Yes! Volunteers travel to other countries with their project team when project needs arise during the design and/or implementation phases. Currently, travel is on hold for the majority of destinations due to COVID-related safety restrictions.
The EWB-MN Chapter also engages in local projects, so service opportunities in the local community are available.
Presently, the majority of EWB-MN’s projects, local and international, involve designing and constructing basic infrastructure such as water supply and distribution, sanitation, schools/buildings, rainwater harvesting and irrigation, and solar power.
Time commitment varies depending on the volunteer’s role, engagement on the team, and chapters current needs. Involvement in project work and chapter activities such as meetings, social events, and fundraising can require your time for a couple of hours to several hours each month.
EWB-MN welcomes all, from little or no experience to many years of experience. Although most of our volunteers are engineers, individuals from other professions are welcome. Many of our projects need those with skills in communications, public health, and global studies, among other things. There are also frequent mentoring opportunities with EWB Student Chapters at local universities.
Generally, projects and activities take place in collaborative and team-oriented environments. Typical of many projects, some tasks, and design elements often require individual efforts in between team meetings.