Posted on: April 9, 2018
Following a phenomenal 2017 (86 volunteers from 22 countries), we have already had 44 volunteers sign up for our 2018 programs! We are delighted to be welcoming them to help us install and maintain wind turbines to deliver clean, cheap energy to rural communities in Peru. While constructing and installing the wind turbines, volunteers are directly integrated into multiple opportunities including Research & Design, Community Engagement, and Building Skills for the Future!
Research & Design - All volunteers are involved in some way with developing the turbine design and project execution, depending on their interests. A short list of some projects already underway and planned for this year include: alternator optimization for increased energy production, investigating blade composition to reduce weight, waste & decrease requisite startup wind speed, and improving battery charging & lifespan.
Community Engagement - Our volunteers this year will be able to connect to the communities we work with like never before. Since WindAid started volunteers have directly contributed to getting electricity access to over 700 Peruvians to date! In 2018 we have expanded our focus on integration with the communities, and in addition to building & installing wind turbines the volunteers will do presentations to schools, families, and universities, analyze the impact of turbines, and assist in servicing and outreach.
Building Skills for the Future - We want to have every volunteer learn as much as they can from their time in Peru with WindAid and have a full and rounded experience. Our volunteers have gone on to work in major corporations, founded their own organizations, and get invited to do graduate studies at prestigious universities, all thru connections they were able to create while at WindAid with scholars & professionals from around the world in the sustainability sector.
We still have places available but they are filling up fast; especially with limited spaces left in all projects thru August, we encourage anyone interested to Apply Soon! We have much more information available on our website, and we are always available to answer any questions for anyone interested in learning more about the volunteering opportunities.