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International Partnersips & Global Engineering Education


International Partnerships


Today, many people lack the basic capabilities and freedoms to begin to determine their own development and to help others along the way as well.

Nowhere is the challenge more complex and more urgent than where the needs are greatest but the resources are most limited. People face significant barriers to development. We want to make sure that access to engineering is not one of them.




Our international placement model, which draws on the most successfully components of EWB placement programmes around the world, is an incredibly cost-effective way of making high level technical knowledge and skills available to grassroots organisations involved in tackling poverty. We believe that where strong, equitable partnerships exist, carefully selected young engineers, with the right attitude, support and preparation, are capable of building the capacity of grassroots organisations and catalysing development.


This year EWB Ireland have partnered with Habitat for Humanity Ireland to offer a two week home building volunteering opportunity to Irish students and professionals. There are a number of departure dates available in June 2016 on “open” or “closed” teams.

If you would like to hear more about this placement please contact our Head of Overseas Placements Elaine Doyle at Elaine.doyle@ewb-Ireland.org


With our involvement in reconstruction projects in Nepal after the earthquakes of April 2015 we intend offering volunteer placement on some of our projects in the near future. These will projects will be open to both professional engineers/architects and undergraduates. We will update details as the situation progresses.

Partner with us

EWB Ireland works better in partnership with other organisations. If you would like to receive an intern or organise an exchange with your organisation, social enterprise or academic institution, we would love to hear from you at getinvolved@ewb-ireland.org

EWB Ireland are currently involved in a number of projects in developing countries, we are always seeking professional engineers to provide advice and expertise. This often takes very little time but the knowledge shared is invaluable to the success of our projects and brings real value to the communities we work with.

Below is a small selection of our current initiatives;


Baluwa Secondary School, Nepal

Our most recent initiative was the distribution of clothes and hygiene products to 143 children at Baluwa Secondary School in Kavre, Nepal. The village and school were severally affected by the earthquakes of 2015.

Students of Baluwa Secondary School, Kavre, Nepal

Blanket distribution in Gujari, Nepal

Our most recent initiative was the distribution of blankets to the people of Gajuri Village, Nepal to help them overcome the winter. With delays in reconstruction many people are still living in temporary shelters.

Distribution of blankets at Gajuri Village, January 2016

Distribution of blankets at Gajuri Village, January 2016

Earthquake resistant building design in Nepal

As a result of the April 2015 earthquakes the need for seismic resistant construction techniques has been more important than ever. Since then we have worked closely with Smart Shelter Research to develop the knowledge to make more informed decisions about our designs. This is ongoing research.

Kisiizi Hospital Primary School, Uganda

We have been providing technical advice to our partner UCDVO for the design and construction of a Special Needs Primary School and associated accommodation blocks on the grounds of Kisiizi Hospital in Uganda. The initial access and walkways have been completed and we will update more details on this project as it progresses.

Building access ramps at Kisiizi

Building access ramps at Kisiizi



Global Engineering Education

“Engineers turn ideas into reality using science, technology and creativity” (Engineers Ireland)

As problem solvers and innovators engineers are uniquely place to contribute to sustainable development globally. Global engineering education focuses on people centred design and prioritises simple and appropriate solutions. It allows students to explore the relationships between the social, environmental and economics dimensions of engineering and the relationship between global and local systems.

EWB is committed to improving the quality and quantity of Global Engineering education for both students and professionals. We achieve this through development education initiatives such as “Where There is No Engineer”, lectures by experts in their field, hand-on workshops hands, and events organised by and for our student branches.

By learning to embrace complexity and act as mediators between people and technology, engineers will be able to understand technology’s impact and influence it for the better. We want to make sure that every engineer in Ireland has the opportunity to learn about and contribute to engineering a better future for all.

“Where there is no Engineer – Designing for Community Resilience” is a design initiative coordinated jointly by the Development Technology Research Group in Dublin Institute of Technology and Engineers Without Borders Ireland. This development education program is funded by Irish Aid and delivered in partnership with Concern Worldwide and Engineers Ireland. It is open to both students and professionals and gives participants to opportunity to design creative solutions to real-life development problems.


