The first step is always the hardest. This is true in so many aspects of life, but none more that heading into the unknown. The leap program is no exception to this. Especially as the first step is two days of plane journeys, with all the added nightmares of lost luggage, missing passports, ripped tickets,… Read More


It has been an exciting week of exploring, burns, sweating, complaining about sweating, and near death experiences in tuk tuks. Everyone has started settling in and adjusting to this extreme but fantastic country.   The gang bravely ventured out on the first night. Although we were somewhat delusional from the flight, we tried some delicious… Read More


PHEW! What a week! The time in Arequipa has flown by. We arrived after just under 24 hours of travelling and were greeted by Maria and Alejandro: the project leads for Ecuador and Peru. After eating Papa John’s in Bogota airport, the first dinner was very welcome! We are staying in the bustling centre of… Read More


My name is Patrick Walker, and I’m 19. I’m on a gap year before I go to York to study Politics and International Relations. I’m trying to use this time to travel to places and do things that I’d never get to do in later life: an opportunity to try some really new experiences.  … Read More


Hi, my name is Isla Stenhouse and I’m 19 years old and am only days away from setting off on an adventure of a life time. I decided to take a gap year because I wanted to experience the world outside of education that has made up the majority of my life for 18 years… Read More


In a mere three short days, I will be saying goodbye to my family, friends and home for two and a half months to travel across the world and explore Tanzania. Quite a daunting prospect for a girl who has never been away for longer than a week on her own. Nevertheless, the opportunity to… Read More


It’s been nearly a week since we left the white sands of Zanzibar to travel home; to Dubai, to the UK and to the US. Arriving at Heathrow with Charlie, Pip and Eve was a surreal moment (at least after the arrival of our bags quietened our fears that they’d been left at Nairobi airport).… Read More


We packed a lot more into the second week than the first! Early this week we finished painting the school.  We then spent the next morning helping the local women make their fishing nets. Although it took us a while to get the hang of, by the end of the three hours we were actually… Read More


We arrived in Sihanoukville in the afternoon on the Sunday. We spent the day relaxing after spending the previous night out in Phomn Penh. The next day we began volunteering at the local schools, as usual we split into two groups, my group went to a school named Computer Development Centre (CDC). Here we began… Read More