We’re looking for like-minded local and international partners to support our work. We recognize the vitality of working together – both within the Virunga community and across oceans – to achieve environmental conservation and sustainable community development.
We welcome new partners, projects, and ideas.
The Red Rocks Initiative also seeks to join like-minded organizations, networks, forums, and initiatives, in order to better develop ourselves and enhance our collective change-making power.
We welcome collaborators researching effective sustainable tourism, conservation, and community management in Rwanda, Uganda, and the DRC. We strive to ensure that our work is not only well-intentioned, but also well-informed and beneficial for the development of local communities.
We work closely with our partners, leading research institutions, conservation organizations, and interested parties in designing research frameworks together, directly linked to our core mission and values. We welcome everyone from the local and international community, public and private institutions, and academia to take advantage of our research resources and local networks.
Help us inform our policies and programs and improve RRI by researching with us.
Check out past research programs:
• Effective Bee-Keeping Strategies
• Botanical Gardens
• History and Culture of Local Communities
• Environmental Conservation Strategies and Initiatives
• Conservation and Community Development
• Education Institutions Research Project
• Kahuzi Biega Eastern Lowland Gorilla Habituation Project
• Mgahinga Golden Monkey Habituation Project
We equip local communities to benefit from conservation- and nature-based tourism by helping youth and women enter the tourism industry. Many of our local youth make a living by becoming experienced tour guides, waiters and waitresses, or starting small businesses, and women have found sustainable sources of income through traditional crafts, including basket weaving.
You can explore the natural beauty and intricate cultures of East Africa while contributing to rural development. Check out of sister organization Red Rocks Rwanda for community-driven eco-tours and cultural activities that directly benefit local entrepreneurs, women, and youth!
Make the most out of your visit! Between a whirlwind of East Africa’s stunning natural landscapes and cultural sites, contribute to the development of your host community by volunteering your time and talent.
Whether teaching in a local school or helping at a nature reserve, volunteering is a great way to meet new friends from various backgrounds, connect with your host community, get to know their daily lives and resiliency, develop your own skills, and build empathy and networks that will guide your future endeavors.
Volunteer opportunities offered across all countries of operation. Get involved with one of our established programs, or bring your innovation and creativity with your own project!
Currently, we’re looking for help with the following:
• Collecting visual media and contributing stories to our blog
• Building connections with like-minded organization from around the world
• Applying for relevant grants to support RRI during COVID-19
• Developing our community conservation centers
• Developing arts & crafts projects
• English lessons and computer training