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Aid body chooses 18 ICE students for overseas project placements

International aid organisation Engineering Without Borders (EWB) has chosen 18 ICE student members for its 2014 international placements programme.

Vital Engineers without Borders overseas aid project

Vital Engineers without Borders overseas aid project

EWB provides its partners essential engineering expertise to overseas aid projects. It delivers over 250 training workshops in the UK each year, supports research and helps develop new technologies to tackle global challenges.

Its international placements programme seeks to help local communities in the developing world while providing unique experiences for young people wanting to develop careers in the engineering and overseas development sector.

The 18 ICE student members will work on water, health, sanitation, energy, shelter and rural development projects in countries like Gambia, Rwanda, Mexico, Peru, India and Bangladesh.

  • If you are an individual, group or a company interested in supporting or working with EWB, visit www.ewb-uk.org, or contact EWB head of engagement Kora Korzec on 0207 222 9177 or kora.korzec@ewb-uk.org.

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Joanna Maguire, a third year civil engineering student at the University of Birmingham, spent last summer volunteering with EWB partner Reignite Action for Development, on an irrigation scheme for a small village in Cameroon.

“The best part of this experience was getting to work with the local water authority and being able to use the things I had studied on my course in a real life environment. One of the main challenges I faced was a lack of information so it was a real ‘back to basics’ with regards to water measurements. What was unique about working with Reignite is they are a small charity working and living in the community.”

Dan Smith volunteered in Uganda in 2012.

“Working in Uganda with Water for People as a EWB placement volunteer has given me the opportunity to understand the complex challenges that engineering businesses face in developing economies. But it has also allowed me to develop skills that will be valuable as an engineer in the UK.

“I’ve been able to follow a project through from creation to concept; conducting research and analysis, developing plans, strategies and designs, contracting construction firms or fabrication companies, mentoring younger engineers and budgeting for the full project cycle.”

Smith starts a Master of Philosophy in Engineering for Sustainable Development at Cambridge University on October.

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