Tackling Ethiopia’s Water Crisis with Partnership

EWB-USA volunteer Larry Bentley writes about partnering with Project Concern International (PCI) to tackle drought in rural Ethiopia. Note: this post was originally published on PCI’s blog. Clean water is vital. It is a key to a thriving community. I’ll never forget the exact moment when water started flowing through the pump and the Hale-Ale… Read more »

Engineering Service Corps Launches USAID Farmer-to-Farmer Program in Kosovo

EWB-USA is excited to announce a new partnership with USAID in support of their Farmer-to Farmer Program in Kosovo. This one-year program provides technical assistance from U.S. volunteers to farmers, farm groups, agribusinesses and other agriculture sector institutions in developing and transitional countries with the goal of promoting sustainable improvements in food security and agricultural… Read more »

Our Guatemala Office is Open!

EWB-USA’s expansion beyond our borders continues! This summer, we established an in-country office in Quetzaltenango, the second largest city in Guatemala. The Guatemala in-country program will build on the lessons learned from our inaugural field office in Nicaragua as well as the work that has been done over the past several years by a group… Read more »

Happy First Anniversary to our Nicaragua Office!

After more than a decade of fieldwork, and following best practices of peer organizations, in June 2015 EWB-USA identified an important and strategic opportunity to pilot an in-country field office in Nicaragua. Our International Community Programs Manager, Gretchen Smithwick, relocated from our headquarters office in Denver, Colorado, to Managua, Nicaragua. Her goal: progress an idea… Read more »

Act Global, Think Local: EWB-USA’s Global Classroom takes Learning to Costa Rica

For participants of EWB-USA’s Global Classroom, the confines of a traditional classroom were thrown out the window as they embarked on their journey to Guácimo, Costa Rica. For two weeks in May 2016, this group of 13 dedicated and passionate students called Costa Rica’s sustainable EARTH University home as they dove into understanding the food,… Read more »

Building Local Capacity: EWB-USA’s Response to the Ecuador Earthquake

On April 16, 2016, a powerful 7.8-magnitude earthquake struck Ecuador, leaving widespread damage in its wake. The effects extended far beyond the epicenter, a sparsely populated region 110 miles from the capital of Quito, claiming hundreds of lives and damaging countless structures beyond repair. The people of Ecuador are now faced with the overwhelming task… Read more »

The Quest for Clean Water in the Salinas Valley

Surrounded on all sides by farmland sits a small, disadvantaged community of 10 housing units in California’s Salinas Valley. The primarily Spanish-speaking residents are agricultural laborers who work the fields of what is commonly known as “America’s Salad Bowl” due to the large quantity of crops grown here.   These individuals provide their state and… Read more »

Wearing Down Shovels to Build Up a Community

In the small, rural community of Llacamate, Peru, worn ­down shovels indicate two very important things: clean water and latrines are now a reality for every household. “I’d never seen anyone wear down a shovel,” said Katie Teman, a volunteer with the EWB-USA University of Colorado Boulder Chapter (EWB­-USA CU). “They are the hardest working people that I… Read more »