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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 a staff member. We work collaboratively 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?
Student volunteers can count their volunteer contribution towards course requirements where appropriate. It is up to you to determine if a summer internship at EWB will fulfill your course requirements/ 

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 humanitarian design summit program, our international community development program and opportunities for international field professionals.

Q:  Is financial assistance available?
We understand that distance and finance can be a barrier to volunteering. EWB Australia does not have financil assistance available however in the past, vollunteers have sought out external scholarships, grants and support. Do you know of any scholarships or grants which would support members coming to Melbourne to take part? If so, please email details to s.herkess@ewb.org.au and we will add them to this webpage.

For students at UQ, you may be eligable for a UQ Employability Grant'. Applications close 15 November for activities commencing December https://employability.uq.edu.au/financial-support/uq-employability-grant

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.


Summer Volunteering 2018-19


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 2018-19 Volunteering Dates

     Monday 26 November 2018 -- Friday 22 February 2018 (excludes 24 Dec to 1 Jan as the EWB office will be closed for the end-of-year break)

Closing date for applications

    9 am Monday 22nd October 2018. Please get in quick as applications will be assessed as they are received.

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  9 am Monday 8th October 2018 to be considered.
2 Summer candidates will demonstrate understanding of EWB Australia's mission and values.
3 Summer candidates demonstrate active volunteering participation and engagement through your EWB local chapter.
4 Summer candidates have an  EWB Australia membership (concession or professional).
5 Summer candidates  provide the name and mobile number of one referee from within our EWB community.
6 Summer candidates are available for the Induction for Summer Volunteers in Melbourne on Mon 26 November and be available over the period specified above



Key dates for Summer 2017-18

Monday 17 September - applications open
Mon 8 October- applications close (9 am)
22nd - 26th October interviews
29 October - applicants receive an email advising the outcome of their application, successfull applicants will recieve an offer of internship
2 November - volunteer's acceptance of offer due
Mon 26 November - volunteer induction (Melbourne, half day) & commencement of volunteering
Fri 3 December - EWB Making an Impact Summit, Melbourne
Mon 24 December - Tues 1 January - EWB national office closed
Fri 22 February 2018 - wrap up & last day of Summer volunteering experience

*Applications will be reviewed by EWB Australia staff and interviews will be arranged with shortlisted candidates

For queries about EWB's Summer volunteering send an email or call the office on +61 3 8582 1866 and ask to speak to Sarah


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

We hope we get to meet up with you soon.