Gilman Scholarship is Open to Applications!

If you are a US undergraduate student interested in virtual or in-person credit-bearing internships abroad, check out the Gilman Scholarship (here)! This study abroad scholarship is now open to applicants!

Why apply for a study abroad scholarship?

You could be awarded up to $5k to participate in a Kaya program! And there is another extra $3k for those looking to learn critical need languages, including Arabic. A study abroad scholarship is the perfect way to fund an internship, whether it is virtual or in-person! Not only will it boost your resume, but it will also provide you with the chance to work for a reputable organization and learn more about a different culture and new work environments.

How can Kaya help me?

Kaya Responsible Travel offers a variety of in-person and virtual internships around the world. In all of our locations, you’ll get to immerse yourself in the local culture and work with international teams on valuable projects. Our virtual internships in Ecuador, Morocco, Thailand, South Africa and Vietnam combine meaningful internship placements with cultural immersion and a sense of community. Read about our summer virtual intern experiences here to hear what they had to say here!

Our popular in-person internships are available in 32 countries across Asia, Africa and Latin America, and many of them are available now! We have only reopened projects where we can enforce stringent Covid-19 safety protocols that reduce risk for all involved, while also ensuring an amazing experience abroad. If you’re looking for a list of options, check out our regularly updated Program Options for 2021-22 page.

How can Kaya help me learn a critical need language?

Additionally, if you are interested in languages and would like to aim for the additional $3k critical language grant, you could use the Gilman Scholarship to fund a virtual or in-person internship with our fantastic Morocco team. During your internship, you would take additional Arabic language lessons on a weekly basis. This is what some of our interns have said about their placements in Morocco:

‘“The non-profit has been such a wonderful experience and I hope to be able to visit them when able”

“This programme fits me wonderfully; I am doing work that pertains to where I want to go in the future… I have been able to observe specifically how things are going to benefit the girls involved in the programmes.”

“Make sure you actually want to get to know your country’s culture and the people you are working with! If you come into it only looking for work experience and forget that it takes engaging with people, it would be really hard to get anything out of it. Wanting to get to know Morocco and the organization I am with has made this a super enjoyable experience so far!”

If I choose a virtual internship, will I learn about the local culture?


Of course, we recognize that part of the fun of an internship abroad is actually the fact of being abroad and learning new things first-hand through local eyes. Therefore, if you apply for the virtual study abroad scholarship through Kaya, your remote internship placement will include engagement in the local culture! Indeed, weekly, you will take part in cultural workshops talking about local cultures, customs and traditions, and these workshops will be led by locals. We also organize chats with local buddies every week to allow you to connect with someone your own age.

Our local teams are passionate about sharing the knowledge of their culture with all participants, so they make these workshops fun and interactive. This additional component of our programs should help your Gilman Scholarship application!

Please feel free to have a sneak peek of the culture sessions you are entitled to as an intern with us!

Morocco Project Director –  “When you hear Arabic or an Arabic word, what comes to mind? What impressions do you have about the people, the places, etc..?”

Intern – “I think it as a language which has a lot of culture behind it, so as you learn the language, you also have to learn about the culture…I have learned a language that is character-based and it’s way easier than a lot of people think.”

So how do I apply?

Before you apply, it’s important to know which programs are eligible:

  • Kaya’s Virtual internships that take place anytime between December 1, 2021 through Summer 2022 are eligible for the Gilman Scholarship
  • Kaya’s in-person internships that take place anytime between December 1, 2021 through October 31, 2022 are also eligible for the scholarship

Next, learn more about the Gilman Scholarship here. Then read about the application process and get started! This year, the application deadline is Tuesday, October 5, 2021 by 11:59pm Pacific Time, so make sure to apply soon!

We’re rooting for you!

To hear more about how Kaya can help you once you get your Gilman Scholarship approved, please connect with one of our advisors using the chat now button, or feel free to request a brochure using the button opposite!


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