There are six global development themes;

  • Climate Resilient Infrastructure
  • Self-supply Water and Sanitation
  • Community Participatory Health
  • On and off Micro-Grid Energy Systems
  • Food Security
  • Applying Big Data in The Community

Outstanding graduate and professional teams will be invited to participate in the National Finals with the winners having the opportunity to travel to the program country to implement their project.


The 2015 competition was based on Marsabit, Northern Kenya and the winning team travelled there in January 2016 to implement their project with the Concern-Worldwide in-country team. The context for the 2016 initiative is Nepal and it is envisioned that the winners will visit Nepal in late 2016.

More information is available at the link below;

Where There is No Engineer

If you would like to participate in “Where There is No Engineer” please contact; Liam.Mccarton@DIT.ie

EWB Ireland regularly hosts talks and workshops addressing a range of technical and non-technical components of engineering in international development.

Smart Shelter Workshops

Martijn Schildkamp, founder of three Smart Shelter divisions, comes to Dublin twice annually for an inspiring programme of  lectures, design workshops and hands-on experiments.

Emergency Architecture and Resilient Engineering

The brief was to work through the design stages for a typical building in a developing context or disaster related area such as Guatemala, Haiti, the Philippines and Nepal focussing specifically on the transitional period between ‘temporary shelter and semi-permanent house’.

Over four days the participants developed an awareness of unconventional, alternative construction techniques and the need for sustainable solutions stimulating creative thinking and the ability to search for the right questions that need to be answered during the whole process.

Engineering Design for the Bottom of the Pyramid

This workshop introduced participants to the challenges of designing products for communities in a developing country by exploring unconventional parameters in unknown contexts, challenging them to think out-of-the-box and search for different sources and resources. Solutions preferably run without the use of electricity or petrol, may not release toxics or fumes into the environment, and must be easy to maintain and repair.

Past Events

Past speakers have included:

  • Randolph Langenbach (Consultant in Building Conservation & Seismic Engineering)
  • Martijn Schildkamp (Smart Shelter Foundation)
  • Kubilay Hiçyilmaz (Technical Director at Arup)
  • Andrew Lamb (Field Ready)
  • Dominic McSorley (CEO Concern Worldwide)
  • Dualta Rougneen (Disaster Risk Management Coordinator and WASH Advisor, Plan Ireland)
  • Darren Hanniffy, (Senior Manager at Goal)
  • Prof. Bruce Misstear (Associate Professor TCD, Vice President of the International Association of Hydrogeologists and co-author of ‘Water Wells and Boreholes’)
  • Bobby McCormack, (Founder Development Perspectives)
  • Niall Roche WASH/ Environmental Health Consultant
  • Dr. Alistair Borthwick, Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering UCC
  • Tyler Algeo, EWB Canada

Randolph Langenbach presenting at Seismic Summit


Keep an eye on our Events Page for upcoming members events or sign up to our mailing list at newsletter@ewb-ireland.org

If you would like EWB to help you organise a talk or workshop related to engineering in international development, get in touch at info@ewb-ireland.org with “Events” in the subject line.



Mark Kenny speaking at “Engineering Change” our 2014 Conference



2016 – Engineering A Better Future

EWB-Ireland Annual Conference 2016

EWB-Ireland Annual Conference 2016

2015 – Engineering Community Resilience

EWB-Ireland Annual Conference 2015

EWB-Ireland Annual Conference 2015

2014 – Engineering Change


EWB-Ireland Annual Conference 2014

EWB-Ireland Annual Conference 2014



EWB-Ireland now offer a number of research projects to students and professionals, through our partner organisation Smart Shelter Research. These assignments can be undertaken at your university, either independently or in groups, under the supervision of your own academic staff and in your own time frame.
They can be incorporated into the curriculum of any relevant academic programme or used as the basis of a thesis or dissertation.

Mor details can be found here