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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.

How to Be a Wildlife Conservationist

What is a wildlife conservationist, who can be one, and what skills do you need? And what does exploration have to do with it? Who Can Be a Wildlife Conservationist? Wildlife conservationists work to protect wildlife, preserve habitats and maintain biodiversity. Not only have wildlife populations...

Why Sustainable Food Systems Matter, and Where You Come In

At Kaya, we’ve seen firsthand how sustainable, resilient and nature-positive food systems can dramatically impact local communities and the natural world. But don’t take our word for it. Why Sustainable Food Systems Matter The UN’s Food Systems Summit notes, “Healthier, more inclusive,...

Top Winter Break and January Programs for 2021-22

If you’re looking for a different way to spend your winter break, Christmas, the holidays or J-term, why not consider traveling, interning and volunteering responsibly on a Kaya program? By participating in a sustainable initiative this winter, you can give yourself the gift of experience. So read...

Intern in Ghana

Intern in Ghana – or volunteer – to experience the local culture of Ghana in a way most tourists can’t. And meanwhile, support locals in their sustainable development efforts! So Why Intern or Volunteer in Ghana? Intern or volunteer in Ghana to get to know locals while you live like a...

Gilman Scholarship is Open to Applications!

If you are a US undergraduate student interested in virtual or in-person credit-bearing internships abroad, check out the Gilman Scholarship (here)! This study abroad scholarship is now open to applicants! Why apply for a study abroad scholarship? You could be awarded up to $5k to participate in a...

5 Ways You can Help Save the Sea Turtles

Guest contribution from Chloe Kirby at Wildlife Connections We are in the midst of an ecological crisis that affects not just us, but many species of plants and animals around the world. Scientists are considering that we might be in the middle of a sixth mass extinction, in which we may lose up...

Travel Feature: 2021 Summer Photos from the Ground

Although COVID-19 has altered and shifted 2021 travel, we have so many stories to prove that it is worth the extra precautions! All of our interns this summer committed to local and international regulations to make sure both they and the local communities remained as safe as possible. But by...

Kaya Score placements for 250 students in Turing Scheme grants!

​The Kaya team are jumping for joy this week, after receiving confirmation of approval on THREE proposals submitted to the Turing Scheme earlier this year.  What does that mean? It means that 250 British Students will travel, fully funded, on Kaya programs in 2022!  “What is “The Turing Scheme”?”...

UK Universities Paying for Students to Defer and take a Gap year!

A-level results were released last week and more students than ever received top grades. So how has this led to UK Universities paying for students to take a Gap year? Leeds University announced this week that this over-achievement has resulted in far more students than expected being able to...

Travel Feature: Marine Conservation in Belize

It’s time to feature real stories from diverse experiences abroad! This time, we’re heading to the white-sand and mangrove island of Tobacco Caye with one of Kaya’s onsite program coordinators! Traveling in 2021, with a purpose In May, Emily traveled to Tobacco Caye, Belize to...

Testimonial Blog on Ecuador Whale and Marine Program

Wondering what traveling during COVID might be like? Here is a testimonial blog on Ecuador Whale and Marine Program written by our participant Emma Edges. Emma was in Ecuador for 5 weeks starting from the end of May 2021, so she had to travel during the pandemic and experience the 10-day...

Study Abroad in Environmental Science

Have you ever wanted to study abroad in Environmental Science? Well, why not study at a local university in Cuenca, Ecuador and intern at a wildlife rescue and rehabilitation center deep in the Amazon rainforest? Why Ecuador is the Ideal Place to Study Abroad in Environmental Science Study abroad...

Study Abroad in Latin America

Study abroad in Latin America and experience Ecuador to the fullest! Kaya’s program combines a semester of study at the Universidad de Cuenca with an immersive internship rooted in local community engagement, a homestay, and a Spanish language course! This is the perfect opportunity for...

Kaya’s Fundraiser for Urgent Oxygen Production in Nepal

Nepal’s COVID-19 cases has reached over 680 thousands for the entire country counting around 30 million people. The lack of liquid oxygen in Nepal has been a huge issue during the second wave of infection and could be more catastrophic in the event of a third wave. Help Kaya fundraise for...

What to Do on a Gap Year

If you’re wondering what to do on a gap year, why not learn how to make authentic Thai food, dance “Genna Bounce” in Jamaica, or care for capybaras in the Ecuadorian Amazon? If you’re ready for an adventure, read on! Not Sure What to Do on a Gap Year? In our humble opinion,...

Pronouns and Inclusivity

Why have people started sharing their pronouns? You may have noticed, more and more, that people have started to share their pronouns in their email communications, in their introductions and even in conversation. But what is this all about and what is it trying to achieve? An effort to be more...