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Support our staff in the delivery of programs and initiatives through our summer placements program as well as project-based opportunities.

Students volunteer with EWB because they are passionate about creating a positive change in the world – and they are a vital part of the work we do. Throughout the year we offer opportunities for our EWB network to work alongside our National Office team – either at our office or remotely. It enables our committed volunteers to learn more about EWB’s work, support staff in the delivery of programs and initiatives, build our community, and further develop your individual capabilities in the sector.

Summer Placements

Connect with your University Chapter to participate in events and grassroots volunteering activity.

Project Volunteering

Support in the delivery of programs and initiatives through our summer placements as well as project-based opportunities.


Inspire F-12 students to explore a future in STEM by delivering workshops in the classroom.

Testimonial here

Summer Placements

EWB hosts volunteering places over the Australian summer period, Nov-Feb, for a 12-week period. Our summer volunteering opportunities suit tertiary students and recent graduates who have actively engaged with EWB Australia through their university or local EWB Chapter, and who seek to further build EWB knowledge and capabilities, increase their understanding of humanitarian engineering and community development, develop workplace skills and experience, and contribute to positive social impact.

Summer volunteers work alongside our staff and fellow volunteers at our national office in Footscray, Victoria, with computer-based work.  Based in our open-plan, light-filled, co-tenanted working space, you’ll become a part of our friendly team and join in on our regular activities (such as weekly team lunches), participate in meetings, and be a part of the annual Making an Impact Summit in December. Selection of Summer volunteers is by written application and interview. Please note that volunteer work is voluntary and unpaid. Volunteers from around Australia are welcome, but will need to make their accommodation arrangements.

  • Tertiary students and professionals interested in community development, humanitarian engineering and creating impact through positive social change.
  • Demonstration of genuine engagement with EWB Australia is desired, as we seek volunteers who strongly align with EWB’s values and mission,  and can demonstrate this through active participation, such as volunteering with your local EWB Chapter (add link to Local Chapter page).

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Mid Sep: applications open

Early Oct: applications close

Mid-late Oct: interviews held

End Oct: applicants notified of outcome

Early Nov: successful applicants confirm acceptance of offer

Late Nov: half-day induction workshop; internship commences

Early Dec: involvement in Making An Impact Summit

Christmas/New Year period: EWB office closure

Late Feb: internship concludes

Project Volunteering

Throughout the year EWB offers volunteering opportunities to work on specific project-based work – and you don’t need to be an engineer! Our project volunteering roles are either based in our national office or remotely, with project work focused on various disciplines, including research, marketing, communications and content, education, training, human resources, finance, business administration, and our many international and australian programs. EWB Australia is currently seeking volunteers for the below projects. 

Keen to volunteer but we don’t have the perfect role for you right now? Please add your details to our VOLUNTEER ROSTER, to be notified of future projects. LINK TO COME.

Roles will go here.

NOTE. This page will also be linked from the other volunteer pages, ie PROFESSIONAL, ACADEMIC, NON-GINEER – all project volunteers roles will be listed on this page.

Stories of Student Volunteering

Volunteer adventures in Vanuatu: Sadia’s life-changing year abroad

Volunteer adventures in Vanuatu: Sadia’s life-changing year abroad

When Sadia Abdullah arrived in Vanuatu, the first thing she noticed was the heat and the humidity. The second was how friendly everyone was, and the strong sense of community. 

Sadia flew into Port Vila, the capital of Vanuatu, in August 2022. Months earlier, she was at home in Sydney under tight COVID restrictions and eager to go anywhere outside her living room. Now, just a three-hour flight from Sydney, she was in beautiful Vanuatu, a country she knew almost nothing about a few months prior — just “that it was a dot in the Pacific”. Vanuatu is an archipelago of 83 islands with a population of around 300,000 people, located east of Australia on a similar latitude to Cairns.

Global travels and local impact – Bea Duffield’s volunteering journey

Global travels and local impact – Bea Duffield’s volunteering journey

Bea Duffield isn’t an engineer, but her experience spans almost everything else. From her academic background in scientific research to her career across both private enterprise and government sector, she has worked in a range of diverse fields including resource development, communications and marketing, policy, and infrastructure development. Her varied career has taken her across the globe, from her home base in Brisbane to Vietnam, Jordan, Sri Lanka, Indonesia, Fiji, Papua New Guinea and Tonga. 

Contact: Anna Cain

Mobilisation Manager, EWB Australia

E: a.cain@ewb.org.au | T: +61 (0)3 8582 1866