A debrief with our returned volunteers
This November, we met with 14 engineer volunteers to reflect and learn about their experiences on recent international projects with Engineers Without Borders UK. These volunteers took on varied work with our partner organisations Energy 4 Impact, KDI, Light Up the World, Prakti, SELCO, United for Hope, SIBAT, and Sistema Biobolsa.
Volunteers were given the opportunity to reflect on the personal and professional challenges experienced during their deployment. They were encouraged to review their original motivations and expectations to see if and how these have changed. Many of the volunteers expressed a greater understanding of the communities they worked within and varied challenges they face.
“I learnt a lot about how NGOs operate and the challenges faced with initiating a social enterprise. These dynamics are significant to have any impact and this insight will be one of the largest benefits of the placement. Furthermore, I have developed a true understanding of the situations of rural communities where it is not as black and white as one would think.”
Junior Fellow- Light Up the World
All volunteers were also encouraged to think about their next steps and how knowledge from these experiences could be used in their current and future roles – “This experience has urged me to carry on pursuing a career in this field as I think there is so much that can be done by engineers!” Junior Fellow – Prakti
The Engineers Without Borders UK team would like to thank all of our returned volunteers for their contributions to their allocated projets; we’d also like to thank all those who attended the debrief session in November. This was run as part of our ‘Engineering in An International Development Context’ CPD-accredited course.