the porter voice collective 

internship & volunteer
prograM IN PERU

We are seeking an energetic, responsible, and self-driven college or graduate student to join our social enterprise as part of our internship program.  As an intern, you will be expected to work in support of The Porter Voice Collective Project.  The PVC was recently launched to promote and elevate the stories and voices of porters in Peru, Nepal and Tanzania.  Through storytelling via interviews, videos, photographs and all other means of content creation, we are elevating the roles and stories of porters on the mountain trails.  Our mission is to create a new set of best practices in the trekking tourism industry that is rooted in equity and inclusion.


Peak Explorations markets trekking tours worldwide with a focus on local sustainable tourism, women empowerment and diversity in the trekking tourism industry.  Peak Explorations’ mission is to work towards equity and inclusion of marginalized groups such as women and indigenous communities in the trekking tourism industry.  Peak Explorations works closely with local communities including the indigenous women in Peru, Mongolia, India and the Philippines.  We aim to promote women as guides and porters to normalize the industry to the extent that women gain full and equal access to job opportunities in a predominantly male driven industry.  To learn more about Peak Explorations, visit 

This is an unpaid internship but can be utilized as part of obtaining experience/skills or school credits.  You are expected to work on location in the Cusco region of Peru during the internship.  A small administration fee of $200 is required if selected.  We are seeking a commitment of at least 3 months, with 6 months being ideal for the project. 

Intern Duties and Responsibilities

  • Assist in the PVC campaign towards mobilizing porters to share their stories and voices via the PVC website.

  • Interviewing men and women porters in the Cusco region.

  • Translation of interviews as needed.

  • Writing articles/stories based on interviews and research.

  • Video and photography as part of creating content for The Porter Voice Collective website.

  • Video and photography editing.

  • Assist with any other content creation projects that may arise.

  • Research and gather documentation on the conditions of the mountain trails for porters in Peru, Nepal and Tanzania.

  • Assist in building allyship by identify individuals or organizations in the U.S. and worldwide that support the mission of PVC.

  • Assist in any fundraising efforts for PVC.

  • Identify funding resources in support of PVC’s mission.

  • Attend company functions and networking events

  • Update and post supervised social media and website content for The Porter Voice Collective.

  • Present findings/research at the end of internship


Intern Requirements and Qualifications

  • Must be 18 years of age or older.

  • Must be a college or graduate student.

  • Must be fluent in Spanish. Ability to speak Quechua is a plus.

  • Video and photography editing experience.

  • Must have the necessary equipment for video and photography.

  • Proficiency in computer skills, including Microsoft Office Suite (Word and Excel) and working knowledge of the use of social media (i.e. Instagram, Facebook and Twitter).

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills

  • Must be culturally sensitive and have some experience working with diverse individuals.

  • Travel experience is ideal.

  • Interest in the trekking tourism industry is a must.

  • Experience working with indigenous communities is desirable but not required.

  • Self-directed and able to work without supervision

  • Must be adventurous and adaptable to a different culture and way of life.

  • Must be able to work remotely with own laptop and access to internet

  • Must be able to maintain contact with internship supervisor to keep them up to date with internship progress and research.

  • Energetic and eager to tackle work assignments and research.

  • Background and interest in creative writing, journalism, sociology, history, anthropology, gender studies or ethnic studies is a plus.

What to expect

You will gain invaluable knowledge and experience working with the Quechua communities in the Cusco region.  You can expect to spend a few days in various Quechua communities where the porters live to build trust and connection with the community.  Expect to do some hiking as part of the process of interviewing and creating content for the project and in promoting the lives of porters in Peru.  Do note that this region is at high altitude so you must be in decent health.  A travel and medical insurance is required for you to partake in this program.

Besides the administration fee, we ask for a fee of $150 per month to cover the cost of field trips to various mountain towns to conduct the interviews and research for the project.  This may cover the following: up to 7 days accommodation with a local Quechua family, transportation, and meals.  Any other excursions may be subject to fees that you will be responsible for.

Although the position is unpaid, we will help you with identifying an accommodation that suits your budget.  Your location will be in Urubamba, which is a town in Sacred Valley and is one hour or so away from the city of Cusco.  The cost of living can be as minimal as $300 per month for apartment and food.  Public transport is relatively cheap.


How to apply

Please send your resume and cover letter detailing your interest and relevant experience to Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.  


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