Engineering Service Corps

EWB-USA’s Engineering Service Corps offers the expertise of our most seasoned volunteers to organizations in the international development sector. The Engineering Service Corps performs a variety of services, including engineering studies, owner’s representation, planning, design, and monitoring and evaluation.

We collaborate with NGOs and governments who use a community-driven approach and who lack access to the resources needed to design sustainable and appropriate solutions to engineering challenges. The Engineering Service Corps volunteer(s) will work as an integral part of the client’s team in order to balance the technical challenges with sustainable solutions that are appropriate within the context of the client agency, the communities and the broader environment.


How to Get Involved

Engineering Service Corps volunteers must have several years of professional and international experience. Volunteers provide pro bono engineering services to host organizations such as NGOs and governments. An Engineering Service Corps assignment ranges from several weeks or several months of travel to a virtual design review that requires no travel. Assignments depend on the project and role required of the volunteer. Volunteers are not compensated for their time, but are typically reimbursed for travel expenses.

If the Engineering Service Corps looks like a good fit for your skills and interests, take the next step and help us get to know you. We will then notify you of opportunities that relate to your expertise.

Our Work

Engineering Service Corps projects vary greatly in duration and scale. The program’s focus areas offer detailed examples of services available and profiles of past projects.

Disaster Response

The Engineering Service Corps responds to disasters by providing engineering expertise to host-country NGOs and governments. We typically rely on these partners to provide on-site security, coordination and logistics. Disaster response services provided include, but are not limited to:

  • Building inspection
  • Demolition assessment, planning and assistance
  • Geologic risk assessments / identification / mitigation
  • Refugee camp infrastructure studies for water, wastewater and energy

Current and Past Projects


The Engineering Service Corps provides pro bono engineering services for infrastructure projects requested by NGOs and governments.We typically rely on these partners to provide on-site security, coordination and logistics. Infrastructure services provided include, but are not limited to:

  • Feasibility studies
  • Preliminary design
  • Final design
  • Review of designs done by others
  • Construction oversight / owners representative
  • Monitoring and evaluation

Current and Past Projects

Healthcare Facilities
Structures and Bridges
Water and Wastewater

Research & Development

The Research and Development (R&D) group develops solutions for community-identified needs that require researching technologies and/or developing new devices. Project teams are recruited from the EWB-USA’s 16,900+ volunteers and are led by experienced professionals. With a broad range of services, these projects apply both practical experience and creative approaches to address community problems.

Learn more about the R&D Group>>