The Year Out Group is an association of leading year out organisations that was formed in 1998 to promote the concept and benefits of well-structured year out programmes, to promote models of good practice and to help young people and their advisers in selecting suitable and worthwhile projects. The Year Out Group is a not-for-profit organisation, and Quest Overseas is a founder member.
Our partners at the Bolivian Animal Sanctuary, the people of Inti Wara Yassi are an inspiration to anyone who meets them. Dedicating their entire lives to the conservation of wild animals rescued from circuses, homes and illegal pet trading, CIWY have given new homes to over 4,000 animals over the past ten years. Quest Overseas is proud to have helped establish the Ambue Ari animal sanctuary, and is currently helping to develop a new location with them.
Excellent Development and Quest Overseas have been working in Kenya together since 2005. Their aim is to enable disadvantage rural communities by improving water supplies, food production and health. To date Quest Overseas teams have built 2 water tanks, constructed 12 large sand dams and planted over 100 trees at local schools in the Machakos area south of Nairobi, potentially supporting 10,000 villagers in the area.
Quest offset all their Africa Leaders carbon emissions by donating to Excellent Development's tree duty scheme. The donations given are used to plant medicinal trees in Africa. Quest Overseas encourages all its volunteers to offset their carbon emissions as well, if you would like to know more just click on the tree duty logo.
Since 2006 Joshua and Quest Overseas have been working together to develop sustainable projects to help HIV/Aids orphans and families in Malawi. Working in the Pensulo area Quest Overseas teams have constructed schools, feeding centres, clinics and outdoor play areas as well as tree planting and coordinating local HIV awareness days. The chairty now works with 19 communities in the area.
In 2008 Quest Overseas started working with the Livingstone Tanzania Trust. Together our aim is to alleviate poverty through education. This includes improving existing schools, accommodation for teachers and setting up working organic school farms. By developing sustainable solutions to help thousands of people in Babati it is hoped that the model can be replicated throughout Tanzania.
El Alto produces outdoor clothing and equipment which has been ethically sourced and manufactured in Bolivia. As well as the emphasis on quality design and workmanship, the ethos behind our products has been to ensure that staff are fairly treated and a fair price is paid. El Alto has been formed as a partnership of Bolivian mountaineers, Bolivian tailors, British based designers and outdoor enthusiasts.
Quest Overseas has been working closely with the Lubombo Conservancy and Peace Parks Foundation for the past 8 years, to help conserve, educate and bring together local communities and wildlife for the benefit of all. Quest Overseas has conducted important surveys, built local education centres and even bird hides all helping to harmonise the big game, culture and breathtaking scenery. In the near future the aim is to break both reserve and international boundaries to create corridors to re-enable natural migration routes.
The CREES Foundation is a not-for-profit charitable organisation working to bring economic, social and environmental harmony to the Manu region. Their core belief is that mankind and nature can support one another through balance, respect and innovation. The way that we achieve this is through protecting the incredible diversity of the region and working with local communities to generate truly sustainable development that creates decent livelihoods in harmony with the natural environment. Quest Overseas is delighted to be sending teams to support this extremely worthwhile, grass roots project.
Fair Trade Volunteering has been established by leaders in the gap year and volunteering industry. The standard exists to give volunteer placement organisations a benchmark by which to operate their placements, as well as giving prospective volunteers a clear and simple way to understand what they should be looking for in a Fair Trade Volunteering placement.
Rainforest Concern have been campaigning for the protection of the world's forests for over ten years, and our relationship with them has spanned almost the same length of time. Thanks to their links with projects in Ecuador, Chile and Bolivia, Quest Overseas teams have helped to buy thousands of hectares of forest for conservation, planted countless trees, constructed eco lodges and research stations, and of course provided sustenance for millions of hungry mosquitoes!
Experience Quest is the branch of Quest Overseas which specialises in running unique bespoke expeditions for schools, corporates and any other group who wants to take part in a tailor-made trip! Experience Quest currently work with several schools, the Royal Bank of Scotland, Scott Wilson Ltd and Hewitt Associates. We work with them to continue to support our project sites in Africa and South America in as many ways as possible.
The 600 hectare community of Santa Lucia, in the north western cloud forests of Ecuador, is living proof that community based tourism is a realistic solution to cattle farming or logging. Quest Overseas worked with Santa Lucia from 2001 to 2005, helping to establish the infrastructure for their eco-tourism facilities. They are currently in the process of developing a sustainable forestry programme and we hope to be involved in that soon.
Named "the best true ecotourism project I have found in 17 years of travel in Ecuador" by the author of the Ecuador lonely planet, Yachana has changed the lives of hundreds of people in the Napo region of the Ecuadorian Amazon, and Quest Overseas teams have been involved since 2001 in the development of their infrastructure.
Cristóbal Colón Spanish Language School, in Quito Ecuador, has been highly recommended by numerous sources and is considered to be one of the top Spanish schools in Ecuador by the SAE (South American Explorers Club). Quest Overseas has been working with Colón School since its creation in 1997 and we have always been extremely satisfied with the level of professionalism by which they conduct their Spanish courses.
The Young Explorers Trust (YET) is a national charity dedicated to promoting safe and responsible expeditions for young people. It does this by providing advice and support to schools, youth organisations and commercial expedition providers. YET also externally evaluates organisations to check compliance with British Standards 8848, and found Quest Overseas conformed to these standards in September 2009.