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


After a weekend of beach-bumming and french fry eating in Canoa, we returned to the jungle well rested (and showered!!) for our final week with the Tsáchila tribe. Last week, it rained almost 24 hours per day, which is to be expected since it’s the rainy season. This week though, we’ve lucked out with a… 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


Tonight, I write to you from the welcome refuge of my mosquito net tented bed after a hectic week. I think we could safely say as a team, it has taken 2 weeks for our naïve UK palates to accustom to the Costa Rican food. Understandably each individual country has its preferred staple food –… Read More


Hi everyone! Now I’m back at home, it doesn’t feel right to be saying mambo any more, so depressing! We had an incredible five days in Zanzibar which was the perfect way to finish off the trip, it flew by and I can’t quite believe it’s all over. It feels very strange to think of… Read More