What's it like
A typical day on this gap year project
At Kaya Responsible Travel, we offer gap year experiences that combine travel and volunteering, helping you see the world and make an impact while doing so. We support a variety of projects in a wide array of locations throughout Central and South America, and each project varies in its goals and needs. Therefore, the activities differ, depending on the placement you choose. As a volunteer, you’ll provide an essential extra pair of hands. There will always be plenty to do, wherever you choose to work. Volunteers may work together independently or in groups, depending on the project. You will have the guidance and training you need to complete daily tasks effectively.
A RANGE OF OPTIONS
If you’re interested in environmental and wildlife conservation, consider traveling to the Galapagos, helping to save endangered species of turtles or lending a hand at an understaffed wildlife sanctuary in the Ecuadorian jungle. Or, work on sustainable economic and community development in the Middle of the World to help support a self-sustaining community of fifty families. There are also a variety of options available in the field of education, if you’d prefer to work in a school setting with young children, teach older children or adults, work in special needs, or teach English (TEFL). If you’d rather work in the health and medical fields, we can place you on a Healthy Kitchens project in Peru or with a rural health clinic in Belize. If you’re interested in Belize but lean more towards the arts, join a dance therapy project or volunteer at a camp for at-risk youth and share your film and photography skills. The sky really is the limit!
No matter what, all of our projects involve the following:
EXPAND YOUR KNOWLEDGE
*Learn about local challenges, environments and cultures from knowledgeable and passionate community-members
*Have an adventure and experience the country or region for all it has to offer, whilst making strides in your field of choice
ENGAGE IN PROJECT WORK
*All project work requires an open mind and a willingness to lend a hand
*You may be asked to perform community outreach, or you may be tasked with shadowing professionals in your field. Conservation work may include research or even hands-on animal care. No matter what you’re doing, rest assured that it’s useful - and sustainable!
Check out our website to find out more about specific gap placements, or talk to a placement advisor. They’ll have all the details!