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Who are we?

Guy and I started back in 2002 focusing purely on volunteer and adventure travel for the young gapper. We are, without blowing our own trumpet, one of the UK’s most experienced Gap Year companies, providing a collection of financially-protected, high-quality programs across Africa, Asia, Central and South America where safety and customer care come first.

More recently we have turned our attention to the MidLife and Corporate audience, utilising our teams overseas to produce short, snap gaps for the older traveller - sundowners and comfier beds all part of the brief.

So get in touch and let's start planning - we promise at the core of every trip you will find friendship, teamwork, social responsibility, contribution, challenge and above all fun.

Milly

Meet our team

Our friendly and approachable Leap culture is created by the knowledgeable, caring and supporting staff both in the UK office and overseas.

Director

Guy Whitehead

Keeps the show on the road

Director

Milly Whitehead

Co-ordinates the Midlife and CSR Programs.

Digital Marketing

Jenny McWhirter

Everything digital falls onto Jenny's desk and program development.

Program Co-ordinator

Claudia Bufton

Claud is the girl to go to for advise on flights, insurance or kit. She has her finger on the pulse of all admin.

Namibia

Andrea Pawel

Andrea heads up the Namibia program. Get up early enough and you can join her for sunrise yoga before volunteering each day.

Costa Rica

Chris Patterson

Chris, your host in Costa Rica, is passionate about conservation and the environment. Along with his brilliant team Chris will enthuse, inspire and lead you throughout the program.

Guatemala

Harold Gonzalez

Harold, along with co-ordinator Grace, leads our Guatemala program. Back in the days Harold lead The Leap in Venezuela but is now putting his skills and experience to good use in Guatemala.

Madagascar

Emily Borth

Emily organises everything we need in Madagascar and will make the turtles and lemurs play ball.

The journey so far

2002

Guy & Milly founded The Leap

…on the kitchen table with the assistance of an old green dinosaur Apple Mac. We soon upgraded our technology and moved to the heady heights of our offices in Marlborough.

2006

We Leap into our third continent

From the dusty plains of Africa, we branched out into South America and Asia, providing diverse projects, adventures and challenges in each continent.

2009

Internship programs introduced

From business and law to teaching and journalism, we start offering opportunities that enable Leapers to gain invaluable work experience whilst travelling off the beaten track.

2010

We sent our 2000th Leaper overseas

Champagne and celebration - we've helped 2000 leapers travel. We begin looking for new countries and projects to meet the needs of the gap year traveller. Cambodia still wins the popularity contest.

2012

£3 million spent overseas

A proud moment; together we've built schools and orphanages, educated children, helped protect endangered wildlife, planted trees and improved health and hygiene in remote communities.

2014

We launched our twelfth destination

This year, we added Cuba, Madagascar, Nepal and The Bahamas to our roster... twelve different countries across four different continents.

2016

We launch Namibia and Peru

Namibia welcomes our leapers, Peru comes on board and the lovely Jenny joins our team in Leap Towers - what did we do without her?

2018

Milly launches the Midlife and CSR programs

Midlife Leap takes the world by storm starting in Namibia with Guatemala, Costa Rica and Madagascar planned for 2019

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