"It is time for us to go to the people rather than ask the people, especially the poor, to come to us."
The Young Professionals Formation Project handles volunteers for TAO-assisted projects where volunteer work contributes to reducing community’s expenses for their self-help community projects. This is also our organization’s way of introducing young technical professionals to the field of community development work. The following are some of the ways you can get involved with our organization:
The Young Professionals Formation Project selects interns or on-the-job trainees (OJTs) to join the TAO teams working on community projects needing technical support. As YP interns, 4th year level architecture/civil engineering/planning students or new graduates will work from a period of three to six months. The focus of internship is community-based technical assistance and fieldwork activities. The internship positions require dedication, flexibility, dependability, and openness to learn and practice alternative development approaches in housing.
For further details in the availability of the internship program, please contact Angel Sales at (632) 82876446 or email yp(at)tao-pilipinas.org.
For organizations trying to find worthwhile projects they could spend their talents and energy on, TAO also works with architecture and engineering college-based student organizations. Student organizations can provide mapping and drafting/design support to TAO-assisted community projects or they can help us make several of the training tools (such as posters, scaled models, mock-ups, etc.) on participatory subdivision planning, disaster-resilient housing, and community solid waste management. Another option for your student organization’s volunteer work is to host fundraisers for TAO communities.
To link up with TAO and undertake group volunteer work, get in touch with Angel Sales at (632) 82876446 or email yp(at)tao-pilipinas.org.
TAO also forges partnerships with academic institutions to involve architecture and engineering students in community-based projects as part of the school’s extension services to poor communities. TAO facilitates concrete technical assistance and fieldwork activities by students (such as structures mapping and research) which are integrated into their academic requirements for the semester.
To explore project partnerships with TAO, email yp(at)tao-pilipinas.org or call Angel Sales at (632) 82876446.