Our long weekend of island hopping ended with a day and a half on the beautiful island of Santa Cruz, where we did the land lava tunnels, which was inside of a giant tortoise reserve. It was incredible to see such old formations that were created from molten lava! And the tortoises are just adorable… Read More

It is now the end of our last full week in Cambodia (cry) and with only 4 days left to go the squad is starting to feel a little sad to say the least about leaving this country. This week we’ve been staying in Sihanoukville, working at Surata public school. Our task for the week… Read More

We’ve found paradise. Genuine paradise. Glorious beaches with the bluest, most crystal clear sea that I’ve ever seen; filled with the friendliest animals such as sea lions, fish and of course the infamous green sea turtles. We’ve been staying at the Hacienda Tranquila, which is in a beautiful spot with giant tortoises that we’ve been… Read More

So the first week of our stay in Costa Rica at Jakera is done. In my opinion I feel it has gone slowly but for others it’s gone quite fast. Our first day was just travelling from the airport to Jakera. It was a LONG journey, mini bus then a ferry and then a mini… Read More

Upon returning to Kansas City, Missouri and settling back into my home, driving up and down the familiar streets and reuniting with friends and family I can’t help but to reflect on the life changing experience that my fellow Leapers and myself endured over the past ten weeks. The start of our last week began… Read More

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