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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.

Contribute to Global Good Health and Well-Being

Kaya health interns and volunteers tackle one of the major social issues of our time. Meanwhile, they gain international experience and engage in meaningful cultural immersion. So read on to learn how to get involved! Kaya’s Health Placements Tackle Global Good Health and Well-Being As we...

Kaya kicks off Schools Turing Scheme in Morocco

This week has seen Kaya welcome the first of our Turing scheme 2022 students to Morocco. Students from William Hulme Grammar School, in Manchester, and Hyndburn Academy, in Rishton, travelled to Rabat to participate in a 2-week long cultural exchange with students from the Middle school in the...

What Is Women’s Empowerment All About?

What is women’s empowerment all about, and why is gender equality so hard to achieve? And, most importantly, how can you help – sustainably and responsibly? Why is Women’s Empowerment So Important, and So Complex? All over the world, at all levels of society, women bear a...

Internships That Make a Difference #SDGAction

What can a meaningful international internship do for you – and for the world? The UN’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are an urgent call to action, a blueprint for peace and prosperity – for the sake of all people, the planet, and life on land and below water. But we...

Spring Savings: Save £100/$160 on selected Africa programs in 2022

If you have ever dreamt of travelling to Africa, now is a great time to book. With our Spring Savings, we are offering a £100/$160 discount on selected Kaya projects in Africa, if you book before the end of April 2022. Join us on any of the following projects any time in 2022 – EXCEPT July...

Kaya Program Options for 2022

Updated June 13, 2022 Right now, the most common question we are asked is “When can I travel again?” For those looking to return to travel as soon as possible, we have made it easier to search for available Kaya program options. The following projects are now open and accepting...

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,...

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...