Why I chose Quest Africa. My name is Luca, I am now 21 years old and from Melbourne, Australia and I am going to share what I’ve done & the decisions I took for the year 2016.
Throughout my schooling life I never really had a clear idea of what I wanted to do when I finished school, the only options I thought I had were, to go to university or to go get a trade. After working and earning some money for a couple years I decided I to go get a trade. I was 6 months into my apprenticeship when I realised that this wasn’t for me. I thought about leaving, but I had no options available to me & had no real direction.
So I researched for some adventure courses, life skills programmes, and team building exercises and eventually I found this programme in Zimbabwe called Quest Africa. It had all that I was searching for and so much more. It was like going on a constructive gap year for young men. It was for those who weren’t sure what they wanted to after school, it was for people wanting to have an adventure, for those who wanted to experience being in another country, learn some life skills and actually use what you had learnt. It was also for people to branch out and make new friends from all around the world. It was exactly what I had wanted. So I decided to do it.
My time here so far has been completely amazing, everything we have done has been a new experience. And the people here have become like second family.
We have done so much already and been exposed to a variety of skills.
The skills we learn are broken up into 5 acumen: business, fitness, natural, social & technical.
Each section cover a range of different activities and skills.
My main highlights so far have been cycling & hiking through the Mountains of Matopas and ending off the trip with some paintball in the bush.
Another great highlight was going to Lake Kariba, staying on a houseboat and fishing at every chance we got, it was one of the most beautiful places I had ever been too.
Finally we went to Victoria Falls, where we stayed at the Zambezi National Park at a game lodge called Zambezi Sands. The animals in the park were all wild and to get as close as we did to them was a real adrenaline filled experience.
Our next journey and highlight will be when we go to Malawi, where we will get the chance to go scuba diving, mingle with the local people and experience another part of this great continent called Africa.
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