Jessica Fischer: SUNY Canton Mechanical Engineering Technology, USA – NY

“My obsession and passion for wind turbines has grown exponentially since attending the WindAid Institute! It was refreshing to be in an atmosphere with international volunteers who shared some of the same passions as me. From manufacturing in the shop to installation in Playa Blanca, every step introduced me to new engineering concepts and made me love renewable energy even more. I really enjoyed the diverse tasks given to all of us to make our turbine spin. Not only was I able to immerse myself into wind turbine manufacturing, but the Peruvian culture I explored with my new worldwide, lifelong friends I made along the way really made this program so amazing.

Being able to learn more about renewable energy and sustainability by providing electricity to a community who lacks access to it was the most rewarding part of this entire program. It wasn’t until we turned on the lights that we could feel the sheer gratitude from the community members. This full-circle construction experience really opened my eyes to a whole new world of sustainability. If you’re even remotely considering attending, I would absolutely recommend it! The WindAid team is very encouraging and extremely knowledgeable.”

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…”

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.”

Mike Davis : England – Mechanical Engineering at University of Exeter

“I loved every minute of my time in Peru, whether in the workshop, at the installation in Playa Blanca or travelling around at the weekends! I honestly never imagined I’d have the opportunity to Sand board in Trujillo and go on the most beautiful hike of my life up to 4600m above sea level in Huaraz! To be able to build and install not one but two wind turbines and give them to a community that will benefit from them the most was something I’d never have dreamed I’d be able to do before I found out about WindAid, I’m so glad I did find you guys. Every part of the trip offered new exciting skills and experiences that I will remember and take away for life. Having been involved in the project group has reaffirmed my decision to pursue a career in renewable energy and I plan on getting involved with other international development opportunities in future. I’d do it all again in a heartbeat! I’m not sure I can ever quite put into words what this whole amazing experience meant to me but I gave it my best shot! I wish you guys all the success you and WindAid deserve and I’ll be sure to keep up with your future progress.”

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.”