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Volunteering Workshop

(Volunteers plastering the Kelthan project)

A fairly new area of practice that Design Jatra has now ventured into is Volunteering. We see a lot of value in long-term collaborations with enthusiastic people who are motivated to provide intellectual inputs and man power to Design Jatra’s numerous projects, while getting a fairly comprehensive glimpse of the Design Jatra practice as a whole.

 

Volunteers differ from interns in regards to the time duration of their association. While interns would work for very specific time periods, volunteers may join the firm for a much longer duration. Volunteers are also associated with specific projects rather than with the entire organization. Due to this, the volunteers become an intrinsic part of not only the project but also the community involved in the project.

(Volunteer working on cob at the Roha project, Picture courtesy, Ar. Nandan Marde, Instagram profile @la.memoire_ek.athavan)
(Volunteer at a wall painting program)

In spite of being a new program, we at Design Jatra have had amazing experiences working with volunteers on our past construction projects. Processes like making cob walls, plasters and wall paintings as well as rice plantations have utilized this program. We would love to involve more and more volunteers not only to enhance the experience of the volunteers and the involved community but also to enrich the practice itself. It is through the process of volunteering that we expect to open doors to the participation of as many eager hands as possible.

(Volunteers at the mud mortar program)
(Volunteer working on cob at the Roha project, Picture courtesy, Ar. Nandan Marde, Instagram profile @la.memoire_ek.athavan)