Fairtrade campaigners at climate rally

What it’s like to volunteer for Fairtrade

At Fairtrade Foundation we are very proud of our Volunteering Programme. Volunteers have always been an integral part of the organisation working and supporting staff across all departments.

We welcome volunteers of all ages, backgrounds, abilities and skills. Typically, we attract volunteers who have a keen interest in our mission and vision and are looking to gain valuable experience doing hands-on projects. We recognise the huge contribution our volunteers make and make sure to reward this through training & support; offering clear and defined roles; integrating all volunteers into office activities and keeping them well informed of what’s happening in the organisation at every level.

Volunteers receive role specific training and induction on arrival and are assigned a supervisor. There is also a Volunteering Development Manager available to assist and support volunteers. Volunteers are reimbursed for travel expenses up to £15 daily and are reimbursed for actual costs for lunch up to the value of £5.

We ask volunteers to respect our values and aims, be committed to the work they have offered to do, are reliable and punctual, and undertake work to the best of their ability.

Volunteer roles are very varied but in most cases the commitment required is a minimum 3 months volunteering 2-3 days per week. We are very flexible and work with volunteers on their availability while at the same time recognising the needs of the organisation.

Volunteers volunteer across all our directorates: Public Engagement, Commercial, Impact and CFO – providing expertise, supporting in administrative roles and working on specific projects.