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Volunteering at EWB's National Office

EWB volunteers are passionate about humanitarian engineering and creating a positive change in the world.   

EWB volunteers in chapters around Australia and in the field overseas make a substantial contribution towards the achievement of our strategic aims.

There are also opportunities for chapter members to volunteer at EWB's national office in Victoria alongside the staff team.   Volunteering at national office helps chapter volunteers to learn more about EWB's work at the national level; support staff in delivery of programs and initiatives; build our community; and further develop their individual capabilities in the sector.

EWB  is proudly driven by our members and volunteers and volunteer engagement.

EWB volunteers at Link Festival 2015 Melbourne

FAQs (frequently asked questions)

QDo I need to be an engineer to volunteer with EWB Australia?
We welcome and appreciate the skills contributed by volunteers from a range of sectors (engineering,  international development, social enterprise, architecture, communications ... just to name a few!)

QWhere will I be volunteering?
With our staff team at our national office.  We're located at Level 2, 90 Maribrynong Road, Footscray, Victoria, Australia.

Q Can I get there by public transport?
Yes - Footscray Train Station is 10-15 mins walk from the office. There's also bus lines and a great bike path from the Melbourne CBD.

QWhat about parking if I travel by car?
There is metered parking on Maribrynong Street and nearby to the office.

Q Is volunteering work paid?
Volunteers voluntarily contribute their time, skills and passion and are not paid (Fair Work Act 2009).

QAm I required to volunteer on specific days or for specific hours?
Your volunteer contribution is determined by you, in consultation with EWB staff members you'll be working with.   Our office hours are Monday-Friday, 8:30 am to 5:00 pm.  You would volunteer within these times.  For Summer volunteering we request volunteers to maintain a minimum of three days a week to get the most out of the experience.

QWill I be supervised?
Yes you'll work alongside members of our staff team on different programs and projects and be supervised by the program or project leader. We work collaboratively and flexibility and inputs from staff and volunteers are valued.

QWhat sort of volunteering work will I be doing?
This is office and desk-based work requiring the use of computers.

QWhy do I need to join as an EWB member?
EWB is a member-based organisation with region and university chapters around Australia.  People and communities are the heart of what we do.  Being a member helps you engage with and be part of our EWB community. 

QWhy is it desirable to have some prior EWB engagement?
It shows us that you've already connected to EWB's mission and values and have started to understand how EWB works.  It also shows us you're interested in and passionate about applying humanitarian engineering to create positive social change and support community development.   Our Summer volunteering places are in demand and highly-valued and a great opportunity for EWB to show our appreciation for our active regional volunteers and build their capacity.

Q What if I don't have all the skills listed on the registration form?
The skills listed are a guide only to match some of the project requirements highlighted by staff members.  We appreciate that each volunteer brings their own skills and experience and finds unique ways to share these.  Chat to us about your skills and capabilities and we can work together to best match your interests with the projects that our volunteers support.

Q:  Does EWB offer vocational placements for students?
We have in the past and currently are reviewing best practice to meet university course learning criteria and requirements from Engineers Australia for vocational placements.  Student volunteers can count their volunteer contribution towards course requirements where appropriate.

QWill I get to travel or go overseas as a volunteer?
Volunteering at national office is office-based.  It's unlikely that you'd need to travel as part of your volunteer role here.  If that's of interest to you, you might like to find out more about our international community development program and opportunities for international field professionals.

Thanks for your interest in volunteering with us!

General Criteria for Volunteers

  • Our volunteer opportunities suit tertiary students and professionals who are interested in community development, humanitarian engineering and creating impact through positive social change.
  • We welcome volunteers from around Australia.  Interstate volunteers need to make their accommodation arrangements.
  • Demonstration of genuine engagement with EWB Australia is expected, as we seek volunteers who strongly align with EWB's values and mission,  and can demonstrate this through active participation, such as volunteering with your local EWB chapter (please see the Get Involved section of our web site to find out more).
  • Volunteer work is voluntary and unpaid. 
  • EWB is a registered not-for-profit and member-based organisation, and our volunteers are asked to have a valid EWB membership.   See more information here about joining EWB Australia.
  • Our national office is located at 90 Maribyrnong Street, Footscray, Victoria.

For further queries email: memberengagement

Summer Volunteering 2017-18


EWB hosts volunteering places for up to 12 weeks over the Australian Summer.   Our Summer volunteering opportunities suit tertiary students and recent graduates who have actively engaged with EWB Australia through their university or local EWB Chaper and who are seeking to:   build your EWB knowledge and capabilities; further your understanding humanitarian engineering, community development and creating positive social impact; and develop workplace skills and experience.  

Summer volunteers from EWB Chapters around Australia work alongside our staff and volunteers at our national office in Footscray, Victoria, and it's office and desk-based work, requiring the use of computers.  EWB's  office space as co-tenants in the Dream Factory is open-plan, light, friendly and overlooking the Maribyrnong River.   In addition to supporting staff on EWB's programs, you'll join in on our regular activities such as our Welcome Wednesday team lunches, participate in meetings, and the annual Making an Impact Summit in December.  

Selection of Summer volunteers is by written application, and, if shortlisted, by interview with EWB staff.  Candidates will be advised by email of the outcome of applications.

Summer Volunteering Applications

Please read through the information and Summer volunteering criteria set out below and check that you are eligible.  To submit your application online click on the green button below.

          Submit my application for Summer volunteering         


     Engineers Without Borders Australia - national office
     90 Maribrynong Street, Footscray, Victoria

Summer 2017-18 Volunteering Dates

     Monday 27 November 2017 -- Friday 23 February 2018
     Up to 12 weeks available (excludes 25 Dec to 1 Jan as the EWB office will be closed for the end-of-year break)

Closing date for applications

    Thanks for your interest - Applications have now closed.

Eligibility and criteria for Summer volunteering with EWB

(Note there are specific requirements for Summer volunteering as listed below, in addition to the general criteria above)

1 Applications must be completed using the online application form and submitted to EWB Australia by  Sunday 24 September 2017 (11:55 pm) to be considered.
2 Summer candidates should demonstrate understanding of EWB Australia's mission and values.
3 Summer candidates are required to demonstrate active volunteering participation and engagement through your EWB local chapter.
4 Summer candidates should have an  EWB Australia membership (concession or professional).
5 Summer candidates should provide the name and mobile number of one referee from within our EWB community.
6 Summer candidates should be available for the Induction for Summer Volunteers in Melbourne on Mon 27 November.
7 Applications will be reviewed by EWB Australia staff and interviews will be arranged with shortlisted candidates.
8 Interviews will be approximately half an hour and can be conducted in person in Melbourne or via Google Hangouts or Skype if the shortlisted candidate is interstate.
9 All applicants will receive an email advising the outcome of their application.



Key dates for Summer 2017-18

Mon 28 August - applications open
Sun 24 September - applications close (11:55 pm)
Week of Mon 2 October - interviews
Mon 9 October - successful applicants receive offers of volunteer places by email
Fri 20 October - volunteer's acceptance of offer due
Mon 27 November - volunteer induction (Melbourne, half day) & commencement of volunteering
Fri 8 December - EWB Making an Impact Summit, Melbourne
Mon 25 December - Mon 1 January - EWB national office closed
Fri 23 February 2018 - wrap up & last day of Summer volunteering experience

For queries about EWB's Summer volunteering send an email to the Member & Volunteer Engagement Support team.

Thanks for your interest in volunteering at EWB's national office.

We hope we get to meet up with you soon.