How can I get involved with Engineers Without Borders UK?

There are a number of ways you can get involved with our organisation. Opportunities range from becoming a member to fundraising through to volunteering. Learn more on our Join The Movement page.

Who are Engineers Without Borders UK's partner organisations?

Our partner organisations are Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) and small and medium-sized businesses which have a significant poverty-reduction component to their work. We enter into long-term partnerships with these organisations to ensure sustainability is at the heart of all of our projects working alongside passionate local engineers and technicians.

What is your Global Engineer Fellowship Programme?

Our Global Engineer Fellowships have come about in response to us wanting more collaboration between our partners, young professionals and student members. We believe that through greater collaboration and support and peer-to-peer learning these Global Engineer Fellowship Teams can pioneer a more collaborative and impactful approach to how we work with our international partners.

Our Global Engineer Fellowships place a team of engineers (Senior Fellows) and engineering students (Junior Fellows) together to work on a project put forward by one of our partner organisations. The programme entails two or three Junior Fellows working together with two Senior Fellows on a specific component of the latter’s work.

Our Senior Fellowships are targeted at individuals who have at least two years (working) experience and are interested in strengthening their own managerial and mentoring skills. Senior Fellows will play a more integral and strategic role in working with the partner and Engineers Without Borders UK. They will also support and mentor one of our member groups and help them to develop and design a project with the partner that could be implemented in country. Global Engineer Fellows will collaborate with Engineers Without Borders UK and the partner after their placement to redefine the scope of future projects.

Please note we recently decided to take a short pause on recruiting for new projects so that we can explore a wider range of international collaboration opportunities to be able to support more fantastic engineering around the world in the longer term. You can read more about that and find out how you can get involved in shaping our future here.

My organisation would like to work with Engineers Without Borders UK and/or have a volunteer to assist in our work

We are not currently seeking any new partnerships at this time.

If you have an engineering questions you can pose it to our online membership community through our KnowledgePoint platform here.


What selection criteria do Engineers Without Borders UK use when selecting their international projects and partners?

All of our current partnerships go through a rigorous selection process and match the following criteria:

  • All of our international work meets with our strategic goal to enable partner organisations, people and communities to use and develop their engineering capabilities to address relevant global challenges.
  • All of Engineers Without Borders UK Partners work on engineering related projects in the WASH, Clean Energy or Built Environment sectors. We are not a disaster relief organisation and therefore do not recruit volunteers to work in disaster relief or emergency response.
  • All of our partners have a permanent presence in the countries and communities they work in and have a history of successful programme implementation and clear impact. All programmes being undertaken by partners and Engineers Without Borders UK volunteers must show a clear need for why the programme is necessary and all programmes must be sustainable in their design and implementation.
  • All of our partners have a passionate and driven local workforce and team who have some engineering experience. Engineers Without Borders UK volunteers all have a clear mandate for sharing knowledge and working alongside local technical and engineering staff. All placements undertaken by volunteers do not take employment away from local community members and our partners must show evidence of why a local engineer cannot undertake the work of the volunteer.

How can I volunteer for an Engineers Without Borders UK international project?

We recently decided to take a short pause on recruiting volunteers for new projects so that we can explore a wider range of international collaboration opportunities to be able to support more fantastic engineering around the world in the longer term. You can read more about that and find out how you can get involved in shaping our future here.

For more information about the programme look at our work in the WASH, Energy and Built Environment sectors here.

How can I join my Engineers Without Borders UK university member group?

We have a large number of Member Groups around the UK, including university student groups. You can find your nearest Member Group here along with further information about getting in touch with them.

Do you have any paid jobs available?

Any vacancies for paid positions will be advertised on the job board on our website, as well as a number of third party sites that specialise in recruitment for charities and NGOs.  We will also advertise paid positions through our social media channels.


Where can I learn more about your work in the UK?

Our work in the United Kingdom focuses on working with the education sector and partner organisations to use science and technology to alleviate poverty. You can learn more about our initiatives in the United Kingdom on our Inspiring Change in Engineering Education page. You can also learn more about our work to influence the engineering sector here.

How can I deliver the Engineering for People Challenge at my university?

Please use the contact form and select ‘EWB Challenge’ as the enquiry type to get in touch with our team.

Can only engineers be involved in your work in the UK and internationally?

No! We have people from a range of backgrounds involved in our organisation. Although we work on engineering related programmes we feel passionately that human centred design takes more than an engineers perspective.

My organisation is looking for funding and is wondering if Engineers Without Borders UK can assist?

We do not fund any international work outside of our international projects. We are also unable to assist organisations in applying for, or obtaining funding.

How can I support your work?

We have a variety of roles in our UK-based volunteer team that we advertise on our volunteer with us page when they come up. One of the most important ways you can support is by fundraising for us! If you are interested in putting together an event that raises funds for our work, or if you are a company wanting to sponsor or support the programme,  get in touch through the contact us page or by phone.