East African Playgrounds offers universities and colleges a unique experience in international volunteering due to the ethical, transparent and personalised approach given to each partner.

When East African Playgrounds was founded in 2009, Tom and Carla (the founders) had had contrasting experiences with volunteering organisations, one very poor and the other fantastic. As the idea for the charity was growing so was the way in which the charity could engage supporters. What better way to engage your supporters than to help a build they playground they’ve fundraised for? And so, our volunteering projects began.

We are absolutely committed to providing the best volunteering projects for all involved. We have a dedicated team of staff who will journey through with you from joining us, fundraising, training and preparation to even being in country with you volunteering.

With hundreds of companies offering volunteering opportunities that are both expensive and have a negative impact on the people and communities they are supposed to support, volunteering abroad has got a controversial name. But we believe that done well, the impact in endless. Our projects have been able to develop and grow due to the clear values and ethics that we follow.


Core values


When you volunteer with East African Playgrounds you have a consistent staff member with you from signing up through to volunteering in Uganda. We aim to make ourselves very approachable to make sure that no question is too big or too small, too silly or too serious.

Become part of the East African Playgrounds family

Without planning it, the ‘EAP family’ has become a thing! Due to the caring nature of the charity, our volunteers leave feeling part of the family. A common phrase used is ‘It’s not a goodbye, it’s a see you soon.’

Highly Ethical

We are committed to our ethics throughout the charity. We have set up the project to ensure that volunteers are adding value to every project and are not simply there for the sake of it. If you volunteer on an East African Playgrounds project, it won’t be a holiday, you’ll be working hard.

High Impact

Our volunteers have a positive impact on the communities they are working with due to the training we provide, the project we run and the communities we select to work with.

Low cost and transparent

Volunteering doesn’t have to be expensive. We make it clear to see where the money you raise and pay goes too, so that all costs are transparent. We also give various options when in country so the project can fit different budgets depending on the amount you want to do.

No third-party companies

We no longer work with any gap year and challenge companies as they inflate costs to maximize their own profits.

Sustainable Volunteering

With our volunteers helping to build a high-quality playground their impact is long term and allows us to employ more local staff.