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 a medical placement, depending on your qualifications, you may work in areas such as community health and hygiene or on healthy kitchens initiatives, or on more specialised placements in laboratories, hospitals, or working with social workers and physiotherapists.
No matter what, all of our projects involve the following:
EXPAND YOUR KNOWLEDGE
*Learn about local culture and public health challenges from knowledgeable and passionate community-members
*If applicable to your placement, perform community outreach, contribute to research, and aid in public health efforts directly, as needed
*Have an adventure and experience the country for all it has to offer, whilst gaining knowledge in your field
ENGAGE IN MEDICAL INITIATIVES
Engage in community outreach and awareness (HIV and nutrition education, for example); perform home visits, if applicable; shadow and learn from medical staff (occupational/physical therapists; social workers, ER staff, OB GYN staff, pharmaceutical staff); perform administrative tasks
Check out our website to find out more about specific gap placements, or talk to a placement advisor. They’ll have all the details!