Hola, my name’s Stuart Llewellyn, after being an engineer in the UK for 6 years Port Talbot steel works, I made myself voluntarily redundant in November 2013 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 website is a store and record the events of my overseas projects, and resources I've developed that other NGO's or people working in international development may find useful.
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.
After volunteering for WindAid for 6 months, on a placement with Engineers without Borders UK, I am now staff member at WindAid, continuing my work on my Internet of Things Remote Monitor, helping carry out performance analysis of our turbines, and soon hopefully looking into integrating solar panels and create a hybrid solar and wind system.
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.