Calle Mayta Capac 1325
Rio Seco, El Porvenir
Since 2003, SKIP has worked with disadvantaged families in an underdeveloped district in the city of Trujillo, Peru. SKIP's work with each child and their family has a holistic approach and is carried out through programmes of Education, Economic Development, Psychology and Social Work. Our objective is to encourage the children and their families to develop their own capacities, so that they themselves may be the principle agents of change and betterment in their lives.
The Economic Development Programme
The Economic Development Programme supports SKIP families in the creation of sources of sustainable income through the provision of microcredits, group and individual consulting, and a programme of Handicraft Workshops. We work with more than 140 families through two distinct projects:
Microcredits– we offer microcredits that will help generate a new source of income for families, along with business workshops and support and advice in the launch of new businesses. Small loans are also offered to carry out home improvements and cover health emergencies.
Handicraft workshops– we have developed three types of workshops that enable the women we work with to develop skills, such as sewing, weaving and production of jewellery. We also offer business workshops and, through the work of our volunteers, support the women in the commercialisation and sale of their products.
In addition to providing an additional income, the handicraft workshops are an opportunity for the women to learn skills related to design and the production of textiles and handicrafts, like bags and jewellery, which allow the ladies to explore their artistic creativity. At the same time, It is also a space to share experiences with other women from the community and feel connected to a team.
Three types of productive workshops are currently offered, and we are constantly updating and improving them: sewing, knitting, and jewellery production. Sales of finished products are coordinated, both in local tourist shops and to volunteers at SKIP.
The Fashion Designer will be under the supervision of Family Welfare Coordinator. They will be responsible for facilitating and supervising the daily development of the productive handicrafts workshops that are carried out with the mothers of SKIP families three times a week.
This position demands creativity, and will involve direct work with the women from the groups. The volunteer must also be able to help in the planning of workshop sessions, always maintaining the logistical and administrative aspects of the project completely up-to-date.
While we ultimately prefer our EcoDev Volunteers to speak some level of Spanish, we currently offer a limited amount of spaces for those who do not speak Spanish. However, priority will be given to those who are able to stay longer and are committed to improving their language abilities.
In addition, volunteers will be asked to spend at least one session per week working with the children in the education programme which is requested of all volunteers so they are able to gain a wider perspective for the work that we are doing.
- Session planning and supervision of the development of productive workshops
- Research up to date trends and create new products based on these trends
- Source materials from local markets and shops
- Analyse cost breakdowns in the development of new products
- Maintenance of effective communication with the mothers that attend the workshops
- Administration of the projects
- Recording sales and tracking stock locations on our Salesforce database
- Identification of new sales opportunities
- Preparation of consistent and timely reports on the work for the Coordinator of Family Welfare
- Degree in fashion design or past experience working in fashion design
- Background in product development, from initial research and design to production and quality control
- Some familiarity with tools of administration, commercialization and design
- Minimum commitment of six wweeks
- Strong communication and organisational skills
- Empathy, open-mindedness and friendship in all dealings with the women we work with
- Capacity for teamwork, but also able to use own initiative and work independently
- Disposition and capacity to live modestly and work with limited resources
- Intermediate level of Spanish
- Familiarity with ethical and fair trade
- Previous work experience in South America
- Experience with Salesforce databases
If you would like to know more about our project, you can watch our videos
Or you can read our annual reports
The benefits of working with SKIP
In exchange for your valuable participation in our programme, SKIP will provide:
- A rigorous introduction to the organisation, its projects and departments, and your specific role
- Structured and relevant training carried out by qualified and experienced staff members - you can read bios for all our permanent team on the website
- The opportunity to form part of a team of committed and diverse volunteers
- The opportunity to work for, on behalf of, and with a receptive and welcoming community
- Confirmation of Volunteer Service
How To Apply
You can find out more and download an application on our website
Feel free to email volunteering@skipperu with any questions