Lucy Rees : England – Sustainability Consultant at RES Design, Long & Partners

“WindAid’s positive impact on the communities it touches is clear to see, making working with like-minded people to raise awareness for sustainable energy solutions indescribably rewarding. On top of this, I also advocate joining the WindAid family if you are looking to boost your CV. The skills I gained at WindAid and passion for environmental issues this demonstrated were invaluable in getting me where I am now- working as a Sustainability Consultant for building developments in London. I started applying to graduate jobs when I returned from Peru. Stories from the workshop and installations (particularly achieving a turbine installation on top of a 10 meter high tower in darkness at midnight…) were a genuine demonstration of my drive to work in sustainability. For anyone looking for a unique CV talking point – WindAid is it! Above all, I met some of the craziest and most interesting people, who I still keep up with today, over a year later and scattered across the globe. WindAid’s sustainability ethos is on-point – a bottom-up approach making a real difference by focusing on education, promoting the power of local actions to evolve into global ones. I can only apologise to the man sitting next to me on my flight home– I couldn’t stop crying!” MSc Environmental Engineering at University College London

Dora Ip : Canada – Technical Sales Engineer at Electrometals

“I could not have asked for a more phenomenal and freeing experience than what I had accomplished with WindAid. I met so many amazing and interesting people, built up my Spanish skills, got to include an insanely braggable gem of a life-changing experience to my personal CV of adventures, and give the sincerest and most-deserving Peruvian community the gift of energy. Not to mention I got to eat the juiciest freshest fruits I’ve ever tasted in my life!! I encourage you with all my heart to join WindAid, be a part of this amazing organization and allow yourself to say you did something incredible for yourself and many many others.” – Chemical Engineering (Environmental Opt) in the University of British Columbia

Alan Martin Almendras Guzman : Bolivia – Ingeniero Electrico en la Universidad Tecnica de Oruro

 ” “Energia limpia que mueve nuevas generaciones” Despues de mi busqueda por internet y la ayuda de un amigo llego a realizar el voluntariado en WINDAID una experiencia unica, que muestra que es posible llevar el derecho de acceso universal de la energia electrica a cada uno de los hogares que hace muchos años viven al margen de esto. Pero no solo es llevar energia limpia, renovable y accesible a cada familia, si no es abrir una puerta al mundo del conocimiento a generaciones futuras. Trabajar, conocer, aprender, viajar, y ganar lo unico que te hace feliz “la sonrisa y felicidad de cada familia al saber que apartir de ese dia ellos no viviran mas en tinieblas, pero por otra parte la satisfaccion que sientes cuando con hechos puedes hacer felices a muchos NO TIENE PRECIO. “EL LIMITE ES EL CIELO, Y EL VIENTO LA ENERGIA QUE MUEVE AL MUNDO” “

Stavros Eleftheriou : Cyprus – Electrical Engineering at Imperial College London

“I always wanted to do something special in my life, something I would be proud talking about. I was just stuck in my daily routine and things were getting boring. Then everything suddenly changed when I heard about WindAid. Volunteering, Travelling and a lifetime experience in rural Peru…So, one crazy morning I jumped on a plane, traveled for 16 hours and found myself in South America with a bunch of people from all around the world! I know that a lot of people are concerned about the money fee. I wouldn’t think about it as spending money but as an investment for your future. I didn’t and I will never regret it! Do you know why? I was working in a team consisting of people from all around the world with diverse backgrounds. This helped me develop my interpersonal skills and I also learnt the value of diversity, strong communication, mutual respect, shared planning, cooperation and working towards common goals. Furthermore, the challenges I faced building the wind turbines gave me the opportunity to expand my engineering skills and gain confidence which will help me tackle any future work situations. The most important thing for me is that I made new and strong friendships with the people in my team. I went out with them, sang with them, danced with them, had marshmallows next to a bonfire at the beach with them, got exhausted working with them in the workshop. True friendships arise from mutual experiences and challenges you have gone through with some people. The best and most rewarding part was that as a team we provided something we all take for granted to people less fortunate. Now all these memories are still circulating in my mind and I am looking forward to see this whole WindAid experience grow more and more so people will be part of providing help to more and more people in need!”

Patrick Clarke : Australia – Bachelor of Mechanical and Sustainable Energy Engineering at University of Adelaide

“Flying from Australia into the northern Peruvian desert was a daunting task, as I disembarked the plane I didn’t know what the next month held. As soon as I spotted the enthusiastic WindAid team in the airport carpark I knew everything was going to be fine. Not only did the project of installing a turbine at a school in the Peruvian Andes call on my university education, but more importantly showed me how a group of people from all over the world with different backgrounds can work together to construct something to assist in the education of young Peruvians whom did not have access to electricity. The turbine construction was only a small component of the wind aid experience.
For me the most valuable lessons were in the fascinating culture that Peru has to offer, learning a new language and interacting with new and different people that I would have never met otherwise. Thank you WindAid, I can highly recommend this program.”