Volunteer in Africa

Jewelry Design Volunteer Opportunities in AfricaJewelry Design


Global Mamas provides sustainable livelihoods for women in Africa by promoting their traditional skills in the production of fair trade jewelry. All of our jewelry products are made with 100% recycled materials including glass, plastic or scrap fabric. Each year Global Mamas produces a new line of jewelry to be included in our annual catalog. We are always seeking fresh ideas of visiting designers. There are many ways in which we could put your skills to use:

  • Begin by spending time with our bead makers to learn the traditional art of glass bead making.
  • Design new jewelry products - we will surround you with a tremendous variety of beads and other materials to inspire you.
  • Work with our bead makers to develop new options for their existing beads.
  • Provide training to our jewelry producers to enhance their jewelry production and beading skills.

Past Jewelry Design Projects

Jen Schueler - Product Design volunteer in Africa

Jen Schueler
Portland, Oregon

Jen assisted Global Mamas with new product development utilizing recycled glass beads, including:

  • Creating initial designs for new tea light holders.
  • Creating new necklace designs.
  • Designing a collection of one-of-a-kind pieces using antique trading beads.
  • Designing beaded trivets.

"The highlights were just laughing...constantly laughing! I did really enjoy meeting Gladys in Krobo & was so impressed with her organization in running the bead network."