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Age 19
Nationality USA
Resident USA
Project Children's Home Project and Scuba Diving Course
Katie Margevich

This was my first trip out of my home country and as I landed at the Cape Town airport I had the strangest most comfortable “at home” feeling. I have met the coolest people all over the world, and now they have become my best friends. Megan was so helpful with tours, advice and things to do in Cape Town. She always was so cheerful and chill…by far the best house mom :) Working at the Children's Home was life-changing. I fell in love with the kids and became really close to them. I now sponsor a kid at Baphumelele project and have become very attached to the orphanage. Working at the Children's Home has helped me find my path in want to take in life by interacting with the cluster kids, working in the school and baby-house. Words can't describe how in love I am with Cape Town and AVIVA.  Volunteering with AVIVA has changed my life and I will never be the same person I was before I came here. I know I will be back, that is definite. Time here has flown by, and it feels like I have lived her my whole life, but I was only here for 3 months. Going home will now be the hardest thing I have ever done.

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Age: 38
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