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I volunteered on the Quest Overseas Summer Kenya Water Relief Project in 2012 and had, quite simply, the best time of my life.

My Quest group were amazing and I am still in contact with many of them to this day!

Not only did I contribute towards this positive, sustainable development project (under the supervision of the experienced engineers from the Africa Sand Dam Foundation), but I also hopped across to Tanzania and climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro in the final week of my travels with Quest.

The support by the Quest staff both before departure and upon my return was personal and they came across as honestly caring about the projects they support and the volunteers they send away.

I cannot recommend this company strongly enough. Anybody looking to spend a summer experiencing a completely different culture and environment, responsibly, should give Quest Overseas serious consideration.

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Posted: December 4, 2013
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By: mattysb
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22

I visited Bolivia & Peru with Quest in 2011.
It was honestly the best thing I have ever done. Although I had already studied Spanish for GCSE and A Level, the language course at the beginning was really helpful. We had varying levels of Spanish speakers in our group but we all found it as useful and enjoyable as each other.
Despite seeing some amazing sights and having exciting new experiences during the expedition part of the trip, the highlight for me was the volunteer work we did with Inti Wara Yassi. The construction work that we did was so rewarding and showed me how much I can actually do. I also worked with a Jaguar named Katie, and 3 Pumas named Inti Wara and Yassi. It was amazing get so close to them and walk them through the jungle.
Quest also helped me to learn how to travel on my own, making it possible for me to be confident enough to meet up with some friends, also in South America, after the trip was over.
I have been back from my travels for over a year now and still often think of my time out in South America. If I had the chance I would not hesitate to go again and I intended to return to South America after university.
My trip with Quest Overseas was not only an amazing experience but also taught me great life lessons. Not only do I feel more confident in myself but my friends and family tell me they can see the difference in me. I would recommend the trip to anyone!

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Posted: August 11, 2012
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20

Spent five weeks in a beautiful country and was able to fully emerse myself in the culture along with 12 other friendly and enthusiastic volunteers. Working with locals we helped to construct various school facilities including repair work, building a toilet block, laying classroom foundations, constructing key-hole gardens etc. We also spent a night with a local family helping them with their daily routine and learning about their lives. This was a truly rewarding experience and I would recommend it to anyone who's prepared to put in a bit of hard work to share an amazing experience. I would also recommend the optional Kilimanjaro climb which was the toughest but one of the most incredible experiences of my life. Quest is a great company/charity which truly helps to benefit everyone involved in their trips.

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Posted: May 29, 2012
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Last summer I went on a Quest Overseas trip to Tanzania for a month. The project involves building a toilet block for a school, and the foundations of another classroom. It was really brilliant - the company have very good pre-trip training with a specially designed day to meet other people on your trip and get to know each other. Once in Tanzania, there was a good balance of leisure time - relaxing by the lake and in the evenings, a safari, a last night party - and working on the school building site. There was a massive involvement with locals which was excellent. A week at a sight without electricity was amazing - cooking on an open fire and eating by torchlight is actually really fun! The fairly small group sizes means you become really close to the rest of your team in a very short space of time. Not only this, but the company holds a reunion night a few months after summer giving everyone the chance to see each other again. I would recommend Quest Overseas to anyone.

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Posted: May 28, 2012
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9
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9
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9
By: Evie
Age:
17

I recently spent three amazing months in South America with Quest Overseas. Quest provide the ultimate gap year experiences allowing you to learn a language, volunteer, travel and have lots of fun. The three month trip was comprised of three different phases and the group consisted of twelve young people aged 17-23 and 1 or 2 leaders depending on the phase. The three week language phase took place in Quito, Ecuador. We undertook 4 hours of Spanish lessons a day – a 2 hour one to one session and a 2 hour group lesson. When we were not learning Spanish we got to know each other through trips and activities in the afternoons. Activities included a trip to the equator, laser tag, salsa lessons and a treasure hunt around Quito. Each weekend we travelled out of Quito to see the rest of Ecuador including a weekend at the Cloud Forest and a fantastic weekend at the beach in Mompiche. The second phase was the project phase, a month of hardcore volunteering. We organised and ran games and holiday activities for the deprived children of Villa Maria, a large slum on the outskirts of Lima, Peru. We visited two communities a day, playing games and activities ranging from football and volleyball to jenga, colouring and painting. Each day ended with an hour in the local pool being used as human climbing frames by dozens of excited kids. Several evenings a week we would also organise Film nights where we would take a projector to one of the local communities and play a film for the children – Despicable Me seemed to be everyone’s favourite film. Every Saturday we organised a feria (fair), which involve dressing up in costumes and running a range of games where children could win sweets as prizes. Sundays saw the group put on costumes and face paints and perform group dances at the Sunday show. During our last week we swapped toys and costumes for safety gear and power tools constructing a new classroom at the Quest school. The trip ended with the awesome expedition phase. We travelled through Peru, Chile and Bolivia and finally back to Peru stopping along the way at some of South America’s most breathtaking landscapes including the Bolivian Salt Flats, the pampas, the Atacama Desert, and the Ballestas Islands . In six weeks we undertook 3 treks lasting 3 to 4 days each, as well as sandboarding, white water rafting, kayaking, ice climbing, horseriding, cycling, swimming with pink river dolphins and much more. It was an amazing and action packed three months. Quest did a great job of organising everything and ensuring that everyone had an enjoyable and safe trip. The leaders created a great balance between providing support, advice and direction and allowing us freedom and independence. The office staff provide excellent advice and support before you leave the UK and stay in contact with the leaders whilst you are abroad. It was a life changing experience that I will never forget and I recommend Quest Overseas to anyone looking to take a gap year before or after university.

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Posted: May 28, 2012
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10
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9
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9
By: Liv89
Age:
24

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