We have relocated to Burnet Road. Open 7 days a week!
Ample parking behind the store with 2 parking lots! Use Grover Avenue for easy access.
Our biggest fundraiser of the year! October 16th
Event located right behind the new store on Burnet Road.
278 singing bowls ring together
Thanks Austin, we did it! Watch the video here.
Welcome to Ten Thousand Villages in Austin!
We have relocated to Burnet Rd! Please visit our new store with more space and lots more parking (in front of and behind the building). We are located in between Fork & Taco and Noble Sandwich.
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.
Alex - Volunteer Coordinator
Alex is from Sydney, Australia and has a Bachelor of International Studies from the University of Sydney. She has a background in fair trade economics and youth engagement, as well as outreach and volunteerism
Jess - Inventory Wrangler
Jess is from England and has also lived in Zimbabwe. Her background experiences range from ceramics to elementary education to American Sign Language. She has a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana.
Kitty - Executive Director
Kitty is from Orlando, Florida and has a background in retail, photography and other creative endeavors. She has a Bachelor of Interior Design from SCAD University in Savannah, Georgia.
Leti - Sales and Development Hustler
Leti is from San Antonio, Texas. She has experience in youth leadership and faith development and is the Fair Trade Ambassador for the United States through the Catholic Relief Services. She has a Lay Ecclesial Ministry Certification from Oblate School of Theology in San Antonio, Texas.
Board of Directors
Judy Schneringer-Vice President
As a non-profit organization, we are run primarily by a diverse and dynamic team of volunteers. Our volunteers serve a variety of functions and have a huge impact on every aspect of our organization. Simply put - we couldn't exist without our volunteers!
Our Volunteer Program Mission is twofold:
- To support the operational and sales goals of Ten Thousand Villages of Austin by providing excellent customer service and fulfilling operational tasks
- To advocate fair trade through education and outreach in store, in our communities, and at events
A vibrant and informed volunteer community that helps the store reach or exceed goals, allowing us to grow our fair trade relationships and ensure sustainable incomes for more artisans.
If you are interested in being a part of the fair trade movement, we hope you will consider joining our volunteer team. We are currently seeking motivated people who have a passion for our people-driven mission to join our Customer Service team. Volunteers need to have excellent people skills and be comfortable in a team-oriented retail environment. We ask that our volunteers work at least two shifts per month, and we have a very flexible schedule to make it easy to fit your volunteering into your own schedule.
The dates for our next Volunteer Orientations are:
- Saturday, September 19th at 9am
- Tuesday, October 20th at 7pm
Volunteer orientations take place in store at 4803 Burnet Road. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to RSVP.
We also accept interns in Spring, Summer and Fall in various academic fields. We are currently accepting applications for our open Spring 2016 internships:
To apply, email email@example.com. Please include a brief resume and cover letter addressing the Position Description to help us better understand your background.
Expression of Interest
Friday October 16th
Join us once again for our annual international celebration, and support Austin's only 100% fair trade store - now in our new location on Burnet Road. This year's event will be hosted under a beautiful tent behind the new store and proceeds will go towards the repayment of build out expenses. This year's fundraiser includes:
- An exclusive one-of-a-kind art sale from countries around the world.
- Live and silent auctions featuring exciting Austin experiences and even an international getaway to meet one of our artisans!
- Delicious food from Burnet Road eateries like 416 Bar & Grille and many more.
- Drinks from local businesses including Independence Brewing Company
- International music and entertainment from special guests
The first 175 guests will receive a free swag bag filled with ethical goodies and discounts from around Austin, in a bag hand sewn by refugees from the Multicultural Refugee Coalition. Enjoy delicious food passed by foster youth from the Fresh Chefs Society.
Join us for a globally inspired evening of art and entertainment.
For additional information and to inquire about sponsorship, contact Kitty Bird at firstname.lastname@example.org or (512) 440-0440.