Friday 13 March 2009

Last night I dreamed of chickens...

Chicken Week - begins 23rd March.

Last night I dreamed of chickens,
there were chickens everywhere,
they were standing on my stomach,
they were nesting in my hair,
they were pecking at my pillow,
they were hopping on my head,
they were ruffling up their feathers
as they raced about my bed.

They were on the chairs and tables,
they were on the chandeliers,
they were roosting in the corners,
they were clucking in my ears,
there were chickens, chickens,
chickens for as far as I could see...
when I woke today,
I noticed there were eggs on top of me.

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Comic Relief - Red Nose Day...All Day...Today!

For the chance to see Robbie Williams dressed as a little girl and French and Saunders last ever sketch tune into BBC1 from 7pm tonight and watch the Comic Relief TV Extravaganza. For a taste of the former delight have a look at the clip on the BBC News Page!

Comic Relief this year is aiming to raise a record £40million to help disadvantaged people across the UK and Africa. Some of the projects and initiatives include providing resources to combat Malaria throughout Africa (i.e. mosquito nets), improving healthcare services across Sub-Saharan Africa with the aim to reduce the maternal mortality rate (which can be as high as 1 death per 8 births compared to a rate of 1 in 8,200 in the UK) and within the UK increasing awareness and services for those with mental health problems.

These are only a couple of the causes that money raised by Comic Relief will be helping. Take a look at the Red Nose Day 2009 Website for more information about where all the donations will be heading.

If you would like to do your bit to provide a brighter future for African communities, take a look at our projects in Tanzania, Malawi, Kenya and Swaziland here!

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Thanks St Swithun's for the lasagne!

Another successful gap fair last night, thanks to the staff and students of St Swithun's Winchester for hosting the event, we hope you found it useful - and thank you for the tasty dinner!

These events often serve as great opportunities for us to learn about what everyone else is getting up to in the world as well. We were very fortunate to be placed next to the Kings World Trust for Children, a charity which provides medical, educational and outreach support for young people in India. They have achieved a great deal so far but there is lots more for them to do.

Quest doesn't work in India but for anyone who is interested in volunteering in and learning more about that part of the world, you should check out the Kings World Trust website, where there is information on how to volunteer at or donate to their projects.

Check out their website here
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Thursday 12 March 2009

Gap Fairs Tonight!

Once again Quest Overseas will be at a couple of Gap Fairs this evening, ready and waiting to answer any questions you might have about our projects, Africa and South America or just for a general chat about taking a Gap Year.

Andy and Jon will be at St Swithun's School in Winchester from 6:30-8pm and Heather and I will be holding the fort at King's College School in Wimbledon also from 6:30-8pm.

We'd love to see you there so if you would like any advice or information please come and say hello!

Get directions to St Swithun's here!

And click here for directions to King's College School!

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Wednesday 11 March 2009

Natures Great Events-Botswana's Okavango Delta

Tonight on BBC1 it will be the next part of 'Natures Great Events'. The episode will follow the annual flooding of Africa's biggest in land Delta in Botswana as the rains filter down from Angola. Highlight of the program are elephants carefully using their tusks to siphon off clean drinking water from stagnant pools.

Check out footage on-line here!

If you would like to experience the Delta in all its glory then why not check out our 6 week Summer Expedition to Southern Africa. As well as spending 3 days and 2 nights in the heart of the Okavango Delta the expedition also includes trekking, scuba diving, bridge swinging, 4 x 4 safari and bungee jumping and much much more in 5 different countries!

Southern Africa Expedition next departure 10th July 2009

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Villa Maria Team at work

A few images of the Quest Overseas group working in the Villa Maria shanty town in Peru - great work so far guys!

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Monday 9 March 2009

Congrats to Red Nose Day Kilimanjaro Climbers

Congratulations are in order for the celebrities who climbed Kilimanjaro in order to raise money for comic relief. Amazingly all of the celebrities (and numerous film crew/producer types) who attempted the mountain made it to the summit and so far they have raised £1,526,127 for Comic Relief's campaign to help reduce the numbers of people dying from Malaria every year. Well Done!

Click here to watch videos from the climb

You dont have to be a national celebrity to help rural communities in Tanzania. Volunteer on our Tanzania Schools and community project and make a difference yourself, constructing and renovating schools and classrooms to improve education facilities.
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Chicken week 2009! Weird Eggs?!

Already support has started coming in for chicken week. If you would like to donate then simply go to All the money raised will go to Quest4Change to support all our grass roots projects in South America and Africa.

This week the first ever bowling pin shaped egg has been laid in Northamptonshire. Natalie Wiltshire the owner said 'I've done a bit of research and there's nothing to suggest you should ever get eggs in this shape'.

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