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. For fear of bragging we had no stranded volunteers on our watch - all due to the inside knowledge and nibble logistics of our influential ground teams. We will be forever grateful. One team may have taken a 36 hour bus ride to beat a closing border but they made it before the world at large knew there was a problem. Mission accomplished.
The world is opening up again - indeed we are starting to send volunteers away to Costa Rica, Kenya and Ecuador having achieved comprehensive post covid-risk assessments for our insurers.
Looking forward though I hope that the gap year traveller will approach their journey with a more considered and responsible approach. Instead of just hostel hopping, I hope they will stay longer in one place, meet the local communities and if possible contribute in some shape of form to leave a positive footprint.
Globally we are seeing a pent-up demand but there will be a squeeze, a ‘race for a place’ as there will be less supply, for obvious reasons, sadly. A response to this demand for advice 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.
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 be on our radar and will receive country updates before anyone else so you can have first choice of program and departure date, if we need to make changes to chase open borders
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".
You will be able to change dates and programs to take advantage of which countries open up first.
When COVID-19 struck and our Leapers were across the globe, we were
right there to safely evacuate each Leaper back home in the quickest way
possible while working alongside families throughout.
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.
We arrange our own safe transport, ensure Leap accommodation is checked for fire exits and safety etc, 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.
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 sent over 4000 people, so our friendly staff, who regularly visit the countries we operate in, can guide and advise you.
Post covid-18 there is going to be a minefield of new laws and regulations regarding flights, insurance and airport transfers, 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.
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.