Greetings from the Galapagos, Our first week in the Galapagos has afforded us all sights of wildlife, scenery and experiences that most of us would never have thought would be possible, and this has only been during the weekends. The weekdays have been dedicated to volunteering around the Hacienda Tranquila, our work has taken us… 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


Blog 2 I’m writing this blog while we watch one of Arthur’s favourite films… I preferred Bridget Jones but now there is a boy in the group I think the chick flicks may be put on hold! Today we took our first trip to Kruger which was very cold at first but amazing! We were… Read More


Hola from Ecuador, After last weeks shopping trip and celebrations in Otavolo for Katie´s birthday we headed out on Sunday to the independence parade in the nearby town of Cotacachi . The parade itself featured local people from the surrounding area, including marching bands, school children, armed forces and of course, us. Although the day… 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


This week was one of those life-changing weeks in your life, in which the plethora of possibilities for the use of string are revealed to you. Eyes open wide, jaws drop, crowds gather, all to wonder at what you achieved with a piece of string. We may begin with a more traditional use – stringing… Read More


We are spending this evening shaving a South African Safari guide’s head. I know the leap tell you you’ll learn new skills while abroad but I didn’t think hairdressing would be one of them. Haha Tumbling out of the bright yellow thatched airport and into a minibus that blared out Beyoncé as we travelled to… Read More


    Dearest Mums, Dads, Siblings, Grandparents, Boyfriends, Girlfriends, Pets, Leap Towers, Previous Leapers, Future Leapers, Friends and the General Public, Day 54: Saturday 24th May: So it was breakfast at the usual hour of 7:30am. Afterwards, we all ventured into Puerto to buy supplies for our Gran Sabana tour, Ollie and Robbie continued to… Read More


This week was the perfect one to end my travels on a high! Sunday evening we went to the beautiful Anniversary Dam and had a bush braai. Pork chops and sausages were perfectly cooked by Barney whilst the sun was setting. It was a fun evening sat by the dam on picnic rugs, but we… Read More


The Killing Fields and Mondulkuri Upon arrival in Phnom Penh, after a very long and bumpy 6 hour journey from Siem Reap, we checked into our Mad Monkey Hostel, however there was no madness that evening as everyone was shattered and ready for sleep in the beautifully air conditioned rooms! For the next day we… Read More