Hi, I’m Ottilie. I’m 18 years old from south west England and in 3 weeks I’m off to Costa Rica with The Leap for 10 weeks! I chose to go with The Leap as the programme in Costa Rica is exactly what I wanted to do as part of my gap year! I love the idea of spending time in Santa Teresa on the beach whilst learning Spanish and surfing - I surf a fair bit in England and the prospect of surfing at one of the best beaches is so exciting! Alongside this aspect of the programme I’m looking forward to working at a turtle hatchery in and working on community and conservation projects. Plastic in the oceans is such a huge issue and I’m looking forward to contributing to remove it from beaches.After the programme ends in November I’ll be travelling to Mexico and Cuba for a month. Starting off on an organised trip with The Leap should be a good way to prepare for heading around the world. I plan to travel, possibly to south east Asia and Australia, until I go to university in September 2019. It’s a completely new experience travelling by myself and I think The Leap will be the best place to start.To raise funds for this trip I have worked throughout the summer as well as asked for money for my birthday and Christmas. Joint together with all of my savings I’ve been able to save enough! I can’t believe I fly out to Costa Rica in only 3 weeks, I’m slightly nervous which I think is natural for someone flying by themselves halfway across the world with a group of new people. However, the overriding feeling is definitely excitement. I cannot wait to make some amazing memories and friends in a new corner of the world!