Water Infrastructure Sustainability Initiative


Project Everest is dedicated to helping realise the Sustainable Development Goals. Of these goals, Project Everest has been working on goal six, Clean Water and Sanitation: ensure availability and sustainability of water and sanitation for all.

Following extensive market research, Project Everest is seeking to develop a water infrastructure repair platform.

Under the proposed scheme, individuals and communities report failures of water infrastructure, such as pipes and taps, to Project Everest who then posts the jobs as tenders on an online platform. A community of local service providers interact with the platform to place tender offers. This proposed solutions has been prototyped at a fundamental level and has received approval from stakeholders in consultations.



Project Everest is seeking to develop this model into an insurance platform whereby communities pay monthly premiums and are insured against all water infrastructure failures.

Trekkers will be involved in stakeholder engagement and financial modelling of the initiative as part of the prototype and test stages of the design thinking process.



Following this project, Project Everest will have developed a portfolio of service providers and client communities and will be primed to commence operations in July 2017. Insurance modelling will be completed to arrive at appropriate premium levels and reliable financial models.


Throughout February 2016, a team of Project Everest social entrepreneurs undertook the empathise, define and ideate stages of the design thinking process. Following an intensive empathise process that involved an appreciation of the Timorese people, the local socioeconomic conditions and some of the fledgling country’s history, the team sought to understand the nature of any problems within the local water resources industry.

Following in depth meetings with local and international NGOs, government organisations and prospective beneficiaries throughout the define stage, Project Everest determined that a significant proportion of the local populations were dependent on water infrastructure systems that are inconsistent in their supply and/or unsafe in their quality.

As it stands, socioeconomically disadvantaged Timorese typically rely on hand pumps to extract saline ground water, or gravity fed systems that are typically subject to seasonal contamination. These systems fail and are replaced by near identical systems with maintenance requirements that are beyond the capacity of the beneficiaries tasked with maintaining them.

In an effort to improve the sustainability of existing systems, Project Everest developed the concept of the Water Infrastructure Sustainability Initiative.

The major task for this team involves undertaking the empathise and define stages of the design thinking process. As such, teams will be undertaking water testing, socioeconomic surveys and an in-depth immersion into the lives of prospective beneficiaries.

This is intended to be very open ended and could result in a myriad of different outcomes. The aim is to properly understand the prospective beneficiaries and their problems if they have any.


Proposed Nature of Operations.

Students will be undertaking the prototyping stage of the design thinking process. This involves development of a pilot scheme on both the supply and client facing sides of the proposed initiative.

This involves the development of a viable business model and will involve extensive iterations to ascertain which models are appropriate for this application.

This project will require extensive brainstorming and information collection to test conceptual social enterprise solutions. This will involve in-depth financial modelling, verification and establishment of financial assumptions and acquiring an appreciation for the nuances of new business development in Timor Lesté.

Given the multidisciplinary nature of prototyping to be undertaken, daily tasks could vary from configuring device layouts and collecting condensation data to meeting with prospective B2B clients across Timor Lesté to negotiate the sale of individual units.

At all times, students can expect to apply leading entrepreneurial, engineering, and scientific methodology in order to develop business based solutions to the complex water resources issues in Timor Lesté.










Academic Credit

All academic credit is subject to approval by each university. Please contact the relevant faculty to apply for academic credit.

University of Wollongong


The Faculty of Science, Medicine and Health offers two internship subjects, one at 200-level and one at 300-level, that provide research experience opportunities for strong students to develop and hone their practical and research skills. Through an internship subject, students with an interest in research have an opportunity to gain experience “at the bench” or “in the field” as part of their research training. Students must have completed 48 credit points, 24 of these must be SCIE.

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As a requirement for the award of the degree of Bachelor of Engineering, students are required to obtain at least 12 weeks approved professional experience in a relevant industry during the course and submit a report to the satisfaction of the Discipline Directors of Studies. A Project Everest Project can account for 4-6 weeks of your professional experience requirement. Students must have completed 48 credit points towards their degree.

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CRLP200/201: Careers Ready Learning and Practice

UOW Careers Central offers this internship subject to all undergraduate students who have completed at least 72 credit points and have a weighted average mark of 60 or above. It can be taken as either a 6 or 8 credit point elective subject depending on its suitability with your course.

In CRLP200/201, students develop their ability to plan and manage their career and must complete a work experience component. A Project Everest project can account for this requirement.

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COMM391: Professional Experience in Business

Students who have completed 96 credit points including all Business 1st year core subjects can take part in a career ready learning elective, regardless of their degree that will count as credit and provide access to an OS HELP loan.

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Macquarie University


Macquarie’s Global Leadership Program is an extracurricular program that can be undertaken alongside any degree at Macquarie. The Global Leadership Program has been designed so that students not only learn global skills and understanding – but put them into practice by studying, volunteering and participating in activities in Australia and overseas.
The GLP awards credit for academic and cultural experiences with an international component or cross-cultural focus to both undergraduate and postgraduate students.
By engaging in a range of internationally focused activities, Macquarie students get real experience at applying the concepts of cross-cultural understanding, all the while enhancing their resume.
A Project Everest Program may be attributed towards your GLP requirements. We encourage you to contact GLP staff directly to inquire further.

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Please note there is no formal partnership between Macquarie University and Project Everest.

University of Sydney



The Community Placement Program (CPP) provides students with the opportunity to work with a diverse range of social businesses. One of the fastest growing sectors in Australia and overseas, social enterprises aim to simultaneously create social and economic value by bringing social impact into the value chain of traditional business models.

As social businesses are often under-resourced, CPP students are relied upon to apply their knowledge, skills and energy to implement new products, marketing strategies or business processes. Students work in teams and are led by an academic and supported by professional staff who are focused on delivering a quality output for its partners. This hands-on experience enables students to contribute to positive change to the business, and more broadly, to the community that it serves.

Students must have completed 48 credit points towards their degree and have a credit point average.

CPP Applications close 21st October.

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University of Technology Sydney

BUiLD Abroad

BUiLD offers travel grants for BUiLD Abroad Programs for eligible students. If you are eligible, simply apply for the BUiLD Abroad program you want to join and the BUiLD team will assess your application for the program and the grant.

Note: Students who are not eligible for a grant may still apply to go on a BUiLD Abroad program and have the option to explore other avenues to fund their trip.

If you are looking for further funding to assist you to cover the financial costs of a BUiLD Abroad program, you may be eligible to apply for OS-HELP. If you are interested in applying for OS-HELP, please read the information on the OS-HELP website (opens an external site) and then contact the BUiLD team.

Projects run in Fiji and Cambodia may be eligible for BUiLD Abroad.

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University of New South Wales


This course had been developed for students who find a work placement / internship either unpaid or paid and would like to receive academic credit for the placement.

This course will enable students to explore and gain a practical understanding of the requirements and expectations of the professional workplace through experiential learning. Students will develop their knowledge, capabilities and employability skills. Internships/work placements enable students to gain practical, supervised experience in the work place.

The course is available to domestic and international students. If a domestic or international student wishes to undertake an overseas work placement extra conditions will apply before the placement is approved.

Students must have a WAM of 65 with no more than 1 fail or above and have completed 48 units of credit to be eligible for this course.

Permission to enrol in SCIF2199 will only be granted if the work internship/work placement is compatible to the student’s major.

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