AFRICAN ARCHITECTURE INTERNSHIP (Short-Term Volunteer or Gap Year in Africa)

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Contact
Person: 
Barthosa Nkurumeh
Email: 
info [at] nkafoundation [dot] org
Phone: 
+1 405 819 4784

AFRICAN ARCHITECTURE INTERNSHIP 

 (Short-Term Volunteer or Gap Year in Africa)

 

PROJECT SITE: Abetenim Arts Village, which is a developing demonstration site and training center, located 40 km Southeast of Kumasi in the Ashanti Region.

 WHAT: Design-build camp for learning-by-doing on African architecture

 WHO CAN PARTICIPATE: Open to all students and graduates of architecture, arts, design, engineering, and school teams interested in sustainable architecture and rural community development projects in Africa

DATES: Year-round and lengths-of-stay from 1-6 months.

COST: The organizer provides accommodation at an arts village setting. As an intern/volunteer, you will be assigned a task on an ongoing project or you can propose your own project. We suggest that participants apply for travel grants through their school, or other sources to cover their airfare, food and project.

CONTACT: info [at] nkafoundation [dot] org for application form. www.nkafoundation.org.    

 DESCRIPTION: Nka Foundation is a development NGO run by artists and volunteers. In rural Ghana, we are building a living learning arts village that invites creative persons from around the world to come to interact with the local community via projects such as social architecture, community arts and social services to improve local livelihood skills to alleviate poverty. Everybody is welcome to our arts village: Interns and professionals in all of the arts, architecture, design, social work, engineering, and innovators seeking new challenges, or spaces to share competencies and creativity. 7-12 participants needed per program. A typical team responsibility involves the design and construction of a community centre, sanitation solutions, natural drainage and pathways, classroom, or school playground.

JOIN US: It is a hands-on, fulls-on site-specific experience. Work side-by-side with local artisans to generate an alternative using sustainable materials from the environment while furthering your knowledge of the intersections between art, architecture and community. Experience how a design problem, budget and site-specific dynamics such as materials, indigenous technologies and community can provoke resourceful thinking and hybridization.

 For students, this is a unique opportunity to learn hands-on the intricacies of working with vernacular constraints of economy, material and social dimensions in a real-life project.  In the process, the student will learn to design what is build-able to make a well rounded graduate.  For the professionals, you will find the hands-on design and construction experience a pause from your office work stress to rediscover the rudiments of architecture and nuances that can refresh your practice. Join us!  Show the world how to reinvent the African mud hut! 

 

 

 

Details
People: 
Everybody is welcome to our arts village: Interns and professionals in all of the arts, architecture, design, social work, engineering, and innovators seeking new challenges, or spaces to share competencies and creativity.
Commitment: 
PROJECT AREAS: Community arts, social architecture, and social services

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