Rosario Morales Coronado : Playa Blanca Community Member

“Lo que you pido es que puedan llevar el mensaje de Playa Blanca en donde vayan que va ser una comunidad ecologica con mariposas y paneles solares porque es muy natural y es la ayuda de ustedes como WindAid que ayuda a Playa Blanca llegar a ese logro, Muchas Gracias!”

“All I ask is that you take the message wherever you go that Playa Blanca will be an ecological village with turbines and solar panels because it is very natural and it is WindAid’s help that is Playa Blanca get there, many thanks!.”

Rishi Khan : Trinidad and Tobago / Canada – Research & Development Engineer

“WindAid gave me a life changing experience and introduced me to some of the most down to earth individuals with unique personalities and limitless potentials. We were able to explore Peru in a way unlike any generic tour or vacation. We saw its raw nature, the honesty and compassion of its natives, the gasping beauty of the ruins and the fascinating culture it had to offer. Being from anywhere else in the world would give you a true appreciation for the term ‘coming out of your shell.’ As an engineer or anyone even minutely interested in green energy, wind turbines, renewables, business, architecture, electricity or social work, WindAid is the place to boost those passions. I found a new appreciation for renewable energy engineering and was finally able to put real practicality to the academic theory. WindAid allowed us to contribute in building a turbine from scratch and witness its operation and better yet, the social impact it had on the people. Truly an unforgettable experience being able to see the fruits of labour and also allow someone to be ‘nourished from that fruit’. The opportunities that became available after were endless. I received numerous offers from companies involved in sustainable energy. I am still in contact with the volunteers from my group who I consider some of my closest friends and yet thousands of miles apart in the world. All this would not be possible without WindAid. – University of Toronto Majored in Mechanical Engineering with a minor/focus on Sustainable Energy

Leah Kunkel: Minnesota, USA – Mechanical Engineering at Saint Louis University

“My experience with the WindAid Institute surpassed all of my expectations, and gave me an experience that I will forever cherish. The Institute is composed of extremely passionate individuals who have dedicated themselves to not only electrifying Peruvian villages, but also to electrify the spirit of each international volunteer that enters the program. I found myself captivated by the work that WindAid was doing, and I plan to remain involved with WindAid through research, the ambassador program, and hopefully a return trip to Peru to volunteer again. The WindAid volunteer program is more than simply a month to build wind turbines; it’s an opportunity to fully immerse yourself in one of the most innovative and sustainable organizations available while helping it expand and promoting its influence worldwide.”

Pauline Searles: New York, USA Skidmore College: Physics Major, Computer Science Minor & Dartmouth College: Environmental Engineering

WindAid provided the opportunity to create friendships with driven students from all over the world while expanding my engineering experiences. The bond was established through hard work in the shop during the week and exploration of Peru on the weekends. The process of making the turbines from start to finish was extremely rewarding, especially after we installed the turbines and could see the positive impact it had on the community members of Playa Blanca.

Jay Vinda: United Kingdom – Mechanical Engineering at University of Leicester

“My time with WindAid has been the best experience of my life to date and is one that I will never forget. I was always interested in entering into a career path with renewable energy and the experience that I had with WindAid has reaffirmed my desire to do so. I left for Peru expecting to only make achievements that would help me on my CV but instead achieved so much more. I gained both academic and non-academic experiences from learning how to weld and innovate to learning salsa and witnessing a new culture. Along with all of this I made a network of new friends who I will never forget. My favourite moment was when we turned on the wind turbines as it was at that moment that I was able to see what impact 3 weeks of work had led to! My advice to anyone who is thinking about this project is to do it!”