Who is khaya?

about us

Go with Khaya was established in 2005. We offer international students the opportunity to come to South Africa and experience working with local companies and organisations as interns or volunteers. Our goal is to offer an incomparable experience of the diverse culture and socio-political landscape of this amazing country, and our hope is to inspire people to offer their time and effort in return.


Our mission is simple but resonant: we provide volunteering opportunities for international travellers that are both unique and as affordable as possible with high standards of service and facilities. Needless to say, we also prioritise our selected volunteer projects’ needs in ways that benefit both project and you, the volunteer. At Go with Khaya, our greatest desire is to show people the true Africa, with its dynamic cultures and its incredible raw beauty. To live and work locally in South Africa, Tanzania, Malawi, Zanzibar or Namibia means immersing yourself in these countries and experiencing your travels in an entirely unique way you will never forget.

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Our history

We found that many volunteering projects needed more hands and financial support than interns could provide, so in 2009 we started to offer volunteering opportunities to people of all ages and walks of life, such as gap year students, travellers, and conscientious older people with time to spare – whoever you are, you will find the right project for you and fit right in. Things took off from there and we didn’t look back – in 2011, Khaya expanded to Tanzania (Arusha and Zanzibar) and Zimbabwe. Today we have offices in South Africa, Zanzibar,Tanzania, Malawi and Namibia.

Go with Khaya will introduce you to affordable volunteer projects which have been personally chosen by or established by us. You can choose from a number of viable, sustainable, rewarding ventures: working with children, healthcare, sports development, education, conservation, animals – whatever you can think of, that project wants and needs your time and energy!

We have developed an extremely hands-on and personal approach to your experience. You will have a project facilitator working closely with you throughout your volunteering program to make sure your questions are answered and your concerns addressed. No question, suggestion or complaint is too silly, small or simple! This is just one of the many reasons Khaya has volunteers coming back to us year after year.

From the founder

Martijn Van Der Put

“With our 15 years of experience we have learned how challenging volunteering abroad can be. We have acquired the necessary knowledge and understanding to ensure that we provide an ethical and responsible travel experience just for you.”

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