Roberto Javier Weiser Villamizar : Venezuela – Master en Energías Renovables y Sostenibilidad Energética en la Universidad de Barcelona

“Trabajar con el Instituto WindAid por tres meses fue una experiencia enriquecedora tanto en el ámbito profesional como personal. Como ingeniero electronico tuve la oportunidad de aplicar los conocimientos adquiridos en la universidad para resolver problemas y crear soluciones en diferentes situaciones. También aprendí cómo trabajar cuando las condiciones son adversas y hay pocos recursos. Personalmente, fue una gran experiencia poder ayudar a poblaciones sin recursos a iniciarlos en la corriente del desarrollo sostenible, aportando energía y educación, las cuales son las bases por las que el Instituto WindAid se rige.”

The WorldWind Issue 1

Breaking a World Record
On this first issue you will find articles that address both our past, our present, and our future adventures here at WindAid. Everything from getting to come up and follow through on your own design projects, educating school children on the benefits of wind energy, and breaking wind turbine records from the energy parched coast to the glacial and majestic Andes.

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.”

Anthony Vaquero-Stainer: London – PhD in Physics at Imperial College London

“WindAid was a truly once in a lifetime experience, which is hard to describe in a short paragraph! Building the turbine is a lot of fun (and hard work!) but once installed, seeing the impact it has on the lives of a community so much less fortunate than ourselves is one of the single most rewarding experiences of my life. Working alongside the locals and seeing how the people make do with so little and live lives so removed from anything we’re used to is a very humbling and eye opening experience. Learning about the amazing culture and people of Peru was fascinating with the opportunity to travel to some really amazing places! The team of workers and volunteers from all over the world are so friendly and fun to be and they’re passion and voracious determination for the cause is really inspirational and made the trip such an unforgettable experience!”