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Leap Projects Review

Volunteering is an interesting business and over the years we have seen the image of 'volunteer tourism' have its up's and downs. What is key, to us and for our Leapers, is that our projects are sustainable, responsible and have a postive impact on all involved. We have put this page together to show you what we/you can acheive in a very short space of time.

For example in April alone last year, The Leap sent 82 volunteers abroad, on 7 programs, throughout a 10 week period. The 82 volunteers spent 621 volunteer weeks abroad, resulting in 15,525 working hours.

£145,683 in total was spent overseas on our projects, resulting in positive change.

Have a read below and see for yourself how your time with us will be spent.

Borneo & Philippines

The 12 Leapers that joined the Borneo & Philippines program in April 2018 resulted in £21,504 being spent in-country.

Borneo:

  • When in Mentu Village the Leapers helped complete a water drainage system and built paths to allow the community to cross safely.
  • At Borneo Child Aid, Leapers taught and played educational games with the kids for approximately 25 hours, they also assisted with the construction work around the centre, buying supplies and completing projects whilst there.

Philippines:

  • In Bulusan, the Leapers renovated a local beach house which will be used for tourism, painted the local high school and completed beach cleans.
  • Moving on to Ticao Island, the Leapers helped to mend fishing nets, cleaned up the school and built a path allowing motorcyclists to cross the island.
  • In Sorsogon the Leapers assisted with artefact restoration in the local museum.
  • When in Kudat the Leapers worked to create artificial reef structures to contribute to on-going marine conservation programs.

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Costa Rica

The 6 Leapers that joined the Costa Rica program in April 2018 resulted in £14,451 being spent in-country.

  • The Leapers made caution signs for the beaches and information notices for the recycling stations.
  • They also worked with local kids to create craft items out of recyclables to promote the recycling project.
  • Leapers taught local kids how to surf and about water safety, something that is essential for these coastal communities.
  • In addition they helped to maintain the lifeguard tower on the beach.
  • They completed turtle nest patrols, data collection and hatchery maintenance work on Playa Carmen beach in Santa Teresa and at Cirenas Turtle Conservation Foundation.
  • In addition to the turtle conservation work, they worked on a reforestation program planting many saplings on the coastal margins of the forest.
  • Beach, forest and street cleans were completed.

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Ecuador

The 13 Leapers that joined the Ecuador program in April 2018 resulted in £20,865 being spent in-country.

  • Leapers assisted the Agato community in the northern Andes with their bean and corn harvesting. In addition they constructed a wall to define the school play area and completed 40 hours of Spanish lessons and worked on conservational Spanish and English with their host families.
  • With the Tsachila community they spent 10 days assisting with the Cacao pod harvest, planting bananas.
  • Moving over to the Galapagos, in addition to the environmental work Leapers spent 1-day per week assisting with riding therapy for disabled children on the island.
  • Whilst working with the Tsachila community they cleaned the forest trails. These are used by tourists and help bring income into the community.
  • In the Galapagos, Leapers worked to remove invasive species from the conservation area for the giant tortoise and in the organic garden at Hacienda Tranquilla.

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Madagascar

The 24 Leapers that joined the Madagascar program in April 2018 resulted in £50,400 being spent in-country during the 10 weeks. Leap volunteers joined the long running community and teaching programs being run from the camp in Madagascar.

  • Leapers taught English in 4 different adults classes and over 6 kids classes to a complete mix of abilities, planning and delivering lessons from start to finish.
  • They also participated in 3-day construction trip to Ampoagna to start the construction of a clinic in the village. This project will be carried on by future Leapers.
  • Leapers contributed to both the forest and marine conservation of Nosy Komba. The long term research is working to monitor and preserve the marine life, lemurs, birds and herpetofauna of the island and surveys completed by volunteers are vital to this.
  • In addition they assisted in a mangrove planting event, planting 1000s of saplings.

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Namibia

The 10 Leapers that joined the Namibia program in April 2018 resulted in £10,490 being spent in-country.

  • One day a week they held community days, these included teaching about local wildlife, invasive plant species, culture and sports.
  • Leapers worked on the long running leopard study being conducted by the camp, setting up camera traps in search of individuals to identify.
  • The also conducted game counts, biodiversity surveys, botanical surveys, bird monitoring and set and analysed camera trap footage.
  • Whilst there they also assisted with the construction of a bird hide, scrap removal and water point construction.

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Peru

The 7 Leapers that joined the Peru program in April 2018 resulted in £17,465 being spent in-country. Prior to starting in the communities they did 4 days of Spanish lessons in Arequipa to improve their conversational language skills.

  • When with the Karina community Leapers assisted with the potato harvest, cut wheat and helped move the cattle each morning and evening.
  • They also taught English to year 12 and 13 students for a total of 6 hours. Moving on to the Amazon, volunteers taught English to kids in the local town school once a week.
  • With the community in the Sacred Valley they assisted with the corn harvest and helped prepare the land and clay for brick making, a key industry in the community.
  • When in the Amazon the Leapers worked on replanting native species, ecological surveys, visual searches for wildlife, work in the bio garden and road maintenance throughout the area.

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