Volunteer in Africa

Women's International Economic Development Volunteer Opportunities in AfricaWomen's International Economic Development


There are many ways in which we could put your skills to use in the area of Women's International Economic Development:

  • Assess the impact of our programs by conducting one-on-one interviews with the Mamas.
  • Assist with the production of our Annual Report by consolidating assessment data and writing articles that showcase our Mamas' achievements.
  • Coordinate team building sessions like the Global Mamas Service Day or recognition events.
  • Assist with fundraising through grant writing.
  • Develop and implement training programs in areas like customer service, basic computer skills, literacy, financial management, or health care.


Past Women's International Economic Development Projects

Mary Jane Gregan - Women's Empowerment	 volunteer in Africa

Mary Jane Gregan
Lafayette, Indiana

In addition to assisting artisans in exporting Global Mamas products, locally we also work with several small women-owned businesses in the Cape Coast area to offer cultural workshop to tourists. Marketing cultural experiences through Ghana Expeditions, workshops are offered in batiking, Ghanaian cuisine, drumming and dancing, and a fishing village excursion. Through these workshops Global Mamas hopes to enable tourists to immerse themselves in Ghanaian culture through hands-on instruction by talented Ghanaians.

With Mary Jane's extensive background in music education, she:
  • Spent three weeks learning Ghanaian drumming dancing through the teachings of Antoinette Adwoa Kudoto, the only female master drummer in Ghana.
  • Helped Antoinette find ways of making her drumming and dancing workshops offered by Global Mamas more successful.
  • Developed a business plan to help Antoinette grow her two retail shops and find more markets for her drums and products.
  • Taught Antoinette how to research and apply for funding and grants.
  • Researched ways to better promote her youth organization that helps underprivileged children in Cape Coast to learn drumming and dancing.
  • Established a plan for helping Antoinette travel to the US to expand her teaching possibilities.

Mary Jane was overwhelmed by her entire experience, but her greatest memory was meeting the people. She was honored to be invited to Antoinette's for dinner and Antoinette's openness in sharing her knowledge and being open to her suggestions. Mary Jane feels she has lived the statement 'Music is the Universal language.'

"Remembering that I have my AARP [retiree] card and am a cancer survivor, I feel great pride in taking the overwhelming differences in life in Ghana and turning them into normalcy. I hope that I can assure older volunteers that they too can be "Ghana Survivors" and have the great gift of life experiences to share with the most beautiful people I have met. At the end of my years on earth I hope to have lived happily, shared fully and is some small way left my handprint on the heart of those I have encountered on the journey."