Extreme Makeover – Volunteer Edition

Management decided that Aviva House needed an upgrade! Working on a building site is by no means the most fun position to be in what with angle grinders, saws, drilling into concrete and let us not forget dust. It was fun to begin with, especially when the builders started knocking out the window and we


sent a message to the boss who was overseas at the time stating “the last guest inside the room complained about ventilation – we fixed the problem”. We cracked ourselves up over that message.


The pain and frustration was more than worth it and by the middle of December 2017, the first phase had been completed.  The volunteers were troopers of note. They put up with the noise on their days off, were subjected to new toilets, basins, cupboards occupying the communal space in the house and endured sauna like conditions in their rooms when mini twisters spread dust all over the courtyard preventing them from opening windows and doors. Said dust which was also trampled inside made it impossible for our Vollies to walk around without shoes. Luckily in the evening, the house was quiet and clean and there was some semblance of normal conditions for them.

Three of the inside rooms were converted for private use. Volunteers are able to book these if you are happy to pay the additional cost to occupy that room.  These rooms are also convenient should your parents like to join you prior to you commencing volunteering or the last week you will be here.

Take a look at the before and after photographs and let us have your comments.

The drought in Cape Town has had a devastating affect on our garden and pool and before our garden was landscaped, before.after.2we had a borehole put in to assist in keeping our plants and lawn from dying under the hot African sun. The pool is still work in progress and through trial and error have managed to get it blue again. And after everything was finished and we had our house back to ourselves, we held a social evening for the volunteers to thank them for their patience – a typical South African braai!




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