Adventure and explore whilst supporting development in the incredible country of Uganda

As a team, you'll transform an empty playing field into an amazing playground in just a few weeks, giving children their childhoods back. Working alongside our professional playground building team, educational team and the community you will be submerged into Ugandan life by living at the school you are impacting. Your afternoons will be spent engaging the children in creative play sessions, designed to develop the children's problem solving skills, creativity and imagination through play. Then at the weekends you'll have the chance to explore more of Uganda by going on safari, white water rafting or horse riding along the banks of the river Nile.

Project Costs

We pride ourselves on running the highest of quality and most ethical international volunteering projects, whilst also providing our volunteers with the best levels of support both in the UK and on the project in Uganda.

The Volunteer Project was created and is still run by East African Playgrounds to give students a safe, supported, ethical life-changing experience, whilst supporting the beneficiaries of East African Playgrounds.

East African Playgrounds has won several awards for the sustainability and ethics of our volunteering program and most recently won the 2018 National Student Fundraising Award for Charity of the year.

The costs are kept to a minimum without compromising on quality. East African Playgrounds are able to do this as the whole programme is hosted and managed in-house by our experienced and professional team.

Registration fee - £150

We ask for a £150 registration fee to secure your place on the project. This is refundable for the first seven days no questions asked, after which we secure your place on the project.

Participation costs - £250

We ask for a £250 participation fee, this covers your food and accommodation whilst at the school, your airport transfers as well as all the support you get from the team in the UK and in Uganda.

Fundraising cost - £850

In order to confirm your place on the project you will need to raise a minimum of £850 which is a donation to East African Playgrounds to improve the lives of the people of Uganda by providing playgrounds, running educational play programmes as well as our vocational programme.
With our support, training and resources most students raise beyond this target. Any money raised beyond the target helps East African Playgrounds expand the work we do.

What's Included?

The Volunteer Project includes:

  • All associated playground and creative play costs

  • Airport transfer and first nights accommodation in a backpackers

  • In-country travel & support vehicle

  • All meals and accommodation on project

  • 24/7 in person staff support in Uganda

  • Full fundraising support throughout the year

  • Comprehensive training sessions at your university

  • Full time support in both the UK and Uganda from trained EAP staff members

The Volunteer Project does not include:

  • Flights (approximately £500-£800, depending on when you book them - but through our partners, you can pay a £99 deposit, giving you the whole academic year to save up or fundraise this cost)

  • Vaccinations (approximately £0-£120 depending on how much you've travelled before)

  • Visa (£35)

  • Personal Travel insurance  (approximately £40-70)

  • Weekend costs - At the weekends it is optional for you to stay in different accommodation and take on a number of different activities such as safari, white water rafting, horse riding, quad biking and much more. The food, accommodation, transport and activities are completely optional and are at an additional cost

Project dates

11th July - 6th August 2020 (4 weeks)

8th August - 22nd August 2020 (2 weeks)




Why choose the Volunteer Project?

Finding the right international adventure and volunteering projects can be a bit of a minefield. With lots of 'Voluntourism' and 'Gap year' companies cashing in on young peoples desire to travel and experience new things whilst also making a difference. We started the Volunteer Project to give people an alternative to these companies and have won several awards as a result. The Volunteer Project gives you the chance to join a project that combines the best of adventure with the best of volunteering.

Ethical and sustainable volunteering for you and for the communities we work with is at the core of everything we do. From our high impact projects to the huge amount of support we give you in both the UK and Uganda, we are able to keep costs low and transparent whilst giving you a true experience of a life time. Find out more about why hundreds of students and young people choose to join us in Uganda each year.

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Safety and support

We run ethical, safe and incredible international expeditions and volunteering projects.

We put our volunteers at the heart of our planning, and ensure that we run everything to the highest standards – we’re associated with the Duke of Edinburgh award and follow the British Standards for international expeditions as just two examples. We’re with you every step of the way – from the moment you sign up to the project to the moment you land back in the UK.


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