Quest Overseas is a volunteering organisation, operating since 1996 when the first Quest gap year students headed out to Villa Maria, Peru to work on our children’s shanty town project. Quest started working in Africa in 2001.
From the very beginnings of ‘Quest’, volunteers have made major donations to their projects and in 2006, it was decided to formalise this through the founding of the Quest Overseas Charitable Trust, registered with the Charity Commission on 14th February 2007.
In 2009, the Trust decided to employ a part-time Fundraising Manager, who developed it into Quest4Change as it is today. The most important transformation was diversifying the income beyond volunteer donations to include charitable trust applications, events and other fundraising. This mean we were able to start to provide our projects with year-round support.
Over the years, we've achieved a lot, both on our projects and in our fundraising activities here in the UK. Over Quest's history as a whole, we've raised over £1.5 million directly for the projects.