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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.

Top 10 electronics to pack when volunteering abroad

As an experienced traveller I am amazed how my packing list has changed, with so many electronic devices taking up space in my luggage. During a recent visit to Kaya’s volunteering and internship projects in southern Africa I took my must-have electronic items.  For my next adventure I will pack a...

Is this Africa’s most famous cultural event?

The kingdom of Swaziland rarely makes it to the news and very few people even know where it is, but at the end of August sees it host one of the most famous cultural celebration ceremonies in Africa. King Mswati III has just released the dates for the 2016 Annual Reed Dance Festival and the 8-day...

Placement Advisor position in Ecuador

If you are interested in joining the Kaya team we have a new 6-month, entry-level position open in our Ecuador office. Basic Specification Degree: Graduates from any degree subject considered. Experience: Ideally will have previously participated in a volunteering project domestically or abroad...

Impact of Zambian women’s empowerment project open to Kaya volunteers

Impact of the women and girl empowerment project in Zambia open to volunteers is already being felt in the communities around Livingstone. Women’s empowerment includes elements such as education, skills training, counselling and empowerment through a range of activities and groups. Let’s take a...

Discounts on last minute volunteer abroad projects

If you are still trying to decide whether to book your place on one of our projects in Africa, we are pleased to announce discounts on last minute volunteer abroad projects in a few locations. Book now for placements starting on 15th or 29th August or 12th September and you will received £90...

St Lucia education volunteer project holiday club begins!

News from the St Lucia education volunteer project in South Africa is that the holiday club has just started and the children are having a wonderful time.  With sports, arts, gardening and craft activities on the timetable there is plenty for them to do.  If you enjoy working with young children...

Rice planting at the women’s empowerment volunteer project in Nepal

News from the women’s empowerment volunteer project in Nepal is that the women and girls have just finished rice planting. There are over 20 women and children living full time at the farm and the food grown and harvested feeds not only feeds them it also provides lunch to 60 plus kids...

Cultural appropriateness in Cambodia: Angkor Wat

For volunteers or interns wishing to visit the spectacular Angkor Wat temple in Siem Reap during your time abroad, please be aware of cultural appropriateness and that there is a dress code to follow. Don’t wear revealing clothing. Visitors need to be “respectfully dressed”, i.e....

Join a game count while volunteering abroad!

One of the most exciting activities to participate in while volunteering abroad on our wildlife conservation projects in Africa is a game count. So what is this and how are volunteers involved? I had the opportunity to participate in a couple of game counts while visiting several of Kaya’s...

Thinking of volunteering abroad this summer?

Are you thinking of volunteering abroad this summer?  If so, then get in touch with the Kaya team as we still have space on some of our conservation and community projects including those for 16 and 17 year olds.  

After school touch rugby club launched

The local project team are delighted to announce that an after school touch rugby club has been launched for girls aged 12-14 in Livingstone.  Volunteers who want to help should join our sports project in Zambia.

An account of a volunteer in Base Camp in Namibia

A recent Kaya volunteer tells an account of their fantastic experience volunteering on the Elephant and Community Water Access project in Namibia: We survived build week! The group of excited travellers who hopped around camp on Monday evening hobbled back on Friday like a group of pensioners who...

Interview with a conservation intern

Kaya’s Project Director was onsite recently and conducted an interview with a conservation intern, Rhys, about his experiences on his 4 month environmental, wildlife and marine conservation placements in Swaziland and Mozambique.  Here is what Rhys had to say: What was the most exciting...

5 Reasons to Volunteer Abroad in Eswatini for Under 18s and First Time Travellers

When discussing volunteer abroad or internship placements, the Kaya team are often asked why under 18 and first time travellers should choose Eswatini, especially as many have never heard of it or know anything about it. Here is an introduction to Eswatini and 5 reasons why it is such as a great...

Community participation in Volunteering Abroad placements in St Lucia

One of the ethical issues that is at the forefront of peoples minds is the community involvement in volunteering abroad placements and this is clearly in the Community Health and Home Based Care and HIV/AIDs Education and Orphan Care in St Lucia, South Africa. Community members are involved in the...