Engineers Without Borders


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.

ILF “EduZapa” Project
ILF “EduZapa” Project
ILF “EduZapa” Project

Employee Voices

Wolf, Bernadette

„Volun­teering is my personal contri­bution to making better living condi­tions possible for people in other parts of the world. At Engineers Without Borders, I meet like-minded people who enthu­si­asti­cally implement various projects.”

Bernadette Wolf
Transport Engineering

„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
Electrical Engineering

„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
Stakeholder Engagement

„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
Construction Management
Obereder, Nina

„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

„Engineers Without Borders gives me the oppor­tunity to make my own personal contri­bution to creating better living condi­tions in the Global South – as part of a committed group and through technical develo­pment coope­ration. The social and profes­sional exchange with colleagues, as well as the coope­ration with the people involved in the project on site, are a new source of motivation for me time and time again.”

Nils Focke

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