Right now, more than ever, should you consider traveling under the umbrella of a tour operator, who is financially protected and has reliable and influential ground operators to get you out of trouble, if need be.
Back in March 2020 - we had no stranded volunteers on our watch - all due to the inside knowledge and nimble logistics of our influential ground teams. We will be forever grateful.
Throughout 2021 we have responsibly been running a few of our programs in Costa Rica, Kenya and Namibia helping leapers navigate the complexities of covid travel. We can now officially say we are covid travel experts jumping the ever changing hoops thrown at us on a daily basis.
The world is opening up again - indeed we have been sending volunteers away to Costa Rica, Kenya and Namibia throughout the year, having achieved comprehensive post covid-risk assessments for our insurers.
The gap year traveller of 2021 has approached their journey with a more considered and responsible approach. Instead of just hostel hopping, they have stayed longer in one place, met the local communities and contribute in some shape of form to leave a positive footprint.
As one of the few UK gap year companies prepared to take on the challenges of covid -travel, we have seen a pent-up demand, a ‘race for a place’ as there is less supply, for obvious reasons, sadly. A response to this demand for advice and contacts overseas has led us to create a new travel hub for the gapper called LEAP VIP which is a centralised area for the gapper to access hot off the press travel news and gain access to our network of reliable, global gold star contacts.
View it as your ticket out of here as it gives you access to:
Which borders and programs are open and the admin involved to get there.
You will have access to our global network of contacts for volunteering, adventure and safety back up. Do not leave home without their addresses.
We will take care of the minefield of new laws and regulations for flights,insurance and airport transfers - we will guide you through the new "norm".
Use LEAP VIP to reserve our place on a leap program You will be able to change dates and programs to take advantage of which countries open up first.
We have helped Leapers travel through the heart of the pandemic, across the globe, helping them navigate ever changing rules and admin required.
The Leap HQ and our partners overseas are on standby 24/7 to support you, your families whilst you are overseas, resolving issues as and when they occur.
Covid-19 travel is a minefield of new laws and regulations regarding flights, insurance and covid tests, so brace yourself. We will guide you through the new "norm" so all you need to do is read and react to our travel and safety advice in your My Leap account and get yourselves to the airport.
When you book a program with The Leap you are starting a relationship with a small family owned company that really cares about each person’s outcome. We have been operating since 2002 and have sent thousands of people away - our friendly staff who regularly visit the countries we operate in, can guide and advise you.
We arrange our own transport, ensure Leap accommodation is checked for fire exits and safety etc (as per our risk assessments), prepare hygienic and nourishing meals, provide clean drinking water and crucially choose professional, qualified staff who are with you to look after you and keep you happy, busy and healthy.
You have the confidence that as members of both the Year Out Group and the American Gap Year Association, we provide the gold standard for safety accreditation, in order to be members of both we have to produce detailed risk assessment, safety and activity audits, financial protection, client feedback and insurance that comply with BS8848 trading standards covering expeditions and volunteering.
We focus on building a Leap team, so you have like minded people of
your age to enjoy the experience with (ensuring you have friends for
life to socialize and travel with afterwards). Also - right now there is safety in numbers.
We do not pay any commission for any USA referrals.