Internship Renewable Energy Wind Turbines On Site

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High­lights

Learn about renewable technologies and clean energy.
Gain professional hands-on experience by learning about the design, construction, and installation of a wind turbine.
Work in an international team with experienced & passionate people from a range of different backgrounds.
Improve your Spanish by working alongside local Spanish speakers.
Experience the life and culture of Peru by visiting and helping remote communities to have access to clean electricity
WindAid, as environmental NGO, provides a clean source of energy through wind turbines in remote communities of Peru where traditional electricity is not available. This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Age 18+
Singles
Couples

WindAid projects provide electricity to remote communities utilising wind energy to provide a clean and reliable source of energy in locations where traditional electricity is not available.


  • Why is our project important
7 million Peruvians do not have access to electricity.

Access to electricity is a necessity for the quality of life of any human being living today. Many of us don’t even think twice about turning on the light switch in our homes, but energy poverty severely limits the ability and opportunity for those without access to electricity to thrive. We want to change that.

A large part of this population is located in rural areas that do not yet have the support of the Peruvian government.

The people most in need of access to energy in Peru live in remote, rural locations. Due to the difficulties and costs to connect to traditional power grids, 37% of people in these communities have never had electricity in their homes. It is these communities we strive to work with and ensure that they can enjoy the benefits of a life changing resource.

  • What is the program about?

With our engineering program, you will gain hands-on work engineer experience while helping these communities to have access to electricity.


Anyone will be able to learn and to participate in building a wind turbine from scratch following all steps of designing, building, and installing a turbine.


You will be part of an international team with participants from all over the world. You will be also constantly in contact with locals and will have the opportunity to fully immerse in the culture.

 

  • How will be your environment?

Our workshop is based in Trujillo, a city situated on the northern coast of Peru. The country’s third most populous city, it has some excellent prehispanic archeological sites to visit, as well as the Historic Center that dates back from the colonial era.

 

Trujillo is also 30 minutes away form Huanchaco, a popular beach recognized as one of the best places in the world to catch a wave. 

 

Most importantly, you will travel the country to install the turbines you have built. Either in the mountains or in remote coastal fishing villages in the desert… you will have the chance to discover all the beauty of Peru’s most impressive landscape.

 

  • What do we expect from our participants?

There’s no requirement to have any engineering background. We have students and professionals coming from all over the world. We welcome participants with different backgrounds and we will adapt the project to your experience and what you want to achieve with us.

Participants with an engineering background can also come with their own personal engineering project to help us improving our wind turbines.

Typical day

We usually ask participants to work from Monday to Friday from 9am to 5pm. Below is how your schedule will be with us :

 

7:00am-9:00am: Begin your morning with a fresh start doing any sports you would like Jogging / Yoga / Surfing.. you will then enjoy a nice Breakfast before starting work.

 

9:00am-12:30pm: It’s workshop time! Every Monday morning the team explains the plan for the week and makes sure that everyone has a task to do to contribute to the project.

 

12:30pm-1:30pm: Lunch time! We go to restaurants not far from the workshop and you will have the chance to pick any Peruvian dish that you’d like!

 

1:30pm-5:00pm: We return to work, before leaving and returning home we like to organise everything in order (except Fridays, we usually finish after lunch)

 

5:00pm: Time to relax and to do whatever you want! There are plenty of activities that you can do in Trujillo or Huanchaco (beach of the city), from getting classes of dancing or sports, to just having a walk in the historical centre or just having fun with friends in the city.

 

During your first weeks in the workshop, you will be working and learning with your fellow peers about sustainable energy. This is a great opportunity to gain hands-on experience on mechanical engineering but also to learn how to work among a team on a common project.

 

The final days, we will go to the community to install the Wind Turbine. Working together with the community, we will be educating them on how the Wind Turbine works and how to maintain it. This is a fantastic way to see your impact you make and immerse yourself in  Peru’s culture.

Free-time activities

Immerse yourself in the Peruvian culture.

If you’d like to get really involved in the city you’re staying in, we also have excellent links with other local volunteer organizations, who are always happy to welcome you in some of their projects, or just show you around as you explore the city!


