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  companion Marvin bought me was like mana from heaven. Let me start from the beginning of the week…… 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


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