Engineers Without Borders

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Engineers without borders –
creating new horizons together

“Con­tri­bu­ting to impro­ving the qua­li­ty of life” is a mot­to that not only fits with ILF’s visi­on, but cer­tain­ly also app­lies to the asso­cia­ti­on Engi­neers without Bor­ders (IOG). In Aus­tria the asso­cia­ti­on was estab­lis­hed in 2013 and focu­ses on tech­ni­cal deve­lo­p­ment coope­ra­ti­on. Sin­ce then some 210 uni­ver­si­ty stu­dents and engi­neers throughout Aus­tria have come for­ward as vol­un­te­ers for dif­fe­rent pro­jects around the world. As part of five regio­nal groups they give up their free time to crea­te long-term social added value for dis­ad­van­ta­ged local communities.

With its “Edu­Za­pa” pro­ject, the Tyro­lean regio­nal group has been impro­ving edu­ca­tio­nal oppor­tu­nities for school pupils in rural Mexi­co sin­ce 2016. Con­struc­tion mea­su­res ser­ve to crea­te the basic con­di­ti­ons for a sti­mu­la­ting lear­ning envi­ron­ment to moti­va­te lear­ners, and the mea­su­res fur­ther­mo­re offer incen­ti­ves for impro­ved edu­ca­tio­nal offe­rings. This is meant to impro­ve the pupils’ job pro­spects. The pro­ject was joint­ly deve­lo­ped by vil­la­gers, tea­chers and the inter­di­sci­pli­na­ry IOG team to bring about sus­tainab­le chan­ge. The con­struc­tion works are under­way and are pro­gres­sing well thanks to the hel­ping hands of the local population.

In 2017 the pro­ject recei­ved the Social Impact Award Aus­tria. ILF Con­sul­ting Engi­neers sup­ports the asso­cia­ti­on through the pro­vi­si­on of tech­ni­cal assistance.

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Employee Voices

Braun,Jens

„In the free eco­no­my, we as engi­neers just like our employ­er, are ope­ra­ting in a com­pe­ti­ti­ve envi­ron­ment and are the­re­fo­re promp­ted to pri­ma­ri­ly pur­sue eco­no­mi­c­al­ly inte­res­ting pro­jects. The work of Engi­neers Without Bor­ders (EWB) com­bi­nes engi­nee­ring acti­vi­ty with social com­mit­ment, and enab­les me to be part of a moti­va­ted inter­di­sci­pli­na­ry team and to also dedi­ca­te my time to working on pro­jects, which are often of vital impor­t­ance yet have limi­ted finan­cial resources.”

Jens Braun
Rum bei Innsbruck
Water & Environmental Engineering
Fischer,Daniel

„Having com­ple­ted various pro­fes­sio­nal assign­ments in deve­lo­ping coun­tries on behalf of ILF, I also wan­ted to make a per­so­nal con­tri­bu­ti­on, which is how I came across the orga­niz­a­ti­on Engi­neers Without Bor­ders. For me, being able to use tech­ni­cal means to get to the roots of pro­blems is a mea­ning­ful way to pro­vi­de long-term deve­lo­p­ment aid.”

Daniel Fischer
Rum bei Innsbruck
Electrical Engineering
Fischer,Rebekka

„I would like to grow pro­fes­sio­nal­ly and per­so­nal­ly, and con­tri­bu­te to a bet­ter world. Engi­neers Without Bor­ders is a good plat­form for this and allows me to meet many like-min­ded people.”

Rebekka Fischer
Bremen
Stakeholder Engagement
Hauser,Florian

„I find it high­ly moti­vat­ing to con­tri­bu­te my know-how and expe­ri­ence, in order to direct­ly influ­ence the living con­di­ti­ons of other peop­le in a posi­ti­ve way. This is exact­ly what the orga­niz­a­ti­on, EWB, does across geo­gra­phic and social bounda­ries. I per­cei­ve working in our moti­va­ted team to be very enri­ching, both pro­fes­sio­nal­ly as well as personally.”

Florian Hauser
Rum bei Innsbruck
Transport Engineering
Kratschmayer,Daniel

„I am very inte­res­ted in inter­na­tio­nal pro­jects. The mix of stu­dents from dif­fe­rent disci­pli­nes and expe­ri­en­ced engi­neers crea­tes space for inno­va­ti­ve ide­as and for deli­be­ra­te chan­ges of per­spec­ti­ve. Ever­y­bo­dy is extre­me­ly moti­va­ted and keen to help each other.”

Daniel Kratschmayr
Rum bei Innsbruck
Construction Management
Manninger, Eva

„Working with EWB is a small per­so­nal con­tri­bu­ti­on to sup­por­ting child­ren and young peop­le in other parts of the world to start a self-deter­mi­ned life. We do this by hel­ping with the litt­le things that are taken for gran­ted in our coun­try, such as having access to clean water, atten­ding a school and as a result being able to learn to read and write.”

Eva Manninger
Rum bei Innsbruck
Hydropower, Dams and River Engineering
Nina Obereder

„I like the “Engi­neers Without Bor­ders” con­cept: vol­un­te­ers with tech­ni­cal know-how, per­so­nal com­mit­ment and cor­re­spon­ding moti­va­ti­on, who are the key to making a dif­fe­rence, tog­e­ther. Whilst pur­suing this goal, we get to know other cul­tures and new peop­le and are offe­red oppor­tu­nities to expand our horizons.”

Nina Obereder
Rum bei Innsbruck
Geotechnics

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