Volunteer in Africa

Fair Trade Volunteer Opportunities in AfricaFair Trade


Global Mamas provides sustainable livelihoods for women in Africa by promoting their traditional skills in the production of fair trade products. We work to embody fair trade principles in all that we do and are always striving to do more. Fair trade projects may include:

  • Train our new Mamas in the principles of fair trade.
  • Implement our fair trade assessment program to ensure our Mamas meet or exceed fair trade requirements within their individual companies.
  • Work one-on-one with our Mamas to develop and implement action plans to address any areas in which there is room for improvement.
  • Assess Global Mamas against the principles of fair trade and identify ways in which we can improve our own practices.
  • Interview our Mamas and document ways in which fair trade through Global Mamas has impacted their lives. Create stories, videos, and photos to help us educate partners, donors, and consumers.

Past Fair Trade Projects

Liz Gentilcore - Women's Empowerment volunteer in Africa

Liz Gentilcore
London, England

Liz assisted Global Mamas in refining and improving our internal fair trade evaluation program including:

  • Updated all fair trade information and documentation.
  • Visited most of the Global Mamas and guided them through as much of the fair trade certification program as possible; a good number became certified as a result.
  • Provided clear and detailed action plans and follow-up instructions to those Global Mamas who were new or undergoing their six-month follow up.
  • Started the new Global Mamas on the fair trade certification program, including the women in the new Ajumako weaving cooperative.
  • Conducted IT training for staff and developed training materials for future use.

One of the most rewarding aspects of Liz's experience was working closely with the Global Mamas and helping them understand what fair trade really means.

"The Global Mamas were incredibly positive and enthusiastic and stressed the enormous impact the steady work from the organization had had on their lives. They were extremely grateful for opportunities they'd been given and wanted to do their best to contribute to the organization. The energy inside the office was so dynamic and inspiring; I was proud to be a part of it."