Entertainment in the city everyday!

In the city, there are a wide variety of salsa or bachata schools to try or gyms to keep you in shape, whilst Trujillo has two multiplex cinemas, showing a range of English and Spanish language films, from Hollywood to arthouse cinema.

Peruvians love to party as well! You can always find something happening and a place to dance, from the main city to the beach.

 

Explore prehispanic culture

The area surrounding Trujillo boasts some incredible history, such as Chan Chan, the largest city of the pre-Columbian era in South America. The local ruins are a great short-getaway for an adventure and the team will always be there to advise you on your travels!


Catch some waves or relax on the beach!

Huanchaco is one of the most popular beaches not just of Trujillo but also of all Peru, recognized as one of the best places in the world to catch a wave. It’s also the most common place volunteers like to spend their free time. There, you can surf and swim, play football, volleyball, or frisbee or simply sit back in the sun and try out some beautiful Peruvian cuisine.

Hiking
Sports
Swimming
Water Sports
Yoga/
Meditation

Require­ments

In order to join the program you need to be at least 18 years old on the program start date. There might be exemptions if you can provide the permission of your legal guardian(s) or if your are accompanied by your parents.
Language Skills
You need to speak English (intermediate level) or Spanish (basic level)
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 09:00 - 17:00

What's Included

Services by WindAid Institute

WindAid, as a Non-Governmental Organization (NGO), is a non-profit and independent entity. 

Our main source of regular income is the financial contribution received from our interns/volunteers for their placements. Without you, WindAid would not be able to build and install wind turbines to the remote communities in Peru. 

Your contribution will help our staff to reach more Peruvian families in need. 

 What's included

  • Collection upon arrival in Trujillo
  • All accommodation from the moment you land until you complete the project (3 meals during working days, housing, rooms, kitchen, living room, hot water and wifi).
  • Paid transportation to the workshop and trips to the community
  • Full supervision and guidance by a trained engineer during the manufacture and installation of the wind turbine
  • Certificate by the end of the period

Airport Pickup at Trujillo Airport

From Trujillo

Accommodation

During your stay with us, you will be living in a house along with other volunteers and team members, situated close to the center of Trujillo.

Basic services such as hot water, electricity, kitchen utilities, and wifi will be provided. 

There are always plenty of activities that you can do in the house along with volunteers such as playing games, watching a film together, cooking, reading in the living room, and partying.

Bedroom (Single) Dorm Room
Food & Beverages
We will provide meals (lunch & dinner) during your working hours from Monday to Friday.
Internet Access
Good access at the project site
What's NOT included?
Visa, flights, travel insurance or vaccinations are NOT included in the program fees.
Flight Tickets
The nearest airport is Trujillo Airport (TRU) in Trujillo. We assist you to find cheap flights to Peru.
Travel Insurance
Going abroad is an adventure and it is always best to be prepared. Sudden illness or injury, cancellation or theft - a travel insurance for Peru provides security and is a plus to have.
Vaccines
If you are intending to volunteer in Peru you should seek medical advice before starting your social journey. Check your required vaccinations for Peru.

Dates & Fees

NO CREDIT CARD FEES

Details on arrival

2023 Program Dates

02 January - 27 January

06 February - 03 March

13 March - 7 April

17 April - 12 May

22 May - 16 June

26 June - 21 July

31 July - 25 August

04 September - 29 September

09 October - 03 November

13 November - 08 December

Availability
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Duration
4 - 16 weeks

Program fees

Costs: Prices in USD
4 weeks (min. stay)
$2,565
5 weeks
$2,851
6 weeks
$3,138
7 weeks
$3,424
9 weeks
$3,996
11 weeks
$4,569
16 weeks (max. stay)
$6,000
Average fees
$508 /week

Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated. WindAid Institute will let you know about the final price during your application process.
Deposit (15%)
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Final Payment (85%)
Your final payment will be agreed with WindAid Institute during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.

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Internship Renewable Energy Wind Turbines On Site

WindAid, as environmental NGO, provides a clean source of energy through wind turbines in remote communities of Peru where traditional electricity is not available.

$508/week

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