Billy Thurston: London – Water Engineer at Mott MacDonald

“WindAid really was one of the best experiences of my life. As well as teaching me so much about wind energy, and about the socioeconomic and energy situations in the fascinating country that is Peru, it also showed me that amazing things can be done with some determination and persistence if you put your mind to it. Using only relatively simple tools and materials, we were able to create sophisticated pieces of technology that really do change peoples’ lives hugely for the better. The phrase ‘light up a life’ really shows its meaning when you experience first-hand what it is like to live in these communities – with little light once the sun goes down – and so how much of a difference these turbines make. I’m very keen to work in international development in the future, and I feel that my experience at WindAid has really helped me along that path, as well as hugely improving my Spanish language ability too. I leave WindAid with new knowledge and understanding, many new friends, and a new understanding of what really is possible to achieve, along with a good team, when you put your mind to it! Thanks so much to everyone at WindAid – I wholeheartedly recommend the programme to everyone.” – Civil Engineering at Bristol University

Alexander Orchard: Spain-Materials Engineering at Imperial College London

“Words fail to express my gratitude and admiration towards WindAid and the mission it believes in. I really didn’t know what to expect when I showed up in an airport in the desert of Trujillo, my first time in South America and alone to boot! Soon enough though I found myself immersed in the WindAid family of volunteers and workers alike, forging international friendships and living through unique new experiences. It’s not just the fact that you are creating a source of free renewable energy for impoverished communities. It’s not just the philanthropic joy of volunteering nor the technical engineering experience of the workshop. It’s one of the most crucial months in your young life during which you will learn a lot more than you’d expect. What are you waiting for? Sign up!”

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