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