Thannal as an awareness group emphasises on few selfless values which are inculcated in our efforts deeply through projects, like we offer services in exchange of creating learning opportunities. Studying about Natural Buildings through Volunteering in such projects invokes a nature of ‘Give and Take’, a barter system of values and knowledge. We expect people who apply for volunteers to treat this with the same seriousness.
As Thannal works in Rural scenario, volunteers would be asked to be in such remote areas, away from the bustling city life. Luxuries of living in such a place would be different from the cities, so people who choose to join must be open for such a change in environment. After-all, clear air and lush green landscapes has diminished to few fortunate places. They also need to respect the rural culture, way of living and dressing, try to blend in so that situations will be encouraging for learning.
We promote Owner’s Build, where owner himself learns the techniques from us and practices it. So, we are always in behind the scenes, proving design consultancy and assistance in all stages of construction. Volunteers comes into picture with co-ordinating project on-site as well as doing hands-on work to practice and learn the methods of construction. Documentation of all the work happening on site (photographic, written, video) and quantitative analysis of resources (excel sheets) involved also contributes to portrayal of natural buildings through Thannal in India, which volunteers can help with their skills.
Volunteers may have to support themselves for food and stay, depending on the owner’s calibre to accommodate people. We do work with people who cannot afford architects in conventional scenario and have limited resources, so way of work and luxuries of life will be defined in a humble way, different from the conventional life.
Each project involves important experimentation, so we always love to keep away from all the paparazzi and distractions so that required privacy and space is maintained for all those who work on the project. Once the project is finished, everybody is welcome to learn from and experience the natural building in its purest form. Due to this concern, exact location and owner details will be disclosed only to the selected volunteers.
Nominal contributions made from volunteers in some peculiar cases like ‘Free Homes’ will be used in the building itself. There can be more terms depending upon the kind of project, location and concerned owner.