13 April 2022

Regretfully, we have suspended our volunteer programme, and won’t be accepting volunteers until perhaps November 2022. Please check back here then.

We are committed to expanding the reach of the Tara Rokpa Centre, so that more people can benefit. In order to do this, TRC is looking for committed practitioner-volunteers to help in the following areas:

  • Guest relations
  • Housekeeping and décor
  • Catering and general kitchen help
  • Handy-person/builder/maintenance
  • Carpenter
  • Plumbing (particularly borehole/de-scaling expertise)
  • Electrical/solar
  • Gardening/permaculture
  • Marketing and social media

Volunteers will be required to work for a trial period (usually 1 month) before being accepted for a longer period.  Volunteers will work alongside our employees, in order to ensure things run smoothly for all visitors to Tara Rokpa Centre.

Volunteers should abide by the 5 Golden Rules: No lying, stealing, killing, sexual misconduct, or intoxication. It is preferable that potential volunteers already have a daily spiritual practice (meditation, yoga, prayer etc) as this can help you to live contentedly in this remote part of the country.

The work commitment is 5 hours per day /30 hours a week, and the rest of the time you have for practice, personal activities, or activities in the area.

On the advice of Akong Rinpoche, our spiritual director, it is considered a special opportunity to work in a retreat centre, and volunteers are required to contribute to their board and lodging.

  • R3000 per month for South Africans
  • R4500 per month for non-South Africans

Some volunteers subsidise their stay by offering services to visitors, such as massage. We do require that people be qualified and registered in the service they wish to offer. Alternatively, you may like to make items for sale in the TRC shop.

Please complete the Volunteer Application Form. Any other documentation such as a CV and references may be emailed directly to tararokpacentre@gmail.com in support of your application.

Please note, this application is only for the TRC main retreat centre.  If your interest is mainly in permaculture, and you would like to volunteer at the Training Centre, please contact Alhyrian directly at alhyrian@gmail.com.

Your application will be considered by the TRC Management Committee and you will usually hear back within a month of application. Please note that you must be able to provide your own transport to and from the Centre, whether you are coming from Southern Africa or overseas.

Volunteer Terms and Conditions – please email us for the terms and conditions.