Application process and requirements
EWB looks for applicants who: -have a drive for excellence -are committed to having positive impact in overseas communities through -all aspects of their placement -welcome the fact that overseas placements serve a higher purpose of exchanging information, increasing awareness and empowering the developing world through technology -understand the ambiguity and challenges associated with development projects -are committed to sharing experiences with others upon your return to Canada -have strong leadership skills or potential. Please note that these positions are very competitive - typically there are over 100 applicants for every 10 positions. Many applicants have come through the EWB chapter system and gained a deep understanding about development and demonstrated a proven commitment to building a better world. EWB has also sent volunteers overseas who have no previous involvement in EWB. These individuals have prepared by learning about development, already have extensive knowledge about development, or have experience working in development. Technical skills also vary per placement. Almost all development work requires a multi-disciplinary individual with strong problem solving skills above specific technical knowledge. EWB looks first for people who will be good development workers and only then considers their technical skills. Both engineers and non-engineers are sent overseas on long-term placements.