Hi, my name is Isla Stenhouse and I’m 19 years old and am only days away from setting off on an adventure of a life time. I decided to take a gap year because I wanted to experience the world outside of education that has made up the majority of my life for 18 years… Read More


In a mere three short days, I will be saying goodbye to my family, friends and home for two and a half months to travel across the world and explore Tanzania. Quite a daunting prospect for a girl who has never been away for longer than a week on her own. Nevertheless, the opportunity to… 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


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 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


We’ve had a fantastic couple of days after a very long flight from Heathrow, where we met up with some of our fellow travellers, Jenny, Sophie, Tilly, Ryan, Ollie and Emily. We landed in Quito about 10am local time where we were greeted by other members of the team, Elena and Lea who had travelled… Read More


2 floors, a painted school and a hospital visit later, week two has officially come to a close. The tans that we all got on week one, have gone due to the torrential rain, however this week has never the less been full of laughs and memories. The rooster and Muslim call of prayer seem… Read More


Can’t believe that we will be back home soon. We’re all really excited to be going back home, although in some respects I don’t understand why as we’re going to freeze. So if anyone reading this is picking up one of our troublesome lot please make sure your car is nice and toasty for us… Read More