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


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