1. Am I eligible to apply for the Design Summit? Do I have to be an engineer?
  2. What information are you able to give us on what engineering projects we will be working on?
  3. Can we book our flights as a group?
  4. Would I be able to base my university research project on the Design Summit?
  5. What other financial assistance opportunities are available?
  6. I already have a Working with Children Check, will you accept it or do I need to apply for a new one?
  7. I am under 18 years old; can I still attend the Design Summit?
  8. Will there be any opportunities to meet the other participants before the trip?
  9. Do I need to purchase my own travel insurance?
  10. Will there be any workshops prior to departure?
  11. Is my deposit refundable?
  12. What can I do to best prepare myself for the Summit?
  13. Can I travel before or after the program?
  14. Will I be provided with an invoice for tax purposes?
  15. What sort of clothing is required? Do I need to adhere to cultural customs?
  16. Do we need to provide our own bedding and mosquito nets?
  17. Should I take electronic devices such as tablets or laptop computers?
  18. Do I need to take my mobile phone?
  19.  Am I able to stay in the accommodation for a few nights before or after the actual dates of the design summit?
  20. Will there be laundry facilities available?
  21. Is there an opportunity to leave luggage in a central location before going out to community visits?
  22. What are the sleeping arrangements? Will I be sharing accommodation and will I be able to choose who I share with?
  23. What last minute preparations are needed?

 

 

1.  Am I eligible to apply for the Design Summit? Do I have to be an engineer?

You don't have to be enrolled in an engineering degree to attend the Design Summit. However you do need to be a currently enrolled university student or recent graduate (less than 6 months). In exceptional circumstances, non-university students are accepted at the discretion of program team.

2. What information are you able to give us on what engineering projects we will be working on?

The focus of the Design Summit is to learn from community partners, and engage in the design process. Rather than working on set building projects, we will be working with EWB’s community partners,to learn from and contribute to long term solutions. You will be sent information on your community partner shortly so that you will be able to begin familiarising yourself with the community.

3. Can we book our flights as a group?

If you would like to book flights in a group you are more than welcome to. EWB won't be organising flights for participants but you might like to coordinate flights with other participants from your state. A Facebook group for all the participants will be created to discuss flights and will be a convenient location to hold other conversations about the Summit.

4. Would I be able to base my university research project on the Design Summit?

Yes. The Summit may be used as a base for your university research project. If you are considering basing your research project on the Summit, please get in contact with Nick, n.brown@ewb.org.au. To see the type of EWB research projects that are currently available, have a look at http://www.ewb.org.au/available-research-projects. The Summit is a great way to see humanitarian engineering first hand, and you may discover new ideas for possible research projects.

5. What financial assistance opportunities are available?

Please see the Financial Assistance page. You may be eligible for OS-Help funding loans through your University’s study abroad office. Please check your eligibility and contact your study abroad office for more details.

Your faculty may also have funding allocated for leadership and additional education opportunities. Contact your faculty for more information.

6. I already have a Working with Children Check, will you accept it or do I need to apply for a new one?

We will accept all Working with Children Checks that have not expired. Apply for the volunteer category as this may be free in some states. Please note, in some states, the Working with Children Check may have a slightly different name.

7. I am under 18 years old; can I still attend the Design Summit?

Unfortunately we cannot accept minors on this program. EWB will be running a number of other study tours throughout the year. You are encouraged to apply for these programs when you have turned 18.

8. Will there be any opportunities to meet the other participants before the trip?

A Facebook group will be set up to allow participants to share information and to meet informally. If you do not have Facebook, we will also be holding a pre-departure teleconference in the lead up to the trip. A social catch-up will be organised on a state-by-state basis. Details will be emailed to participants.

9. Do I need to purchase my own travel insurance?

Travel insurance is essential for this program. If you are conducting your own personal travel for more than two days before or after the program you will need to purchase your own insurance for this period.

10. Will there be any workshops prior to departure?

A teleconference will be held for all participants prior to departure. The teleconference will cover a preliminary safety briefing, preparations for departure and answer any additional questions that participants may have. More complete workshops will be held over the first two days of the Summit in preparation for community visits. Suggested pre-reading will be provided to prepare students for the Summit experience.

11. Is my deposit refundable?

Deposits will not be refunded if you decide to withdraw after you are accepted into the program. In some cases (e.g. family illness and death) your travel insurance may cover you for cancellations.

12. What can I do to best prepare myself for the Summit?

The pre-viewing/pre-reading list in pack has been designed to give you a firm background on your host country, development and humanitarian engineering. Students may also like to post on the Facebook group any discussion questions they might have or meet with other participants to share expectations about the trip.

13. Can I travel before or after the program?

You are more than welcome to organise your own travel before and after the program’s official start and end dates. Participants are expected to attend the full duration of the Summit. Accommodation will be covered by EWB throughout these dates. You will need to organise your own travel insurance if you are travelling outside of the program dates.

14. Will I be provided with an invoice for tax purposes?

A tax invoice will sent automatically via email once payment has been received.

15. What sort of clothing is required? Do I need to adhere to cultural customs?

While in country, it will be important for participants to wear culturally appropriate clothing, which includes T-shirt sleeves and long pants. Low cut tops, singlets and short skirts or shorts are not appropriate, especially when visiting communities. It is also important to note that the climate may be tropical and humid, and so light cotton fabrics will be most comfortable. There may be an opportunity to purchase some clothing at local markets.

16. Do we need to provide our own bedding and mosquito nets?

Bedding and mosquito nets are provided for all participants. Participants are welcome to bring a sleeping bag liner and pillowcase of their own for the community visits if they wish, however, this is not a requirement.

17. Should I take electronic devices such as tablets or laptop computers?

Some places you will stay will have a wi-fi connection. However, the use of electronic devices is completely optional and not required for the work done on the Summit. Participants will be responsible for ensuring their own devices are secure.

18. Do I need to take my mobile phone?

Participants are required to have an unlocked mobile phone for the Design Summit, for safety and so that everyone in the group can keep in contact. Local sim cards will be organised on your arrival. If you would like to take your own mobile phone using your existing number, it is up to you to contact your provider in Australia to negotiate roaming costs.

19. Am I able to stay in the accommodation for a few nights before or after the actual dates of the design summit?

Accommodation is provided from the first night of the official Summit program. Accommodation and travel outside of these times is the responsibility of the participant.

20. Will there be laundry facilities available?

Laundromats are widely available where you can have your clothes washed, dried, and folded for only around $1–2 per kilo of clothing. In addition, many of the hostels we are staying in have a laundry service included with your room. During community visits, facilities may be more basic.

21. Is there an opportunity to leave luggage in a central location before going out to community visits?

There will be an opportunity for participants to leave extra luggage at a central location before going out to visit communities. However, it is encouraged that you pack lightly, as everyone will be responsible for carrying their own luggage.

22. What are the sleeping arrangements? Will I be sharing accommodation and will I be able to choose who I share with?

Accommodation will be mostly twin share in hostels and lovely local hotels. Accommodation is pre-arranged by gender into twin rooms. Participants will rotate roommates over the course of the Design Summit. During community visits, participants may be staying in the one location, and may share rooms with more than one other person, depending on the facilities of the community.

23. What last minute preparations are needed?

In terms of last minute preparations, make sure you have some foreign currency in cash and a passport photo if you are purchasing a visa on arrival, an unlocked mobile phone, insect repellent and sunscreen, a notebook and pen, and your passport. In addition, be sure to keep family, and those close to you, informed of your travel plans and any emergency contact details