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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.

Our programs combine projects and adventures providing you 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 you can hit the ground running, exploring your new surroundings and contributing from the moment you arrive without having to worry about logistics.

Our programs include team travel so you instantly have 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.

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.

Director

Guy Whitehead

Keeps the show on the road and specialises in Costa Rica and Guatemala.

Director

Milly Whitehead

Co-ordinates the marketing with Zoe whilst running Madagascar and Namibia.

Sales and Marketing

Zoe Faulkner

Everything digital falls onto Zoe's desk while she manages all things in Ecuador.

Program co-ordinator

Claudia Bufton

Claud is the girl to go to for advise on flights, insurance, Nepal adn Cambodia. She has heaps of experience having been here over 10 years.

Cambodia

Rachel Riggio

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

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.

Ecuador

Dr Andy Kirby

Andy is the director of the Yanapuma Foundation, an NGO working in sustainable community development in Ecuador.

Guatemala

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.

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.

Madagascar

Jen Bryne

Jen has a Bsc in Zoology and Marine Science, so is passionate about the projects in Madagascar and makes sure they remain sustainable and effective.

Colombia

Brendan Topp

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

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 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?

2018

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.

2018

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.

2019

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.

2020

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.

Find your perfect leap

Gap year post lockdown?

Worried about how to travel and plan post lockdown? We get it and are here to help, to make sure you do travel but in a safely and responsibly. Get in contact and let's start the ball rolling.

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