ARTESANIA: Sustainability in Fashion

This internship will allow students to learn about the unique Andean traditions of knitting, crochet, and weaving— handmade techniques that have taken generations to perfect. For the past 25 years, Anna Hosbein Aliaga has identified Bolivian artisans whose products reflect the quality and variety of handiwork found throughout the country. She founded AHA Bolivia, an ethical manufacturing company, in order to promote handcrafted production and protect a unique cultural practice. As members of the World Fair Trade Organization, AHA Bolivia employs over 300 Bolivian women and is committed to improving these workers’ quality of life. This internship is recommended for those interested in learning about sustainable fashion, socially responsible business, and/or craftsmanship.

Internship Description:

This internship may include a combination of the following activities:

  • Working at AHA Bolivia to obtain knowledge of the processes behind communicating with local artisans and designers, as well as the marketing of handmade products

  • Time spent living in a local artisan community to learn a local craft

  • Designing a piece for AHA Bolivia following the mastery of a craft

  • A day trip to a weaving community to learn about hand-dyeing and local sourcing

Intern Requirements

  • Basic level of Spanish recommended
  • Ability to adapt to different cultures and lifestyles
  • Willingness to live simply

Additional Information:

Program Includes:

  • Internship position
  • Accommodation, shared housing
  • Airport pick-up & drop-off
  • All administrative costs

Program Does Not Include:

  • Round-trip airfare to/from Cochabamba
  • Travel/emergency medical insurance
  • Spanish conversation classes
  • Visa if needed

Cost:

  • $1,500 for 4 weeks

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