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Global Village Engineers is a volunteer corps of professional engineers supporting the local capacity of rural communities in developing countries to influence public infrastructure and environmental protection. Our engineers choose to volunteer their skills to assure the livelihood of these communities by building long-term local capacity, especially in situations of disaster prevention and rehabilitation and the need for environmental protection.

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El Salvador
Mat Brener, Christian Busch, and Geoff Herzog

During our most recent trip to El Salvador, GVE experienced tremendous success. The trip focused on continued work with communities in the Lower Lempa affected by annual flooding and communities in Santa Tecla devastated by a landslide in 2001. Learn more about these projects in our upcoming GVE News & Notes. For now, here's what our volunteers had to say:

"Thanks for the great work everybody. Super on-target with the Lower Lempa objectives. Rocked the house on maintenance advances onward into Jiquilisco."
Geoff Herzog
Country Director
Voices On The Border

"The trip was a huge success with all goals and expectations met or exceeded, both in the Lower Lempa and Santa Tecla."
Christian Busch
GVE Volunteer since March 2001
GeoTechnologies, Raleigh, NC

"I just wanted to check in and thank you for the opportunity to work once again with GVE. In my estimation, all went very well. Chris [Busch] did an excellent job leading the projects, and it was a pleasure to work with him. I think that GVE also has a great partner in Voices On The Border - Geoff [Herzog] was enormously helpful, and very generous with his time and energy making sure we had all that we needed."
Mat Brener
GVE Volunteer since November 2001
React Environmental, Philadelphia, PA

Current News and Notes:

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  • March 2016: Water supply in Tafi Atome, Ghana. This project is just starting to take shape so if you are interested please visit our Opportunties page and submit an application.

  • It's easier than you think to be ready for international volunteer work. To learn more about planning ahead for an opportunity click here.

"... they are a very professional organisation with access to highly qualified technical advisors who approach their work from a community based development perspective."
Senior Programme Officer
Oxfam America
Phnom Penh, Cambodia

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