The Junior Fellowship program is a four month overseas placement working in one of EWB’s many ventures.
Junior Fellowship Program
Looking to travel the world while gaining valuable work experience at a tech company? Believe that profit should have a purpose? Look no further than the Engineers Without Borders Fellowship Program! This 4-month, all expenses paid summer fellowship partners university students with social enterprises in sub-Saharan Africa in technical and non-technical roles.
Prior to the placement, the volunteer is expected to prepare by reviewing all necessary materials, attending national conference, and participating in pre-departure trainings, all the while continuing to be a contributing member in the chapter. After the four month overseas placement, the returning Junior Fellow will be required to fulfill the remainder of the program’s objective by staying with the chapter for at least one more year to share valuable learning with the community and mentor the future Junior Fellow.
This placement focuses on building great leaders while providing members with the opportunity to create impact overseas. We recognize that four months is a short time to provide lasting impact in a developing country, so our volunteers are encouraged to return to the chapter and community to raise awareness and knowledge, perhaps providing the greatest impact at home.
Past Junior Fellows
Numida Technologies, 2018
Justin will be joining Numida Technologies in Kapala, Uganda this summer.
Numida Technologies, 2017
Elizabeth traveled to Uganda to work for Numida Technologies for four months this past summer. Check out her blog for her experiences working at Numida Technologies and living in Uganda.
VOTO Mobile, 2016
“The only story I have to tell is my own, but I’ve come to realize over the years that the most interesting parts of stories happen when they intersect with other stories, when the characters of each interact, when each learns from and changes because of the other. Those are the moments that stick with me, and those are the moments I hope to share. I’ve learned a lot, grown a lot, during my time here in Ghana. My biggest worry at this point is that I haven’t done the best job at fulfilling my promise of sharing my learning, but I hope to remedy that now — here’s to failing forward.”
VOTO Mobile, 2015
“On the note of successes, one my colleagues Suhuyini, heard from one of the end users about how useful a certain program was. Suhuyini is working in the northern parts of Ghana, with programs that connect pregnant women with weekly, mobile, behaviour change messages trying to improve the health of these women and their unborn children. He talked on the phone to a father who has three wives, who all three recently gave birth. He commented that the messages were very useful, and that he passes the messages onto his wives and has started changing some of his own behaviours. We even made Suhuyini ring the bell of success, a dinner bell rung exclusively for exciting accomplishments. To see some direct successes regarding the end user made me even more excited about my work this summer!”
VOTO Mobile, 2014
“Arriving in Ghana reminded me on a powerful session we had on anti-oppression. We learned we are all WEIRD when working abroad, meaning White, Educated, Industrialized, Rich and Democratic. On the plane surrounded by Ghanaians, and even more in country with the people we have encountered, I can’t help but wonder what their thoughts on me and the group are on, based on a first impression. Another major message was power is not a zero sum game, meaning both parties involved have some sort of power, and it can be shifted, but you are never powerless, even when one has person has more power over you in a situation. Therefore you can create your own power and have control over your power and it is not in someone else hand. Just because one person is in a position of power doesn’t make the other powerless.”