Peru This Week – Lima

WindAid: Offering experience as well as electricity
“…The wind generators are constructed from scratch in a workshop on the outskirts of the coastal town of Trujillo. The hands-on work with locally sourced materials is what makes the experience so attractive to engineering students with sustainability in mind. “They think they’re coming to just put things together,” said Rivas, who also trains volunteers alongside Trujillan engineers Gean Bohuitron and Abel Yupanqui, “And then they go, ‘Whoa, I’m getting a full blown engineering experience!’” The NGO will take volunteers of most any background however, and orient them to make everyone useful in the shop. It’s not just about building a modern marvel, after all, but understanding a culture and a country…..”

Northampton Community College students help set Guinness World Record in Peru

Guinness World Record in Peru “…As one of the world’s fastest-receding glaciers, Pastoruri is a tourist destination. The turbine brings electricity to shop owners, guides and cooks who serve tourists headed to see the glacier, said Christine Armstrong, the NCC associate professor of communication who designed the study-abroad course. Students say it was a life-changing trip that reinforced their belief in the power of volunteerism while exposing them to a foreign culture. It also built strong bonds between a group of strangers, who by the end of the trip were relying on one another….”

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!”

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