East Africa

Country: Guatemala

Location: Sololá and Quiché, Guatemala

Dates: Spring 2015 (Exact dates can not be guaranteed. Find out why here)

Project Length: 2 Weeks

Application Deadline: March 20, 2015

Project ID: SOLOLA


This organization’s mission is to empower and improve the quality of life for Maya women artisans and their families and to contribute to the preservation and promotion of traditional knowledge, art, and culture in Guatemala. To do so, the organization offers the women artisans and their families’ education-driven social programs and market access to international Fair Trade and artisanal networks with a focus on traditional Maya culture and traditions.  The organization is currently working with over seven different indigenous communities in the rural highlands of Sololá and Quiché, Guatemala, and benefitting more than 500 indigenous Mayas.


The projects aim is to build awareness around: our indigenous female artisans and the art of backstrap weaving; traditional Maya medicine and the association of Maya healers with whom we collaborate; Fair Trade products produced by female artisans; and the indigenous youth we support in their educational pursuits through workshops and financial scholarships.

 The images produced will be used on the organizations website, social media sites, and catalog. Ideally the images will support the efforts of better telling our story and sharing our work with followers, donors, and clients.



  • Experience in photo-documentary or photojournalism
  • Flexibility  and a positive attitude 
  • Be culturally sensitivity and adaptable  
  • Excellent interpersonal and communications skills
  • Committed to respecting and promoting human rights 


  • Spanish language fluency is highly desirable but not required 
  •  Experience in overseas development in the global south