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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

How are donations used?

Members of EWB—composed of students, professors, and professionals—work on a volunteer basis to travel to developing areas of the country and assess and then implement changes that will assist these communities. Your donations are used to purchase materials that will be used to improve sanitary conditions, enhance educational programs, improve classroom structures, provide clean water and solar power, and assist with other tasks requested by the local people and consistent with our abilities and resources.

The EWB-CLUB depends entirely on volunteers and private donations—projects cannot survive without your help. If you would like to contribute, you may do so online by clicking on the USU Donations link. For other kinds of contributions visit our support page.

What is the purpose of EWB-USU?

The purpose of the student chapter of Engineers Without Borders at Utah State University (EWB-USU) is to identify and solve engineering and humanitarian problems for impoverished orphanages and communities. The principal activities include providing clean water and solar power, improving sanitary conditions, enhancing educational programs, improving classroom structures, and assisting with other tasks requested by the local people.

How will EWB benefit me as a student?

Chapter activities will give you hands-on experience that can't be duplicated in the classroom. This is especially true if you are an engineering student, but students of other majors can also receive great experience. For example, we had a journalism student come with us to Uganda who put together an amazing video for us. Additionally, you will have the opportunity to fill humanitarian needs for communities in our area and in developing countries. Not only will this look great on your resume, you'll also feel great inside. It will also help you become more aware of future contributions you can make to society.

You can join by clicking on the join link.

Do I need to be an Engineer?

No. Problems in different countries are complex, and engineering improvements alone will not solve all these problems. We encourage students of all different majors to contribute their different skills to help in these projects.

I am not a student, how can I be involved?

EWB-USU needs help in a variety of areas including:

  • Helping with technical designs
  • Helping with project organization and logistics
  • Mentoring the students during the project planning process
  • Traveling with a team (every student team needs to be accompanied by a mentor)

If you would like to volunteer, contact us at

How does EWB-USU select projects?

Typically representatives of Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) contact EWB-USU either directly or through the National Headquarters ( We review the needs identified by the NGO and decide if: 1) We have the necessary expertise, 2) If we have enough student members who are looking for a project, and 3) If funding potential is sufficient for a project of the requested scope.

Does EWB-USU focus on humanitarian assistance as well as technical development?

Most definitely! We recognize that our main mission is humanitarian, and that technology accompanied by goodwill is an effective way of delivering.