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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.

Our programs include a fun and dynamic itinerary of multiple locations, projects and adventure activities providing you with an ever-changing travel experience. With our in-country leaders on hand, you are able to hit the ground running, exploring your new surroundings and contributing from the moment you arrive without having to worry about logistics.

You are not alone, you will travel with a team of like-minded, fun gappers who are all looking to have a good time and contribute to a mix of conservation and community projects.

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.

Friendship, teamwork, social responsibility, personal growth, contribution, challenge, fun 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 Cuba.

Director

Milly Whitehead

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

Jenny McWhirter

Everything digital falls onto Jenny's desk while she manages all things in Peru and Ecuador.

Claudia Bufton

Claud is the girl to go to for advise on flights, insurance or Borneo. She has heaps of experience having been here nearly 10 years!

Borneo and the Philippines

Ding

Ding is your leader in Borneo, he'll keep you on the go and make sure you don't miss out on any of the best spots along the way.

Cambodia

Tery Chouy

Chouy is your leader in Cambodia and takes great care of the teams, making sure everyone gets the most out of the experience.

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.

Cuba

Leonel Talledo

Leonel is your leader in Cuba, he's an experienced leader and has been working with our Leap volunteers for years.

Ecuador and Peru

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.

Madagascar

Emily Borth

Emily runs the Madagascar program on the ground. She'll make sure you get the most out of your time there and be on hand if you need any assistance.

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.

South Africa

Robert Arthur and Debby Oscroft

Rob and Debby lead our program in South Africa. They are both passionate about diving and exploring and will make sure to show you what South Africa has to offer.

Tanzania

Mathias Mtui

Mathias directs The Leap in Tanzania. He has years of experience with volunteers and will enthral you with his kindness and words of wisdom

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.

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