Sustainable Tourism Assistant

Awamaki’s Sustainable Tourism Program works to connect women, families and the rural poor with the economic opportunities that tourism brings.

Awamaki’s Sustainable Tourism Program Overview
We work to connect women, families and the rural poor with the economic opportunities that tourism brings. We do this through our homestay program, Quechua community visits, our weaving education tourism program, artisan workshops, and Spanish and Quechua language classes. We directly benefit community members by promoting culturally sensitive tourism for the many visitors passing through Ollantaytambo, granting foreigners with a unique insight into Quechua life and providing local families with an additional income source. The tourist economy is a significant force in Ollantaytambo, but too often tourism is a disruptive presence creating traffic and noise with little local benefit as tourists pass through town to catch the train to Machu Picchu. Awamaki works to encourage visitors to stay longer in our beloved Ollantaytambo and to spend their money in ways that produce tangible benefits for local individuals and families. We also aim to provide meaningful cultural experiences to tourists, raising awareness about sustainability issues and promoting sustainable tourism practices among them.

Sustainable Tourism Position Description: 
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.

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

free time activities include trips to Machu Picchu, hot springs, archaeology tours, artisan market & various hikes to Inca sites



What's included?
Welcome and airport pickup • Full orientation of Awamaki and the Sacred Valley • 10 hour cultural orientation class • 2 weeks in a homestay • room and 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

pickup from Cusco airport, 1.5-2 hours drive


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