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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.

Photo and video competition 2013 winners

As it is nearing the end of 2013, we thought it was the best time to remind you of some of the Kaya highlights. Earlier this year we ran a photo and video competition. We’d like to say a very big thank you to all the applicants, and congratulate the winners on their great work. The winning...

Get kitted out for your trip with Gap Year Travel Store

If you have a big trip planned for 2014 and are looking for somewhere to find the best gear, some great travel tips and space saving ideas…visit the Gap Year Travel Store. From rating sleeping bags, to mosquito nets and a rucksack to cater to all your needs, get prepared for volunteering...

Silver Award for Kaya Responsible Travel

The week started on a positive note here at Kaya Responsible Travel, as we celebrate coming second place in the Best Volunteering Organisation 2013, with British Youth Travel Awards. This is a huge achievement for all at Kaya and we’d like to thank all our volunteers for their hard work....

Volunteering in Swaziland

Being part of the Kaya team, a love of travel and volunteering goes along with it. What really kick started my love of volunteering was my experience in Swaziland when I was 18. 
 
It was my first time out of Europe, and I was going with friends. What could make that better? The fact that I was...

Volunteer in Peru: Soaking up the culture.

Kaya staff all have a passion for travelling and experiencing the countries we send volunteers to, so that we have the best first hand advice to offer you. My name is Sarah Brown, marketing coordinator, and I’m keen to share my recent experiences to those looking to volunteer in Peru! At Kaya we...

Tackling Reverse Culture Shock

Just over a year ago, I was offered the chance of a lifetime to move to the Philippines to work for Kaya. Having a rather severe case of the travel bug, I jumped at the chance and set off to have what turned out to be one of my greatest adventures yet – I saw the most beautiful places I have ever...

The Importance of a Travel Journal

So it’s been a whole two years since I travelled out to Kenya and Tanzania to start my volunteer experience abroad. Time has gone by so quickly, with the mad rush of coming back to the UK, moving into a new home and finding a job I’ve barely had time to think about my experiences volunteering...

How to choose the best volunteering abroad project for you

With so many options to chose from, making a decision about which volunteering abroad project to take part in can be quite tricky. At Kaya alone we have over 200 projects in 27 countries, in a range of sectors, from wildlife and environmental conservation to community, health and education work....

Is International Volunteering for me?

If you are thinking about signing up to volunteer abroad, then you need to ask yourself an important question; is international volunteering for me?  This will help to ensure that you, the project and your friends and family aren’t disappointed.   Volunteering abroad can be a life-changing...

Diving in Belize – A Montana group’s experience

A group of biology students from the University of Great Falls, Montana have been travelling with us on a faculty-led ‘reef and ruins’ tour of Belize. After exploring the indigenous wildlife and Mayan ruins on the land, they are currently enjoying the best diving in Belize on our...

Tom in Tacloban: Arriving in the Philippines

Hi everyone! My name is Tom and I’m a Placement Advisor here at Kaya Responsible Travel. I’ve been working for Kaya for just over four months now and I was previously based in our UK office in Manchester for the first four months. However, now, as you may have guessed from the title of this blog...