Engineers Without Borders UK offers a unique opportunity for engineering students and engineering graduates to gain skills, experience and a global perspective to complement their engineering education. Over the last 5 years, we have sent over 100 experienced engineers to our 25 partner organisations.
There are 15 opportunities available for professionals and postgraduates, including 5 Senior Fellow roles for young engineers looking to enhance their mentoring and people managing credentials by supervising a team of Junior Fellows for a few weeks this summer. This year volunteers can work on engineering projects in the water, sanitation and hygiene, clean energy or built environment sectors for 6, 9 or 12 months. Volunteer projects range from designing fuel-efficient cookstoves in India, testing drinking water for arsenic and fluoride in Mexico to supporting the construction of a hospital in Liberia.
Featured below are two opportunities that might interest LCEDN members:
Off-Grid Solar Analyst in Peru. Communities in rural Peru are some of the most remote and underserved electrical areas in the world, and heavily reliant on unhealthy fuels and disposable batteries for energy and light. Our partner Light Up The World is providing this energy and lighting by installing and training rural communities on solar photovoltaic systems. This Senior Fellowship will provide a wide range of technical and operational support to Light Up The World’s social enterprise. The Senior Fellow will focus on systems improvement and carry out technical and user experience assessment, and make recommendations. The Senior Fellow will also support, mentor and develop the skills of up to two Junior Fellows (closes 28 January 2018).
Electrical Engineer in Malaysian Borneo. Engineers Without Borders UK's local partner TONIBUNG is helping to make renewable energy cheaper for underserved, off-grid communities. In recent years volunteers have focused on developing an in-house electronic load controller that would reduce micro-hydro systems' manufacturing costs for rural communities. This year's volunteer electrical engineer will build capacity within TONIBUNG around general electrical engineering design, installation and troubleshooting, as well as begin fabricating the electronic load controllers (closes 18 March 2018).
All opportunities are currently advertised on www.ewb-uk.org under "Join the Movement".