Good news Gappers, we are sending gap year students to Central America and Africa through Leap team programs or Leap VIP, our new travel resource to help the independent traveller.
So dust down your backpack, you're not trapped at home, get in contact with the experts in travelling through a pandemic.
Travel with a team of leapers to experience a dynamic volunteering and adventure program.
Seeking travel advice to support my independent, travel plans.
Struggling to help the gapper with their travel plans through covid? We can help.
Dear Gappers and Parents,
Against all the odds, we are one of the few companies to have sent hundreds of gappers away this year to glorious destinations across Africa and Central America either through our team programs or through our lockdown hero Leap VIP. Travelling responsibly and being covid aware being at the forefront of our mind.
How have we done this you might well ask, when the country has been in lockdown?
Well, it hasn’t been easy but it has been an exciting, dynamic journey involving the HOUSE OF LORDS, confirming that Leap programs were legally permitted through the volunteering, education caveat, BESPOKE INSURANCE to cover FCDO advice and covid, EXTENSIVE RISK ASSESSMENTS, with our overseas partners abroad, LEAP TEAM BUBBLES and the COLLABORATION of many a supportive family.
It has been the most exciting year and we have learnt to be nimble and solution orientated to keep up with ever changing hurdles of PCR tests, border closures, flight cancellations, red lists and quarantine making this the toughest time to travel and operate a travel business since WW2.
We are immensely proud of what we have achieved, rescuing many projects from the brink of collapse and are all set for the class of 21/22 gappers. Sadly we predict the covid chaos is going to be with us for some time, so we are poised to help you navigate and get away. I think we can officially say we are now covid travel experts.
What we propose you do is join Leap VIP, our travel resource, which will give you all the latest travel advice, a zoom chat with me to mull over your plans and if you know you want to do a Leap program – put your name down as soon as possible, no-one likes to be on a waiting list.
So, our key message is this – we are experts in covid travel, so let us show you how and where you can go.
Travel knowing your safety and the logistics are being taken care of. All our programs are supported by project leaders who are on duty 24/7, guiding and supporting the logistics and team dynamics.
So you can travel responsibly
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 safety-minded and responsible solutions to navigate the new world we live in. But the message is simple don't dilly dally - word has got out that we are covid travel experts so get your name on our lists.
Experience dynamic and responsible travel programs, carefully crafted to combine country highlights with a mix of 'off-the-beaten-track' rigourous projects and adventures.
Let us help you navigate the ever changing admin required for airports and customs.
Travel as part of a team of like-minded volunteers providing a guaranteed social scene and great campfire moments.
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 we feel comfortable they are compatible with the program. We provide a comprehensive fundraising guide to help Leapers raise the money for their gap year.
"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.
"I would love to come back"
I came in with my open water and I was very happy to gain the extra speciality courses. The marine conservation part was incredibly rewarding and I would love to come back.
"Unstinting & cheerful help!"
Just to say Ollie got to CR & has now met up with his friends! Quite a journey! Thanks to you & all the Leap team for your unstinting & cheerful help! I fear I may be in touch in due course about exiting CR but meanwhile best of luck with all your current trips & I’ll leave you in peace!
" I felt really enriched by the end of it"
I just wanted to let you know that I'm safely back in the UK, and missing Costa Rica already! A huge thank you to you though, as I had an absolutely wonderful time - everything was so well organised, and so comprehensive. All the volunteering was great, and I felt really enriched by the end of it, and well prepared for the little bit of solo travelling I did.I'm so so glad that I went and I will really treasure the time I spent there (especially in the months until lockdown ends!).
"I can’t think of a better company"
Clementine has just finished her Costa Rican adventure with you and has absolutely loved it. She says it was fantastic from start to finish and the group couldn’t have asked for a better team looking after them led by Chris. The same applies to you too. You have been brilliant from the get-go and nothing seems to have daunted you – ever! Getting the children out there was no mean feat and your ability to switch the programme to Costa Rica from Cuba at such short notice was very impressive. The photo at the beginning was a great touch and you have been incredibly responsive to every query however small. Thank you both for everything, I can’t think of a better company to have used for Clementine’s trip.
"How fantastic you all are"
We really can’t thank you enough for everything you have done to make this amazing adventure happen, and for all the hand holding for Mimi and us along the way! It’s incredible that they have managed to have as close to normal a gap year as it must be possible to have right now and we are enormously enormously grateful to you and everyone at The Leap who has helped make this happen. Thank you. We have been spreading the good word about how fantastic you all are!
"Your support is very much appreciated"
We knew in choosing The Leap she was travelling with your ‘safety blanket’ and so it proved. . Rachel at Trailfinders is also just the best. Very best wishes for continued success in such a challenging environment. The Leapers who are able to travel this year owe you and your team lots of gratitude for getting them away (and back!!).
"Change the course of their lives"
I am filled with admiration at all the trouble you have taken over every detail, so much appreciated when filling in all those damn forms! And it was brilliant that you kept us all (in our case 3 generations!) involved and informed about the changing situation every day. It has been so difficult for this group of 18 year olds unable to do their A levels properly and with all the attendant problems of the pandemic. I think the programmes you are offering may well change the course of their lives not only for the future of the planet but also by giving them opportunities to work hard together at the same time as having fun. Huge thanks and congratulations, I’m telling everyone how fantastic you are!
"So clear and straightforward "
I’d just like to say how impressed I’ve been by all your amazing organisation, plans and communication. I know she’s mainly communicated with you herself, but it’s all been so clear and straightforward – so thank you. I know this must have been an incredibly difficult time for you and I wouldn’t hesitate in recommending The Leap to any prospective Gappies in future!
"Quite an extraordinary responsibility"
Thank you, Milly. You've been an absolute star - quite an extraordinary responsibility and you're doing it admirably. Great friend of ours, has signed up for Namibia in March after hearing about Skye's adventures ahead...
"How on earth you have managed to pull this off I don't know!"
But you have all been absolutely incredible. I never could have imagined Charlie being able to take part in such a fantastic project in this, the strangest of years! I have huge admiration in your professionalism and ability to deliver in the toughest of times. Thank you so much, I'm sure the presence of the team will do wonders for the project and wonders for the Team Members..what a fantastic opportunity for them all!!
"Well done Team Leap!!"
Thank you so much for all the hard work in getting them there! You have all been amazing. I do not underestimate how much work and pressure there has been in making this happen during such challenging times. They are now able to do something positive and rewarding during their gap year which is only possible because of The Leap.