ROKPA Headquarters

ROKPA INTERNATIONAL's head office is located in Zurich, Switzerland, in the former family home of the co-founder, Lea Wyler. The organisation is represented in 17 countries worldwide. Each of these countries has a national head office which is run by strongly committed voluntary workers.

The Team of ROKPA INTERNATIONAL

Volunteers

Manuel Bassi, Graphic Designer

I am working for ROKPA because I know that we in Europe, and particularly in Switzerland, count among the privileged people of the world. Appreciating this, I would like to give others a chance in life too. With my interest and my training in graphic design I am assisting ROKPA to process images and texts in a professional way, helping to reach today's donors through brochures, flyers, etc. The fact that this can ultimately help ROKPA to implement its projects successfully is my motivation and gives me great joy at the same time. My motto is to do good and talk about it, so that ROKPA continues to have the support it needs in the future!

Jan Bösch, General Administration

I have been unemployed for quite some time and felt empty and worthless. On the website of Benevol I saw an ad by ROKPA International stating they were looking for volunteers.

Not long after I sent my application I got invited and was shown my tasks. I got a warm welcome.

Now I have been working for ROKPA for a couple of months already and feel comfortable here.

ROKPA gives me the feeling of being needed. The atmosphere is caring and social. All tasks make sense to me, as it is done for a purpose to help others. Because of the various activities and events it never gets boring.

Tereza Konate, Photographic Archive

Why am I working for ROKPA? I wanted to get involved in volunteer work and an important point for me was to link my interest in Asian countries and their culture with the overall design of the donor organisation. In this respect, ROKPA was ideal. I have been dedicating my energy to the photographic archive. I am happy that my work makes an indirect contribution to assisting children in need, enabling me to help them to have a better future.

Kaja Kurczewska, Translation

I have been living in Switzerland for three years now and ever since my arrival in 2013 I have been searching for a position which would allow me to develop both professionally and spiritually. With the voluntary engagement for ROKPA, I have found exactly that. It makes me really happy to be able to use my skills as a translator for the greater good and to help people in need. It is also great to be a part of this fantastic team of people - they have made me feel very welcome.

Henriette Levy, Donor Relations

After my voluntary work in Kathmandu/Nepal in January/February 2015 I decided to use some of my spare time to support ROKPA. I am looking forward to many interesting moments and encounters.

Marlis Luescher, WalRO Project

To see a child suffering: that's the biggest pain for me.  To do something agains it, I'm with ROKPA for over 30 years. Altough ROKPA grew a lot during the years it never lost its personal touch.

2010 I started a local group of seamstresses to create WalRO puppets: the whole revenues go to ROKPA. We, around 10-20 women, work with biggest joy about 2'000 hours per year.

Claudia Povel, Thank-you letters and Administration

I have lived in Asia for a number of years and have become very keen on the people and cultures there. Unfortunately, I have also seen great need and awful poverty, and through this I became aware that, for me, a life in well-regulated circumstances is the greatest gift of all.

It makes me happy to be able to support people in need, whose lives have gained a new perspective through ROKPA, with my modest contribution. I also find it very exciting to receive an insight into the multiple projects in Nepal, in the Tibetan areas of China, in Zimbabwe and in South Africa and I am in awe of what ROKPA was able to achieve and support in their 36 years of existence, always focusing on sustainability and the help for self-help.

Rita Straub, General Administration

I donate my time because gifts create joy, first of all to the donor. I chose ROKPA because through their work in the Himalaya regions they support the most vulnerable people through education, culture and medical assistance.

Margrit Unholz, Donor Relations

I like working for ROKPA as ROKPA makes it possible for me to use my energy, my passion and my know-how for children and other people affected by poverty. Working with the committed ROKPA staff is a fantastic experience. ROKPA projects are based on the principles of sustainability and help to self-help, which is something that is very close to my heart.

Elisabeth Weiss, Thank-you letters

For six years I have been a volunteer staff member at the ROKPA office. During this time, I have gained great insight into ROKPA's various projects and activities. I like working in the ROKPA office and I am getting tremendous satisfaction from knowing that what I am doing is necessary and useful.

Andreas Wyttenbach, Donor Relations

My motivation in working for ROKPA is the fact that I can make use my know-how and some of my time to assist people in need beyond the borders of Switzerland. This, in addition to the atmosphere of mutual support and camaraderie at ROKPA, again and again gives me personal happiness and the knowledge that I am passing on some of my happiness to others.