Kaya Program Options for 2021 and 2022

Updated October 18, 2021

Right now, the most common question we are asked is “When can I travel again?”

For those looking to return to travel as soon as possible, we have made it easier to search for available Kaya program options for 2021 and into 2022. The following projects are now open and accepting applications! Our Placement Advisors are standing by to help guide you through gap year travel, study & intern programs, international internships, and volunteer abroad opportunities.

As we work on a responsible return to travel, our priority is safety. We care deeply about the safety of both our participants and our host communities on the ground. With that in mind, we have developed and implemented extensive plans for selected projects in The Americas, Africa, and Asia where we can safely continue to carry out important work with our participants. You can learn about our reopening plans here.

After you submit your application fee and talk to a Placement Advisor, You can make plans with no further payment required until travel to your location is possible and you decide to proceed. You can learn about Kaya’s Amended Coronavirus Terms (Kaya ACT) here.

Kaya’s Placement Advisors are standing by to help you from start to finish. Reach out to us today and learn more about your program options. No commitment is needed!

Not ready to travel until later in 2022 or beyond? That’s okay! You can still apply and plan now, and you may not be limited to just the projects on this list. And if you still want to get global, but are not ready to travel yet, don’t worry, we are still offering our Virtual Internships in Ecuador, Morocco, South Africa, Thailand, and Vietnam to start off your global experience from home!


Select projects will be carefully reopening and are available for 2021 and 2022 now in the following countries. Scroll down further to discover all of the placements currently available or opening soon, including internships and volunteer opportunities. Then, reach out to start planning.

Can I travel to these locations?

We have focused our project reopenings in locations where borders are open (or in the process of reopening) to international arrivals. They will all have some restrictions, ranging from negative Covid-19 tests to quarantine periods, and there may be some nationalities that are still restricted from entry. We are also focused on locations where the incidents of Covid-19 are lower or better managed, and where we can manage safety aspects better.

For UK travellers, The UK government updated travel advice in October to remove the traffic light system and implement only a ‘red light’ country list, with just 7 countries where travel is still restricted. This means that vaccinated British travellers can now travel to all other destinations without the need for quarantine, and safe in the knowledge that travel, insurance will cover your trip. With this British travellers are rushing to plan their 2022 travels. *These countries are on the UK red list.

US citizens are able to travel to most open locations at this time but will require a negative Covid test to re-enter the USA at the end of their program.

Canadian citizens are advised against leisure travel currently, but for longer trips, it is still possible to travel to some locations. This link has updated status for Canadians.

Australian citizens will be now allowed to travel outside the country from November 2021, with New Zealand citizens hoping to resume travel in 2022.

European citizens can keep up to date with European regulations at this link

Note that some countries may be able to accept vaccinations cards instead of PCR tests, or before returning to your home country. Check with your advisor for further information on this.

Speak to our team to discuss the locations that work best for you.


What can I do on a program abroad in 2021 and into 2022? At Kaya, we offer a variety of programs: gap year programs, study & service combinations, internships abroad, and volunteer abroad placements! And in 2021 and 2022, these will all still be on offer. As our mission is to promote sustainable social, environmental and economic development, empower communities and cultivate educated, compassionate global citizens, we have a range of programs on offer. Here are the program options available and open for applications for 2021 and into 2022.

Gap Year Programs

Make your Kaya Gap Year your own! Join a small group or travel solo (with support of course), immerse yourself in another culture, and dive into a world of adventure!

Look out for this Spring’s 6-week Thailand Gap Expedition

Study Abroad & Intern or Volunteer

Deadlines Upcoming

In line with our mission, our Study Abroad programs take immersion to the next level!  Alongside your studies, we add in an internship or service-learning placement for a well-rounded experience that also gives back to the community. You will earn transferable credit from an accredited international university that will make your resume shine!

Join us this Spring in Ecuador for either Environmental Studies or Spanish and Latin American classes.

Internships and Volunteering Programs Abroad

Rolling Start Dates

The following internships and service-learning programs are receiving participants in 2021 and 2022 on a rolling basis.  Click the individual project links to learn more.

For students looking for placements, many of our projects can be adapted to suit your university’s specific internship requirements. Speak with one of our Placement Advisors to help find a great fit for your academic needs. If it’s an option, we can work with you to customize the experience so you can earn credit.

The Americas

Programs in Latin America



Costa Rica




Looking for a specific type of program in a particular location or field? Reach out and we can help you with your search.


Programs in Africa







South Africa




Noticing a theme? Environmental, wildlife and marine conservation projects are a natural fit for social distancing and other Covid-19 protocols that keep you and local communities safe. If you don’t see something in your field, be sure to reach out.

Not Ready to Travel Yet? That’s okay. You can apply and make future plans to your heart’s content. You won’t be responsible for your Confirmation Payment until travel is possible and you commit to a departure date. We expect to have even more projects reopening in 2022. In the meantime, consider joining us on a Virtual Internship where you can gain international experience in your field and engage in cross-cultural exchange, with discounts on future travel with Kaya!

To learn more about your options, reach out and email us! One of our Placement Advisors will contact you and get the ball rolling. We can’t wait to help you find a fun, responsible, cross-cultural experience!


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