VOLUNTEER AT ROCKWOOD
One of the most rewarding ways to help save the rhino is by giving your time and working in close contact with these extraordinary animals.
To be a conservation volunteer at Rockwood, you’ll need to submit an application and contribute $2,000.
This fee covers the costs of your two-week stay (accommodation and food) and goes towards helping us with maintenance.
It’s a once-in-a-lifetime experience you’ll never forget. Plus, you’ll have played a firsthand role in preventing rhino extinction.
WATCH OUR WILDLIFE VOLUNTEERS IN ACTION
Our reserve is located in the vast, untouched Northern Cape province of South Africa.
Nestled between the Great Karoo and the Kalahari, on a pristine stretch of arid to semi-arid desert and bushveld, this is precisely the kind of habitat rhinos would have roamed for millennia.
Our exact map-pinned location cannot be publicly advertised – for obvious security reasons. We will supply directions or arrange a shuttle service upon booking confirmation.
WHAT OTHERS ARE SAYING
Volunteers are accommodated in our plain, yet comfortable, volunteer quarters (which can accommodate up to 12 volunteers and researchers). They have access to the rest of the lodge, outside of tourist times, which includes the private lounge and dining area, boma and fire pit, full bar and restaurant, on-site spa, gym, swimming pool, and curio boutique.
The lodge was privately built in an extended effort to attract visitors (tourists, researchers and volunteers alike) to our remote area – offering them a comfortable stay, in order to enhance the chance of them returning and supporting us further in our main mission: to protect our rhino herd and the species from poachers, and inevitably extinction. We can accommodate 12 volunteers in total.
We also want to educate our visitors about our unique, pro-active conservation approach, which has seen more than 160 calves born on our reserve so far.
You’ll work alongside professional rangers and researchers, perform daily chores, and leave a wiser, lifelong wildlife warrior – who can proudly state they have personally helped to save the rhino.
What it takes to be a Rockwood Volunteer:
A DAY IN THE LIFE
OF A CONSERVATION VOLUNTEER
VOLUNTEERS PACKAGEACCOMMODATION, MEALS & RHINO EXPERIENCE
3 x Meals per Day
Daily Rhino Experiences
Excludes Transport Flights to South Africa
Excludes Tourist Visa
Using your gap year to volunteer for a cause in need is a sure way to find out who you really are. As Mahatma Gandhi said: “The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.” So, where do you want to lose yourself? With 1 million species now critically endangered, our wildlife needs all the help it can get.
The reasons for becoming a philanthropist are easy enough to understand. Most of us genuinely want to make the world a better place. It’s also a well-known fact, doing good feels good. It’s probably one of our most human traits. Helping others with no obvious benefit to ourselves is what separates us from every other species.
Deciding to volunteer abroad is a big step. You choose to spend your time on a cause instead of a vacation with your friends or family. Volunteering means putting yourself and what you want aside and instead focus on the needs of others, animals or communities. So, you should find a cause you care about sincerely.
Rockwood owner, Wicus, and his teams of rangers are on guard 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to help protect rhinos. Health checks and collecting blood, milk and many other samples for research takes whole teams of research scientists, students, rangers and volunteers. You can help too by volunteering to work at Rockwood.
When considering volunteering projects abroad, it’s essential to know what you’re getting yourself in to. Supporting local projects gives you the chance to get to see a country from a different perspective – but it needs to be a safe and healthy environment. There are a lot of stereotypes about Africa, but what’s the reality?
With over-population and climate change threatening almost all forms of life on Earth today, the list for needy causes is endless. Wildlife volunteering helps out conservations more than the eye can see. But how do you choose which one of the many conservation efforts in South Africa needs your time the most?