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Training transfer

Trained water engineers looking for a fresh challenge abroad are invited to lend their skills to sewage treatment projects in developing countries, working among local communities.

Many expanding African cities are in the process of updating their dirty water systems to meet demands of an increasing population. British-based charity Voluntary Services Overseas is looking for trained and committed water engineers to become involved with projects lasting for two or three years.

Technical placement officer Nick Adlington says: 'The volunteers that we recruit have to possess personal qualities like flexibility, an adaptability to the local culture, commitment and a sense of self-assurance,' he says.

Professionally, recruits usually have at least two years of water- related mechanical or civil engineering experience.

The primary aim of the volunteers is to pass on their experience to local people so the good work can continue when the volunteers return home.

VSO volunteer Colin Smith worked as a water and sanitation engineer in the Maldives between 1994 and 1997. 'I derived a great deal of satisfaction from being able to pass my engineering skills on to other people,' he says.

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