Building up lives in Argentina
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.