Kaya Responsible Travel
Contribute to a Marine Conservation project in Belize, and earn a PADI Certification. You will be part of a project based on a small private island off the coast of Punta...
Participate in a computer literacy and arts project in South Africa and work with rural communities on the Wild Coast with Kaya Responsible Travel. The project focuses on...
Volunteer at a day care center for the very young in rural Nepal with Kaya Responsible Travel. Volunteers will also provide education support for older children from underprivileged...
Use an experience in education and become a classroom and childcare assistant volunteer and work on rewarding educational placements in Cambodia's premier tourist destination,...
Volunteer with Kaya at this wildlife sanctuary in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe and get involved in all aspects of the centre. Volunteers may feed the animals, clean and carry out maintenance...
Volunteer on a reef conservation and diving project in Borneo and assist with research and reef construction carried out to mitigate damage occurring from fishing and global...
Volunteer in the east of Thailand on this elephant welfare project and work with communities that have lived with elephants for centuries. Since the ban on logging and the...
Volunteer with Kaya in Borneo on our environmental conservation and community empowerment project and assist an eco-camp that supports employment to a community cooperative....
Volunteer in a lion breeding and rehabilitation project in Antelope Park, Zimbabwe, with Kaya Responsible Travel. The project, supported by some of the world's leading ecologists,...
Guaranteed to love it!
Submitted by Max Synnott - Auckland New Zealand | September 01, 2016
I spent 6 weeks on this course and I can honestly say this program completely changed my life. Yes, I know how cheesy that sounds but it's true. I arrived as a 17 year old from New Zealand with no real clue or idea what I was doing in life. I had dropped out of school and decided to go volunteer diving on the other side of the world. I didn't even know how to dive. I learnt to dive the weekend before I left and then off I was too Belize.
I left with no plan on what I was doing in life and I came back with no plan yet so much had changed. I came back with a new confidence and excitement towards life. I realised that I didn't have to worry what I was doing today, tomorrow or next year because as I learnt on this program as long as you are enjoying life you are doing something right. At the time of writing this I am a week away from a 6 month trip overseas that I never thought I would be capable of before this program.
This program is exactly what you dream it is, you wake up on a beautiful tropical island every morning and you go diving in one of the most incredible reefs in the world and help preserve its beauty. The staff there are mainly Belizeans and are hilarious and great people. You meet people from all over the world and are immersed in a mix of unique cultures. It is truly incredible.
I honestly can not recommend this program enough, it far exceeded all my expectations. Do yourself a favour and book a flight to Belize.
Submitted by Carla - Prince George Canada | August 27, 2016
I had great time in Borneo. The TRACC project has a laid back project with a great group of people. The theory behind the project was explained well and there is plenty of opportunity to learn as much as you want. The diving location is amazing. Whale sharks are frequently seen. The are a lot of fish species to see. There are plenty of activities to keep you occupied. Sunday is fun day and activities are normally planned for these days.
Designing & making jewellery from innertubes
Submitted by Barbara Small - Leicester United Kingdom | August 24, 2016
I really wasn't sure what to expect when I first applied to go abroad somewhere. I had no idea that this experience would be so rewarding. I got in touch with Kaya responsible travel who gave me choices & information relevant to my skills, we shared lots of info for a long time until we were both satisfied that Cambodia would suit me. It was a sewing project and this is what I teach here in the UK, so I felt comfortable knowing that I would be able to share my skills. Kaya looked after me from the beginning to the end, and guided me tirelessly through the whole project, here and in Cambodia, where I was introduced before I left to the team there. Everything was explained in detail what to expect, the do's and don'ts, the things that were expected of me and what I could expect from them. The whole process ran very smoothly, and when I arrived in Cambodia ( where I was picked up by the Tuk Tuk driver) I was given a tour of Siem Reap, the school, and the place I would be working. They were all just great and very welcoming, which immediately put me at ease. The whole 2 weeks was an adventure even though I was working. I really wish I could of stayed longer as I felt I was just finding my feet. ( I was told this before I went) but unfortunately I had commitments at home. I wrote in my journal every day, and now look back on it & smile. I felt so looked after, but was also given space to make the experience my own. The group were always there to answer sometimes idiotic questions without making me like they were idiotic. Cannot recommend this enough. Just do it, you will not regret it I can guarantee that, especially with this fantastic infrastructure that ensure your experience will be a lasting, lovely memory. Thanks to all the Kaya & KKO staff.
Barbara, 58 yrs, from Leicester College
Tofo Top 5- Dolphins, Humpback Whales, Whale Sharks, Turtles and Manta Rays
Submitted by Kelly - Aberdeenshire | November 27, 2014
Incredible project, incredible community, incredible wild life.
This project is the perfect way of combining volunteering and diving. In one of the world's best dive sites you can help contribute to valuable research into the conservation of some of the world's rarest species.
You will be heavily involved in the gather and processing of data in the most idyllic beaches. There is also the opportunity to learn the local language (Portuguese) as optional classes are provided by the volunteer group. In addition to this you have the opportunity to help other volunteers help out at the local schools and kindergartens where they teach English or swimming lessons.
The project is extremely well organised with everything taking into careful consideration including the arrangement of airport transfers. Three meals are provided as part of the project costs and the meals are a variety of local Mozambican and some Western foods.
Cannot recommend this project enough - I have personal participated twice in 4 years!!!
Volunteering at "Her Farm"
Submitted by Josie - London | October 21, 2014
I spent 2 weeks in Neapl. Originally I had signed up to work in a Kathmandu project, for a school which catered to "at risk children". However at the time of my arrival, a big festival was occurring and schools were closed for the holidays. I was therefore taken to "Her farm" which is also a part of the mountain fund projects, situated in a rural part of Nepal outside Kathmandu. It was an 1&1/2 bus ride & 2 hour trek to the village. When we arrived at the house I was greeted with music and dancing and instantly fell in love with the place.
The village itself has a school where the children attend schooling and "Her farm" also has a classroom where extra English is taught, the classroom is basic however that doesn't stop the children's keenness to learn. They always attended with smiles on their faces, spoke in English as much as they could, and were always in the mood to learn new things. The biggest challenge I had with teaching at her farm, was trying to cater the needs of all the children who were at different stages in regards to their ability to learn and understand. Classes will run a lot more smooth if there's at least two teachers working there.
The volunteer house had a couple women who live there with their children. A girl, who the mountain fund had "adopted", Plus girls and guys from the village and Kathmandu who worked and lived there on a daily basis. everyone was so loving and welcoming and treated me like family, keeping me involved in their daily activities. And if you ever wanted to go off the farm and do other activities for a few days, like trekking, the staff were always happy to help organise it for You.
Overall I enjoyed my stay at "her farm", things ran as smooth as they could, and when inevitable changes were made; I wasn't left in the lurch. I will definately go back again in a few years!