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G_I.03 Work in the production, marketing, administration, construction or gardening of a indiginous textile cooperative (Guatemala)

Location: San Juan Cotzal, Guatemala

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Description of the project:

The project is a textile producing cooperative, composed by widows and orphans from the 36 years of civil war. They produce bags, clothes, table clothes, etc. with traditional symbols but with different colors. Currently it has 45 weavers, including several elderly. They are constantly incorporating new fabrics. Each weaver produces its tissues in her own home, but the project is a venue for group activities which is located behind the municipal market. Furthermore, they offer guided tours in the nature. Some part of their sales is invested in the cooperative and educational activities. Recently they bought a plot, where they opened a shop with their products. In the future they want to build a hostel and a traditional restaurant, that uses the vegetables of their own garden, there additionally.

Your tasks – there are different volunteer positions available:

  • Promotion of the textiles
  • Webdesign, Marketing, Social Media and Fundraising
  • Educational activities for the weavers (English and literacy classes)
  • Coordination of the eco-tourism activities
  • Construction of the hostel and the restaurant, cultivation of the garden
  • Work schedule: The working hours are flexible

Requirements:

  • Minimum stay: 1 month
  • Spanish level: Intermediate
  • Skills and expertise: You have social conduct, an adaptability to cultural differences and poverty. Knowledge in administration, fundraising and web design, construction or gardening are useful

Accommodation, Benefits and Costs:

  • You can stay in a host family (from 25 US$ / week)
  • Proyecto Mosaico books your lodging, Spanish school and your transportation from the airport, furthermore we offer individual assistance provided by the office in Granada before, throughout and after your stay
  • For our work and our services we ask a one-time-only fee of 250 € – regardless of the length of your stay

Have a look at the detailed project presentation with more pictures, info on accommodation and location:

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