Apprenticeship and Internship at Thannal is for aspiring Natural Builders who are serious about learning and practicing it. We look forward to people who are interested in understanding the principles of Thannal and contributing their efforts to the growth of Thannal.
Research and Documentation is the primary source of all knowledge gained in Thannal. So an apprentice would be expected to work more on Documentation, of both indigenous buildings and our own projects. Photography, Sketching and Writing skills can contribute to our documentation. We believe in training people to use natural materials after getting all the know-hows through hands-on work on our live projects. Site Visits facilitating this would be also part of curriculum here. This also opens the door to interaction to different contexts in executing vernacular techniques. We also encourage learning practical solutions, which are native to a place through our site visits.
After the initial phase of learning about Natural Buildings, people can be project coordinators of the selected projects we take. We generally take projects in Rural areas and believes in building more villages than cities. We avoid working for people with a consumerist lifestyle and prefer to contribute our services for the people in need, not in greed. So working in such scenarios can offer a wide range of opportunities to learn about the fundamentals of Natural Living.
As learning about natural buildings is a slow process, we need people who are patient with the schedule here. We work with like-minded people in Natural Living and Materials, which contributes to learning from everyone who is involved with Thannal.
Thannal also plans to expand in many more mediums like Literature and Music to spread the message of Natural Living, where we need enthusiastic people who are willing to get their hands on aspects beyond architecture.
We believe in using, studying and experimenting materials in their natural form, and strictly avoid hybridisation with Cement and other manufactured materials. As Thannal is a non-profit organisation, we are unable to offer any stipend to our apprentices and interns. Please apply for Apprenticeship and Internship through the form in ‘vacancies’ page only and wait for our response within two weeks.
Mandatory Terms for Apprenticeship / Internship
Those who have already attended our workshop or courses will be given preference. If you haven’t attended a workshop till now, it is recommended that you attend the very first workshop (by paying full tuition-fee), after you get selected to understand Thannal and our ideology better.
Who can apply?
Only those who have attended our workshop or courses can apply.
We are open to everyone who is enthusiastic about building the natural way. A formal education isn’t needed to work with us. College drop-outs, Designers from any fields, artists, writers, are all welcome. Architects may apply for this apprenticeship as well.
What are the minimum requirements?
Your full presence of mind, body and soul is essential. A will to learn, explore and experiment with a keen observation and an eye for detail are the prerequisites to be a part of our team.
Where to start or apply?
Nice question. The best thing for a quick start is to attend a workshop or a course, where we understand your hands, mind, soul and attitude.
Do I need prior experience and knowledge of natural building?
Sure, you could share your experiences with us. If not, then we will help you make some.
What is the minimum duration of Apprenticeship?
Every person has their own pace of understanding which is a beautiful human quality. Spending at least a year and a half with us or working with us on two complete projects is an ideal duration to understand the working of a natural building. You will be growing with the building, and even learning from your mistakes!
What is the minimum duration for an internship ?
We prefer to have people associated with us for at least six months so as to go through different stages in construction of a natural building.
Will there be an interview?
You will never know! We do not believe that a portfolio or an interview is enough to understand someone. And working with Thannal is not in any way like the conventional working system. We work together as a team, respecting everyone’s space and opinions.
Who is a good apprentice?
Learning is a slow process and patience is what we are looking for. We would love to have someone who will readily involve with the work on site, and simultaneously document the ongoing works. But most important of all is a good sense of humour.
Where can I see available vacancies?
Please go to the vacancy page to know more about apprenticeship and other vacancies.