CAREER BREAKERS

Thinking about a change in your career or bored at work & just need a break from your old life? Then why not volunteer with Kaya on a project around the world.

Volunteer on a Career break volunteer abroad project

CAREER BREAKERS

Thinking about a change in your career or bored at work & just need a break from your old life? Then why not volunteer with Kaya on a project around the world.

Borrower and volunteer sitting, Microfinance volunteer, Ghana

CAREER BREAKERS

Thinking about a change in your career or bored at work & just need a break from your old life? Then why not volunteer with Kaya on a project around the world.

Career Breaker Volunteer. Helping with a puzzle Classroom and Childcare Assistant Cambodia

Career Breakers Volunteers

If you are thinking about taking a career break, then why not travel the world and volunteer on a conservation or community project with Kaya.  Whatever your reasons for taking a career break we have plenty of options for you to choose from in Asia, Africa and Latin America.

Your motives for taking a career break may be due to being bored at work, needing a break from your old life, being about to change in your career or even taking a sabbatical as a reward for long service by your company.  Spend your career break finding out who you really are, where your interests truly lie or doing something you have always dreamt of by volunteering on a project abroad.

While you may still be considering your options, taking a career break doesn’t need to ruin your career and a sabbatical can actively enhance your skills and employability in the workplace when you return. After all, in those all important next interviews, which of the many candidates all with equally impressive work credentials, will be remembered?  The one that worked with elephants in Namibia, that helped empower women in India, developed a microfinance programme in Ghana, and helped teach children of the market workers in Ecuador. That’s who!

Don’t let your successful career close doors for you. Whether you choose to work in your field of training, or want to do something entirely different to get away, there are projects out there where the help of a mature career breaker is invaluable. Kaya is here to offer you career break advice and help you kick start your new life today.  You will be working with a local team and this will allow you to develop your cross-cultural team working skills, and in many locations your language and communications skills.

Career breakers are ideal for many projects as they bring a wealth of knowledge, skills and experience with them as well as a level of maturity that is essential for some of the projects focusing on quite hard hitting issues. As an established worker you will have skills such as planning, working in a team, budgeting, and career planning all of which can be very useful to help projects organize themselves or to train people in communities. If you have other skills and experiences in areas such as nutrition, fund-raising, training, teaching, health, physiotherapy and many others you will also be highly desirable.

If you’re unsure where to start with your travel ideas, we’ve hand-picked our top projects for volunteers who are taking a break from their careers.  Alternatively, give one of our Kaya advisors a call and they will help you to narrow down your choices.

Gap Year: Wildlife Volunteering in Africa

Have a fantastic adventure during your Gap Year: and participate in Wildlife Volunteering in Africa placements, observing and helping lions, chimpanzees and dolphins in their habitats

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Gap Year: Round the World On a Budget

Build interesting volunteering experiences to your itinerary, and meet like-minded new friends and get to know a country before venturing off on your travels

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Gap Year: Environmental Conservation in Latin America

Use your gap year to explore some of the world’s most unchartered rain-forests and coastlines in Latin America on our environmental conservation project.

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Gap Year: Community Volunteering in Asia

Grab the opportunity during your gap year travels and spend some of your time volunteering on a range of fascinating community projects in India, Thailand and the Philippines.

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African Marine and Wildlife Volunteer Adventure Tour

Why not do a bit of everything on this 9 week volunteer and adventure tour that takes you to Mozambique, Swaziland and Kruger National Park in South Africa.

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Healthcare Internship in China

Gain meaningful work experience in an area relevant to your studies or potential career choice and participate in a Healthcare Internship in China through Kaya.

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Semester Study Abroad and Service in Vietnam

Combine study abroad and volunteering for a semester in Vietnam

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Semester Study Abroad and Service in Peru

Combine study abroad and volunteering for a semester in Cusco, Peru.

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Speech Therapy Internship in Peru

Intern in Cusco for a social centre that supports young mothers

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Social Work Internship with Young Mothers in Peru

Intern in Cusco for a social centre that supports young mothers

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Multimedia Internship in Peru

Multimedia internship in Peru to develop your CV/resume and help while supporting biodiversity conservation

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Environmental Conservation Internship in Peru

Environmental conservation internship in Peru to develop your CV/resume and help with scientific research

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Girl and Women Empowerment Volunteering in Zambia

Girl and women empowerment volunteering in Zambia offers the opportunity to increase access to education, sport, livelihoods and more.

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Microfinance for Economic Empowerment in Ghana

Bring your accounting or economics skills to Ghana to assist the local team with their micro-finance project which has already helped 120 Ghanaian women.

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Small Business Development Internship and Product Design in Africa

Share this small business development internship in South Africa to extend your CV/Resume while developing the capacity of a social enterprise.

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Volunteer Support For Young Mothers In Peru

Volunteer in Cusco and support young mothers and their children in Peru.

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Community Health and Home Based Care Volunteering in South Africa

Join us in St Lucia and bring your enthusiasm and willingness to help on this community health and home based care project.

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Environmental Conservation in the North Island, New Zealand

Volunteer on a project that preserves and restoring New Zealand’s natural beauty through habitat monitoring, heritage restoration, planting and more

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Sports Coaching and Community Work in the Andes

Become a sports coaching and community work volunteer in the Andes and help integrate boys and girls into sports, foster technical expertise, team work and gender equity.

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Dance Therapy in Belize

If you have a passion for, and can inspire others to express themselves through dance and movement, then volunteer on this wonderful dance therapy project in Belize.

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Inca Jewellery-Making Cooperative Marketing Project

Volunteer in Peru on this Inca Jewellery-making cooperative marketing project and assist with promoting traditional cultural techniques and products.

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Microfinance Volunteer Placement in Peru

If you are interested in banking, accountancy or economics why not support poorer local people by joining this Microfinance volunteer placement in Peru.

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Global Health and Nutrition Volunteering in the Andes

Come to Peru and participate in global health and nutrition volunteering in the Andes.

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Medical Support and Health Awareness in Zimbabwe

Join a project as a healthcare volunteer and participate in medical support and health awareness in Antelope Park located in the heart of Africa.

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Teacher and Curriculum Development in Cambodia

Use your expertise and experience in education and become a volunteer and work on a teacher and curriculum development placement in Cambodia’s premier tourist destination, Siem Reap.

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NGO Media and Photography Project in the Philippines

Volunteer in the Philippines for a grassroots NGO and raise awareness through media and photography of the socioeconomic issues facing Filipino people.

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Classroom and Child Care Assistant Placements in Siem Reap

Become a classroom and child care assistant volunteer and work on rewarding educational placements in Cambodia’s premier tourist destination, Siem Reap.

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Environmental Conservation in the South Island, New Zealand

Volunteer in New Zealand and participate in vital environmental conservation work preserving and restoring South Island's unique, natural beauty.

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Dolphin and Marine Conservation in Zanzibar

Volunteer on a Dolphin and Marine Conservation project on the island of Zanzibar and help preserve the habitats by monitoring tourist and wildlife interaction.

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NGO and Community Service Internship in China

Gain meaningful work experience in a an area relevant to your studies or potential career choice and participate in a NGO and Community Service Internship in China through Kaya.

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Easy 3-step application process

APPLY ONLINE

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.

TELEPHONE INTERVIEW

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

GET PREPARED

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.

HAVE A QUESTION?

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.

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