Design with a Purpose at Bantay.ph

This summer, we asked our CAMP summer interns to share their experiences on our blog. Here’s Kim Sanchez’s first post:

My first few meetings with my host organization turned out well. At first, it was a little overwhelming to know that I have to travel all the way to Makati (from Quezon City) every now and then to report. But after a while I found it still overwhelming, but in a good way. It felt like going out of my little realm and taking on an adventure. Even though I have yet to commute by myself (I wanted to familiarize myself more before I set off alone), I still see this internship as a way for me to become more independent.

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The people I work closely with were very nice! I was assisted and welcomed and the first person who accommodated me even asked me to stop saying “po!” (It was second nature though, so I still did). The Special Projects Officer was also nice, and guided me all throughout. All in all, I’m always welcomed warmly whenever I come to the office.

One of the great things when it comes to a work related to art is that you can work anywhere, anytime. As a design officer, I can work from the comforts of my home without the fear of peering eyes (half-kidding!). So for the first few meetings, I was given a poster to work on at home, and the output is the first poster featured here (which, to my elation, was commended by the Special Projects Officer!). I was also asked to make a cover photo version. (These and many other informational posters about issues such as ARTA of 2007 are seen at the website and Facebook page).

My next projects included research about the BMBE law and an informational poster I did at the office regarding the partnership of Lifebank Foundation and my host organization, Bantay.ph. Being a Project Assistant, I get to participate in research work and collaborations in relation to their projects.

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It was a nice experience to be able to design (one of the things I love to do) for a purpose. It was a huge yet good change from designing/making artworks just for fun to helping in raising awareness over people’s right to quality government services through the little feat of designing posters. I learned a lot too, when it comes to designing as I get to practice more often now.

Right now, my next project entails contacting officials for my research. It’s quite overwhelming to think about, frankly speaking, so wish me luck!

Kim Sanche is a student at Philippine Science High School.

The CAMP summer internship program is designed to provide high school students with professional work experience before attending university. Read more about the program here.

Learn more about Bantay.ph.