Village Aid Project - Engineers Without Borders

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

  • Do you agree with the mission and values embraced by VAPewb?
  • 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 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 VAPewb-FLC? How can I help?

Answer: NO! Based on our mission we work on engineering related projects but everyone who helps does not need the be an engineer. As a matter of fact, we have found that project solutions are better when a broad spectrum of disciplines contribute. More than half of our students from majors other than engineering; biology, history, anthropology, business, geology, language, public health .... the list goes on and on.

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 biweekly during the fall semester and weekly 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 also fine 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 VAP 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 VAP implementation trip?

Answer: VAP is NOT a travel club. Each student who travels will have spent 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 VAP and so far we have had a spot for everyone. We do have some requirements like you need to be a contributing member dedicated to the VAP mission, you will be responsible for your own travel 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: Students are responsible for their own travel expenses. This is mostly airfare but there are other costs such as immunizations, in-country travel (buses, trains, etc) and your own supplies. The student club works together on fundraising with the goal of paying 1/2 of the student expenses. 



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

Professionals and other community partners

VAPewb 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, video production, public relations, newsletter production, language translation, helping with training workshops for students, mentoring students on a variety of tasks, 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 meetings, taking a leadership role in work groups, 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

We raise 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.