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Explaining the master plan in the Philippines

Frequently Asked Questions


What design disciplines can participate in a project trip?
Each project is unique in its design needs, so check out our upcoming projects and email the project leader for the project trip that interests you. The most common disciplines required on project trips are architects/planners, civil engineers, structural engineers, electrical engineers, surveyors and drafters; however, many trips require a variety of other specialties. Check our Discipline List to see how your design discipline can best serve on an upcoming trip.

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How much experience do I need?
Most projects are able to accomodate a variety of levels of design experience. While some trips are limited by team size or a more technical scope, requiring volunteers with extensive experience in a certain niche, many also have opportunities for less experienced professionals.

If you feel you do not yet have the experience needed to fulfill the volunteer need for your discipline, feel free to contact and inform the project leader of the project trip that interests you. There are many trips where an experienced professional would be honoured to help train you in the work necessary. You could go on a couple EMI trips to assist the primary designer, and then be ready to serve as an experienced volunteer on future eMi teams.

On all trips, eMi staff will guide the design so that it is the most fitting for the culture.

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What would my role be on a project trip?
This, of course, depends on both your project trip and your design discipline, but you can check out general descriptions about potential roles in our design discipline list.

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How much time will this require?
Your total travel time will be about 10-14 days, which includes about a week on site with the client. Our goal for each trip is to complete as much of the project as possible while in-country; however, after the project, you may be asked to complete a portion of the project work from your home. Your involvement will depend on the scope of the project and the available in-office resources.

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When are project trips scheduled?
You'll find that most eMi project trips are scheduled for January/February, May/June or September/October and are about two weeks in length. Projects are posted as they are confirmed, generally 2-4 months before the project trip.

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Do I have to be Canadian?
No. Design professionals from any country may apply to volunteer on an eMi Canada project trip. A working knowledge of English is required.

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Can I volunteer on a trip led by a different office?
Yes. Design professionals from Canada are welcome on projects led by our partner offices around the world. Here's a full list of upcoming projects from all eMi partner offices.

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Will I be paid?
No. Each eMi volunteer is asked to raise his or her own support through donations from their church, friends, family or business associaties.

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What does the project cost include?
The majority of the cost is generally international air tickets. The host ministry we are serving is responsible for providing the eMi team with food, housing and in-country transportation. The cost listed in the project profile typically covers airfare to and from the country, an in-country project debriefing meeting, $400 to help defray EMI’s project overhead costs, $250 to partner for one year with eMi's Association of Christian Design Professionals (ACDP), and international travel/medical insurance.

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What kinds of projects could I work on?
Available projects vary from season to season, and may include orphanages, schools, medical centres, clean water projects, ministry centres, agricultural projects and more. Check out eMi Canada's current project needs for details on current projects or check out our project portfolio to see the types of projects that eMi Canada has completed in the past.

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What resources do you have available for volunteers?
Check out our volunteer resources for resources on everything from packing lists to sample fundraising letters to discipline-specific design helps.

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Can I talk to someone who has done this before?
Feel free to connect with one of our volunteer eMi representatives or to call our office at 403.202.3642.

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How do I sign up?
Glad you asked!

To volunteer for a specific project trip, feel free to contact the project leader directly.

To include yourself in our database of intested design professionals, please fill out our volunteer connect form to let us know your design discipline, experience and any specific interests.

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