Where is Quest ?
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The main campus is situated on the 2000 ha Quiet Waters wilderness estate adjacent to Falcon College – a leading boys senior school in Matabeleland, Zimbabwe. Falcon College provides the high performance centre, ICT centre and Technology and Design facilities.
A number of locations will be utilised for specific disciplines ranging from the Matobo hills to Victoria Falls and from Bubye River Conservancy to the Eastern Highlands.
Who can apply and is this for me?
Quest Africa is open to 18-21 year old men and women (Mixed Core) and runs throughout the year.
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 and throughout the respective programme.
Exceptional bonds of friendship will be established that will last a lifetime, and most importantly they will have developed the real essence of leadership which is carrying people with them by persuasion and example.
How much free time will we have?
There will be two breaks during the Men's Core and one break during the Mixed Core (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 Mr. Will Randle. Your senior mentor is Japh Mpofu Jr, who attended Quest in 2014 and backed up by Ryan Sprake.
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 in its 11th year having run its first course for 12 students in 2010. Since then nearly 300 students have passed through the doors with only three failing to complete .
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.
One of the first courses you will undertake at Quest is a Level One First Aid course.
Whilst each student is expected to take responsibility for their own actions, the Quest instructors are overall responsible for the safety of the student body.
Will attending Quest increase my points for my university application?
Community programmes play a big part in the Quest curriculum. We work with community run schools in the Esigodini area and help them provide the best level of education they can. In Malawi, the skills in plumbing, electrics and construction learnt by the young Questors are able to benefit local communities as well.
What certification will I receive at Quest?
Participants will receive various diplomas and certificates throughout the programme for subjects such as welding, electrics and plumbing. Good solid introduction in conservation methods, multi media, cyber security and other IT platforms. Zimbabwean students with a passion for conservation will be in a position to write their Hunter’s and Guide’s Learner licence at the October National Parks second session, or carry on with FGASA in South Africa or Namibia.
The Quest diploma itself, will be the overriding certification which is highly marketable. Life skills such as time keeping, personal discipline, personal motivation and critical thinking are increasingly marketable skills in the modern workplace. Personal fitness and nutrition, basic self defence, situational awareness for personal security will only addd value as you go forward with your life.
Each participant will build a portfolio of evidence during their time at Quest which will be available for future employers as well as a personal and professional reference from Quest.
Proving the old adage, 'You get out what you put in.'
What job am I likely to qualify for after my time at Quest?
Past Questors have gone on to work for as
writers and journalists, commercial photographers,
Zimbabwean professional guides, lawyers,
professional fisherman, and content
managers for international Social Media
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. The national laws of Zimbabwe apply in all cases.
Where do students come from?
From all over the world. In 2020 the mix of students was from Mauritius, South Africa, Namibia and the UK. In the past ten years Quest have hosted students from the US, Scotland, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, Germany, France, Belgium, Bahrain, Dubai, Congo and Zambia.
What is the cost of the programme?
Core: International US$13 000, SADC $11 700, SA R155 000
Mixed Core: International $8 250, SADC US$ 7 500, SA R99 000
Core Plus: International US$17 500, SADC $15 750, SA R207 900 (includes the Core cost)
What you get and lots more!
Food & Accommodation
Professional Instructors for the different acumens:
Education in photography, mechanics, electrics, construction, media, cooking, public speaking, leadership, etiquette, plumbing, design, mining, welding, writing & many more.
Daily personal training and adventure training
Trips to the following: Malawi, Chimanimani, Lake Kariba, Victoria Falls etc
The use of all facilities at Falcon College
A Quest Diploma
Student visa's are required for all non Zimbabwean students and these are arranged by Quest.
This does involve a fair amount of paper work so the process begins as soon as you are placed on the course.