Frequently Asked Questions
How long has ETHOS been around?
The ETHOS program was founded in 2001 by a group of engineering students who wanted to apply the skills they learned in the classroom to real-world humanitarian problems.
What countries do ETHOS groups travel to?
The countries ETHOS sends students to depends largely on our partner contacts. ETHOS seeks to have long term partnerships that provide for sustainable development work in the locations we send students. At this point, students have traveled to 20 different countries on four different continents. A full list of last years placements and projects can be found on the 2016 Projects page.
What are the different opportunities to participate?
ETHOS Club is a way to get involved locally with service learning and project opportunities in the Dayton area. Students can also participate in domestic weekend breakouts or 10-day international breakouts, which provide an introduction to service-learning based engineering. Finally, the 10-week immersions are long term project opportunities where students work with one of our partners on appropriate technologies. Only sophomores, juniors and seniors can participate in the 10-week immersion opportunities. Students are also able to participate in a Semester of Service or an ETHOS graduate program. More information on each of these opportunities can be found on the Get Involved page.
Do you have to be an engineering major to participate in the ETHOS program?
No; the ETHOS program accepts participants from all majors, but the student must be at least be in their second year to be accepted.
Does ETHOS only have international projects?
The ETHOS program offers several Semester of Service opportunities to participate on local projects within the United States. Students can also participate in ETHOS club that focuses on addressing energy, environmental and social issues in the Dayton area.
Do you get to pick which country you go to if you are selected for the international immersion?
Students do not get to pick the location they travel to. However, students are placed in countries based on their major, the nature of the project, and languages they can speak.
How remote are the locations for the 10-week international immersion experience?
This varies based on the project and the location. Students have been placed in cities with all the desired amenities, but could also live in a rural location without running water or electricity.
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