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Amplify your degree, apply your burgeoning skills and gain valuable hands-on experience through volunteering with EWB.

Volunteers are our world.

We would not be able to make a positive impact on the communities we serve without them – without you! As a student volunteer, a rewarding opportunity awaits – join us and be a part of achieving our vision.

You’ll learn more about the work we do and how we do it, add practical experience to your classroom theory, meet like-minded people, build a solid resume in readiness for graduation, and know your contribution is making a positive impact. There’s a number of ways that you can put your hand up.

University Chapter

Connect with your University Chapter to participate in events and volunteer projects.

National Office Placements

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.

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!


What skills do I need to volunteer? Where will I be located? Seek the answers to your questions about volunteering at our national office.

School Outreach

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

EWB has clearly defined goals and strategies on how to achieve them. They carry out lots of meaningful work and have many great initiatives that benefit our society. Being a volunteer with such a well-regarded and well-run organisation is a huge positive. You know the time you spend with EWB on their initiatives is not wasted time, and it will have an impact. Volunteering with EWB has been an immensely valuable experience.

Jacky Cai

School Outreach volunteer

More opportunities 

Alongside student volunteer opportunities, EWB Australia also offers a suite of university-integrated education and research programs, including the EWB University Challenge, Research Program and Humanitarian Design Summits. All tailored to facilitate student learning and immersion in human-centred design and sustainable development, through an engineering lens. 

Stories of Volunteering

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. 

Remote field visits, tuk-tuk commutes, and fish amok: a year in the life of an Australian volunteer

Remote field visits, tuk-tuk commutes, and fish amok: a year in the life of an Australian volunteer

Water, risk, and sustainability engineer Nicole Locke had always wanted to work overseas but there had never been a good time to do it. She graduated into a difficult job market and was lucky enough to find a position with Water Corporation in Perth. Fast forward a few years to 2019 and Nicole was considering her next move. 

“I was talking to a mentor and she said, you’ve always thought about going overseas and volunteering,” Nicole said. “’Why don’t you just do it?’ I thought—well, why not?”