After Puno we all crammed into a Minivan for the trip out onto the Chucuito peninsula and our second project: Karina. We are housed by two siblings, Orlando and Beatriz. Beatriz’ husband was killed in a taxi accident and so valued us hugely for the effort we can put into helping her farm: picking potatoes,… Read More


This week started very exciting for us, because we’ve got the chance to be part of a “game capture”. For that we had to drive to the “Oas Stables”, where a very lovely guy called Mantie and his wife Pennie welcomed us. The phrase “My friend”,which Mantie used a lot, is still stuck in our… Read More


Being back at camp after two weeks at sea, we the leapers find ourselves at a loss as to what to do in our free time. Within a general sense that is. Naturally the first thing we did back on shore was hike for half an hour to try and get wifi. You may laugh… Read More


When we left off I had just crested the top of the Colca Canyon: from there it was yet another bus ride first to the bus centre in Chivay, then on to Arequipa. The night life, WiFi, cheap water and sweets refreshed us for the night bus east to Lake Titicaca and Puno. Puno’s overcast… Read More


The boat trip started out in traditional Malagasy tradition of being about 3 hours late. Ask any local when something is due they will reply “Mora Mora” meaning “slowly, slowly” . Not “slowly, slowly wins the race”, just “slowly, slowly” as if there is no moral or reason for it being late, it just is!… Read More


As we all arrived to a sunny Uppington after long flights, we hooked up with Red and started our 4-hour drive, most of which consisted of catching up on sleep and checking our bags hadn’t fallen off! Once we got to Oana we were straight away welcomed with sights of animals and ridiculous views. Our… Read More


I hate Snickers bars. Offer me one in the UK and I will instantly refuse, regardless of exhaustion or hunger. Today, at the top of the toughest mountain trek of my life, the Snickers and banana my Jewish companion Marvin bought me was like mana from heaven. Let me start from the beginning of the… Read More


The first two weeks in Havana were amazing, we really enjoyed the Spanish classes and especially the dancing! We also had many cultural tours where we saw many of Havana’s special places, like the Jesus Statue, in Casa Blanca, Che Guevarra’s House and the Capitolio! Many of us also enjoyed going around Havana exploring in… Read More


Whether it’s the heat, or the local culture, or an equal influence of both, life here in Madagascar can be accurately summarised with the simple word “chill”. Every aspect of life here is relaxed, yet not slothful. There is certainly plenty of constant activity. It is simply conducted at ones own pace. However, when living… Read More