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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.


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.


Guy Whitehead

Keeps the show on the road


Milly Whitehead

Co-ordinates the Midlife and CSR Programs.

Digital Marketing

Zoe Faulkner

Everything digital falls onto Zoe's desk.

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.


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.


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.



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

The journey so far


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.


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.


£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.


We launch the Midlife and CSR programs

Midlife Leap takes the world by storm starting in Namibia with Guatemala, Costa Rica and Madagascar. More coming soon.

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