My daughter Megan, has just returned from Uganda with yourselves and I just wanted to say a massive thank you. She has had the time of her life, thoroughly enjoying every minute. We only heard from her once which shows how relaxed she, and us, were! The playground looks fantastic and her experiences will change her forever. I just hope the orange eventually comes out of her feet!
Thanks to you all, Alison Binns

At East African Playgrounds, we know that sending your loved one off to Uganda for the first time to volunteer can be daunting. But don’t you worry, we have many years’ experience running volunteering projects in Uganda and we are sure that your loved one will have simply the best time. 

East African Playgrounds has been running volunteering projects since 2009 and the Gorilla Trek since 2013 and has a fantastic reputation. Our reputation is based on our commitment to ethical, supportive and safe volunteer projects.

Uganda has repeatedly been nominated as one of the top 10 countries to travel to and most beautiful countries in the world. The reason for its popularity is not just its breath-taking landscapes, incredible wildlife and friendly people, but also due to how safe, and traveller friendly Uganda is. 

This safety comes from the people of Uganda but is supported by the knowledge and support from East African Playgrounds in the UK and on the ground in Uganda. The below information is the safety information that we provide our volunteers.

The safety of our volunteers is our utmost concern and therefore we have implemented many protocols to ensure that you feel safe throughout your time in Uganda:

  1. You are supported 24/7 - from the moment you arrive at the airport you will be picked up by an East African Playgrounds staff member. Whilst living at the school and trekking the country, you will always have an experienced and knowledgeable East African Playgrounds team member with you.
  2. Levels of support - whilst in Uganda you will have the leader from your university with you as well a fully trained international intern and our local staff and support team to help make you feel at home. Beyond this our UK project coordinator will be in country as well as the country director and often the charities founders too. Furthermore, our fundraising manager is contactable in the UK for any concerns from your next of kin. This means no matter the concern, there is always someone to support your need. 
  3. Our standards are high - so although it is not compulsory, we have ensured that we meet the British safety standards for international expeditions and project (which is reviewed by PWC). We were also shortlisted for the Go Abroad award for the high quality and sustainability of our volunteering projects.

Whatever your concern maybe about volunteering in Uganda, we are certain we already have a procedure or protocol in place and have the answers and support to ease yours and your parents’ minds and ensure you have an amazing time volunteering with us in Uganda.

As well as caring about safety, we care about ethics, too. You will struggle to find a volunteering project with as much of a commitment to running ethical programmes as East African Playgrounds. Volunteers do not replace staff, instead by volunteering you are providing further employment opportunities in Uganda. 

We provide cultural training to both the volunteer and the host community, so then both sides are aware of differences they may experience.

For more information about the project have a look at our Information video, which details everything about the project your son or daughter has or is thinking of signing up to.

Watch our Uganda Volunteer Project Information video

Watch our Gorilla Trek Information video