Volunteer in Africa

Fair Trade Volunteer Opportunities in AfricaFair Trade


Global Mamas provides sustainable livelihoods for women in Africa by promoting their traditional skills in the production of fair trade products. We work to embody fair trade principles in all that we do and are always striving to do more. Fair trade projects may include:

  • Train our new Mamas in the principles of fair trade.
  • Implement our fair trade assessment program to ensure our Mamas meet or exceed fair trade requirements within their individual companies.
  • Work one-on-one with our Mamas to develop and implement action plans to address any areas in which there is room for improvement.
  • Assess Global Mamas against the principles of fair trade and identify ways in which we can improve our own practices.
  • Interview our Mamas and document ways in which fair trade through Global Mamas has impacted their lives. Create stories, videos, and photos to help us educate partners, donors, and consumers.

Past Fair Trade Projects

Jeanne Cloutier - Women's Empowerment volunteer in Africa

Jeanne Cloutier
Ojai, California

Jeanne's arrival to Ghana was perfect timing and due to her self-motivated nature her accomplishments were varied and included:

  • Creating Quality Control Standards sheets and an Inventory Management and Ordering Tool for the bead product line.
  • Providing basic computer training to the managers of the Fair Trade Center.
  • Educating the Center on Capacity building and theft prevention.
  • Photographing many of the new items for 2009 and overseeing the digital document preparations including providing Adobe Photoshop training for 3 volunteers to assist in "cleaning" of photos.
  • Partnering with another volunteer to coordinate the assembly of the 2009 wholesale catalog.

Jeanne was thrilled by way that Global Mamas utilized her talents. During her time, she enjoyed the company of the mindful volunteers that Global Mamas attracts and enjoyed working on her many tasks with these great teammates. Of course, she enjoyed the opportunity to develop relationships with the local entrepreneurs even more. Jeanne says that she came to Ghana with preconceived ideas about "fair trade", but these relationships opened her eyes to what fair trade really is."

"I saw relief, satisfaction and comfort in those I worked with as they clearly felt blessed to have a reliable income. For me, fair trade became a one-step-at-a-time (in Ghanaian versus western time) process towards progress."