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’.”

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