May 16, 2012— read in full
Make the world a better place with Engineers Without Borders
Do you want to use your interest in engineering to make a difference in developing countries? Read on to find out how.
What is Engineers Without Borders?
There are actually lots of organisations called Engineers Without Borders, including Engineers Without Borders UK (EWB-UK) and Engineers Without Borders International (EWB-I). However, they are all involved in using the skills of engineers to improve life for people in developing countries.
Most of their work is based around students and recent graduates – in fact, EWB-UK was started by a group of students in 2001. For example, EWB-UK’s work involves:
- Helping students and graduates to find placements with organisations working overseas
- Training students in the issues and challenges in developing countries
- Working with students and academics to encourage research in areas that help the developing world
How can I get involved?
You can find out if your university, or a university you’re thinking of going to, has an Engineers Without Borders branch on the EWB-UK website. If it does, you can get in touch with them to find out more. If it doesn’t, there are also lots of support materials to help you set up a group of your own.
You can also find information about upcoming events, including talks, trips and training courses, on the EWB website.
What’s in it for me?
As well as being a great way to use your engineering skills, working with Engineers Without Borders provides valuable practical experience and looks great to potential employers.
They also run a bursary scheme which can help cover the cost of research, special projects or training courses if they fit with the organisation’s aims. For example, Peter Stones received £300 towards a renewable power project in Cambodia.