The biggest advantage of being a leaper in Madagascar is the scope of opportunity available to you. After 8 weeks here, I’m still trying new things and still furthering the adventure each day at a time.    At this point the only leapers that are left are the “10 weekers”. Everyone else has gone… 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


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


This week, I find myself coming back to the same quote by Earnest Hemingway; “the best people possess a feeling for beauty, the courage to take risks, the discipline to tell the truth, the capacity for sacrifice. Ironically, their virtues make them vulnerable: they are often wounded, sometimes destroyed”. Now to all the parents reading… 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


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


Upon our arrival in Nosy Be we immediately noticed the relaxed but buzzy atmosphere. The town was filled with life, but there were many cafes to breath easy in. Everything in town is within walking distance, from restaurants to grocery stores. Streets are filled with markets and a myriad of different things to explore. However… Read More


Hello, my name is Irene and I will be participating in The LEAP Madagascar program for 10 weeks in spring of 2017. Deciding to take a gap year was a hard decision for me. Ultimately it came down to not only what I can experience, but also the personal growth that this adventure can bring… Read More


Sorry it’s been a little while, I wanted to make sure all the travellers were back safe and sound before updating you all! So seeing this should reassure you that all leapers are back on camp with some crazy mainland stories to tell and very much ready to enjoy our final week together. Since we… Read More


Mbola tsara from beautiful Madagascar! It’s been a very busy and fun week for everyone so far I think and with just 2 and a bit weeks left everyone is eager to enjoy every second we have left in this spectacular country. In teaching, Alex, Abbie, Maddie and I passed our first Malagasy test while… Read More