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Volunteer in Peru and work on a fascinating project which combines the resurrection of traditional cultural Inca jewellery making techniques with a social initiative in the city of Cusco. Young adults from disadvantaged communities are being given apprenticeships to learn the ancient techniques of their Incan ancestors, providing them valuable skills and an income while ensuring the skill never dies out. The workshop looks to sell the pieces it makes to sustain its work and is looking to attract the tourists in Cusco to see their craft.
This Peruvian-run project is aiming to learn marketing strategies that will help local artists to attract western tourists and communicate the great work that they are doing. Volunteers support this goal and benefit the project by bringing their skills and experience to share with the local project team, helping them to build a market where tourists understand the difference between this authentic initiative and the regular jewellery stores that they are often pushed toward around popular destinations. The sales made from this project directly support the local artisans and help to ensure that this amazing traditional practice and their employment around it are sustainable. Volunteers will benefit from their exposure to different marketing strategies, and from gaining insight about the different industries in the region. This is excellent experience for anyone looking to build up their CV/Resume.