Hola, my name’s Stuart Llewellyn, after being an engineer in the Port Talbot steel works, I made myself voluntarily redundant and backpacked solo through a lot of South America, parts of New Zealand, Oz and then South East Asia. Since then I’ve done a fair amount of travelling, and also volunteering on worthwhile international programs.
This blog is to store and record the events of my overseas projects. Originally this started as a blog to help my fundraising back in the summer of 2015 for my volunteering on the International Citizen Service with Raleigh International. For my final thoughts on our work in Nicaragua with Raleigh click here.
I’m now using this blog to keep you up to date with my volunteer work with Wind Aid in Peru, which is a 6 month Engineers Without Borders UK international placement. I hope to get an update out at least once a month, I also plan on writing it in both English and Spanish. The Spanish will be dreadful with many errors, but hopefully It will serve as a learn tool for me, and hopefully there’ll be a noticeable change by the end of the 6 months (not if you don’t speak Spanish, it’ll look like I’ve pretty much nailed it, but truth is it’ll be far from it!)
Who are Engineers without Borders?
Engineers Without Borders UK brings people, ideas and engineering together to deliver solutions to the world’s most pressing problems. Our vision is a world where everyone has access to the engineering they need for a life free from poverty. Where engineering is for everyone, everywhere. We work with our members, partner organisations and the education sector to enable people to use their technical skills to aid human development. We believe that together we can create a new generation of globally responsible engineers.
Who are WindAid?
Engineers Without Borders UK partners with organisations and communities around the world to enhance their capacity to access or deliver engineering solutions. Our international placements programme sends qualified, volunteer engineers to enhance the engineering skills and knowledge of or our partners around the world while also providing a valuable learning experience for the volunteer. My partner is WindAid.
WindAid 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 turbines. Each project contributes to the evolution of the design, or reinforces the solidity of the design concepts encouraging an environment of education and innovation.
What work are you doing?
After my first month of the standard volunteer experience of manufacturing turbines from scratch, I am now focussing my attention on my specific project of designing, building and protoyping a remote monitor that we can plus onto turbines to send alerts when the turbines not generating when it should be, and also collect energy data, which in the future will help improve the performance of the turbines. If time permits I hope to get involved in other projects I have knowledge in such as basic sanitation and educational workshops with the communities children.