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350.org – A workable solution for the planet?

350.org was founded by U.S. author Bill McKibben, who wrote “The End of Nature” in 1989, a book regarded as the first one written for the general public on climate change. It is based on a statistic provided by scentific research, and backed by climate experts and many governments. 350 parts per million of CO2 […]

Amazon in final for “new” Seven Wonders!

As of yesterday lunchtime the 28 finalists for the new Seven Wonders of the World were announced! These were chosen from a list of 77 nominees by the New7Wonders Panel of Experts. Among the 28 final choices are the Amazon River and Rainforest, Iguazu Falls in Argentina and Brazil, Angel Falls, The Galapagos, The Grand […]

No longer just Justgiving

Virgin Money is launching an online fundraising site which will be the official online giving engine of the London Marathon, potentially sidelining Justgiving.The financial arm of the Virgin empire, Virgin Money has launched Virgin Money Giving, a website which will enable individuals to raise money for charities registered on the website for the London Marathon […]

Kenyans Invent Pedal Powered Phone Charger

2 Kenyan electrical engineering students have invented a phone charger which runs off the power generated when riding a bike. It is estimated that some 17.5 million people out of Kenya’s 38.5 million population own a mobile handset – up from 200,000 in 2000, however in rural areas without easy access to electricity, charging a […]

Malawi Summer Team – Start building with enthusiasm!

The Malawi summer team have started the construction of the classroom in Chitakale village. With 5 weeks of mixing cement, laying bricks, spreading lime, plastering, painting, digging and carrying ahead of them they have set about their task with enthusiasm. The foundations were in place prior to the team’s arrival into Malawi and everything was […]

Malawi Summer Team – Amrit on Week no.1

Since coming to Chitakale we have learned four things: Do not measure your strength with that of an African man – you will be annihilated. Mixing cement is the funnest thing in the world. Fried lettuce goes really well with Macaroni. And there is nothing quite as exhilarating as a game of football whilst the […]

Andy back from Africa

I returned on Friday to soggy weather and M25 traffic.  Over the last 6 weeks I have visited 3 of Quest’s project sites in Africa and enjoyed every minute of it! Tanzania – The new classroom built by Quest Tanzania GAP ’09 at Waang’waray is a true thing of beauty and is already in use.  […]

Giant bills help toucans keep thier cool!

    To Charles Darwin it was emblematic of sexual desirability. To French naturalists it was “grossly monstrous”. But even to the uneducated eye, it was conspicuous as an alarmingly oversized appendage. The toucan’s bill is one of the most bizarre products of evolution, but in the past 200 years scientists have failed to agree […]

Top 10 useful pieces of kit

10. Gaffa tape; if you have a problem gaffa tape is usually the answer, from torn tents to leaking water bottles it does it all.   9. Para cord; ideal for hanging mosquito nets or used as a washing line.   8. Zip lock bags; for putting random stuff in, and preventing sun tan cream exploding onto everything […]

Quest4Change latest news

The Quest Overseas dedicated charity Quest4Change has been getting up to some rather exciting things already this year and I thought I’d post a blog to let you know all about them. Firstly a massive thank you to all the volunteers and fundraisers who have worked tirelessly for Quest4Change this year, many of whom are […]