Earlier this year I had the enormous privilege of being invited to South Africa by one of our Facebook group members Maxine Smith.
In a frustrated moment she put a post in The DIY Doers club and both Wayne and I jumped at the opportunity of going to help.
She was really looking for an injection of creativity for the wonderful Nyumbani Estate Bush Lodge which she and her husband, Ian, have built on a piece of land near Hoedspruit in South Africa.
Some finishing touches and elements to make the lodges more rustic as well as plumbing in a new basin were the jobs she requested, as well as a brain storm about the complete renovation of the nearby staff village.
Perhaps more important than these tasks was the idea of The DIY Doers working in the future with local people and the local community, to skill share and help people learn new skills in DIY. This is a vision that Maxine is truly passionate about.
So who was I to refuse?
We agreed on Maxine and Ian's generous offer of a five day all inclusive stay in the beautiful lodge chalet, as a way of "test running" the resort for them and then committed to work alongside their onsite maintenance man Eddie, to get the estate ready for the official launch day.
Along the way we brainstormed future ideas for their staff village and other the projects they were working on.
Have a watch of the adventure that took place and the pitfalls and challenges of taking on simple DIY tasks when living in the bush in South Africa!
A massive thank you to Maxine, Ian and of course Eddie for letting us into their lives and being so generous.
It was a truly unforgettable experience and I am looking forward to the next one already.
Watch Steph's video documenting the trip here
Watch Steph's interview with Eddie here
If you are interested in starting a skill share programme with The DIY Doers please get in touch Info@thediydoers.com
As always, thanks for reading and please feel free to share this post,
Wayne and Steph