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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.

Urban greening while developing your CV/resume on an internship with Kaya

If you are considering an internship through our reforestation project you will meet and work alongside Madibu, the gardener responsible for running the urban nursery in Cape Town, South Africa. Our placements with this project include the opportunity for interns to participate in their nursery...

How To Be A Responsible Traveller – Kaya Tip 2, Sustainability & Your Smartphone

We are a generation that loves our phones, and it is easy to have everything we need in the palm of our hand so why not use this to help you to become a more responsible traveller? You can check the weather, book a flight, find a hotel and text our friends that we are leaving for a trip, all in a...

Kaya’s MD Attends The Forum On Education Abroad

Last week, Kaya’s MD Heilwig Jones attended the Forum on International Education conference in Atlanta Georgia. This annual event brings together international education professionals from around the USA to participate in workshops and sessions looking at trends and best practices in study,...

How To Be A Responsible Traveller – Kaya Tip 1, Plastic Pollution

My awareness of the impact of plastic pollution has risen dramatically as I have travelled. In India my jaw dropped when a middle class, well-educated family threw orange juice cartons out of the window as we travelled on the famous Toy Train from Pathankot to Mcleod Gang, a route known for its...
Staff Member Image Jackie Wall Projects Director

Travel tip

Support street children by donating to reputable local NGOs focused on long term solutions rather than quick fixes such as buying meals or giving out money.
Staff Member Image Ariel Stickles Group Programs Coordinator

Travel tip

Do it locally! While onsite make sure to buy locally sourced products and support the community. Use local tour guides, visit local shops and shy away from anything imported.
Staff Member Image Heilwig jones Managing Director

Travel tip

Pack an insulated water bottle! It is cheaper to buy a big bottle and top up yours, it reduces waste from lots of small bottles and keeps your water cooler!

The Clark Family Adventure Part 4 – Kids Perspective

Ben’s Blog I went to the Alejandro Alvear school. I made some good friends there…My best friend in the Galápagos was Juan – he was really nice. He’s learning English, I talk mostly in Spanish, I’m ok but not fluent, sometimes its hard to communicate but I can always find a way around it and he...

The Clark Family Adventure Part 3 – Kids Perspective

My Mum’s cousin Val is the head teacher at a school back home. She’s read some of our blogs and showed some of our photos to all the children in assembly. They sent us some questions and these were mine: Zoe – What do you do when you get bored? What games do you play? We are all jealous that you...
Staff Member Image Preetam Placement Advisor

Travel tip

If you’re staying relatively long-term, find people who practice a hobby that you enjoy. It can provide you with a solid support system during your time away.
Staff Member Image Mira Moore Placement Manager

Travel tip

Learn a few words of the local language - the effort is always appreciated!

The Clark Family Adventure Part 2

We are also encouraged to help in the centre between 2.00PM and 8.00PM with the English classes. After a quick lunch testing another restaurant out confirming our suspicions that cappuccinos are served sweetened and with cinnamon pretty much everywhere we dash back to the centre to help with the...

The Clark Family Adventure

Mo and Martin Clark pushed the boundaries of adventure by embarking upon a yearlong world tour with their 3 children Ben (9 years old),  Zoe (7 years old), and Lara (4 years old).

As part of their trip, they volunteered with us for 6 weeks in the Galapagos Islands.  Rather than us telling you...

Why Stay with a Home-Stay Family?

If you ever have the opportunity to volunteer or study abroad, living with a homestay family is an incredible window into the everyday life of your host community. I’ve stayed with families in Cameroon, Benin, Togo, Ghana, Thailand, and Nepal, and each one has been a positive experience. I enjoy...