Award Winning

We are proud winners of the “Best Volunteering Organisation” category at the British Youth Travel Awards 2016 with two gold and two silver awards over the past 4 years.  Read more about our approach to responsible travel.

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Kaya Responsible Travel - Winner of Best Volunteering Organisation award

Welcome to Kaya Responsible Travel

Join us to see the world and make a difference

With hundreds of ethical volunteering, internship and study opportunities, you can contribute to community development and environmental conservation initiatives around the world.

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Animal Conservation volunteer abroad project

“Just do it! Volunteering is an amazing experience and an opportunity not to be missed. ”

Stacey Wolfe | Swaziland Volunteer

Intern abroad

Get valuable work experience abroad in organisations making a difference. Internships and practicums in a range of disciplines in community and conservation settings.

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Intern Abroad and get valuable work experience

Health and Medical programs abroad

Kaya’s healthcare and medical placements offer the highest ethical standards for project work abroad

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Medical Volunteer working abroad on a healthcare project

Matching you to the right project

We work with every participant to help identify the best project match – so you and the project can get the most out of your placement.

Volunteer working with the Masai Mara on a volunteer abroad in Africa project

“You will meet a lot of people, get to know different cultures, be free, learn a language really easily, make friends and most importantly, grow in yourself.”

Jasmin Dreier

A WORLD OF CHOICE!

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Volunteer Abroad, Intern, Gap Year & Responsible Travel

Don’t just travel as a tourist – with Kaya Responsible Travel experience the real world and make a difference. Responsible travel in this day and age is essential to build mutual learning and understanding. With that in mind, Kaya carefully selects sustainable, locally-led, ethical projects delivering a positive impact to local communities and environments and facilitating cultural exchanges. And you can become a part of that!

Our projects offer you the opportunity to volunteer abroad, learn a language abroad, intern abroad , study abroad or take a gap year. With over 150 projects in 29 countries, you can choose to volunteer in Central and South America, Africa or Asia- Pacific in the fields of conservation, education, community, healthcare, arts or business depending on your interests.

We offer placements for participants of all ages, from duration as short as 2 weeks, all the way up to 12 months! We have projects that suit both skilled and unskilled volunteers and interns and we cater for many different types of people: individual volunteers, family volunteers, and all kinds of group volunteers including social groups, corporate groups, school groups and university groups. Also, if you are travelling as a couple, you might want to check out our honeymoon volunteer projects – you don’t have to be on your honeymoon to enjoy the benefits these projects have to offer.

MY KAYA EXPERIENCE

Lewis Brown’s experience in Thailand
"Meeting people from a wide range of nationalities has actually inspired me to gain an advanced qualification in speaking another language (German), as everyone being able to speak English regardless of where they were from made me feel quite ignorant. My diving qualifications will enable me to explore other dive sites around the world, possibly even in the UK." ...
Lewis Brown
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Jamie Bogaardt’s experience in the Philippines
"I believe anyone can volunteer abroad including deaf people as there is nothing to stop them from doing anything. I would say that this is definitely worth a go and you should all go for it! I feel a lot more confident with myself than who I was and I am more confident to communicate with hearing people and I am much less worried about what some people think of me and care a lot less about this ...
Jamie Bogaardt
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Stacey Rolfe’s experience in Swaziland
"Just do it! Volunteering is an amazing experience and an opportunity not to be missed. My experience in Swaziland has made me want to volunteer elsewhere in the future."  ...
Stacey Rolfe
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Karen Carter’s Experience in Belize
"I have travelled extensively for quite long periods of time in the past, but volunteering and for me living with a wonderful host family, has allowed me to fully immerse myself properly in the culture and to live the local way of life. Not just seeing a place through the eyes of a tourist. You learn things about yourself that you didn’t realise, you learn things about others; everything is put ...
Karen Carter
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Sabbir Sidat’s Experience in Sri Lanka
"My initial reaction was complete disbelief. Winning was so unexpected that it took a while for me to accept that it was really happening. I work in sustainability and talk about it constantly; it’s something I’ve always had a passion for. So the prospect of being able to work in conservation and experience in from a completely different point of view was something I couldn’t wait to be a pa ...
Sabbir Sidat
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Daisy Buzzoni’s Experience in Belize
“What made me choose this project was the diving and the array of hands-on conservation activities that were on offer. During my trip, I saw so many sharks and rays, which was awesome. I also really loved the photography course.” ...
Daisy Buzzoni
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Why choose Kaya?

HIGH QUALITY, VETTED PROJECTS

Working with locally-led sustainable initiatives, our projects offer an ethical approach to service and travel focusing on a positive impact on the communities.

MATCHING PEOPLE TO PROJECTS

We match your skills and interests with the needs of our projects, ensuring meaningful placements for all.

SUPPORT FROM START TO FINISH

We will be with you every step of the way. This approach has made us AWARD WINNING VOLUNTEER COMPANY for the past 4 years (Twice gold medal and twice silver medal winner of the Best Volunteering Organisation)

HAVE A QUESTION?

We pride ourselves on providing you high quality placement information throughout your application process and whilst on the ground. Connect with us if you have any questions.

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