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


Our first week of living in the Tsáchila community has been nothing shy of incredible. When we arrived in the jungle last Saturday and saw our extremely basic living conditions, I think the initial instinct among all was complete fear. However, the living situation has ended up being one of the best parts of the… Read More


Elementary school–> Middle school–> High school–> University. That’s the nonstop path a “normal” student in America follows. That’s the path I always assumed I would follow. I never once questioned it or thought to go against society’s strong pressure to comply. Never in my wildest dreams did I think I would delay university for a… Read More


Hello! My name is Sophie, I’m from the UK and I am currently setting out on my travels to Cambodia! I am 18 so decided to take a gap year before university. I have just spent the past 3 months travelling New Zealand so I’m ready and excited to go and explore a different country.… 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


My name is Laura, and I’m 19 years old . I’ve always possessed an insatiable desire to travel as widely and diversely as possible, and a gap year seemed the perfect opportunity to satisfy this urge. Tanzania is a place that seemed, to someone living a very privileged (yet also undoubtedly very sheltered) life to… Read More