Fair Trade Fashion Designer

Support Women Empowerment in Panajachel, Solola, Guatemala

Design (Web or Print)
Can Start: 
as soon as possible
Can Stay: 
2 weeks to 2¼ months
Must Speak: 
Helpful if Speaks: 
Accommodations, Learning Opportunity

It's a privilege and learning opportunity to support and help empower these amazing women in Guatemala

Opportunity Details


The Fair Trade Fashion Designer experteer will work in the Fair Trade Market Access Program to develop a new line of products to help increase product sales. This program connects our artisans and their handmade textiles with international markets. In order to increase sales for the program, and provide additional work opportunities for the artisans, we strive to create products for mainstream markets that showcase designs and techniques from the Maya culture. Maya Traditions works with highly skilled artisans and is looking for someone to help them to leverage these skills to create a unique line of products.


The Fair Trade Fashion Designer experteer will work alongside Maya Tradition artisans and production manager to create a new line of products for mainstream, high-end markets that showcases designs and techniques from the Maya culture. These products will help to increase sales and further develop the Maya Traditions brand.


  • Design (Web or Print)


  • Fashion Design


  • Spanish


  • English

We Provide These Local Benefits


Maya Traditions is able to offer accommodation to volunteers who are able to commit for at least one month. The volunteer bungalows are located by the organization's organic medicinal plant garden. About 15 minutes walking distance from the center of town and 5 minutes to the Maya Traditions' office, the area is quiet and peaceful. Accommodation includes private bedroom and bathroom with hot water and access to a full shared kitchen. Volunteers cover their utilities, which range no more than $20 a month.


The Experteer with Maya Traditions will have a variety of opportunities to learn new skills. The Fair Trade Fashion Designer is a great opportunity for a new designer to develop a line of products or a designer that is looking to learn more about the Maya culture and the techniques used by Maya artisans. As the majority of our team from Guatemala, the experteer will also have the opportunity to practice Spanish and also even learn some Kaqchikel, the local Maya language. You will also have the opportunity to learn about backstrap weaving, traditional Maya medicine, and the challenges and opportunities of working on a multicultural team.


As an Experteer with Maya Traditions you will have the opportunity to live in Panajachel, which is located on the shores of majestic Lake Atitlan in the highlands of Guatemala. Guatemala is known as the ¬úCorazon del Mundo Maya - or the Heart of the Maya World - and by working with Maya Traditions. 

Experteers will have the opportunity to experience this culture and its traditions first hand. Experteers will also have the opportunity to tour our medicinal herb garden and to visit surrounding villages to meet with participating cooperatives and experience the art of backstrap weaving and ikat dying. Finally, the experteer will have the opportunity to work as a part of a high-functioning, creative, multi-cultural and multilingual team.

Questions & Answers About this Opportunity

I'll be in Panajachel area from September 24 until October 4. Can I just volunteer those days? I know it's less than 2 weeks.
Hern√°n, Sep 8th, 2016
Hello Hernan, Thank you for expressing interest in Maya Traditions. We typically require at least a two week commitment from our volunteers. Kindly send a email to fairtrade@mayatraditions.org describing your work, background, and why you want to volunteer at Maya Traditions. Looking forward to hearing from you! Warm Regards, Elisiana
Representative of this opportunity, Sep 8th, 2016

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Industry: Education, International Trade and Development, Non-Profit, Textiles

Mission: Women Empowerment

Size: Small organization: 5 - 25 persons

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