Volunteer with Us in Both Uganda and Rwanda


Gorilla Highlands volunteer Katharina Lahner at Red Rocks during a video shoot; photo by Marcus Westberg

Gorilla Highlands volunteer Katharina Lahner at Red Rocks during a video shoot; photo by Marcus Westberg

At Red Rocks in Musanze we finalised an exciting arrangement today: Gorilla Highlands volunteers have got another home! If you would love to share with us your video, photography, social media, writing, app development, web or graphic design skills – or even talents that have nothing to do with multimedia – you can do it on both sides of the border.

Mike Dalager was the first Gorilla Highlands volunteer to work at both places, teaching Edirisa and Red Rocks cooks; photo by Miha Logar

Mike Dalager was the first Gorilla Highlands volunteer to work at both places, teaching Edirisa and Red Rocks cooks; photo by Miha Logar

In addition to the beauty of Lake Bunyonyi where Edirisa has been hosting volunteers for over a decade, we can now offer another warm, welcoming, colourful setting surrounded by the Virunga volcanoes. This is perfect for the Gorilla Highlands initiative as we intensify our activities in Rwanda, and for the volunteer who will get experience in two very diverse countries.

Greg Bakunzi and Ian Kinoti of Red Rocks; photo by Miha Logar

Greg Bakunzi and Ian Kinoti of Red Rocks; photo by Miha Logar

The team at Red Rocks have always been into responsible tourism that supports local development and intercultural exchange, so they are happy to facilitate everything that has to do with Gorilla Highlands. At the same time they need our volunteers to help them gain more visibility through multimedia skills.


This video by Hank Rugg, a 19-year-old sent by Carpe Diem (USA), in an example of what you could be doing

For example, they would wish to have a photographer/videographer at hand to record their community events and make promotional videos, and an entertaining writer to feed their blog and social networks. Many of these jobs are automatically part of Gorilla Highlands media production (our desire is to highlight everything positive happening in the region) while others fall under a volunteer’s mission to assist our partners.

Red Rocks reception and accommodation building; photo by Miha Logar

Red Rocks reception and accommodation building; photo by Miha Logar

Red Rocks possibilities also further expand our volunteering beyond multimedia. The way you can become a Gorilla Highlands volunteer by teaching swimming at Lake Bunyonyi, you can also do location-specific things in Musanze. Among other profiles they are looking for a yoga instructor (as soon as possible) and a small team to help organise their Cultural Week festival (August-September 2016).

Red Rocks room; photo by Miha Logar

Red Rocks room; photo by Miha Logar

Seriously, if you like the Gorilla Highlands idea and want to share what you know with us, we are very likely to have something cool for you to do, in Uganda and Rwanda.

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