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African Ventures

EWB works in the following areas – for more information on the specific programs, visit: http://ewb.ca/africa

• Water and Sanitation in Malawi

• Agriculture in Ghana & Zambia

• Governance and Rural Infrastructure in Ghana

• Business Development in Zambia & Ghana

In Africa, Engineers Without Borders is pioneering sophisticated responses to complex development challenges. EWB volunteers work with our overseas institutional partners – governments, development organizations and private enterprises – to identify practical and long-term solutions to poverty. By focusing on the needs of rural communities, we are improving access to clean water and critical infrastructure, increasing farmers’ yields, and supporting business opportunities for aspiring entrepreneurs. EWB uses both Professional Fellows and African Program staff to accomplish these goals.

Professional Fellows

Professional fellowships consist of a four-month placement in Sub-Saharan Africa, pre-departure training, and leadership in our Canadian chapters.  During their time overseas, professional fellows will work as an integral part of EWB’s African Programs.  Upon return to Canada, professional fellows are expected to take on a leadership role in their local EWB community.

Typical annual timeline for a professional fellow:
Mid-January: Call for applications
Mid-February: Applications close
Late February: Application screening
Late February: Interviews
Early March: Selection
March to July: Foundation training in your spare time
Early August: Pre-departure training, Toronto, ON.
Mid-August to mid-December: Overseas placement
January to December: Canadian leadership commitment

African Programs Staff

African Programs Staff are EWB’s long-term volunteers working to create change in Africa. These are primarily professionals or university graduates who have committed anywhere from 12 to 20+ months to work on EWB’s programs in Burkina Faso, Ghana, Malawi and Zambia.

Our volunteer staff are placed with one of our sector initiatives in Africa and will work closely with African partner organizations. Each sector initiative focuses their results in different areas, and each placement takes a different form, but all involve capacity development of our African partners. This might involve building a partner’s monitoring and evaluation system, piloting a new project with a small team or training field staff. It is important to EWB that our staff do not merely work in the development sector, but also change the development sector.

African Program Staff openings come up periodically.  If you are interested in applying for an African Programs Staff position please contact us at edmonton@ewb.ca.


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