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Standing out from the crowd

We deliver travel experiences that you can't create yourself, pushing you beyond the hostel-hopping trend and introducing you to planet protecting programs around the world.

Together with our team at The Leap we have been advising and organising gap years for nearly 20 years and navigating this pandemic has been a unique challenge for us all as our “norms’ were put on ice.

As a potential gapper you are probably thinking should I take a gap year or should I travel straight to uni? With both options currently compromised we feel the dilemma but want to reassure you that we have got gappers travelling through the tightest of lockdowns.

Through The Leap we can now help both types of gap year student - the team traveller and the independent hostel hopper.

Team travellers join our volunteer programs which combine projects and adventures providing you with a dynamic travel experience, led by project co-ordinators who are passionate about what they do and are professionals in their field. They are on hand, to get everything arranged so you can hit the ground running, exploring your new surroundings and contributing from the moment you arrive without having to worry about logistics.

The team element guarantees the camaraderie of others to share the adventure together and in the background we remove the stress by helping with your travel admin. You'll have someone to turn to before, during and after your program.

The independent traveller can now join LEAP VIP – our 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.

So, get in touch, we are here to help,

Milly Whitehead

Social responsibility, friendship, teamwork, contribution, challenge and your safety is at the heart of all we do.

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 and driving force behind the covid admin.


Milly Whitehead

Responsible for program development and Leap VIP

Africa Guru

Zoë Faulkner

Responsible for getting everyone on the right team in and around Africa

Asia Guru

Alice McLeod

Alice co-ordinates all pre-departure admin

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.

Costa Rica


Meli is the general manager at Jakera.

Costa Rica


Peggy is the booking and spanish director.

Costa Rica


Team leader and all round well being officer.

Costa Rica


Team leader and new to the family.

Costa Rica


Team leader

Costa Rica


Kira is the volunteer coordinator responsible for looking after the Adventure Team in Costa Rica.

Costa Rica


Operations Manager

Costa Rica


Brandon is the Driver at Jakera and the DJ who provides the tunes!


Des Bowden

Des is truly dynamic and has created the marine conservation zone which needs your help.


Tilda Bowden

Tilda is the other half of this dynamic couple who are all about conservation. Tilda helps Milly build the program and makes sure everyone is happy.


Jack McIntosh

Jack is the Operations manager & Expedition coordinator.


Andrea Pawel

Andrea is the Chief Executive Officer and is behind re-wilding and saving the rhino project in Namibia.


Red Barthorp

Red is the Chief Operation Officer and is incredibly passionate about wildlife and believes the Namibian Deep South has huge potential for wildlife conservation.


Stewart Matsopo

Stewart is the expedition guide and has ample field guiding experience in various locations across Namibia.


Angelina Mouton

Angelina is the bead and bread maker as well as being the head house keeper.


Lizzie Alberts

Lizzie is the chef at base camp. She has the huge responsibility of keeping everyone well fed and needless to say, she does this extremely well.


Wilfred Barbie

Wilfred is responsible for the general maintenance of the reserve at base camp and head quarters.


Gabriel 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.


Rachel Riggio

Rachel is the founder of the Red Road Foundation and will be your guide throughout your time in Cambodia.


Brendan Topp

Brendan and his family will be looking after all our teams in Colombia and will show you life beyond the tourist trail.

Our 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 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.


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.


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 launched our twelfth destination

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


We launch Namibia and more to come..

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

Tell me more about Namibia.


Guatemala takes the leap by storm

Central America is now the new place to go, (apparently, and Guatemala wins the popularity award.) Alice joins us and starts to find even more destinations, so watch this space.


We launch MidLife Leap

9 day trips to Namibia, Guatemala, Costa Rica and Madagascar for teams of MidLifers who want to embark on a volunteering adventure. Check out our new website.


Corporate Responsibility Conference

We take our first team of CR directors on a bespoke conference to the Philippines where they will combine strategy meetings with volunteering projects. See what they are upto.


School Expedition

We launch our first school Expedition for Dauntsey’s school to Namibia where they will contribute to the development of a new national park.


Leap VIP

The year of corona and a what year it has been. But not to be beaten - we created Leap VIP to help all gappers find a way to travel and navigate the new rules imposed on us.

Tell me more about LEAP VIP


We navigated the pandemic

We were one of the very few companies to get gappers away this year through our team Leap programs and Leap VIP, saving the gap year for hundreds of leapers.

Tell me more about covid news and updates.


Gap Year Association

Re-accredited - full gold star membership.


Celebrate The Leap's 20th Birthday

We celebrate 20 years in business and survived the pandemic.


New Destinations

We bring on new and exciting destinations: Vietnam, Colombia and Peru

Find your perfect leap

Get in contact

With the covid travel experts

Worried about how to travel and plan your gap year through this pandemic?

We can help. We have sent lots of gappers away through the last 12 months and can confidently call ourselves Covid Travel Experts. Get in contact to start the ball rolling.

Or give us a call on +44 1672 519 922

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