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5 Christmas Gifts that Keep on Giving

Naturally, giving something back is important to us. So the team at Quest Overseas HQ has put together a short list of some of our favourite Christmas gifts that keep on giving… perfect for the ethically-minded gift giver or receiver! Gandy’s London- Burgundy Bali Authentic Voyager Backpack Gandy’s London is an inspirational company that works […]

Autumn Exped: Ice Climbing & Death Road!

Week 7 Team Update Our South America Autumn Exped team kick-started their expedition phase by tackling icy vertical drops on Huayna Potosi and mountain biking down one of the most dangerous roads in the world, Bolivia’s infamous Yungas North Road, or ‘El Camino de la Muerte’ (The Death Road) to locals. Check out their week in photos: […]

South America Update Weeks 5 & 6

Big cats, forest fires, ghosts and ghouls! Week 5: Firefighting When we left our Autumn Exped team last they were helping to fight forest fires caused by slash and burn agriculture, in the Bolivian jungle. Unfortunately because of the extremely dry weather they’ve been having, as soon as the sun rose embers would catch and […]

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 […]

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 […]

South American Exped: Week 4 Update

Our Autumn Exped team have hit the 1 month mark! We couldn’t be prouder of all their hard work this last week, volunteering at Inti Wara Yassi’s wildlife sanctuary, Park Ambue Ari. It definitely hasn’t been easy for them! The team have been helping to construct a management cage for rescued puma Leo and helping […]

Time to celebrate Villa Maria 2016

  Quest Overseas, in association with our ‘Villa Maria Project’, have been in a partying mood celebrating 20 years volunteering and hard work in the densely populated slum district of Lima. Over two decades, we have provided countless children with safe and fun options to stay away from dangerous gangs, as well as built over […]

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 […]

Ethical Volunteering – 5 top tips

Want to make a difference during your trip abroad? Making sure you choose a project that makes a real positive impact can be tricky. Read on for 5 things to look out for in your search of a truly ethical volunteering experience… Partners – Does the volunteer organisation collaborate with local project partners? Are the local community […]

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, […]