Summer 2014 Projects

From an island in the West Indies to the warm heart of Africa, our students are all over the world this summer working with our partners. Check out where our students are located, what projects they are working on and please consider donating to our program.

Patna, India

Partner: Solar Alternatives and Associated Programs (SAAP)

This summer, Jose, Aaron, and Matt are in the northern part of India to continue work on a solar adsorption refrigeration project. The project's goal is to provide enough cooling to keep vaccines from spoiling during blackouts in rural India.


aurovillePartners: Auroville Consulting, Minvayu, Wattmon

In the southern Indian town of Auroville, Clay, Josh, Marcy, Katrina, and Yicong (not pictured) have projects focused on energy consultation for locals and the construction and installation of wind turbines.

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sabana grandePartner: Grupo Fenix

This summer, Henry, Anirban, and Ryan are living in the hills of Sabana Grande to work with our long-standing community partner, Grupo Fenix. Two of their projects for this summer are developing a biodigestor to produce methane gas for the community and continuing work on a solar autoclave for the sterilization of medical instruments.


guatePartner: Community Partner

In a small village of 1000 residents outside of Palin, Guatemala, Ivan, Colleen, Chris, and Kyle (not pictured) are designing both a water collection system for the community and a surgery center in the community. 

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dominicaPartner: Dominica Manufacturer's Association

This small island in the West Indies is home to Zakariye, Thomas, Mariana, and Gabriel for the summer. Being a new location for ETHOS, Dominica is giving the students opportunities to explore several projects including coconut oil production, sustainable agriculture and local entrepreneurship.

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CochabambaPartner: CECAM Bolivia 

Bolivia has been a constant ETHOS site for many years. But this year, our students are living in a new location, Cochabamba, to work with CECAM. Craig, Brian, and Kathleen are working on solar cookers, clean burning stoves and eco-toilets to improve conservation efforts in Bolivian communities.

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cameroonPartner: Nkong Hilltop

Katy, Jose, Alyssa, and Chinedum (not pictured) are located in the city of Lebialem, Cameroon this summer to work on several projects with the locals, including one on composting toilets. Composting toilets take the ever present resource of human waste and safely dispose of it by developing nutrient-rich compost that can be used for a variety of sustainable purposes.

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washingtonPartner: Burn Design

Within the U.S., Michael is working with Burn Design Lab on the west coast as they design and test clean burning, energy efficient stoves for several developing nations around the world.


LilongawePartner: MAEVE

Lilongwe is a new location for ETHOS this summer. Raphaella, Eric, Jasmine, Kristin (not pictured), and Juliana (not pictured) are focusing on biomass energy, including the design of a rocket barn: a barn that efficiently uses heat from burning wood to help in the production of local agricultural products.

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