Quest Overseas

Provider

Quest Overseas is driven by a desire to help its project partners and communities in South America and Africa, while providing valuable experiential learning opportunities for young people. QO has been running since 1996, with nearly 20 years' experience of sending teams of young volunteers to provide their support to partnering communities through projects ranging from wildlife sanctuaries and forestry conservation to building sand dams and health clinics. QO also prides itself on its expert expedition leaders who take the teams on bespoke journeys through the Andes or East Africa.

Feeding centre in Malawi set up by Quest Overseas

Programs from Quest Overseas

  • Quest Overseas team exploring the mountain
    Peru
    Quest Overseas is devoted to giving their participants amazing Gap Year opportunities. Their program in Peru surpasses all...
    10 reviews
    Alumni Interviews
    Staff Interviews
    Community Photos
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    This program has been rated exceedingly fun by 5+ reviewers.
    This program has been rated exceedingly supportive by 5+ reviewers.
  • Care for beautiful animals like these
    Peru
    Have a passion for animals, environmental conservation projects, or good old fashioned outdoorsy adventure? Then check out...
    7 reviews
    Alumni Interviews
    Community Photos
    A review was left for this program in the last 30 days
    This program has been rated exceedingly fun by 5+ reviewers.
    This program has been rated exceedingly supportive by 5+ reviewers.
  • Goofing around with kids in Malawi
    Malawi
    Go to Africa and help out those less fortunate by joining Quest Overseas' Gap Summer program in Malawi! The global...
    2 reviews
    Community Photos
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  • The boys
    Rwanda
    Join Quest Overseas and get a once-in-a-lifetime Gap Summer experience in Rwanda! Global organization Quest Overseas sends...

Program Reviews

  • Isabel
    Age: 19-24
    Female
    London, England
    University College London
    10/10
    Bolivia Gap
    02/02/2016

    I was part of the Bolivia Gap team in 2014, and I am so glad I made the decision to travel with quest. The trip was challenging at times, and required hard work during the treks and volunteering periods. But looking back on it now the tough times seem so insignificant, considering that this trip took me to the most beautiful places I have ever been to and gave me incredible memories, as well as a group of friends to share them with. I climbed to 5,000m, came face to face with a rescued jaguar and watched the sunrise come up over the salt flats - moments that will stick with me forever.
    I thought that our 3 months were well organised - we fitted an amazing amount of activities into such a small time and i felt fully immersed into the countries we visited. Our leader Matty was fun and always tried to make our time enjoyable and safe, as well as taking into account what we wanted to do and being patient enough to put up with the 5 of us for 3 months!
    I've since returned to the wildlife park we volunteered at twice, and this never would have happened without Quest introducing me to it, and giving me the confidence to continue on my own once our trip had finished.

    Quest's commitment to ethical volunteering and tourism was the main reason I initially chose to travel with them and I think this is a very important part of what they do. We were also able to visit the Peruvian project in Villa Maria and I was impressed at the work that goes on there.

    Photos:
    with Vanesso, an ocelot
    Trekking
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  • Isabella
    Age: 19-24
    Female
    Lund, Sweden
    Other
    10/10
    Volunteering in Villa Maria summer 2014
    01/31/2016

    When my and my friend searched for a volunteer trip we were determined to find a trip where we could make a real difference. Quest Overseas stood out in that point and it felt very professional that we had to make an application. But even though we got a good first impression from Quest by just reading and talking with the staff it's still hard to know how it will be until you're there. And I was not disappointed. Quest have a close relationship with the local community which I think is very important since it's they who have the best knowledge of where help is needed. Our help felt needed and the experiences and memories I got were all worth the work I did.

    Although it was quite overwhelming to arrive in VM (as a small town girl from Sweden who never travelled outside of Europe before) I adjusted very quickly and learned to love VM. Even the dogs who barked all night, the chilly damp weather (since I was there in their winter) and the endless stairs. The people in the Quest team were all amazing and the local staff and the children we met was the best! They made me (and the rest of the team) feel very welcomed.

    I would strongly recommend this to anyone who wants to volunteer in South America. You will not regret it!

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  • E
    Age: 19-24
    Male
    Birmignham
    University of Birmingham
    10/10
    A life changing experience
    01/29/2016

    The memories of my four weeks in Malawi will be ones i cherish for the rest of my life. Leaving the comfort of home to head to one of the most impoverished nations on earth certainly opened to my eyes to the suffering millions of people around the world endure. Spending time with children orphaned by HIV and improving facilities in two communities by helping build a library and renovating a feeding centre was an incredibly rewarding experience. Seeing the happiness and genuine gratitude for the small amount of work we had done over the four weeks in the community was incredible. Although much of the time is spent in the communities, the down time spent with the rest of team was great fun with the final weekend swimming and canoeing in Lake Malawi being a real highlight. Quest and Joshua both do amazing work and i could not recommend going on this trip enough.

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  • Lucy
    Age: 19-24
    Female
    From the Isle of Man, currently studying in Norwich
    University of East Anglia
    10/10
    Memories I will cherish forever
    01/29/2016

    Striking up personal relationships with some of the children has left me with a very precious memory. One little girl, who was called Bianca, initially was very shy but over the course of my 4 weeks there she was never far from my side. Doing work I would turn around and she would be there, writing my diary in the sun she would come up and sit next to me and watch me, laughing at my writing and trying to communicate with me the best she could and plaiting my hair-most of the time it would just be in knots haha. She came to say goodbye to us when we left and gave me the biggest hug ever, i was very composed until then.

    How could this program be improved?

    Better organisations of activities at the weekends

    Photos:
    Me with the children during the sports activities we put on
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  • Zoe
    Age: 19-24
    Female
    Amherst, MA
    Amherst College
    10/10
    Once in a lifetime experience
    01/28/2016

    The only reason my housing rating was somewhat low was because this is not a "glamping" trip. I went on the Quest Overseas gap year program in Villa Maria, and it was one of the greatest experiences I feel I'll ever have. When else will you have the opportunity to mount a Bolivian peak, get to know some amazing Peruvians, and build your Spanish skills in a cloud forest? I was pushed to limits I didn't know I had, but it was one of the most fun and gratifying experiences I'll ever gain. GO QUEST!

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