The social acumen involves a range of activities and skills, some of which are at the heart of what Quest is about - developing the self-knowledge, values and character that are the foundation for a life of purpose and direction. There is a thread throughout the course of character development and leadership training, focusing on the ability to relate and engage well with other people. These are skills that are becoming increasingly useful in a rapidly changing world, where emotional intelligence and inter-personal skills are essential.
Public speaking – presentations of business plans, speaking on topics of interest, off-the-cuff speeches, prepared speeches for formal and informal occasions - even some drama and recitals - these boys really get to grips with the exciting business of engaing an audience.
Psychological assessments – using positive psychology, under the guidance of psychologist Lisl Foss, students learn where there natural strengths lie and how to harness them most effectively in life. This is a critical part of the Quest program.
Relationships - General relationships, work and social interactions – fundamental principles, integrity, honesty, dependability and communication skills.... the ability to engage on all levels. This is stuff not normally learnt in the normal academic curriculum but invaluable in life.
Cooking and Catering – bush cooking, healthy eating, catering for a function – planning menus, preparing food and beverages required, understanding wines, entertaining and caring for guests.
Etiquette and Manners – these invaluable attributes are becoming increasingly rare and exposure to advanced social skills will therefore be a vital part of the Kaba training program.
Photography – the Kaba and the surrounding forests and dunes provide a unique and particularly scenic environment for learning the technical and artistic skills of landscape and wildlife photography. Sophie Smith, a photography lecturer from Rhodes University, has really added a new dimension to photography at Quest, teaching useful skills and also bringing out the creativity in students.
Leadership and Teamwork - Quest is a hectic program with a huge range of challenging and exciting activities - leadership and teamwork are central themes that are being developed through out the course. We teach principle- leadership but most of the learning probably happens during the various team-based challenges in the business and physical training. Great leadership involves a process that cannot happen in a short time but it starts with humility and teamwork - Quest will certainly lay the foundations for great leadership to develop.