Engineers Without Borders

Transforming communities through humanitarian engineering.

We're a proud partner of Engineers Without Borders. Together we aim to connect, educate and empower people through humanitarian engineering.


Humanitarian engineering uses a people-centered, strength-based approach to improve community health, wellbeing and opportunity.

Our involvement with Engineers Without Borders New Zealand (EWBNZ) dates back to the beginning of 2009, with strong ties forged through a number of our team who are passionate advocates for volunteering and contributing to social development and working as volunteers.

Our current partnership, through to 2021, includes sponsorship of EWBNZ’s annual conference and dedicated pro-bono time to support its engineering activities.

To date, we’ve provided pro-bono expertise to projects including design, drafting and verification for a rainwater harvesting structure in North East Ambrym, project screening and advice for a cyclone community safe-house in Vanuatu, and guidance and support to EWBNZ’s In-Schools programme, which teaches students about international development and engineering.

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Our Team Says

It’s been hugely rewarding to see Beca continually partner with EWBNZ, whose mission, vision and values closely align with Beca’s purpose: Make Everyday Better.

Hayden Grant-Ussher,

Systems Engineer

Our Team Says

Engineering is such an important tool in the fight against climate change. For the solutions to be effective, it's crucial for the ideas to come from within, and education is the first step. Watch this space!

Emily Hinton,

Mechanical Engineer

  • Humanitarian Engineering Conference 2018

    A showcase of people-centred, sustainable engineering projects that engage communities in the South Pacific.
    Changing the world
  • First Year Design Challenge

    Four talented students from Massey University won EWBNZ's First Year Design Challenge with their solution – organic ash soap.
    Innovative solutions
  • Rich volunteering experiences

    Jen Johnstone – a passionate advocate for international development and humanitarian engineering.
    Making an impact