FairMail is a social enterprise founded by Otra Cosa pioneer Janneke Smeulders. FairMail produces fair trade photo products. The photos on FairMail products are taken by Peruvian (and Indian) teenagers. You see the face, name and age of the photographer on the back of each card. FairMail offers this youth photography training, a medical fund and guidance in making their future plans. The teenagers get 50% of the profits of the sale of their own photos to finance their housing and education. The other 50% is used for investments in the company.
Your task as a volunteer is to contribute to FairMail's mission to guide underprivileged teenagers in producing quality photos for FairMail products, with the goal of personal development and income support for these teenagers. The activities consist of preparing and giving photography lessons and other training that contribute to the development of the teenagers their self-esteem, future plans and English language skills. This project has the potential to completely turn around the lives of the participating teenagers and already has some inspiring success stories of how these young people break the chains of poverty in which they were locked. So what are you waiting for, apply today!
Volunteer Roles/Working Hours:
The workshops for the young people run for three hours at a time, four days a week (Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday afternoons and Saturday mornings). The remainder of your time will be spent preparing the classes, helping to sort through the photos taken by the young people and meeting with the management.
The following roles are available to volunteers:
- Photography & creativity trainer for the 10 Peruvian teenagers
- Trainer for social abilities and personal development workshops for the teenagers
- Translator & teacher: Spanish-English and English-Spanish translation during the photography lessons (if there is a volunteer who does not speak Spanish) and giving English lessons to the teenagers.
- Spanish level: Basic
- Minimum commitment of 6 weeks
- Flexible and open-minded
- Interest and some experience with working with teenagers (13-18 years old)
- Able to work independently and structured
- Creative and flexible in organizing activities
If you are interested in volunteering with FairMail, please also provide us with information about:
a) Your personal motivation to volunteer at FairMail. Which of the vacancies mentioned suit you and why?
b) What your expectations are. Describe how you imagine a day working for FairMail to be. Your expectations are important to avoid disappointments later on.
c) Your Resume (stating age, education and past work and volunteer experiences).
d) Your availability: when exactly do you want to come and for how long do you want to stay?