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Q'ewar Project

Cusco, Peru


Among the volunteer opportunities in the Cusco area is the Q’ewar Project, a non-profit that employs indigenous women to make high-quality, hand-made dolls for export to markets in Europe and North America. Attempting to redress issues of ethnocentrism, sexism and ignorance, the project pays a fair wage to women. Their dolls, made from alpaca and sheep wool, use ancient techniques for dying, incorporating indigenous foliage and even insects. Volunteers are needed for their social development and day care programs and knowledge of Spanish is a must. At the local chapter of the South American Explorers Club, former volunteers have written very favorably of their time with the Q’ewar Project. The project is based in the small town of Andahuaylillas, a 45-minute bus ride from Cusco. 

Contact Information:
Phone: 984-604-048
E-mail: juhebu(at)

Amauta Spanish School Volunteer Program, Aldea Yanapay Project, South American Explorers , Nexos Voluntarios, Loki Hostel , Volunteer Visions and Institute for Field Research Expeditions (IFRE).

By Ricardo Segreda
Growing up in New York, Rick Segreda used to cut out of high school in order to hang out at the Museum of Modern Art and catch foreign-language...
28 Mar 2012

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