Finding the right gap year travel experience for you is key to what we do, so we spend time to understand your aspirations, fears and dreams to best match your expectations and provide you with a fulfilling journey on every level.
We can help both the team and the independent traveller through our team programmes, our Backpacking Advice hub or a combination of both. What we are currently experiencing is that many Leapers choose to start their gap year journey with a Leap programme which enables them to hit the ground running, travel off the backpacker trail and contribute to planet-protecting places. After this, the Backpacking Advice Hub membership will support an independent travel phase through gap year planning consultations, backpacker itineraries and 24/7 emergency back-up - providing two different yet enriching experiences.
Never has gap year planning, travelling and volunteering been so easy, so get in touch with the gap year experts.
Starting your gap year travel on a Leap programme gives you a gentle start, so you can relax in safe hands. The chance to ‘give something back’, contribute positively to communities and conservation, and share the experience with like-minded people of your age. These people will likely become friends for life and, crucially, friends to travel with after your Leap programme. You are under our care from the moment you arrive, you’ll get right into the project work and adventure activities with busy days and lots of time to socialise and have fun, avoiding the typical aimless drift that independent travellers first experience.Our programmes allow you to gain confidence and local awareness knowing that if anything goes wrong we are on hand 24/7 to help look after you. After you complete your Leap you will be in a great position to travel with your new friends for another 2-3 months, confident in your abilities and country savvy.Anecdotal feedback from many people over the years gives us the confidence to say that those who choose no project work and just travel often remark that they felt they missed out on the benefits provided by participating in a structured programme (at least for 4+ weeks). They spent a lot of time drifting and report that independent travel is not as cheap or stress-free as anticipated (endless hostels, moving, transport, dealing with incidents on their own, etc).
On the back of talking to many a gapper and their family throughout the last twenty years, we realised that there was a need to share our travel expertise.
This ‘need’ led us to setting up our Backpacking Advice Hub, a centralised knowledge hub where travellers can access itineraries, hot off-the-press travel advice, and our global network of contacts. By signing up you’ll have access to all of this, plus the amazing Milly, who will get you travel-ready. Backpacking Advice Hub membership is automatically included for those who do a Leap programme.
Start with a travel consultation with Milly to discuss your itinerary.
Access backpacker itineraries and off-grid travel ideas.
Access our flight team, gap year insurance and 24/7 backup.
Access overseas contacts and travel opportunities who have been vetted by us.
With everything set in place it is now up to you to make this what you want… we need you to embrace the challenges ahead to make a difference and give something back. In our experience, if you head off with the following Leap values in mind, you can’t but help to have a rewarding experience.
Leapers need to be mobile and reasonably physically fit to enjoy and complete the programme and activities. The programme itinerary describes the projects and facilities. A detailed description of the challenges and capabilities required (eligibility criteria) to consider a programme is available in the 'My Leap' account. If you have any questions please let us know.
At all times you need to be polite and respectful to our staff, the environment, other volunteers and communities.
Sexual relationships between staff and volunteers is strictly forbidden, and those between consenting adults in the team need to be conducted discreetly.
A successful team needs everyone to pull their weight, show kindness, consideration, and, at times, tolerance.
All our programmes will include some physical hard graft, pushing you out of your comfort zone and requiring you to dig deep and push on through. Through these challenges, you will experience personal growth.
We need you to genuinely want to give something back to the communities we operate in, and embrace the opportunity to make a difference to people from different economic backgrounds.
You will need to commit to completing your projects and programme in the knowledge that leaving early lets everyone down.
We will need you to comply with the leaders' advice and rules given on safety, appearance and responsibilities.
Alcohol is permitted in moderation, but we have a zero-tolerance policy on drugs.
We need you to be honest with us before you travel with any medical issues. We've successfully sent people overseas with a variety of conditions having consulted with a doctor to determine whether they will be able to cope overseas.
Please note we cannot provide trained therapists once overseas and our programmes are not available to court-assigned individuals.
Each student must be able to:
Failure to comply with this EEC may lead to disciplinary action, early dismissal or medical evacuation from the programme or any combination of these. All costs associated with such actions will be borne by the parents/guardian.