Parents & Friends of Quest News Letter - October 2013

Dear Questors, parents and friends of Quest,


SPRING PROGRAMME


The Graduation ceremonies of August and September are now memories – and what great memories they are. Elections have come and gone and Spring has turned into summer and the heat is really on down here at Quest in Matabeleland where we have just welcomed our Spring Questors to the campus. They have almost completed their second week of Quest having survived the Seven Sisters expedition, completed the Media and Medical Aid modules and started on their Poultry Projects . The group is smaller than normal which means we are able to provide each Questor with a lot more personal mentoring and training. It is great to have a number of young women back on campus and we are now preparing for an invasion of some 100 young men (Form Two) from St Johns college, Harare who join us for a fortnight at the end of the month. The group accompanied by St Johns’ deputy head – Corrado Trinci – will be the second intake from the school to be ‘immersed’ in the Quest Africa experience.


Staff Changes


Will and Cindy Schultz will be leaving Quest at the end of 2013 and we would like to wish them all the very best for the future. Will, particularly, has played a major role in the development of Quest over the last 4 years, ably assisted by Cindy in some of the earlier courses. Having been selected as the first course director of Quest back in 2009, Will has worked with the Quest advisory board (Harvey Leared, Mark Saunders, Craig Hattle, Jim Musto, and Felicity van der Ruit) on many facets of the programme and has always been an outstanding role model and mentor to our Questors, for which we thank him.


Senior Management Team – Will and Brigitte Randle

We are very happy to be welcoming Will and Brigitte to the Quest team. They have been part of the Falcon College family for some 18 years now and we are delighted to see Will taking on the challenge of developing Quest Africa in its 5th year of existence. Will, who was Housemaster of Tredgold House for much of this time, brings with him a wealth of experience gained in both the British Army and in his role as housemaster and leader of many Woodsmoke expeditions, adventure camps, Natural History outings and sports teams at Falcon. Both Will and Brigitte have a passion for wildlife and the ‘great outdoors’ and more recently have been the driving force behind the Falcon Adventure Racing Club. Brigitte and Will are particularly suited to working with this age group and we are delighted to have Brigitte take over a lot of the Social Acumen and careers advisory at Quest with sound experience managing the Falcon Etiquette Club.


Facilitators – Ross Johnston, Seb Galloway and Llywelyn Bryan


Ross Johnston
Ross is a qualified Professional Hunter and joined the Quest team in 2013 and brings with him over 20 years of experience in the Safari, Hunting and Guiding Fields. Ross’ passions are the bush, education, mechanics and wildlife – in particular snakes, about which Ross is our resident expert and lecturer. Ross is also a Committee Member of the Zimbabwe Professional Hunters and Guides Association and sits on the Examining Board of the Professional Hunters and Guides Association of Zimbabwe.


Seb Galloway
Seb joined the team in 2012 as an Assistant Mentor and has worked his way up through the ranks. Seb matriculated at Stanford Lake College in Limpopo, South Africa and then went on to the University of Pretoria where he completed a BCom in Financial Management, as well as studying and qualifying as a Personal Trainer. Seb has a wide variety of interests, which is one of the reasons that he is so passionate about working at Quest. Each day presents new and exciting challenges all of which he thrives on. Seb feels blessed to work with enthusiastic groups of students, and he certainly believes that he gets as much out of teaching the boys as they get from him.


Llywelyn Bryan
Llywelyn is a Falcon Old Boy and is the newest member of our team injecting a strong dose of technical acumen as well as agricultural experience. After school, Llywelyn worked in the horticultural industry and also gained significant experience in both animal and crop husbandry. He has extensive experience, working with young adults - pushing their personal physical and mental boundaries in positive and healthy environments. More recently, he has completed City and Guilds qualifications in plumbing, electrics, plastering and tiling.


Administrator – Sam O’Neill


Sam is our Administrator and makes sure that everything Admin related, from housekeeping and catering to Visa applications and finance, runs smoothly. Sam graduated with a Higher Diploma in Hospitality and Events Management from the Swiss Hotel Management School in 2011, and has a passion for people and entertainment. Sam is also a certified Scuba Diver having achieved three recognized diving levels: Open Water, Advanced Diver as well as Rescue Diver.


In addition to our permanent members of the team, we are extremely lucky to have a large portfolio of experts, lecturers and teaching staff who help us out on a regular basis as well as our marketing representatives in different parts of the world. Here we are also delighted to have recently expanded our marketing network with the addition of Keith Reesby (keithreesby@hotmail.com) in the United Kingdom, Rob Carey (robertc@coveng.com) in Australia and Chris Foot (c.foot@stpauls.school.nz) in New Zealand. Please do get hold of Keith, Rob or Chris should you like to find out more about Quest Africa (Zimbabwe and South Africa campuses) and particularly if you would like to tailor make your own expedition with a small group as Chris Foot will be doing in 2014 with a group of young New Zealand Students. Jenny Swart - who has been with Quest Africa since its inception – continues to manage our Admissions and parent liaison and can be contacted on jswart@zol.co.zw.


Thank you all for your continued support of Quest and we look forward to an exciting and adventure filled
future!

Regards,
Des Widdop