Living Water International's four-day shallow well drilling seminar is an introductory hands-on training program that prepares volunteers and development professionals to drill shallow wells in developing countries.

Trainees will be divided into teams; over four days each team will drill a six-inch diameter borehole to a depth of up to 100 feet using equipment suitable for soft to medium soil formations.

When the teams have completed their boreholes, they will prepare the wells for use and install hand pumps. At the end of each day, a relaxed evening review session will be held.

Cost: The cost per participant for drill training camp is $400.

Registration: Registration for the Shallow Well Drilling Training requires the completion of a registration form and submission of payment. Seminars fill quickly, so register early. For a registration form or more information, please contact Kim Rathgeber (281-207-7821 or kim@water.cc). For upcoming dates and locations, please see the training schedule.

Cancellation: Your payment is refundable until one month before your training is scheduled to begin.

Transportation from Houston's Hobby Airport: If you choose to fly into Bush Intercontinental Airport, please allow time for a cab ride to Hobby Airport for pick up. Upon meeting at the baggage claim area, a Living Water staff member will provide transportation to the training site. Please supply our office with a copy of your flight itinerary so transportation can be arranged. Rental cars are readily available if you prefer to drive to the training site. Maps are available upon request.

Return flights: Please do not schedule your departure flight prior to 5:00 p.m.

Driving: Maps are available; please call for more information. You will need to arrive at the training site no later than 4:30 p.m.

Accommodations: You may be asked to share a bedroom and bathroom with a roommate. Spouses may not always be placed in the same room due to space limitations. Home-style meals will be enjoyed together in the main lodge.

Packing list:

  • Personal towels
  • Bible
  • Cosmetic articles
  • Soap/shampoo
  • Work clothes
  • Casual clothes for evening class time
  • Work gloves
  • Work boots
  • Sunscreen
  • Travel alarm clock
  • Rain gear (sorry, no ponchos due to safety concerns)

* Regarding Dress: Pack comfortable, modest clothing that you don't mind getting muddy, wet, and greasy; work clothes should include long pants, jeans, or overalls (with a t-shirt underneath). Clothes should be loose-fitting enough to allow for movement. Please refrain from wearing short shorts or tank tops.