Kaya Responsible Travel
Kaya Responsible Travel Programs
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....
Kaya Responsible Travel Reviews
Great experience as volonteer in the young mothers program
Submitted by Emmanuelle Prest - Haarlem France | October 30, 2016
The young mothers program is an excellent local initiative, for which Kaya helps in finding volunteers. The girls are well taken care of and shown how to become independent in their future life, go to school and learn a profession, learn how to take care of their children. As volunteers, a lot of time can be spent taking care of the children, but also teaching the mothers all kind of activities, dependent on the skills of the volunteers. I taught them english, and I taught one the mothers to play the flute. It was very rewarding, as the mothers are very eager to learn new things. And the children are adorable. A wonderful experience overall, with a very enriching contact with the mothers!
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!!!