2011 placements summary presentation

• Challenge of the Balance
Summer School
• Introduction to EWB-UK
• Summer Placements
• How to apply
• Essay competitions
• Research Projects
• How they work
• Examples of past placements
• EWB in your area
• Our sponsors
We are an
to facilitate
Human Development
through Engineering
900,000,000 people lack access to safe
drinking water
29,000 children die every day from povertyrelated causes
Fewer than 1 engineer per 100,000 in Africa
c.f.: up to 500 in Europe
A month-long
summer school in
New Delhi, India.
1-30 August
including field trips
Research projects available now...
Pursue real issues and face real challenges
Work with EWB-UK partners
Becomes your final year research project
Bursaries available to fund implementation
Research & Education Conference 4th March - London
Thank you…
Write and win…
How can engineers
improve quality of life in
developing countries?
How does your university
prepare you for this?
Two answers
750 words
Deadline 18 March
£1,000 prize
Two answers
1500 words
Deadline 28 February
£250 prize
Visit www.ewb-uk.org for details
2011 Placements
3 month placements:
 15 placements available
6-12 month placements:
 9 placements
 Enable volunteers to make effective contributions to
a development organisation and its beneficiaries
Offer valuable experience in development work
• Wide range of projects – required skills & experience vary
• Eligibility: over 18; we prioritise less than 4 years’ technical
experience; resident or student in UK or Ireland.
• Check the required and desired skills & experience lists!!!
• You can apply for up to three placements
• Apply online before midnight on 28 February 2011
• Interviews 9-10, 16-17 April in London
• Pre-departure residential training course 19-25 June
• Feedback and engagement with EWB-UK on return
Tell me more…
• Mandatory EWB-UK training course 19–25 June
• Support from EWB-UK placement manager throughout
• You will be responsible for agreeing project goals and
practicalities (flights, visas, immunisations)
• Most placements require thorough research and preparation
in advance – we’re here to help!
• A debrief and help with an evaluation
• Invited to share your experience (presentations, press)
• EWB-UK believes in giving young people opportunities to
get involved in international development work.
• We will cover as much of the cost of your placement as we
can – but you will need to contribute also.
• Volunteers going on 3 month or 6 month placements are
asked to fundraise up to £600.
• Volunteers going on 12 month placements are asked to
fundraise up to £900.
Important Note!
All placements are subject to
alteration or cancellation
at the discretion of EWB-UK
All EWB-UK placements are conditional on the following:
1. Successful identification of suitable candidate
2. Favourable country security assessment
3. EWB-UK securing the necessary funds for its share of the cost
of the placement
How to apply…
Stage 1: Online Application
• Applications open until midnight on 28 February
• Visit www.ewb-uk.org for full info
• Apply through the website
Stage 2: Interview
• Interviews on 9–10 or 16–17 April
• You must attend an interview
• The interviews will be held in central London
What we look for…
Candidates will be selected for:
• their technical suitability for the placement
• their non-technical suitability for the placement
• their interest in global issues
• their potential future contribution to development
All based on evidence given at application and interview
What we look for…
You will be asked to provide evidence of:
 Your ability to work independently
 Your ability to work as part of a small team
 Your ability to instil change within an organisation
 Your ability to communicate
 Interest in international development
 Experience of living or working overseas
 Experience of voluntary work – particularly if you
have volunteered for EWB-UK
3 month placements
Bangalore, India
Develop a paddy de-husker tool
1 volunteer for 3 months
A 3-month placement working with social enterprise and
Ashden Award winner SELCO in their Innovations
department to research, develop and trial a prototype
food dehydrator and a paddy de-husking tool.
Shelter Associates
Shelter Associates
Pune, India
GIS Mapping
1 volunteer for 3 months
A placement designed to improve the data entry,
analysis and display capabilities of a slum
redevelopment charity to help their GIS and
slum assessment work. Volunteers will use web
development skills to build systems and update
current software.
Ifakara, Tanzania
Design of Donation Management Software
1 volunteer for 3 months
Research and design an online, transparent, free
and robust donation management software
package for a small NGO specialising in water,
sanitation and hygiene projects.
