“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.”
“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. ”
“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.”
“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.”
“… 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