“I always wanted to do something special in my life, something I would be proud talking about. I was just stuck in my daily routine and things were getting boring. Then everything suddenly changed when I heard about WindAid. Volunteering, Travelling and a lifetime experience in rural Peru…So, one crazy morning I jumped on a plane, traveled for 16 hours and found myself in South America with a bunch of people from all around the world! I know that a lot of people are concerned about the money fee. I wouldn’t think about it as spending money but as an investment for your future. I didn’t and I will never regret it! Do you know why? I was working in a team consisting of people from all around the world with diverse backgrounds. This helped me develop my interpersonal skills and I also learnt the value of diversity, strong communication, mutual respect, shared planning, cooperation and working towards common goals. Furthermore, the challenges I faced building the wind turbines gave me the opportunity to expand my engineering skills and gain confidence which will help me tackle any future work situations. The most important thing for me is that I made new and strong friendships with the people in my team. I went out with them, sang with them, danced with them, had marshmallows next to a bonfire at the beach with them, got exhausted working with them in the workshop. True friendships arise from mutual experiences and challenges you have gone through with some people. The best and most rewarding part was that as a team we provided something we all take for granted to people less fortunate. Now all these memories are still circulating in my mind and I am looking forward to see this whole WindAid experience grow more and more so people will be part of providing help to more and more people in need!”
“Flying from Australia into the northern Peruvian desert was a daunting task, as I disembarked the plane I didn’t know what the next month held. As soon as I spotted the enthusiastic WindAid team in the airport carpark I knew everything was going to be fine. Not only did the project of installing a turbine at a school in the Peruvian Andes call on my university education, but more importantly showed me how a group of people from all over the world with different backgrounds can work together to construct something to assist in the education of young Peruvians whom did not have access to electricity. The turbine construction was only a small component of the wind aid experience.
For me the most valuable lessons were in the fascinating culture that Peru has to offer, learning a new language and interacting with new and different people that I would have never met otherwise. Thank you WindAid, I can highly recommend this program.”
“Trabajar con el Instituto WindAid por tres meses fue una experiencia enriquecedora tanto en el ámbito profesional como personal. Como ingeniero electronico tuve la oportunidad de aplicar los conocimientos adquiridos en la universidad para resolver problemas y crear soluciones en diferentes situaciones. También aprendí cómo trabajar cuando las condiciones son adversas y hay pocos recursos. Personalmente, fue una gran experiencia poder ayudar a poblaciones sin recursos a iniciarlos en la corriente del desarrollo sostenible, aportando energía y educación, las cuales son las bases por las que el Instituto WindAid se rige.”
“It was a merely 36 hour journey for me to get all the way from Yemen to Peru, and a 2 month visa application processing, plus all the extras. Was it worth it?
Definitely, I would even come again if I had the chance. WindAid offers one of the most unique volunteering programs where you can combine your barely remembered engineering college education (you don’t even have to be in engineering to actually be a master in understanding wind turbines), learning practical skills in making stuff, as well as learning principles in social entrepreneurship, working in a different developing country with its challenges, and the positive social impact of small scale renewable energy systems for rural areas. Perhaps one of the most valuable lessons for me is a yearning to understanding ways of replicating such projects in other developing countries, such as Yemen, where I come from; a country fully dependent on dwindling oil resources, but has plenty of untapped sources for renewable energy.”