Volunteering or interning with Awamaki’s Sustainable Tourism Program offers a unique opportunity to both educate the responsible traveler and to interact with the local community. In the Sustainable Tourism Program, your work can include:
Staff the Awamaki Fair Trade Store:
Help staff the Awamaki Fair Trade Store (approximately 9 hrs per week). This is our local platform for selling tours. While you work you can inform tourists about Awamaki, what we do, and what we have to offer!
Sustainable Tourism volunteers and interns take visitors to the nearby indigenous communities of Patacancha and Huilloc to lead respectful and sustainable Quechua community visits, and educate travelers about the traditional weaving techniques and Awamaki’s fair trade initiatives. Volunteers and interns can expect to guide halfday tours and a three-day weaving tour in the Quechua communities, as well as attending and translating for the Peruvian cooking, woodcarving, and ceramics workshops in Ollantaytambo.
Capstone Project (optional):
The Sustainable Tourism Program is young and growing rapidly. We are constantly designing and implementing systems to make our tours more mission-driven and of higher quality - not to mention increase our client volume. Volunteers and interns help with this endeavor by completing a capstone project that both satisfies their personal goals and benefits the organization. Projects could be helping us create a
tour evaluation system, improving our store display and reservation processes, or creating materials to boost tourism throughout the Sacred Valley.