About EWH – Summer Institute
The EWH – Summer Institute is a program run by Engineering World Health, co-founded by my academic advisor Dr. Bob Malkin. The best way to describe the program would be in their own words, taken from their website:
The EWH-Duke Summer Institute is an opportunity for engineering students to gain hands-on repair and design experience while providing support to hospitals that serve people in poor communities of a developing country. Open to students of engineering, physics and chemistry, the EWH-Duke Summer Institute begins with a one-month stay in Costa Rica or Tanzania in which students live with a host family. Mornings are spent learning Spanish or Swahili, while in the afternoons participants receive three hours of technical training in the operation and repair of medical equipment. Day trips to the country’s breathtaking natural features punctuate the experience and give volunteers a time to bond.After the one-month training, each student travels to his or her host hospital. Students work repairing and installing badly needed equipment. Whether they’re working on an infusion pump that helps treat a tiny infant, or an ECG that will aid in diagnosing someone’s grandfather, each student-engineer makes a difference in patients’ lives.
A few years ago, Melinda Gates showed up at Duke and gave Duke the funds (through the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation) to sponsor students to travel world-wide:
DukeEngage empowers students to address critical human needs through immersive service, in the process transforming students, advancing the University’s educational mission, and providing meaningful assistance to communities in the U.S. and abroad. [Taken from DukeEngage Website]
Using these funds, DukeEngage has covered the basic costs for me to participate in the EWH – Summer Institute Program.
In a few short sentences, this program gives me the opportunity to learn and apply some practical engineering skills. Throw on top of that the chance to travel to Tanzania and the always positive experience of impact volunteering, and I’m ready for what looks to be one of the greatest summer experiences of my life!