ENGINEERS WITHOUT BORDERS (EWB)
EWB-I brings together engineers, students and anyone with a passion for helping disadvantaged communities improve their quality of life. EWB-I focuses on both education and the implementation of sustainable engineering projects at the grassroot level.
Since 2006 in our Bridge Program, hundreds of students from 32 universities across the globe have designed and built 77 footbridges alongside rural communities in 11 countries, effectively connecting nearly 150,000 previously isolated people to essential resources.
EIA has a number of programs awaiting volunteers and teams. These include opportunities to assess community needs, perform studies, design solutions, and implement infrastructure.
EIA offers internships for students and others interested in living and working in Latin America for three to twelve months or longer. Internships are non-salaried, so you will have to raise your own support. EIA can assist you in your fundraising efforts, and we will help you find room and board during your stay.
This experience will change your life forever. EIA is open to receiving applications from anyone who is interested in applying. However, preference will be given to those who meet these standards:
A minimum three-month commitment (six month or longer term preferred)
At least 18 years old
Enrolled in or graduated from an accredited engineering, global health, or international studies program
Good to excellent Spanish language skills
Can drive and will get an international license
Experience driving manual transmission vehicles
Experience with GIS and CAD programs
Topographic surveying experience
Willing to work in challenging conditions
Depending on which projects you work on, you could be high in the Andes Mountains or low in the Amazon River Basin. You will travel some by public buses between cities. You will spend some time with work teams at the sites, in sleeping bags and sleeping on the ground. The work often requires very long hours, but there will also be time for recreation and sight-seeing.
ENGINEERS IN ACTION (EIA) UNIVERSITY IMMERSION PROGRAM
The University Community Immersion Program provides an opportunity for qualified students with an interest in international or cultural studies to live and work in a rural, Latin American community for a period of four weeks to six months. The program is operated through a partnership between EIA, the participating university, and the community.
While in the community, the students perform work in support of EIA’s water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) programs. Students receive credit from their participating institutions while participating in the intercultural program. The program objectives are intended to benefit the community, the students, and EIA.
Community benefits include cultural and technical interactions with students from the global north that can enhance the quality and sustainability of development programs being implemented in the community. Student benefits include developing a better understanding of rural, Latin American cultures; of the challenges of implementing effective WASH programs in remote and impoverished regions; and of the factors that impact the sustainability of development programs.
EIA benefits include gathering of important community baseline data that can enhance the effectiveness and sustainability of our ongoing WASH programs that will help to improve the community’s health and well-being.