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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 can you learn a language quickly?

Have you ever wanted to learn a language? Or are you learning one and struggling to advance? In this TED talk, Chris Lonsdale claims that anyone can learn a language in 6 months by following these steps. Watch here: Volunteering allows you to be amongst communities, learning from children and...

Check out this article about architecture in disaster zones

Japanese architect Shigeru Ban has won a Pritzker prize for his innovative sustainable building designs in disaster zones using cardboard tubes as his main materials! Check it out here: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-26731137 This is a great example of how initiative can be used to...

Life as a marine conservation volunteer in Belize

Take a closer look at life on our Marine Conservation project in Belize with our latest video. Spend your days diving and looking for the elusive Lion Fish, and your evening relaxing on your beautiful island. Watch at: What to expect as a Marine Conservation volunteer in Belize

Rowing around Britain to raise money for Kaya Projects

Attempting a feat of strength and endurance, Sarah Weldon plans to be the first person to row solo around Britain, in order to fundraise and send educational packs to Kaya projects around the world. The goal may be ambitious to some, but Sarah has her sights set high, and that’s a key ingredient...

Indonesia’s Spring Offer

The hot topic of Animal Trafficking is finally getting attention, as a meeting called in London hosted by the Zoological Society of London hits the press. If you’d like to get involved, head straight to the source, and volunteer in Indonesia, which is a major stop off point for trafficking...

The do’s and dont’s of travelling in India

Are you thinking about taking the leap and volunteering in cultural goldmine of India? Take a look at this blog written by a Kaya staff member, who has recently returned from the trip of a lifetime in India. There are tips on how to keep yourself and your belongings safe, as well as some amazing...

February Festivals

Whether they are celebrating Ash Wednesday, New Year or an ancient tradition, our counterparts around the world get ready to celebrate this February in their own unique way. Check out these not-to-be-missed festivals in three countries that Kaya have volunteer projects; Brazil, Bolivia and Vietnam...

Travelling with a friend? Check out our South Africa discount

If you’re looking to volunteer this year, why not go with a friend and get a great saving. From April 7th – June 30th 2014 if you book to travel with a friend, you each receive a discount of £200 for a two week placement or £400 for a four week placement! The discount applies to both...

New volunteer house for our Great White Shark research project

Our Great White Shark and Whale Research and Conservation project in Gansbaai, South Africa has had a revamp and a new volunteer house! If it’s always been your dream to observe the ocean’s biggest predator in it’s natural environment, this is the project for you. A bit of...

Moving forward in the Philippines

In the aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan, the team have been working hard on the ground to attend to the immediate needs of the community of Tacloban that were affected by the typhoon; whether they lost homes, family members, employment or require medical attention. Working with the community,...

Volunteers face a lion road block in Kruger

On the 6th of November the volunteers headed off on their Kruger Big Game Camping Safari Experience. They got lucky and saw a lot of different game – throughout the 5 day tour they managed to see a Leopard, a Cheetah and an impressive 18 Lions! 12 of which decided to hold a bit of a road block on...

Get discounted tickets to see Kaya at the Adventure Travel Show in London

For a fantastic day out, come and see Kaya at the Adventure Travel Show in London on January 25th or 26th and get a discounted ticket of £4 when booking in advance, normal tickets are £6! Tickets can be purchased at www.adventureshow.com or by calling 0871 230 7159 and the discount will be applied...

Kaya Volunteer are now on Pinterest!

A big Happy New Year to all from everyone here at Kaya. We have some exciting news to kick-start the year – We are now officially on Pinterest. Pinterest is a virtual notice board, where you can search images of things you like, and create albums by pinning the image to your wall. It’s...

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...

Discounts on India programs for the New Year

If India has always been on your bucket list, make it a reality in 2014 and join one of our fantastic India volunteer programs and enjoy a discount if you go between December 16th 2013 – March 15th 2014. We are offering £120 off 4-week volunteer programs including: *Medical Assistance...

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....

Kaya Volunteer nominated as Best Volunteering Organisation 2013

We are pleased to announce that Kaya have been nominated as one of three finalists for the Best Volunteering Organisation of the Year 2013 with British Youth Travel Awards. It’s been an exciting year here at Kaya with two new additions to our team, several new projects and sending many...