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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 the Amazon Rainforest in Ecuador

Are you thinking of joining a volunteer program in the iconic Amazon rainforest? Read about our Placement Advisor, Jess’, recent visit to a local Rescue and Release Wildlife Sanctuary.    My recent experience I arrived in Puyo, after a simple 5-hour bus journey from the capital of Quito. Pulling...

What is a Remote Internship?

And what can remote internships do for you? First of all, internships are used as a stepping stone and career booster for students and young professionals. And remote internships are no different, except the obvious: They’re held online. Remote Internships With the world going virtual in the wake...

Gap Years and Coronavirus – what are the options for school leavers?

Whether you had planned to start university later this year, you had planned to take a gap year, or you were hoping to enter the job market, all those plans as a school-leaver have been blown apart by the Coronavirus pandemic!  So what are your options now? With more and more Universities...

When can I travel again? Plan something to look forward to!

“I’m going mad locked inside”, we hear you say! I’m being a good responsible citizen, but when can I get outside? And when can I travel again? Around the world over 20% of all people are currently in lockdown, with over 100 countries imposing full or partial restrictions on...

Vietnam Intern Experience during Spring Coronavirus outbreak

Travel during the Coronavirus has been challenging for many around the world. But for two Kaya volunteers on the ground, we have been hearing about their positive Vietnam intern experiences working within communities during this outbreak. Here we wanted to share with you stories from two of our...

Women’s Empowerment Volunteering: International Women’s Day 2020

#IWD2020 #EachForEqual  This Sunday the world will be celebrating International Women’s Day 2020. Therefore we are celebrating Women’s Empowerment Volunteering. Because the theme this year is Each for Equal. We all want to be treated equally, and equality for all is the end goal that the...

Tree Planting Eco Festival Volunteering in South Africa

Volunteer at an eco-festival like no other! Fully sustainable, and with its roots in reforestation, environmentalism, and conservation – you can have a magical time in a fun but safe small festival environment – whilst fighting the corner for conservation and the environment! Plant...

Spring Break Volunteering

Spring Break is creeping up on us, the trees are starting to bud. And maybe you don’t have any volunteering plans for your spring break… yet. But we’ve still got places on our amazing Spring Break volunteering programs! So get them while they’re hot, and don’t miss out an amazing...

Should I Take a Gap Year?

“Is a gap year a good idea?” We hear this question all the time – both from those with an itching wanderlust and thirst for adventure, and from concerned parents, who want the best for their children’s future. And so, while the answer to this question is always a very personal one, we are...

2020 Travel Trends: Eco-Tourism on the Rise

It’s a new year and a new decade. With that comes reflection, and forward thinking. Perhaps a resolution. It also means 2020 travel trend reports! (Sigh). Trends aren’t something we at Kaya Responsible Travel think a huge amount about. We have our mission, and we’re sticking to it! We’re here to...

Australian Bushfires – A Call to Action

We cannot sit back and do nothing.  The Australian bushfires are truly devastating, both literally and emotionally. We are putting a plan together to do all that we can to help the people, wildlife, and habitats of Australia. This needs our attention. And it needs volunteers. What is Kaya’s Plan...

Kaya Responsible Travel Philippines Reunion

Kaya Responsible Travel Team Unite in Tacloban, Philippines  It isn’t often that as a full team Kaya get the privilege of visiting the projects that we work with. But to celebrate ten years of Kaya Responsible Travel – we had to do something special. And what could be more special than...

International Volunteer Day

It’s International Volunteer Day. A chance for us to reminisce, all misty eyed, at the positive impact our volunteers have had on communities around the globe. But whilst UN Secretary-General António Guterres says that this day is a chance to ‘“thank volunteers for their efforts to leave no one...

Zero waste tips for travellers

You’ve probably heard of a Zero Waste lifestyle, but what exactly is “Being Zero waste?” Zero Waste is a movement that consist of a goal focused on waste prevention. This could be achieved by reusing things you already have, buying less or swapping everyday items with a more sustainable option. It...

Our Christmas Volunteering Placements

Are you thinking of traveling this festive period? Why not get into the spirit of giving and join a Christmas volunteering project? Edited: 1st October 2019 Christmas volunteering is the best way to spread the Christmas spirit and help those who are less fortunate than yourself. Not to mention...

5 reasons to try solo travel this year!

Solo Travel is one of the most rewarding experiences and best ways to get to know yourself. It is empowering and a challenge all at the same time! Here are our top 5 reasons to go it alone and try your hand at solo traveling this year! Learn about your strengths & weaknesses, and reinvent...