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Team Updates

‘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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

South America Exped: Weeks 2 & 3

Following on from an eventful first week of their South American Expedition, the team had a busy couple of weeks in Sucre filled with language lessons, water slides, sports, BBQ’s, museums and exploring Bolivia’s stunning Salar de Uyuni … so much so that their blog update fell by the wayside! But despite their busyness and […]

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 […]

South American Exped: Week 1 Update

Its been a week of Spanish, Sucre, cerveza and salsa (among many other activities!) for our South American Exped as they settle into language lessons and the South American way of life,  big thanks to team member Ed de Winton for sharing his account of the their first week in Bolivia! Arriving After arrival into Bolivia Matty […]

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 […]