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

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

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

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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

Whether you are 16 or 65, volunteering abroad can be a rewarding, worthwhile and fun experience as you discover a different culture and help brighten the future of communities around the world. LEARN MORE.

INTERN ABROAD

Make your CV/resume stand out from the crowd by developing your knowledge, technical and personal skills while impressing employers with experience abroad. LEARN MORE.

STUDY & SERVICE ABROAD

Acquire university credits towards your degree by combining a semester or summer study abroad and support meaningful local projects. LEARN MORE.

CUSTOMIZED GROUPS

Volunteer with friends, a club, through your academic institution and enjoy an amazing experience tailored to the skills, interests and needs of your group. LEARN MORE.

GAP YEAR ABROAD

Travel the world by combining volunteering or internship placements to make your gap year adventure really count! LEARN MORE.

LEARN A LANGUAGE OR DO YOUR FACILITATED RESEARCH

Develop your foreign language skills by living and studying in the heart of a community, while adding on a volunteer or internship placement. OR complete your facilitated research while receiving the necessary support throughout the research process. LEARN MORE.

We offer placements for participants of all ages and for durations as short as 2 weeks all the way up to 12 months! We have projects that suit skilled or unskilled volunteers and interns. We cater to many 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 traveling as a couple, 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

Molly Simmons’s experience in Vietnam
"I think if you are looking to volunteer abroad or intern abroad Kaya have been beyond helpful! Always on the other end of the phone if you need them and very quick to respond to emails! When I was in Vietnam there was a huge and wonderful support network out there for me which really helped me settle in, introduce me to new interns and get a feel for Hanoi. This really made my experience all the ...
Molly Simmons
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Natalie Palmieri’s experience in Peru
"My favorite moment was teaching children in rural communities how to wash their hands. The kids were so happy, even though they had nothing. It was fun to teach them about health and then play games with them during their recess." ...
Natalie Palmieri
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Sophie Hamilton’s Mum on her experience in Zimbabwe
"I can't thank you enough for providing and organising such a wonderful experience for Sophie in Zimbabwe. She had an amazing time and would like some day to return. I'm already recommending Kaya to so many people!" ...
Sophie Hamilton's Mum
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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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RECENT AWARDS

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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