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!”

Brittney Fodor: Pennsylvania-USA, Northampton Community College

“Taking that leap of faith was the best decision I ever made. While volunteering with WindAid I did things in Peru that I didn’t know I had in me; I learned things like welding to salsa dancing, but most importantly, I learned how to be a part of something bigger than me. Peru was the first place I have ever been to outside of the United States and Canada, and I know it will not be the last. It opened my eyes to the unknown. My advice to anyone who is thinking about traveling is to just go for it!”