• Refer to the FAQ to get an idea of what is involved.
  • Technical skills and experience are often important. However, many of these projects involve low tech appropriate solutions - suitable for the local context.
  • Just as important as experience is the type of person you are. Are you adaptable/flexible? Are you outcomes or process focused? Are you ready for the challenges and rewards of working in development?
  • Please demonstrate your skills to us. We want to hear about examples of when you’ve shown certain characteristics or used your skills.
  • Your professional and personal skills can come from far and wide such as coaching a netball team, teaching crochet at a nursing home, developing a bicycle users group at your work place, or being the treasurer of your local kindergarten.
  • The community/partner organisation is key and the relationship you have with community partners will dictate the effectiveness of the assignment. Don't forget to mention the community and think about how you can best support the work they do.
  • The EWB approach is a major part of the success (or not!) of placements. Make sure you have a read of the website, speak to chapter members or other volunteers to understand the organisation.
  • On that note, getting involved with EWB through chapter involvement is great preparation for the placements and will give you a good understanding of the organisation.
  • Feel free to contact the relevant staff member for questions and further information and to ensure the placement is right for you.
  • If you have been involved in other community work, make sure you highlight this.
  • If your not successful the first time - don't be disheartened. Many people are successful in their second or third attempt too.