How to apply for computers
Each of our prospective Partner organizations briefly answer our implementation questions as part of the application process. We have a long form for groups seeking a full container and a short form for those asking for less than 50 computers. Your answers are useful to your planning, our understanding, and often form the basis fundraising by our Partners.
Please email Partner@WorldComputerExchange.org for English, Spanish or French versions of our implementation questions, summary of the content that we load for your offline use, and our summary of costs.
When we receive your implementation answers, we post them on this website for our Development Officers from your country to review and for our Board of Directors to review before they vote for us to become Partners.
We request a non-refundable application fee / down payment of $5 per computer that you are requesting up to a maximum of $250. This will be applied to the costs of our shipment to you. We ship about one month after we receive all funds for sourcing and shipping the computers.
WCE preloads Linux Xubuntu operating system and Libre/Office suite and our own content pack including health, agricultural, environmental, technology and education content ~ including Khan Academy videos.
If you would like to read the reasons why we usually load Ubuntu, please email us at Partner@WorldComputerExchange.org and we will send you these reasons in the language of your choice.
For Partners applying for a full container, our volunteers will raise the last 1/3 of the sourcing and shipping costs within 4 months after the Partner sends their first 1/3 of the costs. The Partners need to send their second 1/3 of our costs at least one month before shipping.
Our volunteer Development Officers provide free online capacity building help to our Partners to develop their organizations in eight areas: technology planning, network and computer trouble-shooting, fundraising, social media, educational use of the internet, organizational development, e-waste solutions and use of the Computers for Girls (C4G) tools.
- Consignee is responsible for any demurrage, customs, and costs related to clearance from the port.
- Consignee arranges for a space to set voltage toggle switch on the computers to the correct voltage, adapt the wall plugs and repair computers as needed (budget & plan on 5% needing repair).
- Recipient sites pick-up, install, connect & maintain these computers.
- Recipient sites see that these computers are used most of the time by youth at low cost.
- Recipient sites connect these computers to the internet as much as possible – usually we include a ping on each computer so we will know once a month if it is connecting to the internet.
- Recipient sites monitor & report to WCE annually on the computers’ status, use & impact.
- Recipient sites agree to be responsible for final disposal of the toxins in these computers.