Fair Trade Fashion Internships in Lima, Peru

2 to 24 weeks
18 - 100 years
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About This Program

Huaywasi is a fair trade project that is an extension of the Light and Leadership Initiative's (LLI) Women's Empowerment Program. Profits from Huaywasi sales are directly invested into our women's empowerment program, with the goal of making it 100% sustainable and accessible to more women each year.

We're in search of interns to join us in Huaycán, Lima, Peru. These internships will allow you to gain more experience in either design, digital arts,and/or business development within a close-knit community of female artisans and interns.

We offer three internships:
-Digital Arts Placement: Oversee, coordinate and lead photograph all product/model shoots & photograph artisans and document their craft processes
-Fashion Design Placement: Work directly with seven female artisans to develop new products (design, sketching, locating materials, etc.) and research new techniques
-Business Development Placement: Develop social media strategy to increase followers


  • Hands on work with local artisans.
  • Focus on Fair Trade on Fair Wages.
  • Engage with a growing grassroots non-profit.
  • Teach 1-2 classes (art, English, sports etc.) on the side!

We're in search of interns to join us in 2018 or 2019 in Huaycan, Lima, Peru. Gain more experience in either design, digital arts and/or business development within a close-knit community of female artisans and interns. Candidates must have at least some prior experience in their chosen placement. Intermediate Spanish preferred but not always required.

What's Included
Airport Transfers
SIM cards
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We include airport pickup, but not airport dropoff.

What's Not Included
Travel Insurance



2 Weeks
$460 USD
3 Weeks
$580 USD
4 Weeks
$688 USD
5 Weeks
$794 USD
6 Weeks
$897 USD
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7 Weeks
$998 USD
8 Weeks
$1098 USD
9 Weeks
$1195 USD
10 Weeks
$1290 USD
11 Weeks
$1384 USD
12 Weeks
$1477 USD
13 Weeks
$1570 USD
14 Weeks
$1662 USD
15 Weeks
$1754 USD
16 Weeks
$1845 USD
17 Weeks
$1936 USD
18 Weeks
$2026 USD
19 Weeks
$2117 USD
20 Weeks
$2207 USD
21 Weeks
$2296 USD
22 Weeks
$2386 USD
23 Weeks
$2476 USD
24 Weeks
$2566 USD


Peruvian Sol
81 F / 66 F
75 F / 59 F
66 F / 59 F
75 F / 59 F
Jorge Chavez International Airport
( LIM )

Lima is the capital city of Peru and one of the best places to get a taste of authentic Peru. The best way to explore Lima is through their Peruvian cuisine, which takes ingredients from the coast, Amazon, and mountains to add depth to every dish. After you have eaten, take a stroll through the city center and marvel at the architecture of the churches and monasteries that have maintained their Spanish influence.

Hosted by Light and Leadership Initiative

Light and Leadership offers services 2 different communities: women and children. With the kids, we offer before and after school activities for kids before and after school activities. For our women's group, we provide Women's empowerment programs.

We offer programs that will have a direct impact on the women and children of Peru. Light and...

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based on 4 reviews
  • Growth 9.3
  • Support 9.8
  • Fun 9.3
  • Housing 8.5
  • Safety 9
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Yes, I recommend this program

Excellent Sustainable Fashion Experience

I worked at a fashion organization near Lima, Peru called Huaywasi. Huaywasi works with 7 local artisans that do different crafts and we support fair wages and education for the woman. At Huaywasi I was a business development intern and I was able to explore all the different aspects that go into running a business. For example I would create social media posts for Instagram or Facebook. I also did a lot of photography and editing for their Shopify website and I learned how to manage the website through Shopify. The team is very small so my opinion and ideas were really appreciated and we all worked well and collaborated together. All of the volunteers are amazing people so it was easy to fit right in and feel comfortable. I would recommend this experience to anyone, even if you are not particularly interested in fashion, this organization has opportunities for everyone to help out.

