Gap Year travellers to Brazil can do no better than starting in Rio – what an amazingly vibrant city (samba, music, football, carnival and beach culture), incredible people, it is an assault on the senses with ultra modern juxtaposed against great poverty. If you’re a gap year traveller you will have so many choices –… Read More


Fancy a Gap Year to South Africa? What more could you want in a country when a gap year traveller or volunteer can experience some of the best wildlife conservation, such as on our Gap Year project in a private game reserve, where you can work with elephants and leopards, go on game drives both… Read More


Well here we are in the Amazon, the Ecuador Team has lost two of our 6 weekers Alison and Rupert (you will be missed guys!), but 10 of us remain and just as well because there is so much work to be done here.. Will the Quichua museum in the Ecuadorian Amazon ever be completed?!… Read More


01.05.2009 35 °C  (So Freaking Hot!) Yes I know I said that I wouldn’t be able to get on, but we changed our plans a little and so aren’t going to the Elephant Sanctuary till tomorrow cos we are helping to take relief to starving families on the Tanzanian border, so we were all like… Read More


Over the past few years we’ve watched, from the comfort of our office swivel chairs as countless intrepid Leapers choose to venture on (and upwards!) to tackle the ultimate challenge. For anyone taking a gap year in East Africa chance to scale the heady heights of either Mt Kenya and Kilimanjaro, both the biggest Mountains… Read More


Scams, swindles, skullduggery…call it what you like. Over the years we have watched the number of money saving gap year “solutions” shoot through the roof…advertised beautifully via the web – discounted prices, only pay finders fees, no hidden costs… we’ve all come across them and may even have fallen into the cost saving trap…but inevitably… Read More


What makes Costa Rica a HOT HOT HOT destination for Gap years? Let The Leap list the ways… 1. Culture Costa Ricans, also knows as ‘Ticos’ are notoriously warm and welcoming people and make the country a fantastic destination for gap years. Whether it’s coaxing unsuspecting Leapers out of their seats for a bout of… Read More


17.04.2009 28 °C So much has happened this week I brought my diary with me so that I don’t forget anything… Really sorry if this is ridiculously long but I am finally on a free computer so I’m making the most of it! Lat weekend we went snorkelling and I semi-conquered my fear of deep… Read More


Congratulations to the South Africa teams who have done us proud with their Herculean building efforts over the past few months. Since September 2009 you Leapers have been splashed across local newspapers not once, but TWICE – showing the amount of local support and interest in the work of our volunteers. Keep up the good… Read More


…After 3 amazing weeks living at high altitude in the Andes the Ecuador Team have headed West to the Pacific Coast to start their beach phase… I am not sure who was more nervous – us or the community of Estero de Plátano. It was the first time that they had had a Leap group… Read More