Volunteer in Africa

Product Design Volunteer Opportunities in AfricaProduct Design


Global Mamas provides sustainable livelihoods for women in Africa by promoting their traditional skills in the production and sales of fair trade apparel, accessories, jewelry and home decor. Our Mamas are thrilled to receive international volunteers with experience in design and merchandising to ensure the Global Mamas product line continues to evolve and stays relevant in the global marketplace.



Whether as a short-term or long-term volunteer, your professional skills will be put to use and help make a difference in the lives of women in Africa, their families and their communities. At the same time, you will give purpose to your time off work.

Past Product Design Projects

Emi Yoshidomi - Product Design volunteer in Africa

Emi Yoshidomi
Kurume, Japan

Global Mamas has established amazing partnerships with programs such as Peace Corps and the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA). These organizations have provided us with long term volunteers who can focus on projects that can benefit from a dedicated volunteer over a longer period of time. For years Global Mamas has been hoping to target perfecting the fit of their product line but with volunteers coming and going this was difficult.
Emi joined Global Mamas as part of her volunteer program with JICA. During her 2 years at Global Mamas she accomplished many projects that were critical to ensure that the quality of our products would not be lost during our rapid growth:

  • Assist in the creation of a Global Mamas size chart.
  • Fix old product patterns according to the newly set standard measurements and educate Global Mamas on standards of quality.
  • Design and pattern development of new products.
  • Develop product specifications for existing and new products.
  • Help in outside areas such as cleaning pictures of products for new catalog and help with developing the layout of wholesale catalogs.

"A great thing is that the staff at Cape Coast has plenty of motivation, and they are very friendly to volunteers. It made my work run very smoothly."