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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.

Award Finalist New Program Volunteer

We are pleased to announce that one of Kaya’s project has been nominated as one of GoAbroad Innovation Award Finalist for Innovative New Program in 2020. Indeed, our Enchanted Forest Art Therapy Placement in Belize has been shortlisted as an Award Finalist New program Volunteer, and the GoAbroad...

Supporting the Goals of the Black Lives Matter movement

The Kaya team has watched with a heavy heart as images of police brutality, racial discrimination, and ignorant privilege once again flood our TV screens, news feeds and social media. I say once again, because, shocking as all these scenes are, we have seen them all before in a system that...

Community and Environmental Development During Coronavirus

With so much uncertainty in the world today, a global health crisis underway, and a lack of volunteers and funding, a significant number of the 150 projects we partner with are facing financial and staffing difficulties. Still, they continue to support their local communities. We would like to...

eSwatini’s Bushfire Festival – Free digital festival

You haven’t been to a festival until you’ve been to the MTN Bushfire Festival in eSwatini (formerly known as Swaziland), and in 2020 you can attend Bushfire virtually from anywhere in the world! More than a music and arts festival, Bushfire comes with a call to action for social change. A...

How Can I Volunteer Virtually?

Virtual volunteering, also known as remote volunteering or online volunteering, is when a person contributes their time and services from afar to help an organization or initiative meet an identified need. Since the virtual volunteer doesn’t need to be physically at the site, the project can be...

Why Pay for a Remote Internship?

Here at Kaya Responsible Travel, responsibility is the name of our game, and with that approach we have developed a line of Remote Internships combining 6-8 weeks of online project work with engaging virtual cultural programming to immerse yourself in the host country from anywhere in the world....

Volunteering in the Amazon Rainforest in Ecuador

Are you thinking of joining a volunteer program in the iconic Amazon rainforest? Read about our Placement Advisor, Jess’, recent visit to a local Rescue and Release Wildlife Sanctuary.    My recent experience I arrived in Puyo, after a simple 5-hour bus journey from the capital of Quito. Pulling...

What is a Remote Internship?

And what can remote internships do for you? First of all, internships are used as a stepping stone and career booster for students and young professionals. And remote internships are no different, except the obvious: They’re held online. Remote Internships With the world going virtual in the wake...

Gap Years and Coronavirus – what are the options for school leavers?

Whether you had planned to start university later this year, you had planned to take a gap year, or you were hoping to enter the job market, all those plans as a school-leaver have been blown apart by the Coronavirus pandemic!  So what are your options now? With more and more Universities...

When can I travel again? Plan something to look forward to!

“I’m going mad locked inside”, we hear you say! I’m being a good responsible citizen, but when can I get outside? And when can I travel again? Around the world over 20% of all people are currently in lockdown, with over 100 countries imposing full or partial restrictions on...

Vietnam Intern Experience during Spring Coronavirus outbreak

Travel during the Coronavirus has been challenging for many around the world. But for two Kaya volunteers on the ground, we have been hearing about their positive Vietnam intern experiences working within communities during this outbreak. Here we wanted to share with you stories from two of our...

Women’s Empowerment Volunteering: International Women’s Day 2020

#IWD2020 #EachForEqual  This Sunday the world will be celebrating International Women’s Day 2020. Therefore we are celebrating Women’s Empowerment Volunteering. Because the theme this year is Each for Equal. We all want to be treated equally, and equality for all is the end goal that the...

Tree Planting Eco Festival Volunteering in South Africa

Volunteer at an eco-festival like no other! Fully sustainable, and with its roots in reforestation, environmentalism, and conservation – you can have a magical time in a fun but safe small festival environment – whilst fighting the corner for conservation and the environment! Plant...

Spring Break Volunteering

Spring Break is creeping up on us, the trees are starting to bud. And maybe you don’t have any volunteering plans for your spring break… yet. But we’ve still got places on our amazing Spring Break volunteering programs! So get them while they’re hot, and don’t miss out an amazing...

Should I Take a Gap Year?

“Is a gap year a good idea?” We hear this question all the time – both from those with an itching wanderlust and thirst for adventure, and from concerned parents, who want the best for their children’s future. And so, while the answer to this question is always a very personal one, we are...

2020 Travel Trends: Eco-Tourism on the Rise

It’s a new year and a new decade. With that comes reflection, and forward thinking. Perhaps a resolution. It also means 2020 travel trend reports! (Sigh). Trends aren’t something we at Kaya Responsible Travel think a huge amount about. We have our mission, and we’re sticking to it! We’re here to...

Australian Bushfires – A Call to Action

We cannot sit back and do nothing.  The Australian bushfires are truly devastating, both literally and emotionally. We are putting a plan together to do all that we can to help the people, wildlife, and habitats of Australia. This needs our attention. And it needs volunteers. What is Kaya’s Plan...