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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.

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...

Urgent appeal for help in the Philippines

The typhoon that devastated the Philippines on Friday November 8th, hit the city of Tacloban hardest; the home of Kaya volunteer’s offices and community projects. With determination, we send out this urgent appeal to donate your time or money to help those in need. Kaya staff remain in the...

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...

Win Prizes with your Photos and Videos

The sun is shining and summer is in full swing. Hoards of Kaya volunteers are working around the world on some awesome projects this time of year. To capture the best of those projects, we have launched our summer photography and video competition. It is open to all – past, present and...

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...

Spring into Summer Volunteering

The weather is picking up and it looks like summer is just around the corner. Many of our Kaya projects are fully booked in the summer holiday period, as students and teachers make the most of their time off. BUT we still have plenty of options for last-minute bookings, so you can still get away...

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...

Kaya partners with Thailand Tourism to encourage more volunteers

Kaya are proud to announce that we have become official partners of Thailand tourism authority in the “Little Big Project” campaign launched this week. The campaign as been set up to encourage more volunteer participation in the various community and environmental initiatives that are...

New Year, New You! Make Time for Travel in 2013.

It’s January and yes, the time is ripe for making New Year’s resolutions. I personally like the idea of a new start for a new year, it is the perfect time to evaluate and make plans. I take issue with most of the generic resolutions though (exercise more, eat more fruit, stop hitting the snooze...