Aeron Westeinde.

Awamaki Non Profit - Peru

Project Description

Strong/Gault Social Advancement Internship Grant Recipient

“I expected to gain work experience and new skills to be used in a future career in tourism or hospitality: things that most Bowdoin students could hope to get out of a summer work experience. However, I feel as if I gained much more: a larger world-view, greater perspective on socio-economic difference, an opinion on the human right to access markets, and an increased understanding of the human need to lead a fulfilling existence.”

The goal of Awamaki, the non-profit organization I worked with this summer, is to help locals improve their quality of life by enabling local indigenous women to access markets and sell goods while relying on their traditional skills of weaving and knitting. As part of my internship, I gained the skills and took on the responsibility of leading several tours every week as well as our monthly 3 day home stay weekend near the end of my internship during which I lead weaving lessons, facilitating group discussions, and helping to organize activities to interact with people in the community. When I returned to North America, I was reminded of the international economic disparity that has influenced and exacerbated the inequality in Peru. My summer has made me want to return to South America and it has also made me more motivated to be a more responsible citizen here in the US.

Project Details

  • Date September 17, 2015
  • Tags 2015, Senior, Social Service, South America, Strong/Gault

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