WindAid Institute serves as an educational institute whose projects provide electricity to developing communities utilizing wind energy to provide a clean and reliable source of electricity in locations where traditional electricity is not available. Students and professionals come from all over the world to work together designing, building, and installing wind generators. Each project contributes to the evolution of the design, or reinforces the solidity of the design concepts encouraging an environment of education and innovation. In 2018 so far we have installed 4 new wind turbines and updated systems in various communities; work that is only made possible thanks to our extended team of volunteers. This year alone we have had 58 international volunteers participate in our programs. They continue to help us enhance the overall volunteer experience and increase the impact of their fantastic work such as:
R&D Involvement – We involve volunteers on all of our standard 4-week turbine construction & installation programs in the R&D projects. This year we have studied everything from blade composition to dust-free electronics development, as well as resistance and longevity of the towers. Upcoming goals are to research new battery technology and re-design the alternator for increased efficiency!
Community Engagement – A major focus of 2018 has been community outreach. Volunteer input has not only been invaluable, but necessary for improvement. Outreach projects include surveys within communities, database compiling, and long-term project planning that’s heavily focused on training local technicians.
Building Skills for the Future – We aim for every volunteer to learn as much as they can from their volunteering experience in Peru. This means that everyone who comes through our doors has the opportunity to gain hands-on engineering experience, practice working and networking with an international team, and creating a lasting impact through installing wind turbines for those without electricity. Our past volunteers have gone on to work in major corporations, been invited to do graduate studies at prestigious universities, and created connections from around the world in the sustainability sector.
The dates so far released for 2019 are already starting to fill! More information is available on our website. Want to contact us directly? Feel free to send an email to volunteer@WindAid.org. Thank you for your interest!