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.
“I would like to grow profession-ally and personally, and contribute to a better world. IOG is a good platform for this and allows me to meet many like-minded people.”
“I find it rewarding to put my knowledge and experience to good use in such a project. Working together with motivated members of the association and seeing an immediate result – such as the happiness of the pupils in the newly renovated classrooms – has been an enriching experience.”
“I am very interested in international projects. The mix of students from different disciplines and experienced engineers creates space for innovative ideas and changes in perspective. Everybody is extremely motivated and keen to help each other.”
“I have been looking for an opportunity to work as a volunteer alongside my job for quite some time. IOG approached me and I decided to join them. In addition to expanding my technical expertise, the association also helps improve my social skills.”