Project Everest

Work Update

Timor’-Leste: Proposal to use interns for distribution

Following up from the previous post, the Energy Team has been conducting assessments on households within the outer areas of Dili and also businesses in Dili. So far, our findings have been insightful to both the remaining weeks of project and the future prospect of the project itself. While working on the Rural Expansion Plan (refer to previous post), we have identified the importance of the inclusion and involvement of local students and the community for the success of the project and long term sustainability.


As of the past week, the Energy Team has devised a plan that aims to involve interns from both UNTL and CNEFP (a technical college in Tibar). The combined merits for both the Energy Team and the Interns would be:


  • Autonomy for the project (continuing without students in country)
  • Local involvement of the community in the project
  • Empowerment of the community
  • Practical experience for engineering students in UNTL
  • Education and awareness
  • Further understanding of the community’s needs
  • Potential for better access to reliable data
  • No translation
  • Less miscommunication
  • More trusting of local people rather than malae (foreigners)


Keeping these merits in mind, the objective of this would be to maintain presence and progression of the Solar Energy Project (current state of the Energy Assessment) during the periods when Project Everest is not operating in Timor i.e. March- June. This will be achieved through the recruitment of a group that will be provided with the opportunity to conduct rural and business assessments on a continuous basis. This group will be working unanimously with the Energy Team.


As the team sat down for the brainstorming session on Friday, we began dividing the tasks into 3 different stages:

Stage 1 - aims at empathising and collecting information,

Stage 2 - will aim to analyse the data and assess the roof suitability,

Stage 3 - will focus on finalising the sale and installing the system.


As we began to bounce ideas off each other, this led to the identification of two distinctive points: the involvement of the interns is both beneficial to their work experience and interpersonal growth. Yet, as we are working towards a partnership with CNEFP, Chris suggested the brilliant idea of solely using the CNEFP students enrolled for the whole assessment and installation process. Some of the key obstacles identified with that are the potential absence of English- speaking students in CNEFP and the lack of incentive available for them to run these assessment. Since CNEFP students are seeking hands-on experiences, it was then inferred that they should focus on both Stages 2 and 3.

The roadblock in our operation is derived from the division of the assessment stages. We would like to incorporate both CNEFP and UNTL interns in these stages. However, we have yet to identify where to allocate allocate the respective students.


We would love your input on the following;

1. How would we specifically allocate students to different stages of assessment and make them accountable?

2. Has anyone got ideas as to how to maintain quality of data collection from a secondary data collector?

Looking forward to hearing your thoughts,

Thank you!

edited on 2nd July 2018, 06:07 by Wade Tink

Scott Jucius Feb 13, 2018

How do you plan on tracking the progress of the interns work over the March to June period with no PE members in Timor, and ensure they are doing work they are accountable for?

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Nadine Madkour Feb 14, 2018

Hi Scott

This was actually one of the questions raised during the brainstorm and currently we are looking for suggestions!

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Nadine Madkour Feb 14, 2018

Would love your thoughts!

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Ben Disher Feb 14, 2018

Hi Nadine!

Have you had a word with Hugh Collett or Simao about this? They might have an idea of how to solve your questions, especially Hugh who will be the key piece connecting PE and Timor in the off-months. Is students having to check-in with Hugh on a regular basis a possibility?

How soon do you believe the Solar Energy Project will be able to run without the presence of PE? Are we looking at possibly getting this done before next month, July-November 2018 or is this more likely to be implemented in 2019 or further? Apart from the 2 roadblocks you mentioned, what else needs to happen before it can be implemented?

Keep up the good work guys, the project is heading in a great direction!

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Wade Tink Jul 2, 2018

Status label added: Proposed Experiment

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Wade Tink Jul 2, 2018

Status label added: Work Update

Status label removed: Proposed Experiment

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Wade Tink Jul 2, 2018

What was the results here? Was this followed through?

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Brett Jenkin Jul 2, 2018

Hi Tink!

This is included in one of the Project Goals for this month, we're getting right on it. We have a meeting set up for Thursday morning to get skilled interns integrated into PE processes for assessments and the like. Once we have begun closer interaction and formalised the work experience agreement, we hope to identify opportunities to incorporate them in non-project months!

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