archive-title All posts by Jon Cassidy

All posts by Jon Cassidy

Volunteering – the right questions to ask

Get the most, give the most. Your guide to ethical volunteering Overseas volunteering can be a fantastic experience, giving benefit both for the local community and the volunteer taking part. Sadly, it can also be a negative experience for either or both sides, so it is important to make sure any project you want to […]

Day of the Dead – Bolivian Style

Where else in the world do people celebrate their dearly departed by making effigies of them out of bread – Bolivia is one of a kind in so many ways! Throughout Latin American culture you can find examples of cultural fusion, between indigenous traditions and the Spanish influence which arrived from the 15th and 16th […]

Short term volunteering – a success story

In recent years there have been many examples highlighted in the press, of short term volunteering placements providing little or no support for the projects they claim to be helping. “Voluntourism” is a growing trend, and sadly much of it badly managed. This does not mean however that all short term volunteer placements are bad […]

Report from back home – Bolivia Summer

Sometimes when our teams are out in the field, there just isn’t the time to sit down at a computer and send us updates on their progress. Many thanks though to Ella from this summer’s Bolivia project team, for sending us her thoughts after coming home – read on! Ambue Ari : Working with the […]

Andean Exped – knowing when to turn back

Thanks from our sterling leader Matty for this gripping account! What is it that draws us to the mountains? When you think about the cost, physically, mentally and financially, and compare it to the fleeting moments gained at a mountain summit it really does make no sense.  However, the impulse to propel oneself to the […]

Update from Rwanda

A lovely message from one of the boys at the Ubaka street boys project in Kigali, Rwanda. Click here to find out how to join one of our teams in Rwanda in 2016

A-level results – make your gap year count

Here in the Quest Office we have everything crossed for all of you waiting for A-Level results to come out later this week…  We all remember it well and know what a tense time it can be, but remember that whatever happens your options are open. If you have decided to take a Gap Year, […]

Amazon tales of caiman battles to the death!

Many thanks to Toby Wainwright for this brief and succinct update from our Andean Exped team! After two days visiting the Quest supported animal sanctuary Jacj Cuisi, we made are way to the pampas. We were all on the boat for three days on the river. During the first day we all swam with a […]

Sam’s “alternative” Bolivia Salt Flats Update

We encourage our team members to keep the masses updated with the odd blog entry about their adventures. Some posts are more detailed than others, this latest one, from Andean Exped member Sam, falls into the “less detailed” category! Before this is read Toby has to be introduce/explained. He is a loved member of the […]