archive-title All posts by Matty Sowinski-Brown

All posts by Matty Sowinski-Brown

Boliva Summer Update 2018

Two weeks of solid construction work in Park Jacj Cuisi was wrapped up with a well-deserved pampas jungle safari – good food and lazing on the river while spotting plentiful wildlife on the shores. Then it was time to move onto the next chapter of our Bolivia team’s adventure, three weeks caring for rescued wild […]

‘Time well spent’

‘if you can do even a little bit of good and try and help those that are less fortunate it’s time very well spent’ Landing in Lima I honestly had no idea what to expect of what my time in Villa Maria was going to be like. The initial shock of the conditions that these […]

Alex’s story, Villa Maria 2018

‘…but this feeling, for me, was more motivating and personally rewarding than anything I have done in my life to this point’ Spending five weeks working in a shanty town on the outskirts of Lima, Peru, is not for everybody looking to take a gap year. However, if you are a person that wants to […]

Carlos and Juan- their story

These puma cub brothers are called Juan and Carlos. They were brought into the care of Comunidad Inti Wara Yassi (CIWY), the leading wildlife conservation group in Bolivia, in 2008. It cannot be stressed strongly enough how sad this photo is. These babies (3-4 months in the photo above) should be with their mother for […]

Top 5 highlights on the Andean Expedition 2018

Top 5 highlights on the Andean Expedition 2018  Spaces available now. 1. Trek to Machu Picchu? CHECK. A visit to the once-lost Incan city is high up on many bucket lists however that feeling of catching that first glipse of sunlight breaking the swirling mist after a demanding 3 day trek sends shivers down the spines. […]

Where would you rather have breakfast? Vote!

Breakfast Overseas- From Urban Rwanda to the Bolivian Jungle- where would you rather have breakfast? A huge part of travelling is diving head-first into a different culture. The change in diet can be a big culture shock. However all our projects make a huge effort to ensure that they show-off their country’s culinary wonders. It seems […]

Villa Maria and the Strangest Trek in Peru?

Lima is vast. It is the second largest city in South America, with over 9 million habitants. You can find the super rich and the struggling poor within a few miles of each other. Quest Overseas has worked for 20 years with the poorest district of Lima, Villa Maria del Triunfo. We have built basic housing […]

Yellow brick road

Volunteer Ellie writes about her impact and impressions of the Villa Maria Project: I may not have arrived there on the back of a house, free-falling through a tornado, but I’ve never identified more with The Wizard of Oz than the moment I stepped off the plane at Lima, ahead of spending six weeks volunteering in […]