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Find out the latest travel news and updates on our many of our volunteer abroad and intern abroad projects. We also regularly write about Responsible travel news and ethical developments around the world.

Kaya Program Options for 2021

Updated March 2, 2021 For those looking to return to travel as soon as possible, we have made it easier to search for available Kaya program options for 2021. The following projects are now open and accepting applications! Our Placement Advisors are standing by to help guide you through gap year...

Top 3 Global Studies and Human Rights Programs for Travel in 2021

Looking for opportunities abroad in the fields of International Development, NGO Development, Global Studies, or Human Rights? Kaya has supported, ethical programs where you can gain experience while making a difference and seeing the world! And to help you plan for your future career, we’ve...

Top 3 Conservation and Environmental Science Programs for Travel in 2021

It’s tough to know where you can travel responsibly in 2021 with reduced risk to you and the local communities. But an environmental program offers one of the best options to stay away from the crowds and make a positive impact! We’ve compiled a list of our top 3 Conservation and...

Top 3 Public Health Programs for Travel in 2021

Looking for ethical healthcare placements abroad? Do you want to travel, gain experience and make a difference in 2021, but you’re not sure where to start? To help you plan, we’ve compiled a list of our top 3 programs in the Public Health, Mental Health, Medical and Nursing fields for...

Top 3 International Business and Social Enterprise Programs for Travel in 2021

Are you interested in gaining relevant experience in fields such as International Business, Entrepreneurship, Social Enterprise, Microfinance and more? Does traveling “off-the-beaten-path,” learning more about the world and gaining perspective excite you? We’ve compiled a list of...

Top 3 Teaching and Education Programs for Travel in 2021

Are you searching for a way to grow your skills as a teacher, experience another culture on a deeper level, and contribute to community-led development efforts at the same time? Well, if you’re looking to gain experience in Early Childhood Education, Environmental Education, and more, you’re...

Top 3 Wildlife Conservation Programs for Travel in 2021

Looking to gain experience in the fields of Animal Science, Wildlife Conservation or Marine Biology? Well, you’re in luck. We’ve compiled a short list of our top 3 Wildlife Conservation programs available for responsible travel in 2021. But don’t worry, we have many more where...

Why Thailand Should Be Your Top Destination in 2021

It’s a bold statement! But we’d like to share with you why we believe Thailand should be your top destination in 2021 for study abroad, international internships and service-learning, so if you’re looking to travel, read on! Travel to Thailand with safety in mind In any year, Thailand is an...

Volunteer in the USA in 2021

The Kaya team are excited to announce that you can now volunteer in the USA in 2021 on Kaya’s new Historic Restoration volunteer programs. Apply before the end March to claim a $100 discount on the program fee! Working in collaboration with an American cultural preservation initiative, we will be...

Can I volunteer abroad in 2021?

With Covid restrictions making it difficult to travel, and concerns about spreading the infection further in vulnerable locations, responsible travelers are asking questions about when they should return to their travels?​ The good news is that there are now responsible ways that you can...

Wildlife Conservation Project adds Cheetahs

A Brief Look at Cheetah Conservation Cheetahs are currently listed as “vulnerable.” This is due to the stress of climate change, habitat loss, and hunting. Therefore this puts pressure on the cheetah population, reproduction, and genetic diversity. With limited diversity, it makes it even more...

FREE Webinars for Students and Professionals

To provide students and academic professionals with a greater understanding of the virtual and in-person placements offered by Kaya, we’re hosting a series of short, free webinars on various topics of interest. Interested in virtual internships but not sure how they work? Looking to travel as soon...

5 Reasons Why Volunteer in Jamaica

“We Jah people can make it work.” An encouraging quote from the legendary reggae icon from Jamaica, Bob Marley whose words continue to resonate to us even at present times. Why Volunteer in Jamaica? Read our 5 reasons! The world may be facing a very challenging phase right now with the global...

Ecuador travel regulations update

​Ecuador’s borders have reopened for business back mid-August now, and Ecuador has been letting international visitors from all nations in the country since. With the opening of our Wildlife Conservation Project in Ecuador early October, here are few Ecuador Travel Regulations updates you should...

How will a gap year benefit me? Testimonials from around the world.

As you are starting to think about a gap year, researching it, and weighing your options, many questions are probably coming to mind. Some of which may be: Who should take a gap year? Why gap year is good? How long can a gap year last? How to spend your gap year? Where to do a gap year? When to do...

Gilman Scholarship is Open to Applications!

If you are a US student interested in virtual or in-person credit-bearing internships abroad in 2021, then you should check out the Gilman Scholarship (here)! The study abroad scholarship is now open to applicants. And you can be awarded up to $5k to participate in programs at any Kaya...

Jamaica travel regulations update

Jamaican travel regulations have seen a few changes since the country’s borders have reopened to visitors mid-June.  As we are getting ready to open up a special community volunteering program in Jamaica at the end of September, we would like to give you a full Jamaica travel regulations update to...

Project Reopening – How is Kaya responding to COVID-19

Since early in 2020, we have been closely monitoring the COVID-19 global pandemic and its developments. As we consider the next steps in the return to travel, the health and safety of our travelers and our local communities remain central to our planning. As our projects look to us for help in...