Volunteer in Africa

Web Design Volunteer Opportunities in Africa

Web Design


Global Mamas provides sustainable livelihoods to hundreds of women in Africa through the production and sales of fairly traded products. We very much rely our various websites to attract a global audience to our organization, to sell our Mamas' products through wholesale & retail channels, to recruit volunteers, to market our cultural tours, and to engage potential donors. Web design volunteers engage in a variety of projects to:

  • Enhance the user experience on our websites,
  • Improve and update design and functionality, and
  • Maximize the use of search engine optimization strategies.



Past Web Design Projects

Katie Portwin - Marketing and Media volunteer in Africa

Katie Portwin
Oxford, England

Katie set up a Global Mamas eBay store that created a way for Global Mamas to sell products to an international audience. Global Mamas benefited from Katie's IT & e-commerce experience in the following ways:

  • Wrote XML script which allows the Global Mamas eBay Store to work alongside the already existing Global Mamas e-commerce store.
  • Solved programming issues and made enhancements to Global Mamas e-commerce store.
  • Gathered important information on international shipping terms and costs.
  • Identified a large spike in traffic and sales of the Global Mamas online store due to click through customers from Global Mamas eBay store.

Katie was glad to be able to apply her technical skills to achieve something of lasting value to Global Mamas. She was especially satisfied on the morning she learned that we'd made our first eBay sale. An unexpected bonus of the project was a spike in sales on the Global Mamas website thanks to the links from the eBay store! Equally memorable was watching the World Cup 2006 from Ghana. She was in Kumasi when the Black Stars beat the Czech Republic 2-0! She was part of a spontaneous community party, nothing like she'd seen before.

"On one of my first mornings on the way in to work, I had trouble hailing a taxi/trotro. They all seemed to be full or going the wrong way, or perhaps my uncertain waving and pointing wasn't quite right. A young man on his way into town with his two younger brothers in tow approached me, introduced himself and asked me where I was trying to get to, and flagged down the right trotro for me. When I got off, I discovered he'd paid my fare. We in Europe/USA have a lot to learn about how to treat strangers."