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We are a 100% worker-owned association based in Guatemala, created to help local women receive a fair salary through textile production using the ancient back-strap loom weaving process. Our cooperative is the perfect place to volunteer if you’re creative, self-motivated, and interested in Guatemala’s Mayan traditions.
Working directly with 17 weaving groups, representing 400 women from five different states, our project provides a means for women in the Los Altos region of Guatemala to support their families and communities. Our headquarters is located in Quetzaltenango (Xela), where we teach backstrap loom weaving classes and feature the co-op's goods in our tienda (shop).
Our mission is to offer training, support, work and fair wages to the women of Guatemala; to uphold their families and their communities with honour, and to maintain and develop their art, stories, designs, and textile traditions.
Helping with Tourists
Help with Computers / internet
Here we understand that a voluntary position should be beneficial for both the volunteer and the organization. We always do our best to place our volunteers in roles that they have experience in and will excel in. We fully appreciate all the time given to us and we rely a lot on all the help we receive through volunteers from all over the world. It is a great chance to understand the working of a small fair trade textile association here in Guatemala and work with Guatemalan women here. You can help make a difference to the textile industry!
We are currently looking for volunteers with the following skills and experience for a 1-3 month commitment in Quetzaltenango:
Social Media and communications
Photography and graphic design
Additionally, for shorter-term volunteers, we can always use help in our store, distributing local publicity in cafes/bars/restaurants/volunteer organizations around Quetzaltenango, and other projects. Please get in touch if you're planning on a trip to Xela and we'll work with you to find a great opportunity to help!
Get in touch with us and we'll work with you to create a great opportunity to gain experience and help the women of Los Altos!
We do not provide accommodations or meals, but we can help you find an inexpensive place to stay. Quetzaltenango is a mid-sized city with plenty of affordable hostels and apartments. There are many shops and restaurants, bars and cafes, and it is a short bus ride away from many of the beautiful tourist sites in Los Altos (Lake Atitlán, Chichicastenango, Antigua, Huehuetenango, and many other destinations)!
All positions are non-paid. We do not charge any fees for volunteering.
As the second-largest city in Guatemala, Quetzaltenango is full of fun things to do! There are some beautiful sites to see close by, including Lake Atitlan, which is just a few hours away by bus. There are many volunteers here in Xela with various NGO's, as well as a lot of students learning Spanish, so you are bound to make plenty of new friends in and out of the family!
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
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