Volunteer in Peru on this Inca Jewellery-making cooperative marketing project and assist with the resurrection of traditional cultural 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 aims to sell the pieces it makes to sustain its work. It is looking to attract the tourists in Cusco to see their crafts as well as selling their products to wider markets using a range of marketing tools and techniques.
Why choose this project?
This Peruvian-run project is aiming to learn marketing strategies that will help local artists to attract western tourists and communicate the great work that they are doing. Volunteers support this goal and benefit the project by bringing their skills and experience to share with the local project team, helping them to build a market where tourists understand the difference between this authentic initiative and the regular jewellery stores that they are often pushed toward around popular destinations. The sales made from this project directly support the local artisans and help to ensure that this amazing traditional practice and their employment around it are sustainable. Volunteers will benefit from their exposure to different marketing strategies, and from gaining insight about the different industries in the region. This is excellent experience for anyone looking to build up their CV/Resume.
Role of the volunteer
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 also spend time learning the techniques themselves in order to write ‘guidebooks’ to explain the processes and provide support in the workshop tours. Any additional marketing ideas that volunteers can share with the project will be of great help. A plan has been devised which details the work that previous volunteers have undertaken so that a variety of marketing techniques and avenues can be explored. This also ensures that the knowledge and experience that you have is captured and built upon by the next volunteer.
No particular skills are required to participate in this project. However, volunteers with a background in marketing and PR will find their skills in much demand. Volunteers with an interest in art or fashion will also find this a fascinating project. A basic level of Spanish is useful (level A1 Basic User of CEFR or better)
WHY JOIN THE PROJECT
To help to boost the local economy
Share your skills and knowledge with the local team
To immerse yourself into traditional Andean culture
Cusco is the archaeological capital of the Americas and the oldest continuously inhabited city on the continent. Its legacy as the seat of the Inca Empire is readily apparent. Many of the city streets are lined with original stone walls and crowded with Quechua-speaking descendants of the Incas.
The word Cusco is the Spanish spelling of the Quechua word Qosqo. According to Inca mythology, when Manco Capac, the first Inca emperor saw the lush Sacred Valley, he struck a staff into the ground and declared the spot Cusco which means “navel of the universe.”
Cusco is a vibrant city with plenty to do and see during your spare time. Spend the days wandering around the museums, churches, art galleries and markets. At night time why not find one of the free salsa lessons held in one of the many clubs. Food is excellent and there are an array of coffee shops and bars to explore. Cusco is sure to stimulate all of your senses.
Details & Costs
- Duration: 2 – 26 weeks
- Cost: £907 / $1587 for 2 weeks
£1222 / $2138 for 4 weeks
£457/800 for each 2 weeks thereafter
- Requirements: age 18+
- Location: Cusco, Peru
- Project activities: Preparing material for tourists, helping to write guidebooks, learning about traditional Andean jewellery-making
- Working hours: Flexible working hours/ day available Monday – Sunday between 9:00am – 4:00pm
- Project availability: Every Monday throughout the year
- Arrival day: Saturday
What is included
- Accommodation: Single or shared room in a homestay (according to availability)
- Food: 3 meals per day
- Airport pickup and drop-off at Cusco International Airport
- Training: Pre-departure pack, on-site orientation and project induction provided
- Support: 24-hour support from on- site coordinators
- Excursions: Staff can help you to plan extra activities for your spare time and weekends off
What is not included
- Extra Spanish classes are available for £85/$149 for 10 hours. Please contact us for more information about booking
- Police/Government Background Check; US and UK citizens will be processed through Kaya (admin fee applies) all other nationalities must provide local police check.
Easy 3-step application process
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TELEPHONE INTERVIEW Once we’ve received your application, we’ll be in touch to arrange your informal telephone interview with your Kaya Placement Advisor.
GET PREPARED When you’ve been accepted onto your project we’ll send you your Welcome Pack and lots of other helpful information to assist you with preparing for your placement.
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