Build­ing up lives in Ar­gentina

Southern Gazette (Belmont) - - NEWS -

A LOVE of Latin Amer­i­can cul­ture has turned into a life-chang­ing project for a Como res­i­dent.

Curtin Univer­sity en­gi­neer­ing stu­dent Louis Clarke has set up the or­gan­i­sa­tion Hu­man­i­tar­ian En­gi­neer­ing International Place­ments with co-founder Liam Richer, which al­lows en­ables stu­dents to head to Ar­gentina to work with In­ge­nieria Sin Fron­teras Ar­gentina (En­gi­neers With­out Bor­ders Ar­gentina).

“I moved to Ar­gentina be­cause as part of my schol­ar­ship I needed to study abroad; it’s a place that has an amaz­ing cul­ture,” he said.

“My stud­ies over there ac­tu­ally fell through but I de­cided to stay in Ar­gentina and that’s when I got in­volved with the or­gan­i­sa­tion. I came back to Perth and de­cided to take a group of stu­dents in July 2016.

“We’ve been lucky be­cause we’ve been able to ac­cess a govern­ment grant and get in­surance from the univer­sity.”

Mr Clarke once again headed to Ar­gentina in July this year with 24 Curtin Univer­sity stu­dents to work for a month.

The stu­dents were di­vided into three teams of eight and worked on three projects.

They worked in var­i­ous as­pects of con­struc­tion, de­pend­ing on the in­di­vid­ual projects, but vol­un­teered their time to help with earth­works and foun­da­tion slabs, brick­work, weld­ing and roof­ing, and con­crete struc­tural el­e­ments.

“They des­per­ately need the in­fra­struc­ture, whether it is build­ings for sani­ti­sa­tion or child care cen­tres,” Mr Clarke said.

Curtin Univer­sity en­gi­neer­ing stu­dents Ju­lian Kii and Srd­jan Mirkovic hard at work in Ar­gentina.

En­gi­neers With­out Bor­ders en­gi­neer Martin Ochoa and Louis Clarke.

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