Kaya has its roots in providing sustainable, ethical and empowering volunteer projects and we are excited to offer a combination for-credit course study and service work experience.

Volunteer teacher working with a student on a study abroad project

Study Abroad Projects

What Does It Entail?

Our study abroad options couple in-class studies with out of class service-learning projects. Study abroad students spend the first few weeks at university, taking classes  and participating in a traditional educational setting. Students usually take these courses for credit and we can help to arrange that credit transfer and pre-approval with your home university.

As a study abroad student with Kaya you will also complete a service learning component of your time abroad in addition to your university courses, setting you apart when searching for a job.  Depending on the study abroad you pick, you will participate in a 2-6 week volunteer or internship project once classes have ended. This will help bring the classroom to life and give you practical skills in a setting that promotes professional, educational and self growth. The service learning component of Kaya study abroad is not mandatory on all programs, but many students find that it complements their studies abroad, and can even fulfill service learning requirements at their home university. It is a great way to study abroad and make a difference!

Why Choose Kaya?

Kaya study abroad programs are a fantastic option for students looking to go beyond the traditional program abroad and have an immersive and inspiring time abroad. With courses related to culture, language, international relations, business and more, our programs can satisfy a range of academic requirements and areas of study. If you are looking to complement your study abroad with an internship, we also have options for you.

This is a great program that combines Kaya’s sustainable and ethical volunteer with service learning programs with accredited study at a foreign university. If you are interested in how this opportunity can change your life reach out to a Kaya advisor, who will be happy to answer all of your questions. If you know this is the perfect opportunity for you, please complete our online application form and apply now!

Also, don’t forget to check out our blog on how to fund your study abroad!

Our Study Abroad Projects

Semester Study Abroad and Service in Vietnam
Combine study abroad and volunteering for a semester in Vietnam
Semester Study Abroad and Service in Peru
Combine study abroad and volunteering for a semester in Cusco, Peru.
Summer Study Abroad and Service in Peru
Combine study abroad and volunteering this summer in Cusco, Peru.
Summer Study Abroad and Service in Peru – Business, Communication and Tourism Track
Combine study abroad and volunteering this summer in Cusco, Peru.
Summer Study Abroad and Service in Peru – Health and Nutrition Track
Combine study abroad and volunteering this summer in Cusco, Peru.
Summer Study Abroad and Service in Peru – Social, Art and Culture Track
Combine study abroad and volunteering this summer in Cusco, Peru.
Summer Study Abroad and Service in Thailand
Combine study abroad and volunteering or interning this summer in Chiang Mai, Thailand.

Easy 3-step application process


Click here to apply online and pay your deposit to secure your space on your chosen project. Our advisors will then contact you to guide you through the next steps.


Once we’ve received your application, we’ll be in touch to arrange your informal telephone interview with your Kaya Placement Advisor.


When you’ve been accepted onto your project we’ll send you your Welcome Pack and lots of other helpful information to assist you with preparing for your placement.


We pride ourselves on providing you high quality placement information throughout your application process and whilst on the ground. Connect with us if you have any questions.

Chat with a Kaya Advisor

Funding your Study Abroad

Studying abroad sounds appealing but many students won’t follow through with it because they think it is cost-prohibitive. The reality is that, with some planning, there are a study abroad opportunity for everyone out there! Indeed, there are many resources that are worth checking before throwing in the towel. You can fundraise and/or apply for a scholarship based on merit, your destination, your background or even your field of study. At Kaya, we want to help you succeed and therefore put together a few ideas on how you may fund your study abroad.

  • First stop should be your university – Inquire to your advisor as well as your department head and the financial aid office if there are any study abroad scholarship or financial aid you might be eligible for.
  • Check with your destination country government and other loca resources if there are any grants available for international students:
  • Your country government might also have financial aid available for students who are looking to study abroad:
    • Commonwealth Scholarships and Fellowships – A few options are available for UK Citizens.
    • BUTEX Scholarships – awards provided by universities, colleges and other higher education institutions across the UK that have a shared interest in learning abroad for UK students.
    • Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship – This scholarship is available for U.S. Citizens.
    • National Security Education Program / David L. Boren Undergraduate Scholarships – This scholarship is available for U.S. Citizens in exchange to their commitment to work for the public service.
  • Don’t forget local resources for funding such as fraternities, sororities, local organizations or special interest groups including:
    • The Rotary Club – There are three different types of scholarships they offer, you could be eligible for one of them.
    • The Fund for Education Abroad offers a Rainbow Scholarship for LGBTQ students studying abroad.
    • The Corinne Jeannine Schillings Scholarships – providing financial assistance to women pursuing their undergraduate degree and studying foreign languages and cultures.
    • Phi Kappa Phi offers a study abroad award.

Don’t forget fundraising! Once you secure your placement with Kaya, we will provide you with a comprehensive fundraising guide to get you on your way!

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