Who Is The Leap?

Meet Our Team

We like to think that we're a friendly and knowledgeable team, acting as your extended family while you're away. We have all travelled extensively, taken a gap year or career break ourselves, and will do whatever we can to ensure you have the adventure of a lifetime.
Guy Whitehead
Guy Whitehead
Guy Whitehead

Director

+44 (0)1672 519922

Milly Whitehead
Milly Whitehead
Milly Whitehead

Director

+44 (0)1672 519922

Claud Bufton
Claud Bufton
Claud Bufton

UK Team

+44 (0)1672 519922

Jenny McWhirter
Jenny McWhirter
Jenny McWhirter

UK Team

+44 (0)1672 519922

Tom Hewitt
Tom Hewitt
Tom Hewitt

Borneo

Mathias Mtui
Mathias Mtui
Mathias Mtui

Tanzania

Socheat Hunn
Socheat Hunn
Socheat Hunn

Cambodia

Leonel Talledo Hernandez
Leonel Talledo Hernandez
Leonel Talledo Hernandez

Cuba



Daniel Chew
Daniel Chew
Daniel Chew

Nepal

Conrad van Eyssen
Conrad van Eyssen
Conrad van Eyssen

South Africa

Dr Andy Kirby
Dr Andy Kirby
Dr Andy Kirby

Ecuador + Peru

Brendan Topp
Brendan Topp
Brendan Topp

Costa Rica


Chad Sinden
Chad Sinden
Chad Sinden

Bahamas

Alice Baker
Alice Baker
Alice Baker

Madagascar + Cape town

Lucy Prescott
Lucy Prescott
Lucy Prescott

Madagascar



Our Responsible Travel Policy

  Listen to the people we work with
Over the years we have sought to find and develop fantastic partnerships between projects, placements and people; who work together to make a difference to each other's lives and their surroundings. We consult the opinions of all the people we work with enabling us to constantly review our procedures and improve the service we offer.
  We're only as good as our people, so build a team that cares more
Our project leaders and head office team are chosen for their professionalism, compassion and ability to provide the service we require. We regularly brief our in-country project leaders and visit projects regularly.
  Educating our clients creates respect and safety
We try to brief everyone over the phone about their program covering many topics, including how to live and respect the environments and communities we work amongst. On arrival in-country, you will also receive a comprehensive induction course covering safety, religion, health, project tasks and local dos and don'ts.
  Operate in an environmentally-friendly manner
We ensure that you are briefed on how best to protect the natural environment and wildlife you visit. Most foodstuffs are bought locally and resources such as heating in camps use renewable energy sources where possible.
  Collaborate with the communities we visit
We ensure that all our programs work with the full agreement of local elders and that you work side-by-side amongst the community. On our team placements we pay the communities for looking after you and every volunteer has a donation to the community included in the cost. This is used to buy materials to build classrooms, pay for education fees and so on.
  Contribute to local economies as much as possible
Approximately 65% of the cost of your scheme is paid to the project leader in-country to cover all your costs. This includes paying local communities for food and accommodation. We employ as many staff locally as we can. For example, in Kenya we employ two local managers, a project leader, a cook, two security guards, a cleaner and a driver - thereby doing as much as we can to provide local people with jobs, cutting down on unemployment and providing families with an income. Sometimes this income supports numerous relations.
  Do our bit to reduce climate change
We believe global warming is one of the most important issues facing our planet and want to do our part to help. Our flight partners offer advice on how to offset the carbon emissions created by air travel.

Our Values: What We Look For In You

  A motivated, enthusiastic and positive self-starter with initiative
You do not need any special skills or experience for our placements. But it's essential you're prepared to work hard and get stuck into whatever needs doing with a positive attitude. Our placements can be tiring, uncomfortable and tough at times - but that doesn't mean it's OK to moan and demoralise the rest of your team.
  A real desire to contribute to our projects
We want our Leapers to genuinely want to give something back to the communities we operate in, and embrace the opportunity to make a difference to people from far poorer backgrounds.
  Sociable and friendly
We want to you enjoy being with other people - embrace the occasion and you'll make some great friends.
  Capable and willing to be challenged and remain flexible
All placements include some physical work such as building, walking, carrying things, interacting with children etc. You need to be able to do this without difficulty, and to take on physical and mental challenges willing whilst being flexible enough to deal with changes to plans.
  A desire to see things through
You must be prepared to commit to completing your placement in the knowledge that leaving early lets everyone down.
  Respect for others
You should be polite, well-behaved and respectful of others – our placement staff, the environment, other volunteers and communities. Sexual relationships between staff and volunteers are forbidden, and those between consenting adults in the team or locals must be conducted with respect to others and the community.
  Willing to listen to advice and follow rules
We expect you to comply with any advice we give or local rules on safety, appearance, responsibilities and so on. You must not cause problems with drugs, alcohol, theft or antisocial behaviour. Alcohol is permitted in moderation, but anyone caught taking illegal drugs will immediately be sent home. We also expect you to be honest with us before you travel if you have a history of such problems. We've successfully sent people overseas with a variety of conditions after having consulted with that individual's doctor to determine whether that individual can cope with their chosen placement. We cannot provide trained therapists once overseas and our programs are not available to court-assigned individuals.

The Journey So Far

We've come a long way since our first Leapers headed to Kenya all those years ago...
  • 2002Guy and Milly found The Leap...
    …on the kitchen table with the assistance of an old green dinosaur Apple Mac. We soon upgrade our technology and move to the heady heights of our offices in Marlborough.
  • 2006We Leap into our third continent
    From the dusty plains of Africa, we branch out into South America and Asia, providing diverse projects, adventures and challenges in each continent.
  • 2009Internship programs become available
    From business and law to teaching and journalism, we begin offering opportunities that enable Leapers to gain invaluable work experience whilst travelling off the beaten track.
  • 2010We send our 2000th Leaper overseas
    Champagne and celebration - we've helped 2000 of you on your travels! We begin looking for new countries and projects to meet the needs of the gap year traveller. Cambodia still wins the popularity contest.
  • 2012Leapgiving™ hits £3million
    A proud moment; together we've built schools and orphanages, educated children, helped protect endangered wildlife, planted trees and improved health and hygiene in remote communities. The Leap has it's 10th birthday (more champagne).
  • 2014We launch our twelfth destination
    This year, we've added Cuba, Madagascar, Nepal and The Bahamas to our roster... and what a roaring success they've been! We're beaming with pride that we now offer adventures in twelve different countries across four different continents.
  • 2016We launch Namibia and more to come..
    Namibia welcomes our leapers, Peru soon to come on board (watch this space) and the lovely Jenny joins our team in Leap Towers - what did we do without her!
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