Our vision of youth development
A 2007 evaluation shows that for the vast majority, positive behaviour change is brought about, helping young volunteers develop practical and social skills, providing physical activity and promoting social inclusion. At Quest4Change, we work to draw out the talents of each young person we work with.
We also help young people to develop particular skills & qualities:
Teamwork and leadership skills
We give our young people the opportunity to take the lead in organising different aspects of an expedition, both prior to departure and out in the field, all the while supported by our staff.
- Before leaving, each team will work hard on fundraising events and challenges, learning about organisation and planning.
- Out on expedition, the young people are helped to take the lead in tasks from cooking and shopping, through to liaising with project staff to delegate tasks for the day.
- Gving students the knowledge they can make a positive difference in the world instils self confidence and proactivity which shine through in future ventures and interviews.
Tackling new challenges
Overseas adventures can make a real difference in widening horizons.
- Being away from a known environment, experiencing new cultures, new foods and comfort levels, all of these can be enormously beneficial in opening students’ eyes to the variety of lived experiences in the world.
- Any travel develops self-knowledge and independence, but volunteering in particular is a great way for students to unearth talents they never knew they had.
- Adventurous activities also build self-awareness and confidence, and expose students to new experiences, as well as the endorphins that come from physical challenges.
- We can also work with our young people on wilderness skills and campcraft, including using tents, safe fire making and camp cooking.
Risk literacy - the ability to understand & make critical judgements on risk
“Security is mostly a superstition. It does not exist in nature, nor do the children of men as a whole experience it.” (Helen Keller)
- We take an approach of positive risk taking, encouraging young people to make informed decisions that balance benefits against risks. One of the main advantages of an expedition is the chance to for students to experiment and to take risks positively, so we help equip them with the tools to do this safely, involving them in ongoing risk assessment.
- Learning about how best to travel in developing countries, responsibly, safely and having fun, is also an important part of our expeditions, equipping students with the knowledge for future travels.
It isn’t all about what happens on the project though – we work with volunteers before, during and after the expeditions to come up with ways they can use their experience, not only for their own but also for their community’s benefit.
- After the end of an expedition, we work with volunteers to give them the skills to let others know about what they’ve achieved.
- How teamwork skills have improved, finding personal examples of leadership abilities, applying skills learnt to CVs & applications, completing portfolios for ASDAN CoPE Level 3.