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3 days in Malawi

Submitted by tamara on 17 May 2009 - 8:53am    

Muli Bwang!

So I have some exciting news for you!  And it will blow your mind.

I got attacked by killer bees on my third day in Malawi!

I’ll have to tell you the whole story later, but this is what basically happened:

Intro to Malawi

Submitted by tamara on 4 May 2009 - 12:06am    

 Hey there!

I am ready.  I've been anticipating departure since December and now it is here!  

I will be stationed in Blantyre, Malawi which is the largest city in the country (population: 533 000).  I am partnered with a non-government organization called Hygiene Village Project, it's a small group that works towards teaching and initiating hygiene and sanitation management in schools in the Blantyre district.

Right now, I can't tell you too much about anything except that I'm ready for some eye-poppin, jaw-droppin and tear-jerkin challenges and experiences.



Tremendous Trembles of Anxious Anticipation

Submitted by colleen on 3 May 2009 - 1:45pm    


Hello, how are you?  Or in Tumbuka, Muli uli? 

My name is Colleen Steele and I will be spending my summer in Malawi with Engineers Without Borders.  I wish that I could give you the specifics of my upcoming placement, but I am still waiting for those specifics to be confirmed.  I am going to try and keep this first post short, sweet, and salty and hopefully get you salivating for more...

Through this blog, I hope to share with you my conundrums, laughter, torments, demystifications, euphoria, perspectives, and (hopefully in smaller quantities) despairs over my next four months of volunteering in Malawi with EWB.

Tears, sweat, and blood,


PS- I know the band's name is 'Blood, Sweat, & Tears.'  Tears, sweat, and blood is the order these fluids most commonly leave my body...


Spring Update

Submitted by sean on 20 April 2009 - 7:59pm    

Another school year is drawing to a close - and it's been a fantastic year at the U of S EWB chapter!  Here on our oft-updated (possibly!) website, we'd just like to recap the past year, and introduce our super-pumped team for next year.  Be sure to click the "Read more" link to, well... read more of course!

2009-2010 EWB Team Leaders

Our new team is definitely excited about the coming year.  A big thanks to this past year's team, and all the best to all of you in the future.
The incoming team:
President: Taylor Verde
Public Outreach: Stephanie Laing
School Outreach: Kathryn Palmer
Advocacy: Payton Byrns
Fundraising: William Jansen
Member Learning: Alison Silversides and Chelsey Bartlett
Communications: Sean Boots
New People's Buddy: Kamera Lavoie
SWAT Team Leader: Erin Placatka
Finance: Sydney Byrns
Curriculum Enhancement: Mark Boots

There's more!  Click the Read More link on the right for a year recap, photos, and summer updates!

EWB selecting President/Team Leaders for 2009-2010

Submitted by mark on 1 March 2009 - 2:17pm    

EWB is in the "turnover" process of picking its new president and team leaders for the 2009-2010 school year. The goal of the annual turnover is:

  1. To bring in fresh ideas and enthusiasm
  2. To match people's unique strengths and interests to roles that let them make a difference in reducing extreme poverty
  3. To support the new team by transferring knowledge, skills, and attitudes from the outgoing leaders


  • - Chapter President
  • - Public Outreach Team Leader
  • - School Outreach Team Leader
  • - Fundraising Team Leader
  • - Communication Team Leader
  • - Member Learning Team Leader
  • - Finance Rep
  • - Junior Fellows (summer overseas volunteers - selected earlier this year)

More info on these: http://usask.ewb.ca/files/whatcanido.pdf

Not your cup of team? There's also a set of new ideas and positions that we might fill based on the strengths/interests of people that apply:

  • - Human Resources / New-peoples'-buddy
  • - Curriculum Enhancement Team Leader
  • - Administration and Logistics
  • - IT Team Leader
  • - Next-generation media team leader
  • - [Make up your own position here and tell us why it's needed]

(There are tons of ways to have an impact outside of these formal positions as well... but we do need some leaders to get us organized and working toward a common vision. "Read More" after the break)

Happy New Year!

Submitted by sean on 28 January 2009 - 12:38am    
And by New Year, we mean Happy ...February?

Welcome back everyone, and welcome also to anyone interested in joining our chapter this semester! We're all pretty excited about what we can accomplish this spring, and we'd love to have you on board.

For those of you who are looking into EWB for the first time this semester, we'd suggest signing up for our UofS Engineers Without Borders newsletters, which you can do by clicking the "Sign up for EWB news" link just on the right and then filling in your email and whatnot on the page that links to.
Or, if you'd like to check out what EWB is in person, stop by our Member Learning meetings every Thursday at 5:30 (and enjoy some sweet discussions on international development and/or general chilling out). And of course, stop by our tasty Friday barbeques every week and chat with the people there as you enjoy some delicious Tasty Burgers for lunch.

The Fair Trade Fair

Submitted by Taylor on 13 November 2008 - 12:03am    
Agriculture Building Atrium

EWB's 2nd Annual Fair Trade Fair:

November 19 - 21/08 from 11am to 4pm
in the Agriculture Building Atrium.

Come out and learn what Fair Trade is, where and why to buy Fair Trade, and shop for some ethical gifts this Christmas!

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