QUEST

CLASSIC

Available to: Young men

Age : 17 - 21

This program is the flagship course for Quest Africa.

We have found that the 7 month program provides an excellent foundation for character development through a broad base of skills development, and with the additional three and a half month placement Quest now allows for a degree of specialisation without compromising other parts of the course.

After the initial 7 month core program where we concentrate on life skills development built around six core acumens in the Core skills component (below). Students can select an area of interest and go onto further specialise in one of three areas.​ 

1. Wilderness training

2. Tourism and Hospitality

3. Sport and Adventure

4. Quest Marine (Western Cape)

“Quest has made me want to do everything, and get everything I can out of what I do”. - Jordan Lotter 2019

Upcoming Courses

20th January 2021 to 20th November 2021

Semester Break: 19th to 29th September 2020

Quest Zimbabwe offers many unique opportunities.  Amongst these are unparalleled travel opportunities which include Kariba, Victoria Falls (one of the seven natural wonders of the world) and world renowned Hwange national park in the North Western corner of Zimbabwe.

Lake Kariba, actually a dam which when it was built in 1956 was the largest man made dam in the world.

Renowned for its magnificent Tiger fishing opportunities whilst elephant, buffalo, lion and other iconic African species feed on the shores of Matusadona National Park within eye shot.


The participants are challenged physically, mentally and psychologically to develop character and attitude. The course involves a system of hands-on experiential learning, whereby participants develop confidence in their ability to overcome obstacles and take on new challenges.

The course is enjoyable and exciting but also challenging. Young men with a sense of adventure and wanting to find an exciting purpose in their lives will thrive on this programme.

Core programme component : January to August

Curriculum summary

Physical Acumen

  • Adventure sports​, including...

- Mountaineering

- Mountain biking

- Scuba diving 

  • Travel and tourism, including...

- Esigodini

- Lake Kariba

- Victoria Falls

- Various national parks

- Malawi

  • Health and Fitness, including...

- Gym

- Nutrition

- Circuit training

- Calisthenics

- Distance running and cycling

  • Sporting opportunities, including

- Rugby

- Waterpolo/ swimming

- Basketball

- Cricket

Natural Acumen

  • Introduction to hunting and guiding industries

- Travel to game reserves and national parks

- Introduction to the wilderness regs of Zimbabwe

- Intro to the hunting and guiding learners license of Zimbabwe.

 

  • Animal husbandry, game farming and agriculture​​

  • Fauna, flora and conservation practices

  • Equine industry

  • Fish farming industry - culminating in a trip to Lake Malawi. 

Business Acumen

  • Introduction to business and business strategy

  • Finance and accounts

  • Leadership and business

  • Marketing

  • Human Resource Management

​These core lessons will be applied in the  projects section, where students will have to start and run a project which are centred around one of the acumens. For instance, running and managing a farming start up.

 

Everything from managing the finances of the project to ensuring the human capital of the programme is looked after and performs to an optimum standard.

Social Acumen

  • ​Career and life management

  • Interests and skills

  • Values

  • Communication

  • Curriculum and goal setting

  • Entertainment and hospitality

  • Public speaking and toastmasters

Technical Acumen

  • Safety in the workplace

  • Mechanics

  • Welding

  • Construction

  • Architecture and design

  • Plumbing

  • Electrics

Media Acumen and IT

  • Photography and editing

  • Cinematography

  • Journalism and writing

  • Web design and Google analytics

  • Cyber security

What makes the Quest Classic?

Specialisation and placement

Specialisation and placement : September to November

This programme will give those interested in pursuing any career in any four of these categories the work experience and practical knowledge through working alongside leading experts in their fields whilst being continually mentored by the experienced Quest staff.

Option One:  WILDERNESS TRAINING 

(INCLUDING NATURAL AND TECHNICAL ACUMENS


* Placement in safari camp 
* Intense preparation for FGASA, or Zim Hunter’s and Guides Learners exam (February & October) 
* Introduction to taxidermy and further topics such as falconry 
* Shooting 

* Tracking

* Conservation Management

* Anti poaching
* Bush mechanics 

* Camp Management
* Electrics 
* Plumbing 


Option Two:  TOURISM/ HOSPITALITY INCLUDING SOCIAL AND BUSINESS ACUMENS 


* Catering event company 
* Placement in safari camp/hotel/lodge 
* Attachment to tourist agency 
* Culinary skills 
* Bar tending 
* Barista courses 


Option Three:  SPORT AND ADVENTURE INCLUDING NATURAL AND PHYSICAL ACUMENS


* Coaching experience in school environment 
* Coaching clinics 
* Development of outdoor adventure skills 
* Leadership role in other Quest programmes 
* Aspects of self defence 
* Aspects of personal training 
* Sports ground maintenance

Option Four : QUEST MARINE INCLUDING NATURAL, PHYSICAL, TECHNICAL AND SOCIAL                                                                ACUMENS

* Open water skippers license

* Terrestrial and Marine research projects

* Counter poaching and marine security operations

* Terrestrial habitat restoration (Cape Floral Kingdom)

* Boat mechanics course/ introduction to boat building and fibreglassing techniques

* Kite surfing/ surfing/ mountaineering 

* Underwater photography and Advanced Open Water certification (PADI)

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