A team of students from Engineers Without Borders traveled to La Vega, Guatemala, in January to assess the conditions for two potential projects in the town.
The small team, made up of three UW students, a student from Guatemala and a mentor from Seattle, surveyed land for a community center, checked on soil conditions for a road project and spoke with community leaders about the needs and desires of the community.
The people of La Vega and the University of Washington chapter of Engineers Without Borders have cooperated on one other project so far, the improvement of an existing fish hatchery. The project was a success, with UW students able to help increase the output of the fish hatchery.
University of Washington has a five-year commitment to La Vega to improve the community and reach their goals of being economically independent.
For more information about Engineers Without Borders at UW, visit students.washington.edu/ewbuw.