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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 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...

Volontariato internazionale

Vuoi viaggiare, scoprire le bellezze di un’altro paese, immergerti in una cultura nuova e diversa, e fare amicizia con le persone del luogo e allo stesso tempo fare la differenza?Fare volontariato durante un viaggio all’estero non è solo il modo perfetto per scoprire una cultura diversa, ma è...

Passport and Visa – how to prepare for traveling abroad

How to prepare for traveling abroad – Passport and visa process questions answered! Getting ready for a volunteer trip abroad can be both an exciting and daunting experience especially for the inexperienced traveler. Whilst setting your itinerary or packing your goods can be such a thrill,...

Kaya Signatory to the Future of Tourism

Kaya Responsible Travel is proud to announce that Kaya is now a signatory to the Future of Tourism’s guiding principles! Indeed, the principles have been put forth by the newly formed coalition outlining a bold vision for the future of tourism. Including, one that retains the integrity of...

Bénévolat à l’étranger

Voyager en faisant du Bénévolat à l’étranger! Vous désirez voyager, découvrir un autre pays, une autre culture, et créer des liens, mais vous voulez un minimum d’encadrement, tout en donnant un sens à votre expérience? Se rendre utile pendant vos vacances et découvrir un autre pays et une autre...

Are Virtual Internships worth it? Feedback from Kaya participants

With travel restrictions still firmly in place, this summer has seen students adapt and seek out alternatives for their global experiences, with many taking up online internships abroad. But what are virtual internships, what is involved, and are they worth it?​ At Kaya we worked with our project...

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...