The 5 month Mixed Core programme has replaced the short Spring programme. This is open to young men and women aged 17 to 21 years. It will give girls as well as men the opportunity to have the real ‘Core’ experience. Although shorter than the Men’s core it is still challenging, still offers a fantastic African experience and continues to cover all the key elements of the Quest curriculum. It will build confidence, develop life skills and help participants confirm their real direction in life.

The timing is designed to give those from the Southern Hemisphere the chance to finish off their year in a really constructive way, while those from the Northern Hemisphere can kick off their gap year with an exciting and productive African experience - and be home by Christmas.

Mixed Core Programme Curriculum

Course Dates: 2016 11 July to 9 Dec

Natural Acumen (4 weeks)

Basic survival skills including
* Shelter construction
* Water procurement
* Fire making
* Knots
Flora/fauna recognition
Ranch/conservancy and farm visits
Practical game park and conservation work
Introduction to Horse riding ( in game park)and horse care.

Social Acumen (3 weeks)

Community work
Catering and entertainment
Public speaking and adjudication
Career and life direction including;
* Interests and skills
* CVs
* Interview skills
Work experience in travel and tourism

Business Acumen (2 weeks)

Business Theory
Personal finance and security
Practical accounts and budgeting
Work experience in hospitality business

Media Acumen (1 week and ongoing)

Wildlife photography
Building a presentation and basic photographic editing
Basic cinematography and editing
Blogging/ Writing for Journalism
Project work

Technical Acumen (4 Week)

Workshop practices including;
* Safety
* Basic mechanics
* Basic plumbing
* Basic electrics
Overview of construction industry
Practical brick laying, plastering, concrete work
Composting / vermiculture
Project work

Physical Acumen (3 weeks and ongoing)

Intermediate first aid (certified)
Adventure activities including;
* Abseiling
* Rock climbing
* Horse riding
* Rafting
* Canoeing
* Mountain biking
Hiking and camping including GPS and map work
Health and fitness sessions
Sport such as touch rugby
Obstacle course
Initiative tests and practical leadership.