Are you an Australian-based architect looking for an opportunity to give back to communities in need? The Anganwadi Project is currently recruiting volunteers for the 2019/2020 building season.

The Anganwadi Project (TAP) is looking for experienced volunteer architects who would like to live and work for 4–6 months in India. The ideal candidate is motivated and enthusiastic with a passion for humanitarian work.

TAP designs and builds anganwadi in disadvantaged areas of Gujarat and Andhra Pradesh, India. An anganwadi means a ‘courtyard shelter’ in India. The system of anganwadis was developed in 1975 by the Indian government to alleviate malnutrition in children. They provide meals each day to the slum children under six years old but also provide lessons in health and hygiene and literacy in a nurturing preschool environment. Typical anganwadis are run for a few hours a day in local houses but are often overcrowded and sweltering in summer, and have little or no light or ventilation, making it impossible for the children to learn.

TAP recruits and trains Australian design professionals who volunteer their time to live and work in India to oversee the design and construction of these schools.  The volunteers support the philosophy of Re-Use, Re-Cycle and Reduce, utilising local labour and largely recycled materials.

Volunteers provide their professional services pro-bono towards the project, living and working with the Anganwadi Project partner NGOs and the local communities. Applicants must have 2+ years postgraduate experience. Registered architects and/or architects with on-site experience and excellent design and communication skills will be given preference.

Interested candidates should fill out the Anganwadi Project’s online application form. Don’t forget to attach your CV, and a portfolio too if possible.