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I have been volunteering at TRAMA for just over a month as the social media coordinator, and living in Xela for the last two months.

I came to Xela primarily to improve my Spanish. I then came across TRAMA once I was here and saw an opportunity where I could actually be of help. TRAMA relies on volunteers to connect the incredible cooperative to the rest of the world. The volunteers mean TRAMA can sell its beautiful hand woven products globally, through its Esty page, and also become known worldwide, just recently TRAMA was a major exhibit at the Canadian Human Rights Museum.

Volunteering at TRAMA has enriched my time in Xela. TRAMA has a diverse international team. By working at TRAMA and spending time with Amparo and Oralia, I have learnt first-hand about Mayan culture, Guatemalan history, and social issues that Guatemala faces. I also have had a great opportunity to improve my Spanish in a different context. Having worked at a marketing firm for six months previously, my month at TRAMA has also been great for developing my marketing skills and building experience. TRAMA has an open atmosphere that allowed me to take initiative and be creative with the content I created. The team always want to hear your ideas and are ready to support you in executing them.

Xela is a wonderful place to spend an extended period of time in. It is an authentic Guatemalan city that is easy to immerse yourself in, with a real mix between locals, expats, and tourists. It is the perfect size, and well located with a wealth of activities that are more than feasible in a weekend…Antigua, Lago Atitlan, Volcan Tajumulco, Laguna de Chicabal, Huehuetenango to mention a few.

I highly recommend volunteering at TRAMA. It is a volunteering opportunity where you are needed and can make an impact in terms of growing a fair trade cooperative that provides work for over 400 women, but also you can gain a lot from it too. From developing your professional skills, to improving your Spanish, to gaining a cultural experience.

I’m off to travel for a few weeks through the north of Guatemala and Mexico with another volunteer that I met at TRAMA, before returning to university in the UK.


5 Comments, RSS

  • Hanne osterbye

    says on:
    February 12, 2017 at 10:31 am

    Hallo I am interested In joining a weaving-course In Trama In end of february or beginning og march this year. I have an Education In weaving mand years ago, and want to combine spanish and weaving with my travel In Guatemala.
    I look forward to healing from you.
    Kindly regards Hanne Osterbye

  • Yolanda Guilliem

    says on:
    February 12, 2017 at 3:36 pm

    Vivo en México, quisiera saber si acá en D. F. existe algún lugar donde se pudiera comprar telas artesales (jaspeaditas) de Guatemala. Muchas gracias por su contestacion. Saludos.

  • Yolanda Guilliem

    says on:
    February 12, 2017 at 3:40 pm

    Por si no llegó el mensaje anterior. Vivo en México, D. F., desearía saber si hay algún lugar acá donde se vendan las telas artesanales de Guatemala. Muchas gracias por la contestación, saludos.

  • Bárbara

    says on:
    March 7, 2017 at 5:05 am

    Hola, soy Bárbara de Madrid. Estoy buscando opciones de voluntariado en América Latina y me gusta mucho su proyecto. Me gustaría saber qué tengo que hacer para ser voluntaria durante un par de meses en su organización, pero revisando su web me surge la duda de si el voluntariado está abierto únicamente a perfiles relacionados con temas de comunicación/diseño/desarrollo empresarial. Yo tengo un perfil relacionado con las ciencias sociales, en concreto con la cooperación internacional y las relaciones internacionales desde el ámbito del desarrollo territorial y la gobernanza, centrado en la región latinoamericana. Así pues no sé si podría encajar en su proyecto o prefieren otro tipo de conocimientos.
    Muchas gracias por su atención!

    • admin

      says on:
      March 15, 2017 at 11:05 am

      Hola Barbara! Muchas Gracias por tu interés en trabajar con trama. Trama está ofreciendo voluntariados con un mínimo de un mes de compromiso. A parte de eso, los voluntariados están abiertos a cada persona interesada en trabajar e apoyar a la organización. Puedes mandar tu solicitud a coordinator@tramatextiles.org. Esperamos escuchar de ti!! Muchos saludos

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