Ten Thousand Villages of Austin



Located just north of 45th street on Burnet Road by Pinthouse Pizza, Ten Thousand Villages of Austin is a volunteer-run, fair trade retailer of artisan-crafted home décor, jewelry, accessories and gifts from around the world. Featuring products from artisans in over 38 countries, you can feel good about your purchases with us because we are all about the people behind the product.

As one of the world’s oldest and largest fair trade organizations, Ten Thousand Villages has spent more than 60 years cultivating trading relationships in which artisans receive a fair price for their work and consumers have access to distinctive handcrafted items. We seek to establish long-term buying relationships in places where skilled artisans are under- or unemployed, and in which they lack other opportunities for income. A founding member of the World Fair Trade Organization (WFTO), Ten Thousand Villages sees fair trade as an alternative approach to conventional international trade.

Volunteer Opportunities

Ten Thousand Villages of Austin, a volunteer-run, non-profit store selling fair-trade, artisan-made gifts, needs your help! Interact with a great group of volunteers as you work with beautiful, sustainable, fair-trade products from all over the world.

We are looking for dedicated volunteers who are passionate about fair trade and their global community, no other qualifications necessary. This opportunity is in a low stress retail environment working in a community of other like-minded volunteers.

Responsibilities include:

  • Educating potential customers about our mission and the importance of fair trade
  • Creating a fun and unique shopping experience so that we can invest those sales back into our artisan partners
  • Operating cash register and checking out customers promptly and professionally and asking for donations
  • Assisting in the intake of new products
  • General cleaning

We ask volunteers to commit at least two 2 shifts (1 1/2 - 3 hours each) per month. Ongoing volunteers receive a 15% discount in our store.

Contact volunteers.austin@tenthousandvillages to schedule an orientation to the store and begin working!

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