Volunteer in the USA in 2021

The Kaya team are excited to announce that you can now volunteer in the USA in 2021 on Kaya’s new Historic Restoration volunteer programs.

Apply before the end March to claim a $100 discount on the program fee!

Working in collaboration with an American cultural preservation initiative, we will be hosting groups of up to 7 volunteers on a 4-week adventure that is perfect for Gap year students, high school and college graduates, students on their summer break, and other adventurers who want to experience the American Wild West.

While Covid may be restricting international travel for many, this program is the perfect option for those in North America who are looking for a volunteer program closer to home.

This summer, we will have two circuits to choose from, and we’ll have a Fall circuit available later this year for fall. We set up camp at our site (we’ll provide the tents, the facilities and a great cook to feed the hungry workers), and each weekend we’ll set off on a local exploration of all the best Instagram sights, exciting activities, and local flavors to offer in the region.

Summer options include;

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The Arizona Fire circuit

We’ll spend 2 weeks working at the historic Mormon Lake Guard station at Coconino National park, learning building and carpentry skills as we restore the old guardhouses. The second two weeks we’ll be working at the Buck Mountain Fire Lookout Tower, an important structure in local Fire management, and more important than ever for the firefighters tacking recent forest fires. In our free time we’ll enjoy time in Flagstaff with a haunted tour, a hike up the Walnut canyon, exploring the Alva caves and visiting Lowel Observatory. We’ll also be making a trip to the GRAND CANYON, including a rafting trip along its river, a visit to learn about local tribes of the area and a jeep tour!

Check out the full itinerary for the Arizona Fire circuit volunteer program.


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The Colorado Rocky Mountain circuit

Here we’ll spend 2 weeks at a state park in the Rocky Mountain foothills outside of Denver. We’ll be restoring a historic cabin and learning carpentry and roofing techniques before we move camp north to Steamboat Springs and a new project restoring a guard station. During our 4 weeks, we’ll visit all the most exciting and beautiful sights around the rocky mountains, including hot springs, alpine slides, cliff dwellings, crossing the tallest suspension bridge, rafting the canyons, horseback riding, and even visiting a rodeo!

Check out the full itinerary for the Colorado Rocky Mountain circuit volunteer program.


firelookout renovation of windows

Coming this Fall: California Ghost Town circuit

Camp out at an old mining town, and bring life back to one of the best-preserved ghost towns. More details on the way!

All these programs will be fully accompanied by a crew leader and are the best way to learn and explore a little bit more of what the USA has to offers in its beautiful natural spaces.


So click on the links to read more about these amazing new programs that you can join this summer – we have limited spaces, so get your applications in soon!

For Gap year students who are interested in starting locally and traveling abroad later in the year, you can check out our International Gap year programs in Thailand, Ecuador and Jamaica as well.


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