Gap Year Programs

Just A Machete, Knife and Lighter

Time flies when you are having fun. Yes I am talking about our time in the jungle. After our introduction to jungle at swamp camp going to Doug’s land for the second time came with no grudging or moaning from anyone on our team. Doug’s land is like a little slice of paradise compared to swamp camp. Although I am glad we spent time there and can see both sides of the spectrum…

Julius October ELT Blog

The day at last arrived for the new group to come. The weeks of lesson planning and juggling of timetables were finally about to be put to the test. I had been placed in charge of arrival day, simultaneously the hardest day to predict due to Costa Rica’s roads making it close to impossble to guess when they would actually … Read More

Update from our Expedition Leader Trainers: Jungle Madness

From Panama to Costa Rica, read the next part of the story from our current team training on the Expedition Leader Training Course. Update courtesy of Jared Dubois: After an awesome few days in Panama we awoke before dawn to catch our boat-taxi from the hostel to meet back up with Jade and Colin in Bocas town to begin our journey … Read More

Matt’s Encounter With a Wild Cat

Read the next part of the story from our current team training on the Expedition Leader Training Course. Update courtesy of Jared Dubois: Day 1: The trek started well as our transport pulled up to the river and we loaded our packs into the long boat (which had definitely seen better days). We headed up river in our ‘trusty’ vessel with … Read More

5 Hour Fires, Monkeys and Getting Lost

Read the next part of the story from our current team training on the Expedition Leader Training Course. Update courtesy of Elliot Swinney: We arrived back from San Jose on the first bus, arriving at noon. Upon reaching cecillias Collin described what was to come- a week of intense jungle survival training. With just an hour to repack we ran around like … Read More

Ara Project

Read the next part of the story from our current team training on the Expedition Leader Training Course. Update courtesy of Matt Smith: Waking up after a very lovely sleep on a luxury wooden floor, we packed our stuff up and headed back to civilisation all looking forward to the week ahead doing project work at Ara – a green macaw … Read More

Recce

Read the next part of the story from our current team training on the Expedition Leader Training Course. Update courtesy of Theo Ibbo: We began the recce’s by travelling to San Jose, bit of a change of scenario from the lovely relaxed town of Puerto Viejo. Upon arrival at San Jose we divided into our teams and set about the town on … Read More

Update from our Expedition Leader Trainers

The day after rest day one got off to an explosive start for Jared and Elliot. They were visited during the night by the trot fairy.  Mercifully their affliction did not last long which was fortunate as the following mornings medical quiz would have been a punishing ordeal for a fragile colon. The close run match became heavily punctuated by … Read More

Expedition Leadership Training

Update from our Expedition Leader Trainers

After a restless sleep on the hard wooden floor of Dougs friend JJ, we were all up early for breakfast and our final preparations for the first week in the jungle. This time it was Matts turn to deal with a cantankerous digestive tract. After packing and repackage it was finally time to head into the rain and Dougs stunning … Read More

Expedition Leader Training

Update from our Expedition Leader Trainers in Wales

This post was sent in from one of the current trainees on our infamous, challenging Expedition Leadership Course. Read on through the series to learn about the survival and leadership challenges endured through this challenging 4 month course. Arriving at Bangor station I stepped onto the platform with a backpack full of equipment I hadn’t a clue how to use and a … Read More