Nest Professional Fellows play a critical role in transferring their skills and knowledge to global handworkers. Through cross-cultural exchange and pro bono development, fellows are helping to reenergize the craft sector, generating increased economic opportunity for artisans.
Find the Fellowship That's Right for You
Fellowships can take place from your desk or via exciting travel around the world—and they work within a flexible time frame to fit your schedule. Based on your skills, experience and professional background, Nest invites you to find an artisan project that is right for you.
Be contacted by a Nest team member to discuss your goals and qualifications
Get matched with an artisan business
Prepare for your fellowship with a Nest team member
Get started mentoring
A Targeted Approach
Nest Professional Fellowships are mapped directly to specific needs expressed by the Nest Guild community. Nest matches fellows and artisan business leaders directly to work together on solving unique business challenges.
Common Artisan Business Needs
Small Business General
Marketing and Sales Strategy
Financial Planning and Accounting
2016 fellowship Hours
Total dollars equated to hours worked
based on hourly rates determined by experience level of our volunteers
In Their Words
“I really feel like my very wide retail and customer experience is something important here. The best part has been establishing a relationship with Laddy, the store coordinator. Without my having any Spanish language skills, we were able to communicate; and whatever improvements I have suggested, she has accepted openly.”
Magda Tomaszewksi, Kering
“The Meso Goods artisans welcomed us into their homes and workshops, and we were able to collaborate with them for a purpose greater than the average travel portrait. It was a wonderful feeling, not only to be able to capture some beautiful images, but to know that these images would tell the wider story of their astonishing skill and deep cultural heritage, and through that legacy, illustrate the value of these one-of-a-kind pieces.”
Tai Power Seef, Professional Photographer
“Although I thought I was simplifying their original designs, the weavers initially felt like they were more complex! It was important for me as a designer to understand their weaving process and to collaborate to achieve the result I wanted. While my designs were a departure from what the artisans were used to, we needed each other to strategize for success.”