Volunteering is a great way to become involved with the CTTC and to get to know the weavers and their work. The CTTC is always looking for hardworking volunteers to join the Chullo Club and help out with different events and projects.
About the CTTC Volunteer Program: Join the Chullo Club!
The CTTC accepts a small number of volunteers each year to be part of the Chullo Club and help with various projects and programs currently in progress. Most volunteers are given work inside of the set plans the CTTC has for the year, which can include anything from help with event preparation to specific projects that the volunteer completes semi-independently.
The CTTC requires that volunteers commit to a minimum of three months as anything less is insufficient time for volunteers to make a meaningful impact on the organization. While the CTTC does not require that volunteers speak Spanish, the Center prefers volunteers that can as it means they can become involved at a deeper level in the CTTC.
While most volunteers spend a majority of their time working in the offices on administrative tasks, there are occasional opportunities to visit the communities and work with the weavers. Volunteering with the Chullo Club can provide a once in a life-time opportunity to meet indigenous Andean weavers and learn from them about their lives, traditions, and textiles.
Why is the the CTTC Volunteer Program Called the Chullo Club?
Chullo are the traditional knitted hats that men and women knit in different communities in the Andes. The CTTC jokingly began calling the volunteer program the Chullo Club after a group of volunteers began wearing their chullo in to volunteer each day. Today each volunteer receives a chullo at the end of their volunteer period as a thank-you gift for their work and as official induction into the club.
Past Chullo Club Projects:
- Helping with preparations for Education Department events such as the Young Weavers Gatherings
- Organizing the photo archive and the permanent collection of textiles
- Ceating an online database of the permanent collection of textiles
- Conservation work on the permanent collection of textiles
- Writing publications, such as pamphlets and the bi-yearly newsletter, in Spanish and English
- Creating a catalogue of the CTTC’s products
- Designing a new website for the CTTC
- Critically assessing, designing, and implementing a new store layout
- Organizing fundraisers to allow the Young Weavers to travel to Cusco to visit local museums
- Creating new videos for the CTTC