World Water Corps®
The World Water Corps (WWC) is the technical volunteer arm of Water For People which supports our international programs in their efforts to reach Everyone Forever (universal water and sanitation services that last). Everyone Forever (EF) is the cornerstone of Water For People's programming and success in the development sector. As simple as it may sound, EF is highly complex by nature 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 country 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. Many ask us why. The answer is simple. Water For People is helping to build 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 know what is working and create (or adapt) our strategies in-country.
WWC trips in the past have provided valuable support to our international programs. The WWC is currently going through a period of transition as our country programs and government partners increase their capacity. This is thanks in part, to the efforts of the WWC and we celebrate that!
Over the past four years there have been several specific program areas, namely monitoring, water quality and water resource management, which we have prioritized for the WWC support, as we have moved to develop our understanding and capacity in these areas specifically. This was the main driver for the development in prior years of an assignment list at the beginning of our planning cycle.
With monitoring, we are excited to share that the monitoring function is now the full responsibility of programs themselves, and we are seeking to go further to embed monitoring within the relevant institutions nationally, in our desire to create the environment for Forever.
With water quality, we now also have water safety plans in each country, and are starting to monitor water quality as part of the annual cycle, so this is also creating incentives for assuring that 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.
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Current WWC Assignments
There are currently no assignments we are recruiting volunteers for. We will continue to identify opportunities through the year, where we can use the WWC, for example in business planning and modeling, water resource management and evaluations of specific program aspects. Most work will be completed as a desk study without travel to the country. We will post each opportunity here as they develop.
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.