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.”

Roberto Javier Weiser Villamizar : Venezuela – Master en Energías Renovables y Sostenibilidad Energética en la Universidad de Barcelona

“Trabajar con el Instituto WindAid por tres meses fue una experiencia enriquecedora tanto en el ámbito profesional como personal. Como ingeniero electronico tuve la oportunidad de aplicar los conocimientos adquiridos en la universidad para resolver problemas y crear soluciones en diferentes situaciones. También aprendí cómo trabajar cuando las condiciones son adversas y hay pocos recursos. Personalmente, fue una gran experiencia poder ayudar a poblaciones sin recursos a iniciarlos en la corriente del desarrollo sostenible, aportando energía y educación, las cuales son las bases por las que el Instituto WindAid se rige.”

Abdullah Althawr – Yemen : Process Engineer at Total EP Yemen

“It was a merely 36 hour journey for me to get all the way from Yemen to Peru, and a 2 month visa application processing, plus all the extras. Was it worth it?
Definitely, I would even come again if I had the chance. WindAid offers one of the most unique volunteering programs where you can combine your barely remembered engineering college education (you don’t even have to be in engineering to actually be a master in understanding wind turbines), learning practical skills in making stuff, as well as learning principles in social entrepreneurship, working in a different developing country with its challenges, and the positive social impact of small scale renewable energy systems for rural areas. Perhaps one of the most valuable lessons for me is a yearning to understanding ways of replicating such projects in other developing countries, such as Yemen, where I come from; a country fully dependent on dwindling oil resources, but has plenty of untapped sources for renewable energy.”