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Cultural immersion experiences

At Kaya, we have a collection of travel memories and anecdotes that could probably fill up a book! Our team is either composed of former volunteers, gappers or international travelers. We all come from different backgrounds and countries, but we all share the love of cultures and travels. So...

Volunteering Abroad can be done, even if you have Anxiety.

What is Anxiety? In accordance with the UK mental health charity Mind, anxiety is where you experience feelings of unease, worry and fear. Although these feelings are a natural part of our biological reaction when threatened, for some, anxiety can hinder regular day-to-day tasks. The term...

Celebrate World Lion Day with us!

Today, August 10th,  we are celebrating World Lion Day! This day is to help raise awareness on this majestic big cat and raise awareness of their risk to become extinct. In the past 20 years, lion populations have declined by over 40%. Their numbers have dramatically decreased due to prey...

Is Kenya safe to volunteer?

As Kenyans are voting to elect their president today, you might wonder if Kenya is a safe developing country to travel to given the 2007 election violent incidents. It can seem very controversial as you may come across different reports. However, we’d like to use today’s blog to highlight that...

Why Does Africa Need Volunteers?

Africa is an amazing place. It’s beyond what you can read about or imagine. The wildlife is absolutely gorgeous. The landscape with the red clay soil is even brighter in reality than you have seen it on any photographs. The women wear beautiful colourful chitenge either wrapped around their waist...

How Volunteering Abroad can Help Widen your Comfort Zone

Emily Davis, who volunteered in Swaziland on our Nutrition Internship, tells an account of what it was like to volunteer on a project with Kaya and how she came out of her comfort zone:   “When I had started my internship with Kaya Responsible Travel I was ridiculously nervous about what the...

Brand New Project Launched in Ghana!

We are delighted to announce that we have a new project named “High Impact Outreach Community Project” which is now up and running in Ghana. This 10-day project, running from the 2nd – 11th of September 2017, strives to help locals within the village of Damang on many fronts and impact...

The Importance of Wildlife Conservation

If you are passionate about animals and wildlife in general then this is the blog for you. Whether it’s caring for them directly or concentrating your efforts into preserving their habitat, Kaya has the perfect project for your interests and skill set. We offer projects that help to conserve the...

Why Does Volunteering Abroad Cost So Much?

As you think about volunteering abroad, and you discover how much it cost to volunteer, you might be feeling frustrated. After all, all you want is to do good. You wonder “why does volunteering abroad cost so much?”. Here is our take on why volunteering cost “so much” in five reasons. Reason #1...

Are you on a budget but still want to volunteer?

If you want to volunteer abroad, but are restricted to a tight budget, then this is the blog for you. Here you will find the cheapest 2017 Kaya projects, categorized by area of interests. There is likely to be a project listed here that takes your fancy, and won’t break the bank! Environmental...

‘Riap Roy’ Dressing for Volunteers in Thailand

Thailand is a very modest country, Thai people very rarely wear revealing clothing. The way that you dress reflects the respect that you are giving the person you are meeting with. When you attend meetings with any government official, hospital, office, organizations, school or any important...

Kaya’s tips to consider before taking a Gap Year

Gap Years are becoming more and more popular amongst people. Gap time concerns individuals of all ages and all paths of life. One might ask, what exactly is a Gap Year? Well, essentially, a Gap Year is taking time off for a period of 3 to 12 months. So a Gap Year can also be a Gap Semester or a...

Demystifying the myths of doing a gap year

On May 25th, students from across the country will take over social media to announce their gap year plans. The goal of the campaign is to create a cohesive group of students that are making the deliberate choice to take a gap year, and learn more about themselves, as well as their academic,...

Student nurses in Belize – a letter from the faculty

We’re pleased to say that the student nurses from the Nursing Department at Harford Community College have had another successful trip with us!  Each year we receive nursing students from Harford Community College to do their practicum with us in Belize where they have the opportunity to carry out...

An Ultimate Bucket List for those Visiting Ecuador

If you are joining us in Ecuador this summer, or at any other time in the year, then this blog is perfect for you. The team have come up with a bucket list of a 99 places to visit, things to do and meals to eat during your time in Ecuador to make sure you get the best experience possible!
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