Useful Information - Extra-curricular Engineering

Engineers Without Borders

An EWB student team installing solar light system in Nepal.Engineers Without Borders UK (EWB) is a dynamic student charity, which began in the Department of Engineering at Cambridge. The organisation now has branches in universities across the UK, with Cambridge remaining one of the most active.

One of EWB's main aims is to interest students in development issues and projects during their time at university. EWB Cambridge's training courses are a great opportunity to get your hands dirty, meet other like-minded students, and learn about appropriate technologies. There are also talks from development professionals, outreach activities with local schools and scout groups, and the EWB Branch Challenge, a competition against team from other universities to solve a real-life problem in a developing country.

In collaboration with local non-governmental organisations, EWB-UK organises summer placement opportunities overseas each year. These involve challenging and stimulating engineering work, with a clearly visible humanitarian impact. Current Cambridge-based branch projects include the CamCam partnership, working with Cameroonian charity OK-Clean Water, and they are looking into a new international partnership.

To find out more, visit the Cambridge branch website, visit the EWB national website or contact the Cambridge branch at

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