Volunteer in Africa

Product Design Volunteer Opportunities in AfricaProduct Design


Global Mamas provides sustainable livelihoods for women in Africa by promoting their traditional skills in the production and sales of fair trade apparel, accessories, jewelry and home decor. Our Mamas are thrilled to receive international volunteers with experience in design and merchandising to ensure the Global Mamas product line continues to evolve and stays relevant in the global marketplace.



Whether as a short-term or long-term volunteer, your professional skills will be put to use and help make a difference in the lives of women in Africa, their families and their communities. At the same time, you will give purpose to your time off work.

Past Product Design Projects

Natalie Sturman	- Product Design	 volunteer in Africa

Natalie Sturman
Ipswich, England

When Natalie, a fashion design graduate, arrived in Cape Coast in the summer of 2005 Global Mamas really needed fresh new ideas to expand our textile designs and garments. Natalie's many accomplishments included:

  • Updating Quality Control Specifications for many of the new Global Mamas products.
  • Facilitating two design workshops for both the seamstresses and the batikers.
  • Carrying out several sizing sessions to ensure our clothing was fitting properly.
  • Working closely with all of the seamstresses to update and adjust patterns.
  • Introducing five new children's and adult garments into the new Global Mamas catalog - including the top selling A-line dress.
  • Designing several new textile designs featured on these products.

Natalie's highlight was at a bi-monthly roundtable of the Global Mamas. She had suggested giving an award to one of the women for being hardworking, reliable, and on time. Natalie and other Global Mamas staff decided to give the award to Grace - a Global Mamas seamstress. At the end of the meeting Natalie congratulated Grace on her achievement, and she said to her "It's because of you; I couldn't have done it without you."