Curt Swanton : USA – New York, Mechanical Engineering Technologies Alfred State College

“Had I not volunteered at WindAid, I would have never known just how many people you can fit in a single taxi; or just how many incredible people, from all over the world, you can meet in one place. By volunteering with WindAid, you will learn about the practical skills and processes involved in building a wind turbine. But that’s not all, you’ll also see firsthand what it takes, and has taken, to build an amazing community of people dedicated to such a great cause. Oh, and yes, you will have so much fun. Whether you’re doing repairs in the mountains, installations on the beach, or watching as about twenty or so local college kids put your whole group to shame at digging foundations, every day will be a new adventure. Trust me, when it’s over you’ll never want to leave.”

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.”