Engineers Without Borders

Join Engineers Without Borders at Fort Lewis

Join EWB

Here's a test. If you answer yes to any of these, involvement in EWB may be for you.

  • Do you agree with the mission and values embraced by EWB?
  • Less than 15% of the world's population lives in developed countries. Would you like to see how the rest of the world lives?
  • Would you Like an opportunity to help a needy community in the developing world (third world) in a very real and hands-on way?
  • Would you like to gain experience working on an engineering project from start to finish?
  • Do you think that we (developed world) have an obligation to help? Facts and figures on population, poverty and the developing world. 


Do I have to be and engineer or engineering student to help with EWB-FLC? How can I help?

Answer: NO! Based on the EWB mission we work on engineering related projects but everyone who helps does not need the be an engineer. There is lots of work associated with a project that is not engineering.

How much time is involved?

Answer: For both students and community members the time commitment depends on how involved you want to be. If you want to be an integral part of a project and ultimately travel on an implementation trip then plan on meeting with the project team on a biweekly basid during the fall semester and a weekly basis during the winter semester as we prepare for the construction trip. If you want to help out or be involved but cannot commit to this much time then that's fine also but travel opportunities will be limited. Your time commitment depends on you and how involved you want to be.  

Do I have to travel with an EWB implementation team to be able to help?

Answer: No. Traveling with a project implementation team is just one way to help. There are lots of other that do not require travel.

Will I get to go abroad on an EWB implementation trip?

Answer: EWB is NOT a travel club. Each student who travels will have spend so many hours working on the project that if all you want to do is to travel then it is easier to get a job, save your money, and travel. Having said that, our goal is to give all interested students the opportunity to travel with EWB. The ability to meet this goal depends on the number of students, finances, scheduling and other factors. Here are some other considerations: you may not get to travel the first year you are involved; EWB is not a travel club, you need to be a contributing member dedicated to the EWB mission, you will be responsible for a portion of the cost; you must take the 1-credit EWB course before you participate on an implementation trip.

If I do travel how much will it cost?

Answer: The student members and faculty directors have agreed that students will be responsible for one half of their travel expenses. The other half will be paid for through our group fundraising efforts. 



  • Speak with an EWB-FLC student member.
  • Attend a meeting. Look for announcement flyer and notices.
  • Contact the EWB-FLC faculty director: Don May, or 970-247-7545 or Fort Lewis College Professor Laurie Williams at

Professionals and other community partners

EWB-FLC consists of both students and community members. The goal is to fully integrate community members in all aspects of projects. Help is always needed at both the technical and organizational level. The time commitment will depend on how involved you choose to be.  Engaged community members do have the opportunity to travel on implementation trips.

Some of the non-technical tasks that we need community member help with include, fund raising, web page development and  maintenance, video production, public relations, newsletter production, language translation, etc.  We are hoping to find volunteers who can take on one of these tasks and stick with it for several years providing a consistent year to year approach.


Community partners who wish to travel are expected to participate at the same level, or greater, as students. This means attending weekly meetings (all school year), taking a leadership role in workgroups, and helping with fundraising and other jobs. We need committed people who believe in our mission. We know it's expecting a lot but we feel it is only fair. 

Contact Don May at 970-247-7545 or Laurie Williams at 970-247-7160

Help us identify new projects around the world

EWB-FLC raises all of the funds to pay for the program costs which are about $20,000 for each village. We are an all volunteer organization with less than 1% in over head costs. Please consider sponsoring our work.