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.

Work Hard, Play Hard!

Posted on April 10, 2015 by Nick Warren

At the end of last week WindAid Institute wrapped up an incredible March; A month that stretched even our bounds of what can be accomplished in four weeks! Ashish, Cecilia, and Hang from IBM joined Enrico, Perry, and Lewis to start off the month with a brand new wind turbine in Playa Blanca. Playa Blanca showed us how to celebrate by putting on a Yunza; a tree laden with treats and toys is toppled over as kids dance around in a circle waiting to pounce as the prizes touch ground! We too treated the kids of Playa Blanca to a brand new tradition: Tie-Dye! I am not quite sure how, but I think they managed to keep themselves clean far beyond the norms I would have expected of children and permanent ink. Though I imagine the recurring dips in the sea helped the clean up dramatically. 🙂

As the month continued on we tackled some incredible projects. With the team from IBM we further developed the structure of the WindAid Institute, and an expanded fundraising plan; plus there was the incredible work Lewis and Perry put in overhauling the WindAid Institute inventory program in excel, Gantt diagrams for building turbines in the shop, and a study of the base of the WindAid 1.7 (to name just a few).

Though new excel files, multi-page timelines, and possible fracture propagation in cement are thrilling, I would hate to say so much as to quell curiosity. 😉 Suffice it to say that the Salsa nights at Segovia, and guitar jams at our grill-out to close out the month were well earned!

After an incredible March, and some heart-wrenching goodbyes I will close this post saying thanks to Enrico, Ashish, Cecilia and Hang. Welcome to the family you guys, get back soon!

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….”

NCC students make world record in Peru

World Record in Peru
“A handful of students from Northampton Community College, traveled thousands of miles over the summer to a remote village in Peru, to install a wind turbine. 8 students and 2 faculty members from Northampton Community College decided to take a different summer trip of sorts to the foot of the Pasto Ruri glacier, thousands of miles away in Peru…”