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UWE Global Water Security Programme

Take part in the UWE Global Water Security Programme and support global organisations working on improving water security worldwide. It's an exciting opportunity to do a short or long-term placement in another country. Applications are now open.

We're looking for UWE Bristol students from all subject areas to support host organisations by using your academic knowledge in a variety of ways.

What's the benefit of doing a placement?

The UWE Bristol Global Water Security Programme is a chance for you to use your academic skills to make a difference – and experience life in a different country. Taking part could also improve both your employability and your chances of undertaking postgraduate studies once you've graduated.

Placements will run over summer 2018 and/or as a sandwich placement for 2018/19. You could choose to link your research/experience to your academic studies as part of your third year modules, including sandwich placements and dissertation projects. However, this isn't compulsory. You'll be able to make a positive difference by working directly with the host organisation.

Successful applicants will receive support prior to, during and after their placement/internship experience, as well as financial assistance with costs from UWE Bristol through various initiatives, depending on the opportunity.

What can I do?

You will support organisations in a number of ways. This could include:

  • water quality
  • sanitation in schools
  • food security
  • governance
  • hydropower
  • well rehabilitation
  • the impact on women
  • journalism.

Take a look at the 'Where can I go?' section below for ideas of how you can get involved in a project.

Previous students have won prizes for their work – including the National Union of Journalists (Bristol branch) Student Journalism Prize, and the IWSN-UWE Bristol Student Prize.

Where can I go?

The following placement opportunities are available for summer 2018. Click on the individual projects to view further details in InfoHub (login required):

Diocese of Kisoro, Uganda

Four Water Services Internships are available for Social Sciences, Engineering, Water Science, and Journalism students. You could work on any of the following projects in Kisoro District:

  • Assessment of the extent and type of rainwater harvesting tanks (RWH) 
  • Assessment of water quality in water stored in RWH 
  • Root cause analysis of failure in RWH kit
  • Help develop, design and build new RWH and gravity-fed systems
  • Journalism – document the programme’s work using contemporary journalistic and documentary methods/techniques

RMI Outgrower Development, Swaziland

How do I apply?

Please click on the link for the opportunity you're interested in and follow the application instructions:

The application deadline is Monday 30 April 2018.

Student testimonials

Previous participants have returned with a deeper understanding of development challenges. They're also keen to make a positive contribution to society with their knowledge. You can read testimonials from some of them below.

"I have been fortunate to undergo a unique and amazing experience, meeting some wonderful people and working within a completely new environment. Not only have I collected my dissertation data, but I have also had the opportunity to gain valuable experience of field research."
Molly Byrne

“My placement to Uganda has undoubtedly been the best experience of my life to date. It has changed my outlook as a human being. ”
Josh Rogers

"Actively being involved in this research and meeting communities has given me more of an insight than any book ever could. It was a humbling yet incredible experience and one that I will never forget.”
Charlotte Whitmarsh

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