#MoreThanEngineers: Why We Love (and Need!) our Non-Engineer Volunteers

It’s no secret that here at Engineers Without Borders USA (EWB-USA) we hold engineers in the highest esteem. Without them, we couldn’t carry out sustainable engineering projects that empower communities across the globe to meet their basic human needs. While our name and mission highlight our passion for the engineering sector, our community of more… Read more »

Bringing the Story Home: Tips for Documenting Your Field Experience

  Summer is a time for backyard barbeques, poolside afternoons and weekend hikes. And for many, the slower summer schedule provides the perfect opportunity for amping up volunteer efforts. Whether you’re building schools, assessing wells or installing solar panels, you’re often so caught up in the work that you forget to step back and capture the… Read more »

Meet Our Fundraising and Volunteer Engagement Coordinator, Katie Harlin

EWB-USA’s Fundraising and Volunteer Engagement Coordinator, Katie Harlin, loves traveling to new destinations and exploring Denver’s brewery scene. In the office, she focuses her energy on providing our members with the resources they need to build a better world! How did you first learn about and get involved with EWB-USA? I interned with Engineers Without… Read more »

Lessons from the Field: The Merits of Community Ownership

Despite our best efforts, sometimes implemented projects fail to function, key partnerships fall apart and community needs are not met. While these instances could be considered falling short of the goal, Engineers Without Borders USA embraces the learning opportunities derived from failure. The “Lessons from the Field” blog series highlights projects that do not live… Read more »

A Look Back: 15 Years of Volunteering to Engineer Change

In 2002, eight students and one professor of civil engineering from the University of Colorado Boulder traveled to San Pablo, Belize, to work with the community to create a clean water system. Dr. Bernard Amadei quickly recognized that San Pablo’s need for engineering expertise was not isolated, and shortly after the group returned he formed… Read more »

National Volunteer Week: Celebrating Feats of Service

Motivations to volunteer are as varied as the people who chose to serve. Some volunteer to help others less fortunate, some to gain leadership skills, and some to foster new friendships. There is a place for everyone in Engineers Without Borders USA’s (EWB-USA) volunteer community. We offer countless volunteer opportunites to meet different motivations as… Read more »

Winners of the EWB-USA Spring 2017 Photo Contest

We were blown away by this year’s Photo Contest submissions! EWB-USA’s volunteers are fantastic photographers, and it was no easy task to choose only three winners from the nearly 150 images we received. Volunteers uploaded their best photos that showed people working, revealed personality and character, challenged stereotypes, embodied the mission and vision of EWB-USA and captured empowerment. We… Read more »