Professional Mentor Needed for KSU

The K-State Chapter of Engineers Without Borders (EWB-KSU) is currently completing the design of a school and bathroom for a community in Joyabaj, Guatemala.

In January of this year, EWB-KSU traveled to Guatemala to gather site information and meet the community. After returning, they have been working hard to complete the design and raise funds. However, the professor who has been supervising their work recently informed them that she will not be able to travel with them to build the school and bathroom. The project cannot move forward unless a professional travels with their team to verify that the construction is done according to the design.


A local Guatemalan contractor, Mincho Ortega, will supervise the construction (with community members providing labor). Therefore, the team will likely be on site at the beginning to excavate, pour the foundations and begin placing CMU. The "Professional Mentor" must be a licensed engineer with 7 years of structural design/construction experience (See below for the 405- Professional Mentor Qualifications). The time commitment will be a little more than a week. More information and pictures about the project can be found on the KSU-EWB website:


If someone from EWB-KC Chapter is interested in helping with this project (traveling and/or design help), please let Daniel Pruit (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) and Jaci Ferguson (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) know. Thanks!

EWB-USA Professional Mentor Teams and Qualifications

EWB-USA Professional Mentors are experienced professionals who assist the chapter in meeting the cultural, public health, environmental, economical, construction, and technical aspects of the chapter’s community development program. When selecting a Professional Mentor Team, the chapter should seek out professionals who may have the following attributes:
• Ability to transfer engineering knowledge to both team members and the community.
• Capacity to communicate across language and cultural barriers.
• Sensitivity and respect for local culture and history.
• Ability to work well with diverse groups and facilitate meetings.
• Understanding of the fundamentals of the EWB-USA model of community-driven development.
• Understanding of the EWB-USA project process such that they can guide, if necessary, the chapter through that process.
• Understanding of what makes technologies appropriate for use.
• Commitment to developing sustainable and culturally acceptable technologies.
• Ability to critically analyze all possible solutions by evaluating the intended and unintended consequences of the project on society, human health, and the environment.
• Openness to learning about sustainable practices from a local paradigm.
• Commitment to monitor the project and assess its impact on the community.
• Ability and willingness to experience the living conditions in the host community.
• Ability to provide remote mentoring if the student chapter is not a local chapter.
• Long-term commitment to the project and to the community to provide the foundation for the program to continue within this community year after year.
One member of the Professional Mentor Team will need to be designated as the Responsible Engineer in Charge (REIC). The REIC is responsible for oversight of the project planning and design, and leading the Professional Mentor Team and chapter members to assure compliance with EWB-USA requirements.
Mentor Team Qualifications
Specific Professional Mentor Team qualifications are evaluated with the 502 form and should include:
1. On a project by project basis, design experience in the technology that the project is using. We encourage chapters to have more than one individual with this experience on their project team in order to meet the technical demands of the project and ensure that at least one qualified mentor is available to travel on every EWB-USA trip.
2. On a project by project basis, construction experience in the technology that the project is using and is relevant to the intended project. For example, well construction experience does not qualify one to oversee bridge construction. An equivalent of two years of construction experience is required for the mentor team.