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The International Team works on water and structural projects in Central and South America. Currently, there are two projects in Peru; portable alpaca shelters and biosand filters. In summer 2020 we hope to do a final monitoring trip for our alpaca shelters and an assessment trip for water filters. We are opening 2 new projects this year.
The Domestic Team has been working on many exciting projects for the Navajo Nation community. They are beginning to work on a greenhouse and waterline design. The outcome of this project will provide the Navajo Nation community with a place to grow their own food and teach younger generations about the importance of agricultural traditions. The Domestic Team is excited to continue making a difference in the lives of people right here in Utah.Read more about the Domestic Team
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The International Team is currently working in two areas, central Mexico and southern Peru. The Mexico subsection of the team installed 15 biosand filters in the rural community of La Salitrera between 2015-2017. There is currently a travel ban for Guanajuato state which prohibits any EWB-USA affiliated team traveling at this time. The team hopes to return to the area once the ban is lifted to continue working with this community assessing further water potability or distribution needs. The members of the Peru subsection are involved with two projects in a region of small communities in southern Peru. There are high levels of arsenic in the drinking water in this area and the team is working with the community to design a cost-effective, efficient water filter for individual households. Biosand filters and ceramic filters are being investigated for the design. The second project is in collaboration with the alpaca herders in the area. Over the past few years, the team has designed and implemented portable alpaca shelters to protect the mothers and their young from harsh weather conditions. It has been wildly successful, reducing the newborn alpaca mortality rate by 90%. The team plans on making some minor changes to the design to increase durability and portability.
The Engineers Without Borders Domestic Team works on engineering projects with the Navajo Nation community in Southern Utah. The team loves learning about the culture of the Navajo Nation community and meeting many different people along the way.
Last year, the Domestic Team designed a water line and fill station that will supply water to members of the Naatsis'aas Chapter. They used drafting tools such as AutoCAD to design the water system. The Domestic Team is currently working on a greenhouse and waterline design. The outcome of this project will provide the Navajo Nation community with a place to grow their own food and teach younger generations about the importance of agricultural traditions. There is potential for the Domestic Team to expand this project in future years.
The Domestic team has exciting, fast paced projects. They start and finish a project within the span of one year, which gives team members the opportunity to learn about the whole engineering process. There is also plenty of opportunity for networking on this team because of their close relationship with professional engineers and engineering firms.
Frequently Asked Questions - FAQs
What is the purpose of EWB-USU?
The purpose of the student chapter of Engineers Without Borders at Utah State University is to identify and
solve engineering and humanitarian problems for impoverished communities
at home and abroad.
The principal activities include:
- Supplying clean water
- Providing alternative energy (solar power)
- Improving sanitary conditions
- Enhancing educational programs & awareness
- Assisting with tasks requested by the local people
How will EWB-USU benefit me as a student?
Chapter activities will give you hands-on experience that can’t be duplicated in the classroom. This is especially true if you are an engineering student, but students of other majors can also receive great experience.
Additionally, you will have the opportunity to fill humanitarian needs for communities locally as well as in developing countries. Not only will this look great on your resume, you’ll also feel great inside. Participating in EWB-USU will help you become more aware of future contributions you can make to society.
Do I need to be an engineer?
No. Problems in different countries are complex, including, but not limited to:
- Engineering infrastructure
- Social impacts & considerations
- Economic factors & analysis
- Report writing
- Multi-lingual communication
We encourage students of all different majors to contribute their different skills to help in these projects. For example, a journalism student came with us to Uganda and put together an amazing video for EWB-USU.
How can I volunteer if I'm not a student?
EWB-Utah State needs help in a variety of areas including:
- Technical designs
- Project organization and logistics
- Mentoring the students during the project planning process
- Traveling with a team (every student team needs to be accompanied by a mentor)
If you would like to volunteer, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
How does EWB-USU select projects?
Communities working with Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) develop a project application/plan that is submitted to EWB-USA. Student and professional chapters around the country can then select a community and project they want to work with. Before taking on a project, chapters decide whether they have the necessary expertise, enough student members to assist with the project, and funding sufficient for the project and requested scope.
Does EWB-Utah State focus on humanitarian assistance as well as technical development?
Most definitely! We recognize that our main mission is humanitarian, and that technology accompanied by goodwill is an effective way of accomplishing everyone's goals.