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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.

Volunteering in Ecuador – What you need to know

Read about a university student’s placement on the Human Rights and Women Empowerment project in Ecuador and the advice she has for volunteers following in her footsteps.About meI’m Jess Ribbens, a 22-year old senior from Central Michigan University. I spent my last semester earning college...

Free Sri Lanka Visa Starting Next Month

From May 1st, 2019, Sri Lanka authorities will roll out a free Sri Lanka visa period for visitors.As a result, free visa entry will be granted to EU citizens, US citizens, UK citizens and citizens of other countries.  What does this entail? Thirty-nine countries are now on the visa-on-arrival...

Best sunscreen for you and the world

Did you know that chemicals within sunscreen and personal health products are leading causes of the destruction of coral reefs? They can cause bleaching, coral DNA damage, abnormal skeletal growths, and deformities of baby coral. On average 14,000 tons of sunscreen slide off of humans and onto the...

Study and Service: Improve your GPA and make an impact

Kaya Study and Service projects give you the perfect balance of in-class and hands-on learning. While studying you can choose a volunteer or internship project to complement your learning. This will allow you to truly immerse yourself in the local culture and make an impact in the communities and...

Should we support Comic Relief?

This week UK Labour MP David Lammy criticised Comic Relief after they released photographs for the 2019 campaign. The criticism was for using Stacey Dooley and other celebrities to reinforce white saviour attitudes and promote poverty tourism. But what does this all mean, and what are the right...

Volunteer like Harry and Meghan in Morocco

This week has seen Prince Harry and Meghan Markle visit Morocco in order to highlight education and women’s rights in the country. As the Duke and Dutchess touch down in Rabat, we look at the work they are highlighting and why it is important to the people of Morocco. Visiting a school in Rabat,...

Don’t miss out on a FREE 3-day safari!

If you sign up for either our Equine Therapy Volunteering in Cape Town or our South African Support for the recovery of Children, you will receive a FREE 3-day safari with all 4-week bookings made now for dates of travel between the 1st of March and the 1st of June 2019 on these two projects....

Mental Health and Travel

Travelling can open up a world of adventure. Meeting new people, experiencing new cultures, and seeing new places can be exhilarating. But if you’re an inexperienced traveller, even the thought of the airport might raise your heartbeat. And if you live with mental health issues this could be...

Spoilt for Choice? Welcome to the Wishlist

We love bringing options to our volunteers and with over 150 projects we truly do have a world of choice. But, we know it can be hard to choose just one. That’s why we have created The Wishlist. Using our new wishlist tool you can highlight the projects you are interested in and create a...

Reasons you should take a Gap Year

It’s your final year of school and everyone is asking you “so what are your plans next year?”. You excitedly tell them that you are thinking of a Gap Year and there will be at least one person who says something along the lines of “oh you’re going on holiday then?”. We’re going to take you through...

A Look Into Lions

It’s World Animal Day and today we’re looking at ‘The King of the Jungle’ – Lions! Volunteering with Lions: Volunteering with lions has long been a contentious issue. There are major concerns over the practices which underpin seemingly legitimate projects. It can be tricky to find a project...

Shell-ebrate World Animal Day by working with Turtles!

Let’s talk turtles! Despite being one of the oldest reptile groups in the world known to date back over two hundred million years!. Many species of turtles face endangerment and extinction. Like most endangered animals, this is due to a loss of habitat, poaching, and the illegal pet trade....

Study Abroad, Internships, and Gap Years. Everything you need to know!

This is the perfect time to start planning your year ahead and work out how to use your travel plans to enhance your resume. If you are considering volunteering or studying abroad this year you have come to the right place! We’re going to take you through some of the options we have and why they...

World Animal Day : Gibbons

With World Animal day coming up, this week. We wanted to bring you a collection of blogs highlighting one of the amazing wildlife initiatives we work with. Today we look at gibbons!   Gibbons Unfortunately, gibbons are one of the world’s most threatened primates. A large part of this is due...

Costa Rica is Perfect for Under 18s and First Time Travelers

Costa Rica is becoming one of our most popular countries and its not hard to see why. Whats more, living and working alongside other volunteers your age means these projects are perfect for under 18s and first time travelers. In an area steeped in traditional Costa Rican culture, and activities to...