The Volunteer Experience
In order to keep costs down and return most of the proceeds to the artisans, Ten Thousand Villages adopt a volunteer-ran business model–volunteers are the lifeblood of the store.
Both Kitty and Polly, our two paid staff, are wonderful at recruiting, training and sustaining our dedicated volunteers.
Recently, I discovered that Scott, one of our lead volunteers, is blogging and has a great account of this volunteer experience. In addition, here is Meagan Chesrown’s July 2006 post about her firsthand witness of the impact of fair trade in Guatemala.