Volunteer in Africa

Textile Design Volunteer Opportunities in AfricaTextile Design


Global Mamas provides sustainable livelihoods for women in Africa by promoting their traditional skills in the production of fair trade apparel and accessories. Each year we produce a new product line which is very dependent on the fresh ideas of visiting textile designers. There are many ways in which we could put your textile design skills to use:

  • Research trends for the coming year.
  • Learn to batik the Global Mamas way to understand the possibilities and limitations.
  • Sketch, layout and develop new batik stamps.
  • Experiment with dyes to generate new color combinations.
  • Introduce our Mamas to new textile design techniques.
  • Working side by side with our Mamas, create samples and adjust patterns based on their feedback and realities of batiking in Ghana (think foam stamps and coal pots).
  • Document designs, stamps, and dye recipes in our batik library.
  • Develop and present workshops to improve our Mamas' design and technical skills.

Past Textile Design Projects

Keely Jones - Product Design volunteer in Africa

Keely Jones
Evanston, Illinois

Keely was extremely hard working and willing to work in any area that needed her attention. She accomplished many projects:

  • Created promotional material to market Global Mamas' cultural workshops to tour operators in Accra.
  • Facilitated several meetings with tour operators in Accra to discuss adding the cultural workshops to their regular tour packages.
  • Created several new batik designs that were immediately put to use in creating new garments in the Global Mamas product line.
  • Worked with Global Mamas' newest batiker, Mavis, in perfecting the new designs and understanding the quality demanded by the Western marketplace.
  • Assisted new volunteers in getting introduced to Ghanaian culture and getting around Cape Coast.
  • Helped the Ashanti Dance Theatre to incorporate its business and establish more efficient ways to manage the business.

"I enjoyed being able to establish relationships with all of the women. I wish I had more time in Ghana!"