Volunteer in Peru and work on a fascinating project which combines the resurrection of traditional cultural Inca jewellery making techniques with a social initiative in the city of Cusco. Young adults from disadvantaged communities are being given apprenticeships to learn the ancient techniques of their Incan ancestors, providing them valuable skills and an income while ensuring the skill never dies out. The workshop looks to sell the pieces it makes to sustain its work and is looking to attract the tourists in Cusco to see their craft.
There is a great need for volunteers here to help this Peruvian-run initiative attract western tourists and help communicate the great work they are doing. Without the ability to sell their finished pieces, these jobs would not be sustainable and the tourist market in Peru do not yet understand the difference between this initiative and the regular jewellery stores that tourists are often pushed towards around tourist destinations. With a western perspective, volunteers are needed to help develop a promotional approach, help improve the 'workshop tours' offered and look at ways to spread the word about the work being done here.
What to Expect?
Volunteers will focus on developing physical material that can be used to provide guided tours of the workshop and explain the techniques being used. Volunteers who can stay longer than 2 weeks will spend time learning the techniques themselves in order to write 'guidebooks' to explain the processes and provide support in the workshop tours.
- Program ID: # 2072
- duration: 2 Weeks to 1 Month1 to 3 Months
- location: CuzcoPeru13° 31' 21.0396" S, 71° 58' 7.2804" WPE
- Fitness level: Light Impact
- Closest Airport: Cusco (CUZ)
- Costs From: $1000 to $1500$1500 to $3000Over $3000
- Program Type: Community Development Projects
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