Curt Swanton : USA – New York, Mechanical Engineering Technologies Alfred State College

“Had I not volunteered at WindAid, I would have never known just how many people you can fit in a single taxi; or just how many incredible people, from all over the world, you can meet in one place. By volunteering with WindAid, you will learn about the practical skills and processes involved in building a wind turbine. But that’s not all, you’ll also see firsthand what it takes, and has taken, to build an amazing community of people dedicated to such a great cause. Oh, and yes, you will have so much fun. Whether you’re doing repairs in the mountains, installations on the beach, or watching as about twenty or so local college kids put your whole group to shame at digging foundations, every day will be a new adventure. Trust me, when it’s over you’ll never want to leave.”

Amy Crum : Scotland – Masters in Sustainable Engineering: Offshore Renewable Energy at Strathclyde University

“… After graduating I wanted to travel, but I needed work experience. I decided to visit Peru, see Machu Picchu, ‘find myself’ and on the way I’d drop by and do some volunteering. But WindAid turned out to be so much more than that!

The highlight of Peru was not trekking the Andes, nor surfing, nor visiting Inca ruins. It was finding myself a family- a group of people to laugh with and cherish every moment. It was stammering some newly learned Spanglish to attentive Peruvian children. It was witnessing first-hand the effects of climate change and coastal erosion. It was my first time engineering hands-on with a real, physical product.

Most of all, it was seeing the community of Playa Blanca being able to eat dinner, not in the dark or by candle light, but with lights powered and installed by WindAid. It was seeing that even me – a lucky graduate with no experience – can have a role in ‘lighting up’ these families’ lives.

I can’t thank WindAid enough for how it has changed me: my priorities, my confidence and my future. I absolutely recommend it to anyone and I absolutely will be returning… if they let me!…”

Studied Biomedical Engineering at University of Glasgow

Oscar Bruce : England – Hardenhuish School in Chippenham

“This was a life changing experience for me and its helped me make decisions about what I want to do in the future, I feel it can be beneficial to more people my age. Thanks again for an amazing time and making this my best summer to date!”

WWF Perú – Oficial Asociado de Cambio Climático y Huella Ecológica

“WWF Perú desea reconocer el gran esfuerzo y compromiso de la institución educativa WindAid, quienes con su constante trabajo empoderan a personas y comunidades en zonas rurales y/o de bajo desarrollo en nuestro país, para lograr una producción local e independiente de energía a través de la implementación de turbinas eólicas y otras fuentes de energía renovable. La importancia de su trabajo se evidencia cuando la instalación de una turbina eólica logra iniciar un cambio transformacional en la comunidad hacia un desarrollo bajo en carbono y responsable con el ambiente. Nuestro más profundo agradecimiento a WindAid por su dedicación y contribución a hacer de nuestro país un lugar más sostenible y seguro para las futuras generaciones.”

Enrico Via : Italy – Energy Engineering at Politecnico Di Milano

“If you are stuck in your boring daily life, and you want to do something special, take the first airplane to PERU!!! There you will find a new family, new brothers and sisters, with whom you will grow and do memorable things that you will keep for the rest of your life!!! This is what I found in WINDAID, a family made by nice people, always ready to help you and share with you incredible experiences. I cannot forget how many laughs I had with the WINDAID Team. The installation at Playa Blanca, there are no words to express what that place means to me. There aren’t places like that in the world. It seems that there the time stops and you can find the purity and sincerity, often our civilized society does not have, in the children’s beautiful eyes. I absolutely did not think to find in this experience all these amazing things, and it is for these reasons that I want to advise you all to join this volunteering project because you will not only help those beautiful children, but also will help yourself understand and find what it is really important in your life…because there is more happiness in giving than there is in receiving.”