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  • Locations: San Pedro Sula, Honduras
  • Program Terms: Winter
  • Homepage: Click to visit
Program Description:

AguaClara is a multi-disciplinary program at Cornell University that designs sustainable water treatment systems. Our gravity-powered, affordable technologies currently provide clean water to over 30,000 people in communities around the world every day.

Application Deadline: Sunday, October 1st
Any applications submitted after September 28th will be considered for the wait list only.


teamphototamaraThe annual Engineering in Context trip to Honduras provides an opportunity for team members to learn about the context of drinking water infrastructure in Honduras. Although each community is a new context, there are many similarities between communities in Honduras and other resource poor communities throughout the Global South. The trip provides an opportunity to hear the passion and dreams of community members, to see the common infrastructure failure modes associated with traditional engineering approaches, and to see the impact of designing for sustainability. The lessons learned are broadly applicable to infrastructure design regardless of the context. The role of feedback in systematically improving the design of infrastructure is a key insight from the visits to both traditional and AguaClara water treatment plants.

The second major goal of the trip is to transfer new knowledge from the Cornell team to our partners in Honduras. This varies by year, but typically includes new fabrication techniques, new unit processes or new scales of processes.

The trip to Honduras costs approximately $2400 per person for lodging and transport round trip starting from Ithaca (or Newark). 

Visa requirements

U.S. citizens do not need visas to travel to Honduras. Citizens of other countries should check visa requirements. You are responsible for obtaining any necessary visas.

2018 Program Dates: January 6th - January 20th

Faculty Supervisor: 

Monroe Weber-Shirk
AguaClara at Cornell
Civil and Environmental Engineering
Cornell University
Hollister Hall 265
(607) 216-8445

Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.