Roanna Hutcheson: Dunfermline, UK – Product Design Engineering at The University of Glasgow

“I will forever cherish the unforgettable experience I gained from WindAid. It is run by truly passionate individuals who were unbelievably welcoming and kind. I gained a new appreciation for Wind Energy and was able to practically put the academic theory to the test. The WindAid programme not only provided me with valuable practical skills and knowledge of materials and manufacture, but also the ability to live and immerse myself in a completely new culture, from which I have learned so much. I have gained life-long friends and a more coherent sense of the world. Peru surpassed all of my expectations and I learned that the country has so much to offer. The most unforgettable experience was observing the positive social impact the Turbine had on the community. It is a privilege to have been truly involved in ‘lighting up a life’.”

Eamonn Fetherston: Virginia – USA, Music Journalist

“Spending a month working with a team of like-minded individuals who are committed to building a sustainable future and bringing renewable energy to disadvantaged communities was an experience I am certain never to forget. Unlike many of WindAid’s volunteers, I do not have a background in science or engineering. Because of this, I suspected that I might have trouble participating in some aspects of the project. My assumptions couldn’t have been more wrong, as the WindAid team immediately made it clear that they would teach me everything I needed to know along the way, and that volunteers with non-science backgrounds are often capable of bringing a fresh perspective to the build and installation processes.

Installing a turbine at Playa Blanca, the fishing village in which WindAid had installed several turbines already, was an incredibly rewarding experience. After witnessing what day-to-day life looks like for a community in which many members lack regular access to electricity, I came to understand more clearly than ever before the crucial role renewable energy will play not only in ensuring that our future is a sustainable one, but in providing aid to impoverished communities around the world.”

Barbara Alimisi: Manchester – R&D Engineer at General Electric

“Volunteering with WindAid Institute for 3 months has been one of the most strong, interesting and rewarding experiences of my life. I honestly cannot thank WindAid enough for allowing me to be part of a unique family of like-minded people and bring positive change to a developing community! Regresare un dia! Promeso!” – Electrical Engineering at Durham & Newcastle University, UK

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.”