World Water Corps®
The World Water Corps (WWC) is the technical volunteer arm of Water For People that supports our programs in their efforts to reach Everyone Forever. Everyone Forever is the cornerstone of Water For People's programming and success in the development sector. As simple as it may sound, Everyone Forever is highly complex and requires the full support of all stakeholders, including volunteers. WWC volunteers have the opportunity to engage with Water For People in a dynamic role as expert consultants committed to helping our programs solve technical challenges.Water For People and the WWC do not dig wells or construct latrines.
In fact, we don’t believe that contributing labor to a project is in the best interest of the community. Why? The answer is simple. Water For People is helping build local capacity and community strength that can last over time. We rely upon the WWC to help us learn and grow. Reports and feedback from the WWC volunteers help us understand what is working as we create (or adapt) our strategies in-country.
Historically, there have been several program areas – particularly monitoring, water quality and water resource management – where WWC has supported Water For People’s understanding and capacity.
With monitoring, we are excited to share that the monitoring function is now the full responsibility of country programs themselves. We are hoping to take this a step further and embed monitoring within the relevant national institutions, since this is a key piece of ensuring WASH services last Forever.
With water quality, we now have water safety plans in each country and are starting to monitor water quality as part of the annual reporting cycle. This ensures water quality is given appropriate emphasis within programming.
With water resource management, country programs are actively engaging in activities such as water resources inventories and management plans. Although this capacity is growing within our country programs, this is an area where we will continue to look to the WWC for support.
Moving forward, we will continue to identify opportunities where we can use the WWC, such as business planning and modeling, water resource management, and evaluations of specific program aspects. Most work will be completed as a desk study without international travel. We expect to have about five assignments per year, and will post each opportunity here as they develop.
Current WWC Assignments
Rehabilitation of Wastewater Treatment Plants in Bolivia
Water For People is looking for 2 to 3 volunteers who have experience with small-scale wastewater treatment plant design and operation. We work in the towns of Arani and Villa Rivero, Bolivia where plants exist but have fallen into a state of disrepair. The specific objectives are to complete a feasibility study to understand the options to rehabilitate both systems that considers technical, environmental, and financial challenges facing sustainability. We hope that we find viable options that allow for the treated water to be used for irrigation, which is a critical need to address water scarcity issues in the region. These two cases will service as pilots for nearby towns in Bolivia facing similar challenges.
Deadline to Apply: September 21, 2018Apply
The Community Engineering Corps® (CE Corps) combines the strengths of three allied organizations – American Water Works Association, American Society of Civil Engineers, and Engineers Without Borders USA – to assist underserved US communities in meeting their infrastructure needs and improving the quality of life for each of the communities’ members. Volunteers with a range of experience and expertise are needed to work on project teams, serve on committees or mentor student project teams. For more information, please visit www.communityengineeringcorps.org.