Fashion/Product Designer



Start Date


End Date


Times of day

Weekday Mornings

Time Commitment

Part time (10-30 hrs/wk)


Short-Term (few weeks/months)


3a Calle 10-56 Zona 1



Organization Profile

TRAMA Textiles is a 100% worker-owned women’s weaving association based in Guatemala, created to help local women receive a fair salary through back-strap weaving textiles. This 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 cooperatives, representing 400 women from five different regions, TRAMA Textiles‘ headquarters in the beautiful highland city of Quetzaltenango comprises a shop where the handwoven items are sold, and also a weaving school offering hands-on classes for individuals wanting to learn about Guatemala's traditional weaving processes. TRAMA also has an online presence: an official website and an Etsy shop.

TRAMA’s 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.


We are currently looking for a volunteer to take over the role of Product/Fashion Designer. This is a key organizational role at TRAMA. We are looking to recruit someone for a minimum of 2–3 months starting September 2018.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Design new products in collaboration with local artisans: clothes, accessories, home goods, and tela (woven material)
  • Work with the Communication/Marketing manager on developing the TRAMA Textiles brand
  • Work with the Sales manager on the custom orders

The volunteer will have the opportunity to:

  • Learn about international development, fair trade, and cooperatives
  • Gain experience in a variety of different fields and develop transferable skills
  • Work in a dynamic, international team including working closely with the president and vice president of the association
  • Learn about traditional Mayan weavings
  • Practice their Spanish and discover Guatemalan culture


  • Experience in Textile or Apparel Design
  • Must be flexible and understanding of both the inherent opportunity and limitations of working with a group of traditional back strap loom weavers from developing communities
  • Strong communicator with advanced English skills and at least intermediate Spanish
  • Enthusiasm for the values of TRAMA (fair trade, female empowerment, protection of cultural heritage)
  • Ability at adapt to diverse cultural settings
  • Ability to work independently and take the initiative

Time Commitment

The Product Designer is a part-time position. The volunteer can expect to work approximately 9AM - 1PM Monday – Friday, depending on project workload and individual commitments.


We do not provide accommodations, 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.


  • Training Provided
  • Language/Cultural Support Available


  • International Volunteers

How To Apply

Please view our website at for more information.

Interested volunteers should send a current resume and cover letter to