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Junior Fellows

The Junior Fellowship program is a four month overseas placement working in one of EWB’s many ventures.

Prior to the placement, the volunteer is expected to prepare by reviewing all necessary materials, attending national conference, and participating in pre-departure trainings, all the while continuing to be a contributing member in the chapter. After the four month overseas placement, the returning Junior Fellow will be required to fulfill the remainder of the program’s objective by staying with the chapter for at least one more year to share valuable learning with the community and mentor the future Junior Fellow.

This placement focuses on building great leaders while providing members with the opportunity to create impact overseas. We recognize that four months is a short time to provide lasting impact in a developing country, so our volunteers are encouraged to return to the chapter and community to raise awareness and knowledge, perhaps providing the greatest impact at home.

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  • Past UBC Junior Fellows

    Leveraging partnerships with external stakeholders to grow sales and marketing channels
    • Participated as a 4th year Engineering Physics student at UBC
    • Worked as a Strategic Partnerships Consultant at LishaBora, based in Kiambu, Kenya

    LishaBora procures high-value cattle feeds to improve the productivity and income of smallholder dairy farmers. Jory developed and implemented a growth strategy that involved partnering with milk traders using a mobile app. Jory conducted ethnographic market research on dairy traders to determine their pain points and identified key features of a mobile app that saved dairy traders 8-10 hours per month, while enabling smallholder farmers to purchase LishaBora products on credit. This strategy allowed LishaBora to access a vast network of farmers and has now become their core sales strategy.

  • Past UBC Junior Fellows

    Establishing socially responsible practices for the mining industry across the developing world
    • Participated as a 3rd year Mining Engineering student at UBC
    • Worked for Mining Shared Value, based in Toronto, ON, Canada
    As a Junior Fellow, I worked with EWB’s Mining Shared Value (MSV) venture in Toronto. MSV seeks to grow the research, discussions, and advocacy that exists for local procurement practices in the global mining sector. In my role with MSV, I developed research profile focused local procurement and social responsibility practices in major mining regions across the developing world. I also worked with another Junior Fellow to create a draft of a better business case for MSV’s work and mission. Being a mining engineering student, I learned a lot about the importance of considerations such as economic development and social license in mining, among other factors, during my time with MSV

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