South America is one of those places which can captivate you - we've all seen the iconic images of Macchu Pichu, the Cristo Redentor in Rio, or the glaciers in Patagonia - and it's these sites that inspire people to travel to the continent. There is so much to see and do and such a large area to cover. Hopefully my guide on South America will give you some ideas and inspiration.
Meet Alice and Jess, two intrepid lasses heading off to volunteer in exotic Ecuador for the next few months. This cheese-loving duo will be taking part in a combination placement with The Leap which includes working with local communities to develop medicinal gardens, breeding piranhas and teaching English to local guides.