Share Your Expertise
EWB-USA professional members have the unique opportunity to mentor the next generation of engineers and make a lasting difference in the lives of others. EWB-USA chapters utilize mentors to oversee the technical aspects of international community development programs and share their experience by providing overall guidance to chapters. EWB-USA provides professional liability insurance for all mentor teams and Responsible Engineers In Charge (REICs). To view our insurance policies click here.
As a mentor, you will have the opportunity to travel to the project site and see firsthand the difference your work—and the work of your students—makes in the lives of others. EWB-USA student chapters are in need of mentors with expertise in the areas of engineering, construction and international development to ensure the high quality of our programs.
Role of the REIC and Mentor Team Qualifications
Each project team is guided by a team of qualified mentors, including a REIC responsible for the overall quality and directly of the work.
The REIC and mentor team members can provide details about the Experience and Expertise directly in PAWS. This is evaluated by the EWB-USA HQ Program Engineers when a chapter applies for a Chapter Program Adoption, New Project or Trip. REIC’s commit to their role and the chapter by submitting the Mentor Statement of Intent in PAWS when they begin the role.
Connecting with a Chapter
You must be an EWB-USA professional member in order to mentor an EWB-USA student chapter. Become a member >>
Most mentors make a personal connection to nearby student chapters. Locate an EWB-USA student chapter near you >>
Mentors can also connect with student chapters in need of their expertise through the EWB-USA mentor coordination program. Join PAWS and enter into discussion groups to find teams that require your expertise.
Connecting with a Mentor
Mentors are best able to support your team and you will be best prepared to engage with them if you have shared expectations about your mentor’s role. Use the Memorandum of Understanding between student chapters and mentors as a guide to having that conversation and getting on the same page.
Resources for Mentors
New mentors should review these resources:
- Mentoring of EWB-USA >>
- Member Code of Conduct Webinar >>
- Project Process Webinar >>
- Professional Mentors/Technical Leads Role in EWB-USA >>
- EWB-USA’s Project Process and Reporting Requirements >>
- New Program Kickoff Presentation >>
- Principles of Community Development Webinar >>
- Program Sustainability Webinar >>
- Example Documents >>