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Women’s Artisanal Cooperatives Program

We aim to conserve and revitalize the Andean traditions of weaving, knitting and 
spinning by finding a market for hand-made textiles in an economy which is fast  
modernizing (and where the value of textiles is losing relevance). In doing so we 
help to empower indigenous women weavers and create the opportunity for 
them to achieve a higher degree of financial independence. With this vision, 
Awamaki sees rural, indigenous women as no longer marginalized and 
disadvantaged; rather they will be empowered to participate in the modern 
economy, recognizing the value of their Quechua heritage as a vehicle to do so. 
We organize women's artisan cooperatives, provide skills-building workshops 
(in spinning, weaving, knitting and sewing) and provide access to the market 
through our Fair Trade Store in town, thereby allowing women to earn a reliable 
income. Through Awamaki Lab, the product development arm of the Women’s 
Artisanal Cooperatives Program, we aim to bridge the gap between weavers and 
the international market, using fashion and design skills to appeal to an 
international consumer base. Ultimately we hope to phase out Awamki's 
presence as an intermediary in 10 years time by equipping Quechua women with 
the capacity to appraise the value of their textiles and connect directly to a 
consumer market.

Individual or collaborative projects that Women’s Artisanal Cooperatives volunteers and interns engage in can range from sales to product design to communicating with clients depending on the season as well as the volunteer or intern’s area of skills and interest. 

Projects may include: 

Design and Production
“Awamaki collaborates with the greater Ollantaytambo community to create economic  opportunities and improve social well-being.”

  • Work side-by-side with members of our sewing, knitting and weaving associations to create garments and accessories that value the woven textile and craft traditions native to the Sacred Valley. Support Awamaki staff and co-op members to fulfill orders or to buy materials.
Product Development and Sales
  • Get involved with the sourcing, development, and creation of product pieces. Product development may also include creating sales material or conducting market research.

Suitable for


Program Requirements

Minimum Age
16 years
Language Skills
You need to speak English (basic level) and Spanish (basic level)
Required Documents
CV and Portfolio or examples of past work depending on the program
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday from 10:00 - 16:00

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Free-time activities

We are located in the Sacred Valley so Inca ruins and Machu Picchu are possible day trips on days off.



What's included?
Welcome & airport pickup • Full orientation of Awamaki and the Sacred Valley • 10 hour cultural orientation class • 2 weeks in a homestay • room & board in the volunteer house • 2 night/3 day weaving immersion workshop in Patacancha • 2 night/3 day volunteer retreat (Location: Quillabanba jungle, hot springs, or a full archeological tour of the Sacred Valley) • 24 hour in country staff support • Volunteer departure • Administration fee • Program donation
What's NOT included?
Visa, flights, travel insurance or vaccinations are NOT included in the program fees.

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Airport Pickup

cuzco airport


homestays and volunteer house

Guest Family Guesthouse Bedroom (Single) Bedroom (Double)
Food & Beverages

breakfast, lunch, dinner, can accommodate special dietary restrictions

Internet Access
Good access at the project site
3 weeks (min. stay)
4 weeks
5 weeks
6 weeks
11 weeks
19 weeks
30 weeks (max. stay)

You can volunteer at the project site in Ollantaytambo /Peru between 3 weeks and 30 weeks. Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated and subject to exchange rate fluctuations. Awamaki will tell you your final price during your application process.
Average Fees
Deposit (15%)
The deposit is simply to reserve your volunteer placement. Payments are handled by PayPal, our trusted global payment provider. If you don't have a PayPal account, you can also pay using a credit card.
Final Payment (85%)
Your final payment will be agreed with Awamaki during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.

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What's next?

The nearest airport is Velazco Astete (CUZ) in Cuzco. We assist you to find cheap flights to Peru.
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