Tsachila Community:    The Tsachilas, recognizable by their red-dyed hair, live separated, agrarian lives. There is no main Tsachila villiage; the families who are part of the Tsachila community live on their own farms, separated by the jungle from other community members. Therefore, even though the Tsachila “villiage” we stayed at, Búa, was the largest… Read More


Between learning Spanish, volunteering, helping out turtles, finding new places to eat and spending our free time laying on the beach or surfing, I can tell you that we are all enjoying the Pura Vida lifestyle. I recently broke my phone and had to get it fixed. So I’m going to catch you up on… Read More


I read in the Lonely Planet guide to The Philippines that Filipinos are shockingly friendly.  This was proved entirely true during our stay with the Bartilet Family – Philip, Angel, and their five sons – in Bulusan. We spent mornings and early afternoons contributing to community projects: ground improvements at the lake, planting trees to… Read More


Going to the circus has definitely been one of the best things we have done since being in Siem Reap. Would highly recommend it anyone travelling to this part of Cambodia. All of the performers and everyone involved in the circus has attended a school that helps gets underprivileged children and young adults into the… Read More


  After arriving in the late afternoon on Monday from our weekend of island hopping, The Leapers were ready get back to work. But no before we celebrated Pepe´s birthday party! Pepe works at the hacienda and has been helping and directing us for the past week. We signed an ´I love boobies!´ shirt (blue-footed… Read More


What do you do in Costa Rica?” “So what do you even do in Matapalo?” “But what do you DO with the turtles?” These are the questions we’re bombarded with any time someone finds out that we’re on this trip. For us, it seems somewhat silly, until we realize, people aren’t living our reality! Most… Read More


BLOG 6 A slightly delayed blog entry – written mid flight from Madrid to Heathrow. With a total of 16 hours flying time + 9 hours in lay overs, it is safe to say I’m totally exhausted! From San Jose to Madrid, not a minute of shut eye was managed, leaving me rather drained –… Read More


Atalanta here with my blog update! Hola from a rather well weathered and tired team Leap from Costa Rica! This week our original, dream-team combination of 9 volunteers dwindled down to just the 4 leapers. Our fellow volunteers, who are travelling in conjunction with other volunteer programmes, ventured onto pastures green, having spent their allotted… Read More