Volunteer in Africa

Accounting Volunteer Opportunities in Africa




Global Mamas creates sustainable livelihoods for women in Africa by promoting their traditional skills in the production of fair trade products. As our women realize financial security through our programs, they need assistance to develop or improve their accounting skills to manage their growing income. There are many ways in which we could put your accounting skills to use:

  • Teach women entrepreneurs basic accounting skills.
  • Evaluate existing accounting records kept by our more number savvy entrepreneurs and help them improve or simplify their records.
  • Help Global Mamas with various accounting projects that improve the financial management of the organization.

Past Accounting Projects

Becky Pear	- Financial Management volunteer in Africa

Becky Pear
Brooklyn, New York

Global Mamas continually faces challenges in assisting the women participating in the International Trade program to keep practical and updated records of their businesses. One tool that we introduced was a customized version of QuickBooks that allows the women to simply track their income and expenses and generate meaningful reports using a computer. Global Mamas needed help in developing and rolling out the QuickBooks training and introducing overall best practices for accounting.

To address these concerns, Becky led a team of volunteers that:

  • Began the training process for our Mamas on a customized QuickBooks computer program, training 8 women upon departure.
  • Created a QuickBooks training manual specific to small businesses in Ghana.
  • Improved member businesses manual record keeping by introducing best practices (i.e. cash management, savings, etc.)
  • Presented the concept and importance of equipment depreciation in regards to sewing and batiking businesses during bi-monthly members meeting.
  • Created an underwriting format geared toward member businesses.

Becky admits that Ghana is not an easy place to live considering the day-to-day challenges that often make simple tasks complicated. Yet, the Ghanaians she met during her stay took the time to laugh, sympathize and befriend a stranger. Ghanaians' outgoing personalities contrasts with the many challenges they face. When she felt herself get frustrated with small challenges, she further respected their level of patience and ability to amicably resolve conflicts.

"When I first arrived in Ghana, I would walk around my neighborhood and people would shout 'Obruni! How are you!?' Although the greeting was generally friendly, I felt very much aware of my status as a foreigner. However, there was a turning point, where I started getting to know my neighbors and they me, so that one day I realized that no longer was I such a stranger, but that each time I walked down the street, I would be greeted warmly with, 'Hello. Good morning Becky!'. This really meant a lot."