Quest Overseas is an experienced gap year organization specializing in long-term sustainable volunteering projects across South America and Sub-Saharan Africa. Since being founded in 1996, we have sent more than 2,000 volunteers to support our projects, and teams of students from all over the world have been doing their bit to ensure our long term partnerships with grassroots initiatives continue to grow from strength to strength. Quest Overseas are alsomembers of the American Gap Association (AGA)demonstrating our utmost standards of quality, professionalism and genuine care for the communities we work in.
We have a number of teams departing to work on various exciting projects in July 2014, and wanted to make your current students aware of these meaningful volunteering opportunities during this year’s summer vacation. Volunteering on Quest projects allows students to gain a practical insight into the ways in which community self-help groups and development initiatives can bring about enormous change, all the while providing much needed support to the communities we work with. Our past volunteers have viewed their time with Quest Overseas as being of huge benefit to their understanding of elements of their courses, as well as a highly relevant and interesting topic of conversation at job interviews. We genuinely feel that the skills and knowledge our projects help to foster are invaluable for young people.
Whilst we have a number of projects with differing focuses I would like to suggest two which I have attached the fact sheets for:
Our Bolivian summer project is a unique opportunity to become intimately involved with a conservation mission to re-introduce protected species back into the wild by working alongside local communities. A perfect opportunity for those interested in conservation and practising anySpanish skills in a practical setting.
The Rwandan genocide in 1994 had a devastating impact on all walks of life, high numbers of orphaned children were left to life on the street. After more than two years of direct consultation between Quest Overseas and our local project partners in Rwanda, we are pleased to announce that our first team of students will be departing for Rwanda this July, to begin work on theconstruction of a much needed new home for the former street children of Ubaka U, Rwanda. This project will be challenging both physically and mentally, but the rewards will be great as students immerse themselves in Rwanda’s rich and diverse culture, gaining a critical understanding of the world and their place within it.
I would appreciate it if you would forward this mail onto any possibly interested parties and refer your students to the Quest Overseas website to gain a better understanding of what our projects entail and see if they might be interested in applying.
I have also included a poster with this email which we would greatly appreciate your displaying for your sociology students’ awareness.