The Leap | Teach, Trek, Conserve + Adventure in Borneo

Video and Photos

The gorgeous waterfall we trekked to for a bbq in the middle of the jungle
Our usual mode of transport in The Philippines
Exploring caves in Mulu national park
Village on Ticao Island
Mantanani Island. One of the hidden treasures in Sabah. Such a beautiful place.
Up close and personal with a silver-head mother nursing her child.

About

Venture out to Borneo and the Philippines to explore, contribute, trek and safari whilst being immersed in their ancient culture and landscape.

Program's vary from 6 - 10 weeks and depart inline with each semesta.

A typical 10 week program would include all of the following.

6 weeks in Borneo:

Teaching English to children not entitled to a state education.
Visiting Sepilok, the famous Orangutan Sanctuary.
Learning jungle survival skills, during a 5 day jungle trek.
Living on a tropical beach to help with beach conservation.
Building fresh water wells in remote communities.

Plus 4 weeks in the Philippines:

To summit the majestic Bulusan Volcano.
Contribute to forest deforestation.
Help a remote island community forage for food from the sea and land.
Island hop and scuba dive around just a few of the 7000 islands which make up the Philippines.

Looking for a January/February Departure?

We still have a few spaces left in our Tanzania, Ecuador, Cambodia and Costa Rica teams heading off in Jan and Feb. Just get in touch for more information.

Questions & Answers

Reviews

92%
based on 5 reviews
  • Housing 8.4
  • Support 9
  • Fun 9.2
  • Value 9.2
  • Safety 9.6
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Shannon
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Adventure of a lifetime

Booking my trip to Borneo and the Philippines with The Leap was easily the best decision I've ever made. I knew I wanted to travel with The Leap as my sister had previously gone to South Africa with them and had an absolutely amazing time. They make you feel safe and secure, providing brilliant guides that you can confide to about any problem. The reason I chose Borneo was the vast variety in activities they offered. From setting up our own jungle camps, to scuba diving around the coral in the Philippines and even swimming with whale-sharks, The Leap offers you so many great opportunities. My favourite part of the trip was that we spent a lot of time with local communities in more rural areas. This gave us such a better insight into their culture and such a unique experience, with the families welcoming you into their homes happily. We also got to see the most amazing variety of wildlife, even an orangutan in the wild which is something so rare. I've made lifelong friends within the group and made so many unforgettable memories. If you want to make the most out of your gap year, I would definitely recommend The Leap as a company!

What would you improve about this program?
I honestly can't think of anything particularly wrong with the trip as even difficulties faced were part of the experience and more personal. There are times that are testing, such as the jungle trek, so only book it if you like a challenge.
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Georgia
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Leaping in the Philippines

I was lucky enough to be in the first team for the Leap's new Philippines program which is 4 weeks in the Philippines after 6 weeks in Borneo. From Manilla a short flight took us to Legazpi City and then a 2 hr drive down to Bulusan on the East Coast. The people we met in Bulusan were lovely, so welcoming, kind and friendly. We worked on different projects in Bulusan, a huge beach clean-up which the local people took part in too, on a beautiful palm-fringed beach. We worked in a local school, planted rice in a paddy field and helped volunteers clear the trails around the lake.
The 2nd part of the program takes you to Ticao Island where you live with local families in the village on the beach for the first few days and then to Ticao Island beach resort. We island-hopped, saw fireflies, snorkled with beautiful fish, rode horses and there is a dive centre there too. If you should run out of things to do there is always a karaoke machine around.
The volunteering projects on the island are working in local schools and teaching children as well as teaching them about waste management.
I had an amazing time in the Philippines, lovely people, beautiful surroundings, fun and worthwhile projects, even the food, from what I understand not generally highly rated, was great.

Liza
7/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Great fun but needs to be improved.

One of the best moments in this programme was when we finished building a kitchen and a proper shower room/toilet for a family in Mentu, Sarawak. When our project leader told us that it would be the first time that the only child in the family took his FIRST EVER proper shower, we were so touched. It is doing these things,even if it was for a week that enabled us to forever change the life of one family.That's why I chose the Leap, that is not only for personal impact but having an impact in other people's lives as well.

What would you improve about this program?
Probably the organisation of certain projects and aligning it with the festive holidays in the country. They should be more aware of the festivities that are happening and consider if it would have any affect on the projects, especially ones that involves schools as they might go on a break.
Response from The Leap

HI Liza,

Thank you for leaving your review and for your feedback. You're right we should be more mindful of the holiday seasons. In fact I have just spoken to Claud and the last 2 programs have been organised around this - so your feedback at the time and now has been really helpful.

I hope this finds you well and you're ready for christmas,

Thank you once again,

Milly

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Honor
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

10 weeks filled with amazing experiences you'll never forget

I will never forget my time in Borneo, I learned so much from my experiences and they will stay with me for a long time. The Leap is such a friendly small company that makes you feel like you're one of their family when you are out far away from your own. They have selected such great people out in the local communities to look after you and teach you, they are some people I will never forget. I recommend travelling with an organisation like The Leap for first-time travellers as this way you can guarantee you will be with a good bunch of people and learn the ropes of travelling with pros. An example of something we did was a night in a jungle sleeping in hammocks and it was a little scary but we had such a great team out with us we felt fine. This is not one to select if you don't want to get your hands dirty or do manual labour because almost everyday consisted of either shovelling cement or chopping bamboo. It was the best fun I had on my Gap year and made some great friends!

What would you improve about this program?
One thing I would say is that it would've been nicer to maybe have had a clearer plan from the very start of what we would be doing day-by-day and possibly have had a description of the team out in the country prior to the trip.
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R.Walsh
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Absolutely brilliant

Absolutely wonderful organisation, days are planned fully with more than enough to do and the program is flexible enough to incorporate other things you might want to do. The safety and security is first rate and reaching The Leap with questions is very easy. Weekends are planned to keep you as busy or chilled as you choose. Having been a part of several programs with various organisations, I can safely say The Leap was by far the best and I would definately go again!!

What would you improve about this program?
Perhaps a little more support on the teaching and more time spent at 'jungle camps'

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