The WorldWind Issue 2

The WorldWind Issue 2

In this second issue of the WorldWind newsletter, we give you updates on WindAid Institute’s work with wind turbines in Peru in 2016!
We hope you enjoy reading all about the current electronics project, the exploits of a recent volunteer who was all at sea in Playa Blanca and what’s happening in the volunteer house and the workshop.

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…..”

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!”

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!”