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
Because of LLI's location outside of Lima, Huaycan can seem a little dangerous and intimidating. However the staff and security at LLI make you feel safe and secure and they go over all resources that you will need while living in Huaycan. It is a very cool place to live when you feel comfortable and the international and local volunteers you will meet are all incredible and amazing people. LLI can also make your experience very personal for each person and it allows people to cater their experience to whatever they are interested in.
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Yes, I recommend this program

An Impactful Summer

My time with Huaywasi has been an amazing, joyful experience. I am currently a Fashion Merchandising major at my university and throughout my time in my program I have been leaning towards the sustainable and ethical route in the industry. This program really solidified that sustainability and non-profit is what I want to do in the future. Meeting the artisans and visiting them in their homes and getting to know them personally really allowed me to see what non-profit brands do for their artisans. I was also able to apply my classroom knowledge into the really world workplace. From design to marketing, Huaywasi is a small brand that allows you get an overall perspective of how a brand is run. My input was always heard and validated, plus, it is a really cool experience seeing your ideas help a brand and actually being put into action. I would recommend this to all fashion students who are looking for a once in a lifetime adventure and experience.

If you did this all over again, what's one thing you would change?
The longevity of my stay. I wish I registered to stay longer than six weeks.
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Yes, I recommend this program

An Inspiring Fair Trade Experience In Huaycan, Peru

I spent two months in Huaycan, Peru and these two months were so special. I was working in Detroit, MI at a textile studio and wanted to travel and expand my knowledge on Latin American textile history and current practices. I became interested in textiles partly because I learned about the issues around human rights and the environment. I was interested in Huaywasi because I knew they personally worked with 7 artisan women. Knowing about the hands of the person behind the things we buy is so important and I loved that Huaywasi felt the same way. As the Fashion Design and Business Development Intern I was able to directly work with Huaywasi's artisan partners on designs, but I was also able to gain professional experience with marketing, content planning, and publishing my writing for blog posts. Jill, the current Huaywasi manager, was a blast to work with and made the feeling in the office so bright.

Some things to know about this internship/volunteer position is that you need to be self motivated. You may be working in the office on your own a bit, as well as traveling to Gamarra, the textile district in Lima.

My opinions felt valued in this position and my ideas for content, or designs was taken seriously.

What was the most unfamiliar thing you ate?
Take a trip to the beach and try ceviche! So delicious.
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Yes, I recommend this program

Ethical Volunteering Opportunity in Huaycan, Peru

I found LLI a few months after graduating college while looking for an internship with a fair-trade fashion label, and ended up spending 5 months in 2017 working for Huaywasi. Huaywasi was born out of the success of the women's program of the Light and Leadership Initiative and involves 7 artisans, all women living in Huaycan.

The majority of my time with LLI was spent with Huaywasi and I am so grateful for this experience. I got the chance to know the artisans very closely, and spent time in their homes 2-3x a week working on patterns and samples for the upcoming collection. I became pretty close with a few of the women involved with Huaywasi and have come to think of them as family. While we were working we would talk about our families, our beliefs, relationships, friends, pets, work and art and so much more.

The one (hopeful) expectation I had before coming to work for Huaywasi was to see, no matter our backgrounds or the countries we reside in, that women have a sort of unwavering and intrinsic bond. I found this and more during my time with Huaywasi. There is a community here that transcends boundaries. LLI truly is a space for ethical cultural exchanges and that is one of the most beautiful things about volunteering abroad that you don't always find.

I returned back to Huaycan this year to do some more work with the artisans and spent some time talking with one of the woman who is involved both with Huaywasi and the women's program about the nature of LLI, and what it feels like to get to know so many different people from all over the world, albeit temporarily. And what she was saying to me was that it was a wonderful and enriching experience to get to know people, of all ages and from all over the world, and learn about our homes and different ways of lives.

So many of the volunteers come back after their time with LLI and I think that says a lot. This experience has an impact. And Lara has done a fantastic job ensuring that this program is for the community first, and for the volunteers second, which is the most important thing. The community in Huaycan is appreciative of the work LLI does and the volunteers of LLI have a really good reputation.

Furthermore, I really enjoyed my time living in the volunteer house. For most of my time, there were about 12-14 people living in the house and while there are definitely some struggles with living amongst this many people, we found ways to laugh it off and bonded over it. I made really close relationships with the volunteers and am still in contact with most of them.

I would highly recommend this experience to people of all ages, but especially to those who find themselves between graduating college and taking the first steps of your career. You will be humbled and empowered, as LLI truly does create leaders. This experience has given me more than I could put into words. Again, I am so grateful.


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