William Saputra: Sociology & Quantitative Methods , University of Edinburgh, Indonesia

“Coming from a sociology background, I often found myself lost in the perplexing field of engineering during my initial days volunteering in WindAid. When I started as a volunteer in the organization, I was worried that I would fall short in contributing to my team’s effort. Lucky for me, the WindAid Institute was anything short of incredible staff members that were not only happy to share their extensive knowledge, but also capable of awakening a sense of curiosity for sustainable engineering in me. What more could you ask for than passion so infectious that you yourself becoming driven in learning more about their field?

With such a dedicated group of people, both staff members and my own group members, I quickly felt comfortable enough to continuously ask questions on a field completely unknown to me. By the end of my project, I had enough confidence to call myself an (makeshift) engineer. However, WindAid was not only an institution that builds on one’s engineering skills but also profoundly affects the local communities of Peru. With the completion of
my group’s project, the community of Nuevo Manzanilla had received a brand new wind turbine that brightened their school and community hall. Furthermore, WindAid did not only provide the local community with a one-off plan for sustainable development but rather provided them with a long-term solution to aiding the village through educating them about the wind turbine itself. Growing popular amongst the communities, WindAid quickly became a gateway for many of the local members to gain opportunities to come to the city and further educate themselves with goals to better their own lives back in their respective villages. In essence, the WindAid Institute leaves a trail of inspiration behind wherever they choose to do a project. I, amongst the many participants, am inspired and thankful I had the chance to work with WindAid.”

Renata Hegyi: Energy Systems Engineering, Dartmouth College – Hungary 

“I’ve had an incredible month with WindAid. I could not have imagined a better way to learn about wind turbines, manufacturing, construction, Peru and energy engineering. The WindAid team is passionate, dedicated, smart, caring, and so fun. Working with volunteers from all over the world made the experience even more special. I learned first hand what goes into building a wind turbine from scratch and watched how it impacted the lives of a Peruvian community for the better. I also received a great introduction to Peruvian culture, practiced my Spanish a lot, and traveled a bit on the weekends with the other volunteers. I left Peru with a stronger sense of direction, inspiration, and life long memories. Regresaré pronto! Gracias por todo, WindAid. ”

Katie Fry: Conservation, University College Birmingham, Derby, UK 

“I thoroughly enjoyed every moment with WindAid Institute. The team were so welcoming and I have never laughed so much in a month! The workshop was fun, interesting and easy to understand, even with no engineering background. The installation was heartwarming, it’s amazing to know you physically made electricity for a house or community when they had nothing!

I learned about renewable energy, engineering, climate change and different cultures. I would recommend it to anyone- from any background. I loved it and I would do it all over again in an instant!

Oh… but learn Spanish! Purely to avoid getting picked on by gringos…”

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

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.”