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Gap Year Solutions

Covid responsible travel experiences which combine adventure with planet protecting projects abroad.

Good news Gappers, we are sending gap year students, responsibly to Costa Rica, Kenya and Namibia either on a Leap team program or through Leap VIP, our travel resource to help the independent traveller.

So dust down your backpack, you're not trapped at home.

I want to travel with a team

Travel with a team of leapers to experience a dynamic volunteering and adventure program.

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I want to travel independently

Seeking travel advice to support my independent plans.

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Struggling to help the gapper with their travel plans through covid? We can help.

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Yes, you can travel

Dear current gappers, future gappers and gapper parents,

Welcome to the Leap. Whilst we are thankfully exiting lockdown, these are still weird and wonderful times and the world of travel still remains complex and uncertain.

However, over the last 6 months we have found creative and covid responsible travel solutions to save the gap year for so many and have successfully sent a fair few gappers to volunteer and explore in Africa and Central America, in the height of lockdown – all gold stamped by the House of Lords travelling under the volunteering, working abroad caveat. As the FCDO advice specifies, Covid is of course still a threat, all we can do is minimise the risk which requires the full collaboration of the gappers for it to work. Never has teamwork been so important. Travel right now needs good, honest collaborative conversation. For more information: click here

Currently we can help the Gap Year traveller travel in 2 ways:

Through our Leap programs where we do everything for you – taking you off the beaten track to contribute and explore the world with a group of like-minded gappers, click here for open programs . Or through Leap VIP aimed to provide the independent traveller with the support and direction from The Leap team. Whichever route you choose we will help you navigate where you can travel, the entry and exit procedures, flights, insurance, itineraries and so much more...

So, what to do next?

Get in touch by email info@theleap.co.uk or call us on 01672 519 922 – tell us your wish list and we can start the ball rolling.

Together we will get you travelling to help you make the most of your gap year.

Milly Whitehead

Safety and Support
Travel to remote places

You can still travel knowing that your safety is being taken care of. All our travel programs are supported by great project leaders who are on duty 24/7, guiding and supporting the logistics and team dynamics.

Why take the leap?

So you can travel responsibly and safely

That was important pre-covid but now our message has come into its own. Never have we been so busy, especially as we have found safe and responsible solutions to navigate the new world we live in. But the message is simple don't dilly dally - we're getting pretty full on our gap year programs as word has got out...

Responsible Travel
Travel and Volunteering Intertwined

For those who seek a dynamic and responsible travel experience we have crafted programs which combine country highlights with a mix of 'off-the-beaten-track' projects and adventures. Best of both worlds springs to mind.

Covid Travel Admin
Clearing customs

Travel today involves a whole lot of admin and airports are ruthless. We will lead you through the detail so you can clear customs confidently.

Team Travel
Instant Social Life

Travel as part of a team of like-minded volunteers providing a guaranteed social scene and great campfire moments.

Open Leap gap year programs

These four leap gap year programs are open and ready for take off. We accept any applicant that meets our selection criteria (see booking conditions) and for safety reasons we feel comfortable they are compatible with the program. We provide a comprehensive fundraising guide to help Leapers raise the money for this venture.

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" Madagascar leap program SUPERB"

Experience of a lifetime, met people I would never have met and now consider them as my closest friends, gave me a more humble and appreciative view of life and provided me with memories that I can never replace and will never forget.

Highly RECOMMEND!!! (Make sure u like rice and beans and chickens in your room).

- Georgia Burgess

"What an amazing time "

After just arriving back from our boat trip i wanted to mention what an amazing time we experienced during outreach and the dedication and support of the leaders was more than any of us could have asked for.

We really couldn’t have asked for a better itinerary and we are so grateful for the unwavering enthusiasm and encouragment from both Will and Renne our leaders. The food was incredible and the leaders were always willing to make sure all our needs were met, we genuinely couldn’t have asked for a better time.

- Thea Cottrell

"​I highly recommend first time travellers to use the Leap"

The trip to Madagascar is incredible as you get to experience such a diverse, beautiful island. The locals are super friendly and life on camp is great as you start to feel like a family. As the leap is one of three volunteering schemes on the same camp it’s easy to make lots of friends. Scuba diving was the most amazing experience.

Teaching was very very rewarding and made it easier to make friends with the local community. As I was ill whilst out there I can honestly say that The Leap was definitely worth the price as I was cared for very well and had someone come to hospital with me and translate everything as well as being very kind and caring. Overall, Madagascar was an amazing trip and I will definitely go back.

- Lucy Newman

"​Madagascar was a dream"

The country is absolutely stunning and the people are so friendly. The marine and forest conservation aspects were fantastic and I learnt so much from the amazing diversity of nature out there. Teaching however, even though I thought it would be my least favourite aspect of the trip, was so inspiring and just so much fun.

When you're trying to teach a class of 60 the body parts using 'head shoulders knees and toes' it can get rather manic, but seeing the kids grasp it and ask for more when the bell rings (not running from class like we do back here) really makes you feel like you're making a difference! Wouldn't chance the experience for anything!

- Amelia

"I would highly recommend this trip."

This trip has left me with a group of life long friends from around the world, experiences that have plus will affect me forever, and skills to help me through life.

Everyday was a new adventure, from building hatcheries for turtle eggs to teaching English at a local school to playing volleyball with the Costa Rican Cost Guard to hearing stories from past poachers to watching a turtle lay eggs to have a sing-a-long with the group.

- Jessica

Gap year post lockdown?

Worried about how to travel and plan post lockdown? We get it and are here to help, to make sure you travel safely and responsibly. Get in contact to start the ball rolling.

Or give us a call on +44 1672 519 922

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