Where is Quest?
The main campus is situated on the 2000 ha Quiet Waters wilderness estate adjacent to Falcon College – a leading boys senior school in Matabeleland; however, a number of locations will be utilised for specific disciplines, and will help maintain and provide a high degree of interest and variety. These range from the Matopos hills to the Victoria Falls, from the Bubye River hunting area to the Eastern Highlands. Falcon College provides the high performance centre, Information Communications Technology and Technology and Design facilities.
Who can apply and is this for me?
Quest Africa is open to 18-21 year olds and runs throughout the year with various courses. There are two short breaks during this time. At the same time Quest is not for everyone. Not all candidates who apply will be accepted, and not all candidates who start the programme will finish it. It is truly challenging. Individuals will be assessed on a mental, physical, spiritual, and emotional level prior to joining the programme. During the course of the programme a young man's character will be tested; he will develop physical and mental courage tempered by a sense of what is right. By the end of the seven months, he will have developed real mental grit, exceptional physical stamina and posses near unbreakable self esteem. Throughout he will confront and conquer his fears on an individual level and as part of a team. Through this team work exceptional bonds of friendship will be established that will last a lifetime; most importantly they will have developed the real essence of leadership which is carrying people with them by persuasion and example. By the end of the programme, the participants will be equipped to take responsibility for their own destiny by making decisions based on a variety of experiences and knowledge gained during the programme.
Who Started Quest?
Quest Africa,Zimbabwe was founded by the Board of the Falcon College Trust,who felt that the College game park was an ideal location to base their idea for a unique gap year programme based on experimental and outdoor learning.While Quest Africa is its own separate entity it is answerable to a Quest Committee that in turn is responsible to the Falcon College board.
What is I am afraid of participating in some activities such as wildlife guiding and horse riding?
We encourage young men to discovering their strengths and weaknesses and work on the latter. it is sometimes expected of us to go beyond our comfort zone and face some of our fears. It is part of our responsibility to you, to create environments where you could discover more about yourself and to challenge you to do things that you would never have considered doing. Should you however feel strongly about a specific activity, you will not be forced to participate.
How much free time will we have?
There will be two breaks during the course (dates to be advised). Depending on the schedule there will also be free time during parts of the weekend and on many of the evenings. There are also special occasions when, parents, family and friends will be invited to join us. While it is not encouraged, Quest will allow participants leave of absence to attend key family occasions such as weddings.
Who will be leading and lecturing the programme?
A group of exceptionally well-qualified lecturers and facilitators, most of them very well known and respected in their fields, are on hand headed up by Will Randle. Guest speakers will be invited to address and interact with the young men throughout the course of the programme.
How long has Quest been running?
Quest is its 7th year having run its first course for 12 students in 2010.Since then over 200 students have passed through the doors with only one failing to complete .Twelve girls are included in this total but with the introduction of the new 5 month mixed core course this proportion should rise.
What about emergencies?
The camp is adjacent to Falcon College which has a full time trained nurse and ambulance facilities for transfer to Bulawayo. Arrangements are in place to handle any emergencies. Be assured that the utmost care is taken when doing extreme activities. Instructors are responsible for the safety of each student.
May I bring my car?
While cars are not required or encouraged Quest can assist secure participants’ vehicles at the Falcon College workshops. These may be used occasionally for travel with permission from the programme leader.
What certification will I receive at Quest?
Participants will receive various diplomas and certificates throughout the programme for subjects such as welding and plumbing and will be in a position to write their Hunter’s and Guide’s Learner licence at the November National Parks second session. The Quest diploma itself, will be the overriding certification which will become highly marketable amongst the Southern African hunting, travel and tourism industries as well as more mainstream careers such as construction and mechanics. Each participant will build a portfolio of evidence during their time at Quest which will be available for SA accreditation purposes as well as potential employees.
Cost of the programme?
Mixed Core: International $8 250, SADC US$ 7 500, SA R99 000 Core: International US$13 000, SADC $11 700, South Africa R155 000 Core Plus: International US$17 500, SADC $15 750, SA R207 900
What about smoking and drinking?
Quest is designed for young adults and you will be treated as such. It is, however, also expected of you to act responsibly and with respect for both your team mates and the programme leader and lecturers.. Should you wish to smoke, that is your choice and you will not be stopped although there will be many times when smoking is not permitted such as during lectures. Drugs and alcohol abuse will not be tolerated and could result in you being asked to leave the programme without remuneration.
Where do students come from ?
From all over the world.In 2016 the mix of students was from Zimbabwe,Switzerland,UK,Tanzania,Australia,Hong Kong and Texas USA,with the majority from South Africa.In 2015 it was a similar mix but included a German and a Frenchman.
Can I get into Zimbabwe?
Yes! And, contrary to what media makes out,it is a safe African country.Depending on country of origin visas are required and student versions are arranged by Quest.This does involve a fair amount of paper work.