El Salvador
Investigation into improved housing and sanitation
in El Salvador
2 placements for 3 months
Assessment and evaluation of permanent housing and
sanitation systems in various communities in El Salvador
in order to make recommendations on technical or social
improvements to future projects.
Rural Agency for Sustainable Development
Assessment of coffee growers’ productivity and
potential to improve agricultural output and value
of product
2 volunteers for 3 months
A 3 month placement working with a small indigenous
NGO that promotes rural development in Mukono
district, Uganda, helping to create a demonstration plot
for sustainable coffee production and carrying out a
feasibility study into its export potential.
Micro-hydro Feasibility Assessment
2 volunteers for 3 months
Micro hydro feasibility assessment, and completion of
feasibility studies. Flow measurement using specific
equipment, and associated software.
Seva Mandir
Technical Assessment of water pumps and
rainwater harvesting assessment
2 volunteers for 3 months
Field based technical assessment to identify alternative
fuel powered water pumps (solar, hydro or biofuel) or
the use of hydrodams.
Vigyan Ashram
Engineering Teaching in India
2 volunteers for 3 months
Working with an educational organisation to ‘teach
through doing’. Teaching the principles of engineering;
writing and running classes and projects; presenting
alternative approaches to problems and working to
transfer knowledge and vocational skills to the rural
local community.
Photo :
AVS Uganda
African Village Support
Water and Sanitation Solution Pilot Study
1 volunteers for 3 months
Working with a local NGO and a rural community
to scale up pilot Hygiene, Water Supply and
Sanitation solutions and design and construct
sustainable village wide solutions.
6 to 12 month placements
Sibol ng Agham at Teknolohiva
The Philippines
Community-based renewable energy systems
1 volunteer for 12 months
A 12 month placement with SIBAT, a Filipino nongovernmental organisation developing and installing
Community-Based Renewable Energy Systems,
including micro-hydro systems, solar PV water pumps
and wind turbines.
Ifakara, Tanzania
Survey and suggest improvement to Rope and
Washer pump installations
1 volunteer for 12 months
A 12-month placement carrying out a survey of existing
rope pump installations, including the different models
and design of rope pump used by the community. Once
the survey is complete the volunteers will identify areas
of improvement where applicable
Global Village Energy Partnership
Developing Energy Enterprises Project East Africa
1 volunteer for 6 months
A 6-month placement carrying out research, training
and case studies in support of GVEP International’s
project to increase the availability and quality of energy
products and services in Kenya through the
development of micro and small energy enterprises.
Partners in Development
Maputaland, South Africa
Sustaining Rope and Washer Pumps
1 volunteer for 12 months
A 12 month placement improving the sustainability and
reliability of family-centred water supply in the remote
parts of Maputaland, South Africa. This involves the
continuation of work by previous EWB-UK volunteers to
monitor, evaluate, and where necessary improve on the
design of rope and washer pumps used in conjunction
with shallow wells.
Laos Institute for Renewable Energy
Research into Rural Energy and Water
1 volunteer for 6 months
6 month placement which encompasses rural bio-fuel
generation, gasification of crop residues, software
development for hybrid electricity grids, and
development of rural water purification systems. The
project will also involve collaboration with a local
renewable energy provider, Sunlabob.
Northern Ecuador
Assistance in the design and construction of clean
water supply projects in rural communities of
Northern Ecuador
2 volunteers for 6 months
A 6 month placement providing engineering assistance
for the delivery of clean water supply projects, in subtropical rural communities of Imbabura Province,
Northern Ecuador.
Photo :USAID
Great Lakes Energy
Great Lakes Energy
Improve the performance of lightning protection
of Solar PV systems
1 volunteers for 6 months
Improve the performance of lightning protection of solar
PV systems and engage in the development of a
Maternity Lighting Kit and new GLE solar water heating
department. Work also involves capacity building of
technical staff.
Other ways to get involved…
Local branch / Professional Network
UK Volunteering – IT, Finance, Fundraising, Teams
Attend events – see www.ewb-uk.org
Newsletters – www.ewb-uk.org/newsletters
Internships – coming soon
Remember placement applications
close 28 February