EWB-USA’s Global Impact: Community Engagement as Development

The evolution of the work Engineers Without Borders USA does around the world is a true reflection of our commitment to ongoing learning in order to improve. In April 2017 we conducted our third impact study in Nicaragua. Impact studies provide a unique opportunity to see the long-term results of EWB-USA programs. We explore the… 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 »

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 »

El Cantil Bridge: Bringing Safe Passage to 13 Guatemalan Communities

Engineers Without Borders USA (EWB-USA) has been working in the Joyabaj municipality of Guatemala since 2005. Below, EWB-USA Fellows Benjamin Cook and Kerry Drake give a firsthand account of the logistics required to complete a vehicle bridge that will serve 20,000 people. To get from the capital, Guatemala City, to the municipality of Joyabaj takes… Read more »

Farmer-to-Farmer Program: Engineers Boost the Longevity of Kosovo’s Agribusiness

In the summer of 2016, EWB-USA launched a new partnership with USAID in support of our Farmer-to-Farmer: Improving the Sustainability of Kosovo Agriculture program. 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… Read more »

Repairing Hand Pumps to Restore Water to Drought-Stricken Villages in Ethiopia

Engineers Without Borders USA’s Engineering Service Corps began work in drought-stricken Ethiopia in June, and since that time has assessed 51 wells, 35 of which have been repaired. These improvements brought water to more than 100,000 people. Learn more below about EWB-USA’s December trip to  Ethiopia to continue this life-saving work. After volunteering for two… Read more »