I am concerned, she (Kelly Payne) deserves a medal! The calmness and professionalism with which she has handled her side of things (and there have been several difficult students in this group, particularly once the health crisis hit) is absolutely amazing… she has been amazing at handling the complicated situations that have come up during this study tour. This experience has vindicated my decision to insist on working with Scope Global all these years. The importance of an experienced and qualified logistics and support staff member has never been as clear as in this study tour.

Dr Benito Cao, Senior Lecturer, University of Adelaide
Singapore Study Tour 2018

Amazing Experience

Cultural competence is a huge part of being a health professional and particularly within the multidisciplinary team and allied health environments. This program was so valuable in putting individual and population health in developing counties into context and perspective. The knowledge and understanding gained about the culture is an invaluable and amazing experience. It has helped me to better shape my professional practice and the way in which I will conduct patient care in the future. I feel this cultural experience and immersion program will benefit me hugely in the future when it comes to gaining meaningful and appropriate employment.

Monash University Student
Vietnam Integrated Health Study tour 2018

It Has Given Me a New Perspective

As I have a passion for working with people that are linguistically and culturally diverse, this experience has been incredibly beneficial for future employment. It has given me a new perspective on acclimatizing to a new country… and with this I learnt the challenges and barriers to settling into a different country that is not home…. It has made me improve my own communication methods which will help with future employment.

Monash University Student
Cambodia Integrated Health Study tour 2018

Stimulating and Thought Provoking

The cultural and historical visits were particularly powerful in gaining a perspective of the recent trauma that has inevitably impacted Cambodian health. The visit to the World Health Organisation was particularly engaging and a highlight – it put a perspective on global health that I had not previously considered and the discussions were stimulating and thought provoking…

Monash University Student
Cambodia Integrated Health Study tour 2018

I hope it was my first trip to Vietnam of many more to come

Vietnam was my first experience of South East Asia. It was a humid, beautiful, rewarding, friendship-building, career-confirming, and often challenging, whirlwind 4 weeks. Visiting and connecting with local and international NGOs provided a really unique perspective to complement the more theoretical aspects of my degree. It was also truly rewarding to interact with local people beyond the ‘tourist’ level. I ate at their table, shared their food, improved my terrible language skills, and listened to stories about their lives.  I hope it was my first trip to Vietnam of many more to come.

Lauren Tropeano, Student
Vietnam Development Studies Tour 2016

I was so grateful to get the opportunity

I was so grateful to get the opportunity to visit and be guided through the practical elements of development, and to gain a better understanding of problematic phenomenon on the ground. Understanding theoretical concepts is one thing, seeing them put into practice is a whole other experience.  This trip has provided a wealth of knowledge and broad based understandings that have propelled my learning and has empowered me to become proactive in the field. Visiting these projects really brings development alive for students. Thank you for providing the time and opportunity to share your everyday experiences in development with us.

Michele White, Student
Vietnam Development Studies Tour 2016