Hello Parents - We have built this page especially for you as we know the world is in chaos and the world of travel looking complex. We have worked all through lock down to find solutions for the gapper to navigate the new world and solutions we have found by banging on doors of local MP's and insurance companies, both of which have agreed that we can travel as we fall under the volunteering, education and working abroad caveat. So all is looking good.
Right now we can help both types of gapper - the team traveller and the independent hostel hopper.
Team traveller's are joining our volunteer programs which combine projects and adventures providing them with an dynamic travel experience, led by project co-ordinators who are passionate about what they do and professionals in their field. They are on hand, to get everything arranged so they hit the ground running, exploring and contributing from the moment they arrive without having to worry about logistics.
team element guarantees the camaraderie of others to share the
adventure with and in the background we remove the stress by helping
with the travel admin. They will have someone to turn to before, during
and after your program. What we have found this year is that the majority of team travellers continue travelling post program with their new found travel confidence and with the help of our lock down hero Leap VIP.
LEAP VIP is our new travel advice hub which provides access to a network of amazing off
grid travel contacts and opportunities and of course helps with the
covid travel rules. Built specifically for the independent traveller as a response to having to rescue our own son from Bolivia back in March. No one needs that stress.
Give us a call - 01672 519922 to chat how we can help your gapper.
We are one of the UK’s most experienced Gap Year companies, set up (and still run) by Guy and I (Milly) Whitehead in 2002. We provide a collection of financially-protected, high-quality, structured gap year programs where safety and customer care comes first from our office in the pretty market town of Marlborough in Wiltshire.
A personal service – this is our daily mantra – the office team go beyond the call of duty to make sure every volunteer (and family) feels confident abroad and is being supported from start to finish by our UK staff and overseas project co-ordinators.
In the current climate we find ourselves in, we have completed covid-due diligence risk assessments before any leapers head out to our programs.
P.s. If you are starting to feel somewhat envious of the amazing adventure your child is about to commence on, why not think about heading away yourself? We now offer snappy MidLife trips for the adventurous. Have a little look over here...
This is really important to hammer home. The FCDO advice highlights the current
travel risks. Here at the Leap we can only minimise the threat of covid
via our leap bubbles and safety protocols, which can only be successful
if all the leapers play their part. Therefore it is imperative for them to listen and
act on the advice given to reduce the risk of catching and
transmitting covid (social distancing, mask wearing when out of the
‘bubble’,handwashing/hygiene, places to avoid), whilst on the program.
However, even if the whole team follows all the safety rules there is still a risk of catching covid whilst on the program, so every family needs to talk this through, before the journey starts, to make sure your gapper is happy to comply with our guidelines and the local laws at all times, especially when away from our program in their free time and not under our direct care. You all need to be onboard with the planning and covid consequences.
To make is crystal clear, if any Leaper flouts our covid rules and places themselves or others at risk, or their actions result in a disruption to the program to others, then we will start a disciplinary process as per our Booking Conditions (if necessary resulting in being asked to leave the program). The Leap and our partners overseas have no liability for anyone catching covid.
Please refer to the UK Government website for their latest advice: https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice
With every challenge comes an element of risk – so our detailed risk assessments, safety audits and management systems are paramount to our program planning and execution. We follow the highest standards, guidelines and industry/government practice expressed by: BS8848 Trading Standards, The Year Out Group and Gap Year Association.
On arrival in country the team will be given a thorough safety briefing at each location and will be provided with secure accommodation, risk-assessed vehicles, medical evacuation access and tested emergency communications, with access to professional medics, councellors and advisors to ensure emergencies are swiftly resolved.
Our detailed risk assessments and safety audits for each of our destinations are available on request.
Never have we been so busy and waiting lists are building as
the Leaper of old has not wasted any time and the independent traveller
of old is now jumping on board as the fear of being stranded overseas is
enough to bring the out on a cold sweat! We will help you and your child n to the right program for them.
So - leap programs are heading out to Costa Rica, Cuba and Kenya
We know there are masses of children out there who pre-lockdown would have happily popped your backpack on and headed off to bounce around Asia. Right now this isn't an option BUT they can travel in that footloose fashion just in a different place and with a safety net around them. Enter Leap VIP - the travel hub which will help them do just that.
This resource is aimed at giving them the confidence to travel. It is possible, we promise.
We deliver travel experiences that they can't easily create themselves, pushing gappers beyond the hostel-hopping trend.
Variety - each program is a carefully crafted itinerary which includes a mix of conservation and community projects, set in different locations, interwoven with adventure to provide a dynamic, ever changing travel experience.
Team travel – our leapers travel as part of a team of like minded gappers, from all over the world. This team experience gives confidence to the traveller, reassurance to parents, a great social life and more hands to complete the projects.
Personal development - through this unique experience the gapper is able to build self-confidence, spread their wings and gain independence all vital for making a successful transition into adulthood.
To secure a space on one of our teams?
Fill in a booking form and buy LEAP VIP @ £100 fee to secure the place. This fee is redeemable against the program cost yet non-refundable as it buys the LEAP VIP service which will provide gap year advice for the a year.
What happens if my gapper wants to switch program destinations?
Very easy. We can slide the £100 fee over to the new program and credit/invoice the difference in costs.
What if my gapper decides they don't want to go before paying the full balance?
No problem, they simply pull out and enjoy the access to the LEAP VIP knowledge hub to help them navigate pandemic travel.
When is the balance due for the program?
About one month before departure - at the time we start organising flights and complete the travel admin. For full details of our terms and conditions click here.
Yes indeed and right now a trusted company is worth its weight in gold as we navigate the unchartered waters of covid-international travel.
Cost wise you are receiving a complex itinerary of multiple locations, projects, adventure activities, group accommodation, food and drinking water (not industry standard!), transport and all project materials overseen by project leaders who live and travel with the team.
Time wise the gapper hits the ground running, they are exploring and contributing from the moment they arrive. The project leaders helping them navigate their new surroundings without having to worry about logistics.
In the background we remove the stress. From first-aid trained project leaders on the ground managing risk to our 24-hour personal phone service should the unthinkable happen, to being on hand to get all that pre-travel admin in order. You'll have someone to turn to before, during and after the program.
Like flights and visas etc? We do and we will advise with the new administration requirements.
We organise a team flight through Trailfinders, who provide great service and value. This ensures everyone flies out together making the long-haul journey more enjoyable.
Visas/injections/kit/travel advice etc. – on booking you will be given a family login to a personal account where you will find all the information required for pre-departure organisation in your 'Knowledge Hub'.
Yes, we are.
Our safety procedures are led by the advice of the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office’s 'Know Before You Go' campaign.
Your money is financially protected through www.ipplondon.co.uk and your flights are booked through STA Travel who have an ATOL Insurance Bond (3206) through the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA).
Communication is key for us and this is a key part of all our programs and how we run The Leap.
Our team in the UK and overseas are all connected so regular updates can be accessed and information shared if required. Where possible there is always wifi so the Leapers can keep in touch with families directly. If there are periods when this isn't possible we will let you know.
On departure we will provide you with the emergency numbers for both The Leap and our team leaders in-country. At all times whilst on the program the Leapers will be supported by our caring staff and they will be encouraged to talk to them if they have any issues or concerns. If you as a parent have any concerns we ask you to contact us in the Leap office first.