Leapers and Lions: Rachel’s tales from the Equator

Filed in: Ecuador
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At an early 5am on Wednesday morning, 16 groggy Ecuador Leapers packed themselves into a bus, haphazardly navigated an airport, and successfully made their way onto a flight to the one and only Galapagos Islands. We are those groggy Leapers and this is our story. Arriving in the Galapagos, many of us are hit with a wave of heat, despite the cloudy skies, and a wave of regret over wearing our jumpers. We are toted from the coast, where our plane comes in, up into the mountains of San Cristobal Island, to become acquainted with our home for the next…

Week 3 in Venezuela: Living it up on Isla Margerita!

Filed in: Venezuela
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Hola from a gap year in sunny Venezuela, The team are happy and healthy, now into their 3rd week on the beach at Playa Colorado in Venezuela. Yesterday the final Leaper Sarah showed up and after recovering from her flight the team will be quitting the coast and heading for the hills to spend time volunteering in Cairpe – Venezuela‘s coffee growing district. A quick update on what they’ve been up to since arriving (besides becoming much browner!): Week 1 went well, they worked on improving the appearance and facilities at the school on Punto Morena island, fixing doors and…

Kenya Team, First update.

Filed in: Africa, Gap Year, Kenya
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Just got back from Mwaluganje. The group is in very good spirits and appear to have gelled together amazingly well. They have been focusing on the construction of the new kitchen at Ngozini Primary School that we started last week and love Mwaluganje. One of your lads decided to try and eat elephant poop to see what it tastes like. “Wouldn’t try it again” was his comments. It’s extremely hot in Mwaluganje as it is all over the country at the moment. The school has not had water for a couple of months now as the water authorities dumped a…

Ecuador Team Update 2: Week One = hard work and holi-DIY’s!

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Sofie’s Team @ the Coast: Emily, Caroline, Eliza, Alexa, George, Catherine, Kieran, Emily, Georgie and Hannah Kauffman. Hello! We’re all in Atacames at the moment where we’ve spent the weekend on the beach. Everyone’s fine and work at Caimito has been going well. The team have been working hard all week on the school building, first preparing all the surfaces with wire wool and then painting and varnishing upstairs. The two teachers’ rooms and library are very nearly done and started painting downstairs on Friday. We’re going to carry on with that next week until its done. Noone’s been ill…