Times of day
Part time (10-30 hrs/wk)
Short-Term (few weeks/months)
3a Calle 10-56 Zona 1
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
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