archive-title All posts by Matty Sowinski-Brown
Quest Overseas Volunteers with local community children in the shanty town of lima

All posts by Matty Sowinski-Brown

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 […]

A Vegan in Bolivia

South America does not have the best reputation when it comes to catering to special dietary needs. When the national culinary specialities and street food essentially all contain meat, cheese and eggs, is it possible to live, healthily, in this magnificent continent as a vegan? Here are top 5 tips from 2016 volunteer superstar, Josefin […]

Travel Tip Tuesday: Water Purification

When travelling, water, or more importantly our access to it, is one of the most important things on most people’s minds. Keeping hydrated prevents such a list of ailments and problems I don’t have space to name them all! However, I cannot stress enough how drinking dirty, untreated water, can have similarly damaging results (guardia, […]

Buying your sleeping bag- a basic guide

Sleeping bags- the basics explained Down or Synthetic or a combination of the two? 1, 2, 3 or 4 season? Some of the vital questions you should ask when looking to get a new sleeping bag- here is the Quest Overseas basic guide to help you out. So you have signed up to an expedition. […]

Roll mat maintenance- TravelTipTuesday

Inflatable-roll-mats are ever popular for hikers, and for many, one of their most important pieces of kit. They are getting lighter and lighter, keep you warm but also make sure you have a comfortable night’s sleep. These modern roll mats also pride themselves on durability. After all, there is nothing worse than a pop or […]

Quest Overseas Recipe of the Week

Papas rellenas con queso: Stuffed potatoes with cheese This delicious, cheap South American street food is fantastic for those looking for a quick snack before/during/after lunch. Best fried and filled with cheese (although outside of Sucre, the Bolivia capital, it is far more common to be filled with ground meat or chicken). Total cooking time: […]

It is just a bit of mud! Glastonbury 2016

Glastonbury music festival brings a few things to mind: funky fashion fads, (sometimes) fantastic live music, smelly toilets and of course MUD! This year is set for even more than before. The ground is saturated from a very wet British June with more rain predicted to fall. However, is it really that bad? ”worst mud ever’ […]

When your rucksack becomes your home!

Top tips to pack your travel bag You reach the point when you suddenly realise everything you could ever need can fit into a rucksack and follow you around the world. It becomes your home. Homes should be pretty. And here is how you can achieve this: Take off your airport flight tags There is […]

Choquequirao- the Lonely Machu Picchu

An Alternative Inca Trail 7-days trekking into the wilderness of the lost Incan Empire could bring you face to face with not one, but two of their lost cities: Machu Picchu and her rather underappreciated, larger brother, Choquequirao. As one of the more remote Incan ruins, only the adventurous are drawn to Choquequirao- the isolation […]

Bolivian jungle report- a fascinating insight

Many thanks to Quest volunteer superstar Tina for this honest account about her time away with Quest. We love hearing from our volunteers once they make it back home. Great work and beautiful pictures of the animals you cared for. ”To make this journey happen, I persuaded my mother and underwent a complicated visa application […]