Diplomatic Leaders Development Program

The Diplomatic Leaders Development Program (DLDP) is a 6-month program geared towards developing high school students within the Washington, DC area into global citizens through cultural sessions, skills institutes, and international projects. Every month each student will participate in educational and engaging sessions, develop a global network, and receive the opportunity to have a global experience virtually. Industry leaders will teach the students about skill sets that can be applied across industries anywhere around the globe.  

Diplomatic Perspective has partnered with Trama Textiles, a women-led and operated cooperative located in Quetzaltenango, Guatemala to provide monthly cultural experiences and a real-world project that will be implemented to support over 400 women and their families that experiencing economic challenges. Trama Textiles creates work for fair wages for the women of Guatemala to support their families and communities and preserve and develop their cultural traditions by maintaining their textile arts and their histories. Learn more about Trama Textiles here.

At the end of the program, the selected students will receive a Diplomatic Leader certification, an invaluable cultural experience, a network of students and industry leaders, hands-on global work experience, and a voucher to apply for their passport!

Applications are now open. Students can apply here. Please subscribe to our newsletter below for updates.


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Meet Our DLDP Partner

"Trama Textiles is an association of artisan women backstrap loom weavers in Guatemala. We work directly with 400 women from 17 weaving cooperations across 5 regions in the western highlands of Guatemala; Sololá, Huehuetenango, Sacatepéquez, Quetzaltenango and Quiché.

Our association was formed in 1988 after some of the most devastating years of the Guatemalan civil war.

The civil war was a time when most of the men from our communities disappeared: our grandfathers, fathers, brothers and sons. During this time, the women in our community united and decided to use our skills as weavers to support ourselves and our families. This lead to the birth of Trama Textiles.

The cooperative gave us a sense of purpose and empowerment. We started to work together, exploring different colours by naturally dyeing the fabric and creating new designs. Little by little, we began to grow stronger and started to look towards a better future.

Weaving is a century-old Mayan art form still very much part of Mayan life across Guatemala. Every region can be identified by the unique patterns on their woven clothing. Some of the pieces worn by the women can take months to make because the designs consist of so many intricate details."

Information Courtesy of © Trama Textiles.