Volunteer in Africa

Merchandising Volunteer Opportunities in AfricaMerchandising


Global Mamas provides sustainable livelihoods for women in Africa by promoting their traditional skills in the production of fair trade products. We provide merchandising interns with the opportunity to play a critical role in the annual launch of our new product line and catalog. Merchandising interns also gain experience in visual merchandising and store management.

Trending & Forecasting (Spring)

  • Provide Direction - Research trends for the coming year and develop concept lines.
  • Sales Analysis - Evaluate prior year sales patterns and make recommendations on the fate of products in the current line.

Samples & Catalog Production (Summer/Fall)

  • Sample Production - Work with our designers to manage the development and documentation of samples.
  • Catalog Production – Assist with the production of our annual catalog including writing product descriptions, taking and preparing product photos and stylizing and taking fashion shots.
  • Costing & Pricing (For those of you who like the numbers) - Gather raw material cost data and assist product development and finance teams in determining wholesale pricing.

Visual Merchandising & Store Management (Year Round)

  • Assess the visual merchandising techniques and make recommendations for improvement at the Global Mamas flagship store as well as the shops owned and operated by our Mamas.
  • Provide on-the-job visual merchandising & customer service training for store staff.
  • Evaluate store operations and provide feedback to improve store and inventory management.

Past Merchandising Projects

Matthew Sturm - Business Development volunteer in Africa

Matthew Sturm
Denver, Colorado

Matthew helped research potential resources for organic cotton and low-impact dyes for products to ensure Global Mamas adheres to fair trade's environmental responsibility principle. Matthew was also able to help Global Mamas in the following ways:

  • Provided an analysis of the impact on production that a new sourcing structure would create.
  • Designed new layout of new retail store in Accra; helped build displays, paint walls and arrange inventory.

For Matthew, building the store in Accra was an amazing experience and a great achievement. He enjoyed the opportunity to see his vision slowly unfold to a very successful reality. He feels this gave him very valuable professional experience that he can carry with him into the future.

"I feel truly grateful to have worked with Global Mamas and would highly recommend this organization for anyone looking to make a difference in the world."